Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Stung Blog Tour {Guest Post}

I am thrilled to be apart of the Stung by Bethany Wiggins blog tour!

For this guest post, I was curious where Bethany got her inspiration from. And she answered! Here's where her inspiration comes from:

The gateway trees
Inspiration is a funny thing! It comes at odd times, in strange places, and sometimes crazy ways. I remember walking out my front door one winter day and looking across the street at this empty field where two tress had naturally grown to make a perfect arch between them. I stood on my porch--a porch I'd walked out onto every day for three years--and thought, "Whoa, I never noticed that before. It looks just like a gateway! I wonder who . . . or what . . . is coming in through that arch!?" And there, viola, spine-tingling inspiration was born (though I have yet to write that into a book!).

As for my latest book, a few things inspired STUNG. The first was an early morning nightmare that woke me from a dead sleep (I usually don't wake up from nightmares, let alone remember them!). This nightmare was so vivid and riveting, I wrote it down and it became chapter one of STUNG. 

Also, I started writing this book at the time the swine flu scare was running rampant through the USA. I watched these crazy people on the news who were swarming the health departments, frantic to the point of violent to get the swine flu vaccine for their kids, and it made me wonder, "What if the government told us there is this huge flu to scare us into taking a vaccine that is really going to harm us?" 

Lastly, I remember getting a Discovery Magazine that talked about the decline of bees. And all of sudden, it was like a puzzle clicking into place. I had everything I needed to write a book. And that is the recipe for STUNG! 

That being said, whether you're looking for inspiration, or being overwhelmed by it, the most important thing I can tell you regarding inspiration is: Once you have found it, you have to discipline yourself to put it down on paper (if you're writing a book). Otherwise, it will be lost. 

Thank you so much for that post, Bethany! I absolutely loved it. 

Be sure that you pick up Stung!

About the Author

Bethany Wiggins has always been an avid reader, but not an avid writer.  She failed ninth grade English because she read novels instead of doing her homework. In high school, she sat alone at lunch and read massive hardback fantasy novels (Tad Williams and Robert Jordan anyone?). It wasn't until the end of her senior year that the other students realized she was reading fiction.
Once upon a time, Bethany's sister dared her to start writing an hour a day until she completed a novel. Bethany wrote a seven-hundred page fantasy novel that she wisely let no one read--but it taught her how to write.  She is the author of SHIFTING, STUNG (April 2013), and CURED (2014). 

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About the Book
Releases April 2nd, 2013 by Walker Childrens

304 Pages

There is no cure for being stung.

Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered—her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right hand—a black oval with five marks on either side—that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. She’s right.

Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded while a select few live protected inside a fortress-like wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.

Now Fiona has awakened branded, alone—and on the wrong side of the wall.

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  1. What an inspiring, well-written post! I'm loving following this tour.

    Karielle Stephanie @ Books à la Mode

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