Title: Wicked Hunger
Series: Someone Wicked This Way Comes Series, Book One
Author: DelSheree Gladden
Published: Date April 1st, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
Page Count: 358
Genre: YA Mature Paranormal Romance
Content Warning: Violence, minor language, romance
“Save him and hurt him, don’t save him and hurt him. Pain, either way. Delicious pain. Hunger will be the only one that wins. Hunger always wins.”Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. Their whole life is a giant web of deceit made in an effort to conceal the deadly secrets that plague their family.Zander will do anything to forget his mistakes, including pushing everyone away. He was barely surviving in his self-forced solitude before Ivy Guerra entered his life. The new girl in school, with her pink-striped hair and unyielding curiosity, incites something wicked inside Zander that can only be blamed on his family genes. Now Zander is forced to fight an internal war and make a choice between loving Ivy Guerra and killing her.Vanessa wants nothing more than to shed the strange powers she wields and be normal. Because if Van were normal, she’d be able to have normal things… Like a relationship with the boy she’s been secretly in love with for years. Unfortunately, her life is anything but ordinary. That boy who owns her heart just happens to be her brother’s kryptonite and apotential liability for her entire family. When choices between love and family loyalty have to be made, Van finds herself faced with an impossible decision.As if the Roth family needs anything more to worry about, a vicious plot to expose Van and Zander for what they are is uncovered. When it becomes apparent that someone close to them is at the center of this devious plan, the fight to maintain control and keep their cover ensues. It’s a seemingly impossible battle because something is causing their powers to stir stronger than ever before… and it won’t stop until Van and Zander give in to their wicked hunger.
Tell my fans a little bit about yourself and your books.
I have spent most of my life in New Mexico, but I love to travel. I’ve been to 17 states in the US, and I hope to visit the rest, as well as add a few more foreign countries to my list. My books have been set in places all over the country, but Wicked Hunger is actually set in my home state. Albuquerque is a good spot for Van and Zander Roth to hide because it’s not too big of a city to have a heavy enemy presence and it’s easy enough to disappear into the desert if the need arises. When someone is trying to tell the world about your darkest secrets, having an escape plan is a must.
How would you introduce your books to someone that has yet to read them?
The Roth siblings aren’t your typical heroes. In fact, their hunger for pain and suffering makes is easier to mistake them for villains. They’re trying to survive their hunger and pretend their normal, but it’s certainly not easy. When Ivy Guerra shows up and sends their hunger into a frenzy, their daily battle for normal only gets worse. One slip up will not only expose them, it could cost them their lives.
How many books have you written? What are their titles?
Wicked Hunger will be my eleventh published book. My other books are currently all YA and include The Aerling Series, The Destroyer Trilogy, The Escaping Fate Series, and Twin Souls Saga. My first contemporary romance, Date Shark, will be published this coming May.
What genre have you not yet written, but would like to try?
I grew up reading tons of fantasy. I would love to write pure fantasy, and I have a few ideas on the back burner, but I need to finish up a few projects first.
What inspired you to start writing? What age did you start?
My love for reading eventually turned me on to writing. I loved getting lost in the books I read, and I wanted to try and create that for myself. I started getting interested in writing as a teenager, but it wasn’t until after I was married that I really got serious about making it a career.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I love just about every type of art, although I’m not terribly good with watercolors. I also love being outdoors hiking and camping with my family and trying to remember how to use my Nikon camera.
What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
Read as much as you can, especially in the genre you plan to write. Every genre has its own language, and if you don’t know how to speak it, readers will know. Plus, you can learn so much from other writers. Think about what you like and don’t like about the books you read and learn from that.
What’s your favorite scene/line from your works?
One of my favorite lines is from Vanessa Roth in Wicked Hunger. “People who don’t know me well think I’m a moody, dark teenager. I’m really just trying not to kill them.”
What's the hardest thing about writing? The easiest?
The easiest for me is coming up with ideas. The hardest is taking criticism. Even when I know a story still needs work, it’s always hard to hear someone point out its faults. But you have to get used to it, because it’s very difficult for a writer to see all their own mistakes.
What are you currently reading?
Right now I’m reading Losing Logan by Sherry Ficklin. I was lucky enough to be able to get an advanced copy of this one, as it won’t be published until this summer, but trust me, it’s one readers won’t want to miss.
What are you currently working on?
That’s a bit of a long list! The second book in the Someone Wicked This Way Comes Series, Wicked Power, was just sent off to the editor, and I’ve started on book three, Wicked Glory. On the to-do list also are the second Date Shark Series book (untitled), Oracle Lost (Escaping Fate #3), and Invincible (Aerling Series #3).
What books did you read as a child?
Some of my favorites were The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede, anything by Eva Ibbotson or Dianna Wynne Jones, The Saddle Club books, and The Gymnasts series.
What genre is your favorite to read?
I love young adult fiction. It’s my first love in reading, and it always will be, but there are very few genres I won’t read.
How has your life changed since you began writing?
It’s given me an outlet for everything going on in my life, good or bad. I went through several incredibly difficult years of schooling recently, and being able to escape all of that and delve into a world I created really helped me get through it.
Do you listen to music while you write?
Most of the time I do. I like to have background noise when I’m writing, but when I really need to focus I’ll turn everything off so I don’t have any distractions.
What's been your favorite moment as an author?
Getting an email from a reader who happened to be a teacher and having her tell me that she was using one of my books in her reading program. I was so excited and humbled to hear that!
Out of all of your characters, who is your favorite?
That’s such a hard choice! I think I have to go with Ketchup from Wicked Hunger, though. Not only does his name make me smile every time I say it, but I adore his sense of humor and devotion to Van. I just love him!
What do you want readers to take away from your books?
I hope readers take away the idea that nobody else can decide your fate. It doesn’t matter what situation you’re born in or stumble into it, your choices will determine your future. You have the strength to overcome whatever trials you’re faced with.
You’re stranded on a deserted island. What books do you take with you?
The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson and the last Wheel of Time book by Robert Jordan. The Mistborn books are just so incredibly captivating that I could read them over and over again. The last Wheel of Time book I’m just not sure I’ll ever have time to read it unless I’m on a deserted island. That book is huge!
What book(s) do you wish you would have written?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It was such a beautiful love story, I still think about it years after having read it.
Favorite book character?
Matrim Cauthon from The Wheel of Time Series. He had the best lines!
What is your dream vacation destination?
I’d love to spend a month touring Europe. I’d definitely make sure I knew how to use my camera better for a trip like that!
Do you have any interesting dreams or goals?
I want to make it to the top of one of the fourteeners in Colorado. We’ve hiked to some really amazing places, but I’ve never actually made it to the top of one of the big mountains.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself writing full time and having adventures with my husband and kids.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
When crazy meets pen and paper.
Where can fans find you?
Finding me is pretty easy, since my name is so unusual! Just type DelSheree into a search engine, and there I am. But just to make things easy, here are the links!
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDelShereeGladden
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/delsheree.gladden
“Nobody ever just wants to be my friend, right?” I ask. “That’s what you were going to say, wasn’t it?”
“Van, I didn’t mean …”
“Yes you did, because it’s true.” I take a deep breath. My ragtag group of friends all owe me. Every one of them is my honest to goodness friend now, but they never would have had anything to do with me if I hadn’t saved their lives. I give up and slide to the ground so I can wallow.
“I didn’t mean to sound like such a jerk,” Ketchup says. He sits down next to me. “I thought you were lying, that you didn’t want to admit you had to rescue someone else, that he was only there because he felt like he had to be.”
That familiar stab of rejection buries itself in my chest. “I wasn’t lying,” I manage to whisper.
“You didn’t save him?”
I shake my head. “He saved me, actually,” I say without thinking.
“What?” Ketchup demands.
I try to backtrack, but Ketchup will not let this one go. Finally, I give in and tell him about what happened in the alley. Well, I tell him as much as I can. Ketchup is stunned at the tale of me getting mixed up with a trio of chollos. He doesn’t bat an eye about me fighting, and he doesn’t look for evidence of bruises or cuts. He doesn’t seem to know whether to be angry or grateful when I mentioned Noah breaking up the fight. In the end, the only emotion that sticks around in Ketchup’s eyes is sadness.
“Why didn’t you tell me?”
Shame makes me look away. “It was stupid to walk home. I was embarrassed, and I was fine anyway.”
I hold up a hand, not willing to discuss it anymore. Ketchup grunts in annoyance, but doesn’t press the issue. Instead, he goes back to the original topic. The skepticism is clear in his voice when he says, “And now he’s your English partner? Isn’t that kind of weird?”
“I know. I was worried at first, too, but he hasn’t pulled anything. I even offered to let him off the hook and do it alone, but he said no.”
“Van, I don’t know Noah very well, but he’s been here a few years. He’s heard the rumors and stories. He knows about your…interesting past. How can you be sure of his motivations?”
I shrug. Admitting Noah’s biggest motivator for ignoring the vicious stories constantly circulating about me is because he likes me is not something I want to discuss with Ketchup.
“Are you sure he isn’t after something?” Ketchup asks. “Van, I don’t want you to get hurt.”
“Is it really so hard to believe someone might just like me?”
“By someone, you mean a guy,” Ketchup says, jealousy sneaking back into his voice. When I don’t answer, Ketchup knows the answer is yes. He sighs and leans his head against the wall. “Noah likes you?”
“I think so. Is it that surprising?” I ask.
Ketchup is quiet. His hand moves slowly to take mine, and for once I let him. “Is it surprising that a guy thinks you’re beautiful and amazing?” he asks softly. His hand tightens around mine. “No, it’s not surprising. Everyone should be able to see that about you. Everyone should see you like I do.”
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