Book Nerd Vlog Post
She’s summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, ridden the Trans-Siberian rails, bicycled through Vietnam, done the splits on the Great Wall of China, and evaded the boat police in Venice. However, her best international adventures take place on the page.Whitney is represented by Jennifer Laughran at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
What fiction most influenced your childhood, and what effect did those stories have on The Crimson Gate?
There was so much amazing fiction that influenced my childhood. My mom is a big reader and always had a ton of books around…some of them were off limits because I was “too young” to read them, so of course those are the ones I would sneak off her shelf and read the moment she left the house! One that really sticks with me, and which had a huge influence on The Violet Hour and The Crimson Gate was The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. That was the first dystopian novel I ever read and I found the idea of a near-future society completely overtaken by a dominant religion to be utterly fascinating (and completely terrifying). It also had an ending that echoes of a horror novel, in that it doesn’t completely resolve and leaves us fearful of an unknown future. I’d never read a book before that which didn’t tie everything up in a tidy little package, and I thought it was freaking awesome (but don’t worry, The Crimson Gate does have a resolution…mostly…). The other fiction that influenced me a lot was anything by Stephen King, especially The Stand, IT, Pet Sematary, and The Shining. This is probably where I got my taste for some of the more gruesome aspects of my books—eyeballs, anyone? I loved the sense of realism—King’s books seem so contemporary with this believable edge of the supernatural that makes you wonder if it couldn’t happen to you. He is amazing, and his books definitely influenced me as I wrote both TVH and TCG. Finally, I’d say that A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle was a HUGE influence on me and totally informed the more sci-fi aspects of TCG. This book (and the whole series) introduced me to time travel and altered futures, and I have been obsessed ever since. I love giving these books to my nieces and nephews and introducing a new generation of readers to the magic of L’Engle’s books! Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Jean and Booknerds! This is my favorite spot for readers and I am so grateful for all your support. Hope you enjoy The Crimson Gate J
Top Ten List - 10 characteristics of a great friend:
1. Good sense of humor
2. Great taste in shoes
6. Curious about the world
9. Likes my books ;)
10. Good sense of humor, again
Harlow Wintergreen has just been named the new Matriarch of VisionCrest, the powerful religious organization previously led by her father. But there's one big problem. The real Harlow is trapped inside a Cambodian temple, and her double, the evil Isiris, has escaped confinement and is masquerading as her.
Now initiated as their leader, Isiris intends to unleash a killer super virus aimed at cleansing the planet of VisionCrest. In order to stop her, Harlow must find a way out of the temple and locate the Resistance...or the world will be destroyed.