Welcome to Three Questions with Van Heerling. This is where you get to meet authors, actors, painters and anyone else that is bent toward the arts, but on a more personal level.
Today I welcome Wendy Siefken co-author of Kai's Journey.
VH: When was the last time you felt alive? I mean really alive!
WS: The last time I felt really alive I was young, 16 years young. I didn’t have family or pressures of everyday life. I felt a connection to someone for the first time in my life. It was as if I could feel every cell, every molecule in my body coursing with life. It was night and there was a group of us just talking and enjoying the evening. I just felt so free and happy and alive. My whole life was ahead of me and felt as if I could do anything!
VH: I remember a similar feeling. Gosh, it seems so long ago.
When was the last time you helped someone that was desperately in need? What did you do? Was this person grateful?
WS: I helped a fellow student who was trying to go to a job interview in Kansas and he was short some money. Now we are by no means rolling in it. As a matter of fact, we are hurting pretty bad right now too. Only one income and he just took a 10% pay cut. I had enough to cover what he was short so I gave it to him. I figured his need was greater than ours so I gave it to him. Yes he grudgingly accepted. He does have his pride but he really needed that job. He got the job so it worked out.
VH: What is the one thing, good or bad, you wish you could have said to a former boyfriend/girlfriend? Why didn’t you? Don’t worry he/she probably won’t read this.
WS: I never dated this person but always felt a strong connection with him. I wish I could have been brave and said how I felt about him. I wish I could have said I cared about him. There was a connection with him, not just an, "Oh I think he is cute" connection. That deep down soul bonding connection. As if you could tell each other anything and feel safe. It was as if we had known each other for a life time. I didn't say anything because I was supposed to be dating his friend and didn't want to come between them and I was too scared to. He is one of my many regrets; I guess that is why I try not to let opportunities pass me by like that. If I care about someone I tell them. If they don’t say anything back at least I said something. It’s that way in other aspects in other situations too. I always try when it comes to something even if it might be scary or out of my comfort zone, I do it anyway. Like publish a book!
VH: That "deep down soul bonding," feeling...I call it soul recognition. In my humble opinion it is one of the greatest experiences in life.
WS: Thank you for letting me come into your life for just a moment Van!
VH: You're welcome Wendy.
Kai has been fighting for survival and trying to find a way to rid the world of the disease his father created. His father was a military scientist charged with the task of perfecting a formula that would create a superior breed of soldiers. Kai's father accidentally created a race of zombies. Like a virus, it soon spreads to the entire world, unleashing a period of unsurpassed chaos and conflict.
In the midst of this turmoil, Kai comes across a young woman named Clover, who is part of a clan traveling across the United States to try to find what is left of humanity. Clover is a part of a clan of werewolves who can turn at will but aren't blood thirsty savages as depicted in general history. .
Along the way Kai and Clover come across stragglers who join with the group as they journey across the upper part of what used to be known as North America.
One night while Kai and Clover were watching a meteor shower they meet a group totally out of this world. Kai and Clover begin a heroic journey, fueled by the increasingly dim hope that somehow, the human race will have a chance to start over.
Wendy Siefken (1966-Present) Currently working full time from home on writing stories and now interviewing new and independent authors. Wendy lives on a farm with her family and enjoys reading, gardening and other activities with her family and friends. This is our first publication with many more to follow. This all started as a school project for her aib son and business partner, Charles Siefken, that has grown into a desire to be published.
The book is a journey into the fantasy realm of what if's. What if zombies took over the world? What if werewolves were real? What if dragons were really not from earth but from another planet? I hope you enjoy this YA book. This book is ideal for a young reader who you may not want reading a book with a lot of blood and gore. This book doesn't have that. It has a story without all the graphics of a battle. I hope you take a look and enjoy!
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7/23/2012 08:02:35 am
Great interview Van and Wendy. Those are tough questions!
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