Water Princess, Fire Prince Blog Tour - INTERVIEW + SNIPPET

About the Book

When the Lady Dragon does come,
Hold fast, do not fear, do not run.
Your Water Princess will fight,
Fire Prince will set all to right.
Each shall come from a Fall,
Their union will save you all.

Despite the fact that she's on track for competing in the Olympics, and he's practically raised his younger brothers since they lost their mom in a car accident, Clara Mandras and Andrew Stevenson are pretty much normal teens. They have normal hopes, normal dreams, and they live in a normal world.
All this is torn away from them when they are thrust into another world and declared Water Princess and Fire Prince. With no experience ruling a country, meeting each other for the first time, and being expected to fight the Lady Dragon – an evil sorceress plaguing the world of Rizkaland – Clara and Andrew are underprepared and inexperienced. Unless they learn to work together despite their standing opposition, Rizkaland's hope will be lost. 

What is to come will change their lives forever.


Today I have the opportunity of interviewing Kendra E. Ardnek, author of this awesome book.  Welcome to my corner of the Internet, Kendra!  Congrats on the release of Water Princess, Fire Prince!

1. Would you consider yourself a fast or slow writer?

I oscillate. I'll go through these stretches of time when five hundred words is cause of celebration, and then suddenly I'll hit inspiration and I'll have several weeks where a thousand words is a bad day.

2. What is your favorite part in the writing process?
Brainstorming, while the book is still shiny with all that beautiful potential and I don't have to worry about plot holes yet.

3. Do you listen to music while you write?
No, I'm afraid that I'm one of those boring authors who writes best in absolute silence. 

4. How long have you been a Christian?
Seventeen years as of just a few days ago, if you believe the video that my mom filmed the day after I accepted Jesus into my heart. So, most of my life.

5. Coffee or tea.

I consider coffee to be the lesser of the two evils. More versatile, easier to mask with stevia. And it comes in lemon, which helps with sore throats. However, when given the option, I'm more of a Hot Cider or Hot Chocolate person.

6. Outside of your books, what character are you most like?

Ooh, this is a difficult question. Maybe Maddie Hatter from Ever After High by Shannon Hale. I'm a bit random. The big difference between us is that I don't have any actual wonderland magic, and I don't care for tea.

7. What is your favorite movie?

Another difficult one! Truth be told, I'm not the hugest fan of movies, as I prefer to be adsorbed by the written word. Can I go with the Nutcracker ballet? Because I love the Nutcracker!

Thank you so much for joining me, Kendra!

As promised, here is a little snippet from the story.  This is one of my favorite parts!

With that thought, she turned to the Fire Prince with the exclamation, “Movie magic, I love it.”
He turned towards her with a confused expression on his face. “Movie magic?”
She pointed towards the chasm. “Don’t you just love movie magic?”
He got the joke this time and chuckled. “Water Princess, this isn’t a movie,” he pointed out. He sighed. “It’s real life. Our life.”
“Oh.” She let the silence sit for several seconds before she added. “I just keep getting mixed up.” She sighed. “But now that you mention it, you’re right. I just don’t think this is a movie. Probably just a book.”
“A book?”
“And, knowing our luck, not even one of the good ones.Probably some self-published work.” She shook her head. “I’d hate to know what the cover art looks like. Probably some photoshop fail.”
He laughed. “That would be just our luck.”

About the Author

Kendra E. Ardnek loves fairy tales and twisting them in new and exciting ways.  She's been practicing her skills on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years, "Finish your story, Kendra", is frequently heard at family gatherings.  Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children's tales that also glorify God and his Word. You can read more about her on her blog, knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com.

Free Books!

For just a few days, Kendra is offering some of her other books for free!  Make sure and read them!
August 31st - September 4th:
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  1. Awesome interview, and great questions! (I read Ever After High, and I can see why Kendra could pick Maddie . . . though there are other characters she reminds me more of, I think. Though, since I don't know her offline, I'm likely wrong.)

    1. I'm a really random person in real life, and I have long, thick, curly hair. Also, in the third book, Maddie gets to be the narrator for a while.

    2. I just realized that I answered with coffee instead of tea. I hate coffee. I enjoy making it, especially fancy coffees - but drinking it is a NO. I can tolerate tea, though.

    3. Huh. I wouldn't have guessed you were that random . . . then again, I'm more random online than I am off, so I shouldn't be surprised that someone else could be the opposite.
      And I agree; coffee isn't something I drink either. (Not that I've tried it . . . but I can't stand the smell of it.) I do like tea, though, so we'll have to agree to disagree there.

    4. Hurrah for the anti-coffee crowd! And for the only-tolerating tea crowd. We're a rare sort.

  2. Hurrah for boring writers who don't listen to music! Silence does help focus, I think.

  3. Awesome interview, Alea! I love your "coffee or tea" question, because you really get to now a person by how they answer that. (I know you hate coffee, Kendra, haha.) I like them both for different reasons. Mornings always have their coffee, afternoons have hot chocolate or hot cider, and evenings get their tea.
    #4 is a great question too. My story is similar.

  4. I was wondering about that lemon coffee!

    Kendra is very random in real life ... which has been a challenge for this "strict detail by the book" mom.

  5. I don't tend to listen to music either when I'm writing. When I'm plotting maybe.

  6. Sweet interview, Alea!!! You've been a Christian for seventeen years, Kendra?! That is wonderful.


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