Interview with YA Writer Chantele Sedgwick

Today I'm excited to introduce you all to YA writer Chantele Sedgwick. Chantele and I met in the blogosphere and my favorite thing about her is how supportive she is. We're lucky to have her as a part of the community!

From Chantele's bio: I am a wife, mother of three silly kids, a harp player and an avid reader of books. I enjoy reading and writing YA fantasy, urban fantasy and paranormal. I'm repped by Uwe Stender at TriadaUS Literary.

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

Thanks so much for interviewing me, Kelsey! I love your blog! I'm a stay-at-home-mom to three cute kids and I've been married 8 years to the love of my life. I've played the harp for a very long time, love to sing alone or with my sisters and I can play the piano a little, but not really well.

I've always wanted to play the harp. I'm a piano girl, myself. Hey, maybe we can give each other lessons!

2. Are you allowed to tell us anything about your book?

It's about a teenage guy who gets stuck being a fairy godmother for his last assignment at the Academy of Magical Beings. He has to grant three wishes to a troubled human girl to get his diploma and become a Sandman. There is humor, some mystery and a little bit of love!

What a unique premise! Can't wait to get my hands on it...

3. Have you always wanted to be an author? What was the first thing you remember writing?

Actually, no. I've always had stories in my head but never thought about writing them down until high school. I think the first story I wrote was about a bunch of high school kids stuck in a cabin with a bear trying to break in and eat them. Yes. I was very creative back then, haha.

Love it!

4. Will you share something about your writing style? Music, plotter/pantser, etc.

I used to write in complete silence, but having 3 kids and a hubby who likes to watch movies really loud I've had to adapt to noise. I love writing to music. It gets my creativity moving. Movie scores are the best to write to. As for how I write, I'm a total pantser. I do outline a little, but never the whole book. I know what I want to happen before I start writing my books, but things always change as I go along. I wish I could plot a little more, but I've gotten used to the fact that pantsing is just how I roll.

Don't worry, I'm a pantser too. And I love movie soundtracks; Lord of the Rings is the best.

5. What do you do when you are not writing?

Chase kids around most of the time! Read if I can. And I love watching movies with my hubby.

6. What was the last book you read?

Witch Song by Amber Argyle. Loved.

7. What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?

Never give up. Truly. And write because you love it. You have to be the first one to love and believe in your work. If you can do that, you'll make it someday.

8. How did you find your agent?

I found him on querytracker. He was in the very last batch of agents I queried. He called me two days after I sent it to offer representation! Again, never give up!

Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla all the way!
Sweet or spicy? Sweet. Although I do like a little spice in life.
Dogs or cats? I'm a dog person.
 
It's been great having you on the blog today, Chantele. For those of you who would like to stalk get to know this lady even better, Chantele can be found on her blog or on Twitter.