Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"FUN" Interview with Author Wanita May

Welcome to the Gratitude Giveaways Blog Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and co-hosted by All-Consuming Books.   This hop runs until November 27th. Here is the link if you want to check it out:

Our gratidtude giveaway on this blog is being hosted by Wanita May.
Thank you Wanita and thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and All-Consuming Books! 


 Thanks for stopping by on your fantastic blog tour. I'm so glad that you came to visit! And I'm so happy that you're giving away one free ebook copy of Rae of Hope! Plus there's a BONUS! Wanita says that if we hit 50  comments, she is giving away a paperback copy too. (See details below at the end of this article)


PUBLISHER: Mitchell Morris Publishing
AVAILABLE: Nov 15, 2011 in Paperback


Product Description

How hard do you have to shake a family tree to find out the truth about the past?

Fifteen-year-old Rae Kerrigan never questioned her family’s history. That is until she accepted a scholarship to Guilder Boarding School in England. Guilder is an exclusive, gifted school. Rae has no idea what she is getting herself into or that her family’s past is going to come back and taunt her.

She learns she is part of an unparalleled group of individuals who become inked with a unique tattoo (tatu) on their sixteenth birthday. The tatu enables them to have supernatural powers particular to the shape of their ink-art. Both of her parents where inked, though Rae never knew, as they passed away when she was young. Learning about her family's past, her evil father and sacrificial mother, Rae needs to decide if there is a ray of hope in her own life.

Book Trailer for RAE OF HOPE, the first book in the Chronicles of Kerrigan. 


I'll be heading out virtually around the world for the month of November and leading into December as RAE OF HOPE officially releases - The tour dates will be listed here and follow along or stop by on the tour for a chance to win signed copies, ebooks, posters and other great prizes!  Also learn valuable information about writing, upcoming books and the world of Rae!

October: Nyrus Reading Corner Blog  - BOOK REVIEW!
Nov 4: Flutey Words -  Aubrie Dionne - Author, Flutist
Nov 9: J.A. Beard's Unnecessary Musings - J.A Beard - Author
Nov 11: Vintage Vonnie - Vonnie Davis - Author
Nov 13: JeansBookReadNReview - Author interview + book review to follow!
Nov 14: Musings From the Slush Pile - Julie A. Lindsey - Author
Nov 15: The Purple Brick Road - Chrissy Peebles - Author
Nov 17: The Fairytale Nerd - Author interview
November - Rai29BookReadNReview- Author interview & book reviewto follow!
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Where do characters come from? The muses in my head create them and they grow as a story develops. Sometimes they mature, sometimes they hit a downward spiral, and sometimes... they have to die.


    Wanita May grew up in the fruit belt of Ontario - St.Catharines.  Crazy-happy childhood, she always has had a vivid imagination and loads of energy.

   The youngest of six -- four older brothers, and a sister --  taught her at a young age to be competitive in all aspects of life.

   At sixteen, she began competing in athletics (track and field) and before she turned seventeen, she was representing Canada in high jump.  She continued to compete, breaking Canada's JR High Jump record (1.92m - 6' 3 1/2" for those metric-ly challenged).  She attented University of Toronto, and Kansas State University - winning CIAU's and becoming All-American 6x - NCAA Indoors Runner Up + more.

  But you're not interested in her athletic career - unless of course you're curious to know she stands 1.70m (5'7") and has jumped 20cm over her head on more than one occassion. She's represented Canada at the World Championships, World Jrs., won Francophone Games, and loved every minute of every competition.  From the grueling workouts, the crazy weights she lifted on her back, the days she thought her lungs were going to spit out of her mouth for lack of oxygen, the travelling around the world and the opportunity to read - her favourite past time.

   Life continued with her husband (a distance runner from Liverpool, UK, who she met at KSU) and then their first, then second and finally third child.  Their house became full of more imagination and stories.

    Wanita and her husband run an online business, dealing in antiques and collectables - particularly jewelry and porcelain (one of the business' website: ). 

  After her father passed away in 2009, from a six-year battle with cancer (which she still believes he won the fight against), she began to write again.  A passion she'd loved for years, but realized life was too short to keep putting it off.

   Her first book, Rae of Hope - from the Chronicles of Kerrigan - will be available October 2011 by kNight Romance Publishing.

  She is currently represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Wanita is a writer of Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction and where ever else her little muses take her.

Hello Wanita.
Hidy-ho neighbour!  I’m totally pumped you asked me to your blog today!  My feet won’t stop dancing!
That's awesome. Let me tell you I'm just as excited! Welcome to The Purple Brick Road. It's a pleasure to have you today. Please tell me about your book.
RofH – aka Rae of Hope is the first book in the Chronicles of Kerrigan.  It is officially being released in print this month (American Thanksgiving actually).  It’s published by Mitchel Morris Publishing.
Rae is a fifteen year old gal with some pretty cool stuff happening. 
What's your next project?
Finishing the edits on the second book in the series, writing the third book, editing another book I am working on, and finishing a WIP as well J
If we Googled your name what would we see?
Probably my High Jumping Track career before my writing stuff

Ah, yes! I got some pics of that below! You didn't think I was going to leave those out did you?
You're an amazing athlete, Wanita. For anyone interested, check out Wanita's stats at this link: you could have been told one thing that you weren't told when you were a teenager, what would you like to have heard? 
Spend more time with your Dad and have your babies sooner – they’ll change your life
Are you a morning or night person?
– Both – I like both, though I notice I’m becoming more night
Does Prince Charming exist?

Yeah, I married him
Wanita, that is so sweet! And I have to agree. Any man who gets a poster-size picture of his wife’s book cover to hang on the wall is awesome! Here is the picture:

List five adjectives to describe yourself. 
Hyper, Imaginative, Multi-tasker, Talkative, crazy?
You crazy? *coughs and clears throat* Would you eat vegetables on a veggie table?
Oh yeah!! I LOVE veggies – always the first to go on my dinner plate
Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter?

SPRING – everything begins and feels fresh, no wait, Winter – loads of snow… no wait, autumns so pretty with all the leaves, uh… wait, can I change it to summer ‘cause of the hot, hot weather.  I’m spoiled where I live in Canada – I get all four seasons in full. It’s awesome!
What's your favorite material object that you already own?
My computers
What item, that you don't have already, would you most like to own?
My house ;)
If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

Sleep – I always feel like I could use more time!
If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
Which body part would you choose to get a tattoo done?

Already done… and not saying ;)
Wanita! You have a tattoo! I never knew that. Tea or coffee?
Decaf – and both!
What's the one thing, you can't live without?
Internet J
Ditto! *smiles* It’s not like I spend too much time on my computer or anything. *coughs again* Would you rather have a cat or dog? Why?  
Dog … it’s hard to walk a cat J and a BIG dog… little ones look kinda like cats J

Love your dog! If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
– the one my mc has in Rae of Hope
Oh! I know the one! What is your favorite quote?
“The heights of men were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upwards in the night” author unknown
What's the furthest you have traveled?

 It was to: South Korea… or Japan?  I have been to both at different times
What is your best scar? Tell the story of how you got it.
 – on the upper part of the back of my leg… ok, maybe a little bit higher.  I was about 5 when it happened.  I have 4 older brothers (and a sister too) but my oldest brother is 9 years older than me and took me for a ride in our backyard on his mini-minibike.  It was awesome… till I decided I wanted to get off by myself and slide down to sit momentarily on the exhaust pipe.  I’ve got a good set of lungs so you can imagine what happened ;)
What's your favorite sport?
Athletics – high jump
I found another picture of you doing high jump! Here it is:

Wanita jumping 1.90m (6'3") at World Championship Trials, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Those are amazing pictures, Wanita. You're an awesome athlete. If you had to be a teacher of something, what would you teach?
Phys Ed
I can totally see that. What was the first car you drove?
Standard (not automatic) Ford Escort
Hey! I drive a Ford Escort. I love it! What do you miss most about childhood?
How summer seemed to last forever J and just being carefree.  I wouldn’t want to go back, but I would love to have a conversation with myself (like in the Time Traveller) That’d be pretty neat
You were bitten by a vampire, now what? (Or werewolf) 
Go find Edward Cullen (or Jacob)
Yeah, I think I'd do the same thing, too, 'cause he's pretty hot! What is Eskimo ice?
 Flippin’ hard ice from the Tundra here in Canada
Look at the picture to the right. You are being chased by Godzilla, what do you do?
Pretend I see Jane. (or whatever his love interest’s name was J )
Why am I asking you these questions?

‘Cause Chrissy is Crazy J
That I am! LOL. What comes first, Chicken or Egg?

 Does it REALLY matter?  As long as you know Who made them J
AWESOME answer! When is your birthday?

Winter… after Christmas, but before Valentine’s Day J
How many brothers and sisters do you have?
Immediate – 4 brothers (all married), 1 sister (married), 1 sister in law (married), 1 brother in law (married)
Where does your family live?
All in the same city/area – within 20 minutes of each other
Where do you live?
In Canada
What's your worst pet peeve?
 People who drive BELOW the speed limit
Like this turtle? Hee, hee, hee. What's your favorite horror movie? 

 Can’t watch… I’m a total wimp
Do you do dance crazy when no one is looking?
Heck yeah!!!  Even when people are looking!
Do you play a musical instrument?
 Piano, Flute, Piccolo
Most frequent song played? 
Right now – Adele

Movies or TV? 
Movies or PVR’d tv – less commercials!

McDonalds or Burger King and why? 

WENDY’s! (because of the spicey chicken burger) I love their chicken sandwich!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?


… or Ostrich
Hmm. I wondered what that tasted like. Feathery? Or tough? You were just given a yacht. What would you name it?
CU L8r
Do you have any hidden talents?

 I hope so J

What a "FUN" interview! Thanks, Wanita, for visiting "FUN" Interviews on The Purple Brick Road. It was a pleasure to have you. And a big thank you to everyone who tuned in. Wanita is giving away one free ebook of Rae of Hope to one lucky winner. Wanita has also informed me that as a bonus, if we hit 50 comments, she is giving away a paperback version as well! How awesome is that? For a chance to win, all you have to do is consider joining this blog, (but only if you like it, and I will follow you back) leave one thoughtful comment, and your email address. A winner will be picked the on November 28th in a random drawing. I have personally read Rae of Hope and let me tell you it's an AWESOME read! Good luck everybody!

Connect with Wanita online!


It's Nov. 28th! The winners are





Claire's Book Corner said...

Hi I am already a follower. Thank you for introducing me to a new author and book plus a great interview.

Anonymous said...

you did a FANTASTIC job with this interview! Thanks SO much!
Cheers, Wanita
ps... my book's gone live today - it is official open ... maybe we need to make a slight competition here... get 50+ comments and lets throw in a paperback copy of the book as well!
so- TWO winners - an ebook and if there are50+ comments, a paperback as well!

Rachel Brimble said...

What a fantastic interview! I want to be interviewed by you, lol!

I didn't know about your high-jump, Wanita - wow! I wish you all the luck in the world with Rae of Hope, it looks an amazing read.

Rachel x

Cheryl Guiton-Provost said...

Awesome interview!! Rae of Hope is a great read. I have to purchase a couple of copies of the print edition so I can have Wanita sign them as it's not easy to sign an e-edition!

Heidi Ruby Miller said...

Chrissy, what an awesome format for an interview! I loved the illustrated aspect.

So good to meet you, Wanita. You are a girl who knows how to live life! Your book sounds wonderful, and the cover is beautiful.

;) Heidi

J.C. Martin said...

Pleased to meet you, Wanita! Great interview, learned lots about Wanita. Love the blurb of RAE OF HOPE. I'm intrigued! Oh, and wow at your high jumping career!


John wheatley said...

Fantastic interview - witty, colourful and unpredictable - makes me curious about the book and will add it to my list.

Anonymous said...

That was so fun! Beautiful cover, and the book sounds fantastic! Nice to "meet" you! I write YA Paranormal Fantasy, too. It's my preferred genre!

Coco Ihle said...

Wonderful interview, Wanita! So unique and interesting. Good luck with it and many others to come!!!

Charlotte Blackwell said...

What a fun and interesting interview. Thanks for sharing with us and best of luck on your road to success.

Unknown said...

Hi Chrissy & Wanita! I am SO happy I am already a member of this blog. I loved this interview with Wanita, and I really hope I win! :) Rae of Hope looks and sounds very cool! Wanita, great photos...(the athletic ones and the book cover!) :) Chrissy, my new goal is to get interviewed by you, lol! Great job! (Great idea, too!)

My email is

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Hi Wanita. Fabulous interview. I ordered my granddaughter a copy of your book from Amazon last night, so she'd be one of the first to read it. She's 18 and often reviews books on her blog. I'll be eager to hear her thoughts. As always, wishing you great sales...and, YES, I still have cover envy!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks everyone for the congrats and encouragement with the book! I hope it turns out to be as successful as you all make it sound!!
We're up to 11 comments so I'm adding another so we can get closer to the 50 goal and we can add a paperback with the ebook prize!
And I believe Chrissy has a new job - blog interviewer! She did an amazing interview!!

Unknown said...

Great interview Chrissy!!

Eeek, i can't watch horrors either.
Best of luck Wanita


Tiffany Evans said...

YAY! My two favorite writers!!

Chrissy, I just love your blog! You're so fun!! Wanita, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your interview--you're so spunky and full of energy! Can't wait to purchase your book... unless of course I win!!!!!! ;)

XOXOXOXO to both of you!!

Marti said...

What a great interview, Wanita. Doesn't Chrissy make life fun??!! I'm looking forward to getting your book :)

Anne Van said...

Super fun interview! I learned so much about you Wanita! Can't wait to read Rae of Hope!

Unknown said...

You have a great site here. Keep up the good work!

Holly Hook said...

Rae of Hope is a great book. I'd know! I had the privelege of reading it before its official publication.

Unknown said...

Fabulous interview, Chrissy, you are so much fun. And Wanita's book is fabulous, I know because I've read it too. Good luck Wanita. I Know you'll sell heaps. Love the pictures too.

I'll go and twitter it now.

Victoria said...

Wonderful interview! I love the idea of a tattoo imparting special powers to its owner! Cool!

laughingwolf said...

st. kitts, eh? just moved here from halifax in july [niagara area is where i grew up, eons ago], so almost like coming home :)

good interview c & w...

with 3 kids, how do you find time to write one book, much less so many of em simultaneously?

g'luck w/all of em! :D

alexlukeman said...

This is a very cool site, great photos, and a great idea (the Tatu for supernatural powers). We need more stiuff like this on blogs.

Christie said...

Awesome interview! Best of luck, Wanita! Your book sounds awesome!!

Unknown said...

Yay Chrissy! What a great upbeat interview! I'm totally jazzed to read Rae of Hope (really enjoyed the book trailer!) and will definitely check out Wanita May's website and her facebook page. Love all the pics you added to your post. Oh, and I like the "chicken or egg" question! :)

Judy said...

I really enjoyed your interview, it was very informative, loved the pictures:) The book also looks great, would love to win it!!

GFC follower-judy


Liz @ Fictional Candy said...

Wow, that really was a great interview! I get such stage fright about interviews that I've kind of steered away from them, but I love reading ones like this.

This book sounds really interesting. After this comment I'm going to stalk Wanita, then I am heading over to Goodreads to TBR it :)

And I love that trailer! The blood red tear near the end was just beyond gorgeous!

And Chrissy, thank you for stopping by my site. I'm a new follower for you. The imagery on your site is just beautiful, I'm looking forward to going through and reading more :)


clenna said...

I'm a new follower.
I enjoyed reading your review and I definitely want to read this book.
The interview was great - I laughed at many of Wanita's answers. She's great too.

clenna at aol dot com

jacque said...

What a great the photos! Would love to read this book too! Thx for the chance!
jacque (gfc follow)
twinmomx5 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for following my blog (Reviews By Molly). I have become a new follower of your lovely blog as well! Thanks for the giveaway!


Diane Stringam Tolley said...

What a terrific interview! Both interviewer and interviewee! I love lively people!!!

S.B.Niccum said...

Thanks for stopping by the Chicks in Lit blog! The book looks great!

Livia @ Butterfly-o-Meter Books said...

Hey there :D
Wow, and you said my blog looks good? I mean, WOW!! I love your header, it's beyond fabulous!! *stares&stares*
Uhm, yes, where was I? :D
Loved the interview, really fun and informative! And I obviously followed you, you're too awesome not to, really. :D
I'd love an ebook, if it's cool for international peeps to enter? My email is l.e.olteano(at)gmail(dot)com.
But don't consider me for the paperback, if it gets to that, I mean, I live half way across the world. Ebook is love, snail mail taking 2 weeks to get me is horror, so... :)

Thanks for stopping by, I'm very happy we connected :)

K Garcia said...

Congrats on your tour and on your release. I like the cover and the premise.

Definitely adding you to my TBR pile.

Nathalanes Place said...

what a great interview, I love your blog, thanks for following me this way I discovered a fantastic new book blog, discovered a new great author, would love to win this book, I live in Canada , would love the paperback if possible if not then I'll settle for the ebook, my email is
thanks again and I'm also following you, which is awesome,
have a great day

Unknown said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Sorry I'm late in replying! You have a great blog :) i'm a new follower

Amy @ Following The Reader

Bonnie Gets A Say said...

Wow. Great blog. Thanks for stopping by mine!


Why Not? Because I Said So! said...

Super interview and the book looks great!

New follower here.


wanda f said...

Sounds like a great read

Denise Z said...

Thank you so much for sharing today. I loved the picture and the fun interview. I appreciate your participation in this fun giveaway opportunity.
GFC - Denise Zaky

Mary @SweepingMe said...

Thanks for the great interview!! I have never heard of the book before. I love new authors! I simply love this cover also. Thanks for the trailer.

GFC-Mary @SweepingMe

mary_reiss @

Penny Kathleen said...

Really fun interview and sounds like a great book!

GFC-Penny Kathleen


Kai Strand, Author said...

What a fun interview and the book sounds intriguing! Thanks for the fun giveaway.

GFC - kaistrand

kaistrand @ yahoo . com

desitheblonde said...

wow you are something else and then
i hope you will suceed in the books

Jeremy Bates said...


i used to do high jump and never came close to that and im 6'3!

Tressa said...

I haven't seen this book before, but it's on my tbr list now. I love the cover!

tressa dot sherman at hotmail dot com

mnjcarter said...

Very fun interview! You are definitely talented in many facets.

GFC follower Missy

Ricki said...

Looks like a good book and a fun interview - and you have almost hit 50 (I think I am 49).
GFC - rickimc

Krysykat said...

Awesome interview!!
GFC- Krysta Banco


holls said...

Very thorough interview!! Awesome giveaway!! Thanks!

GFC holly wright
Hollybwright atcomcastdotnet

AshleyS said...

Haha what a fun interview. I joined your site gfc ;)

Mary Ellen said...

I think that was one of the most entertaining author interviews I've read. Great questions and interesting answers! And I loved the pictures!

GFC follower - Mary Ellen Thompson

Thank you for the chance to win!

LadyVampire2u said...

Great interview! And thanks for the awesome giveaway. Have a happy Thanksgiving.
GFC: LadyVampire2u

LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

~April~ said...

What a fun interview...
Thanks for the giveaway...
GFC follower aprilharvell

Darlene said...

Cool concept - gaining supernatural powers through a tattoo! I'd love to read more about Rae!

Thanks for the giveaway!

GFC Darlene
darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

Bookworm Lisa said...

I can't watch horror movies either, I hyperventalate.

New GFC follower - Bookworm Lisa

ke7yca at gmail dot com

Linda Henderson said...

Thank you for the excellent giveaway. I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season. I did enjoy the interview very much.

GFC follow as seriousreader

seriousreader at live dot com

poisnivyred said...

Loved the interview! Rae of Hope looks like a really great book, I definitely want to read it!

Gfc kel

Poisnivyred AT

Martha Eskuchen said...

Thanks for the fun and crazy interview. Best wishes with your high jumps!
Thanks for the giveaway.
New GFC= MarthaE

Andrea I said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I loved the interview.


magic5905 said...

I follow you on google, magic5905
I would love the book, I do not have and ereader. Thanks.
magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

SiNn said...

aweosme interview was deff fun sounds like agreat biik

im a new follower

as SiNn


Krystal Larson said...

Thank you for the chance to win-I don't have an ereader, but this looks great! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

Memrie said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
I LOVED the interview :)
GFC - Memrie


Brenda Demko said...

Thank you for the giveaway! I follow via GFC: Brenda Demko.

Laura BurgandyIce said...

FUN blog!! FUN post highlighting this book & author... THANKS!!!!!

I'm a new GFC (& RSS feed, never know about GFC, you know)

Have a great weekend!!

Laura BurgandyIce said...

oops... I'm at burgandyice at live dot com


Cheryl said...

I follow via GFC (sweepingtheusa)

sweepingtheusa at gmail dot com

Paula L. said...

GFC Paula Lee
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Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Wow what a great giveaway!
GFC: Charissa

Anonymous said...

Wow what a great giveaway!
GFC: Charissa

Anonymous said...

Wow what a great giveaway!
GFC: Charissa

Laura H. said...

Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in this blog hop! I’m a new follower via GFC (MamaHendo3). Good luck with your book! :-)


Luci.Calanor said...

That was a fabulous interview!

Unknown said...

Passing through for the Beck Valley hop :-)
Already commented, but will say again that another fab interview (& answers!)



Anonymous said...


amazing interview with an amazing writer!

it would be nice if you could check on mine and leave a comment here:

thank you and have a nice day! :)

Adrian Shop said...

Wow what a great giveaway! GFC: Charissa Email:

wilda said...

What a great review (Y)

hilton m said...

just say "WOW" for the pictures :)

nice articel