Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Wind Whisperer Blog Tour: Native Americans and Teen Fiction—A Risky Combination by Krista Holle (Presented by Dark World Books)

The Wind Whisperer

At fifteen, Anaii is the most important member of her tribe—and the most mysterious. Ever since Anaii can remember, the spirits of the wind have whispered of fertile hunting grounds and imminent enemy attacks. But when her people are ambushed by a brother clan without any apparent cause, the spirits remain eerily silent.

As the village prepares to retaliate, Anaii is pressured by her best friend, Elan, to marry him. It’s an old plea—Elan has spent a lifetime loving her, but Anaii only sees a childhood playmate out of an imposing warrior. Stifled by Elan’s insistence, Anaii escapes into the forest where she meets Jayttin, the beautiful son of the enemy chief.

Enamored by Jayttin’s carefree spirit and hope for peace, she repeatedly sneaks away to be with him, but when her deception is discovered, Elan is devastated. Pledging his lifelong affection, Elan gives her a passionate kiss, and Anaii begins to see her friend in a new light.

While Anaii is tormented over which man she must choose, the wind whispers of a new threat that could destroy both tribes. Only a union will afford a chance at survival, but the reality of that union is based on one thing—which man Anaii chooses to die.

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About the Author:

Krista Holle is an award winning author who stepped up her writing after reading Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. It occurred to Krista that there is an insatiable audience of women and girls who want to read books filled with stories about true love—not just vampires. When Krista is not writing, she loves to collect seashells, watch movies, and eat obscene amounts of pizza. Krista currently resides in Montpelier, Virginia with her husband, four daughters and an eccentric cat with a weird attachment to the family’s socks.

Native Americans and Teen Fiction—A Risky Combination

Choosing a topic for a book can be a tricky business for authors.  Some authors jump on the popularity bandwagon and roll out current favorites like vampires and dystopian societies. Others like me search for the road less traveled.  With the exception of a brief stint in Twilight, Native Americans have been nowhere near popular teen fiction.
I chose to write about Native Americans for several reasons. When I wrote The Wind Whisperer I was living on land once owned by Pocahontas.  My property was a piece of dowry that Powhatan gave to his daughter upon her marriage. I was inspired by my forested surroundings and saw Native American life wherever I went. I also chose to write about Native Americans because there were virtually no teen fiction books.
Convincing everyone else how fascinating Native Americans are can be a challenge. Almost all Native American artwork is cheesy and depicts white looking “characters” wearing cliché Native American garb.  The women usually look like costumed porn characters and the men bulging steroid addicts.  Both genders are covered from head to toe in feathers, body paint, and ceremonial regalia. This isn’t an accurate image of day to day Native American life at all.  
During my research for my newest novel, The Wind Whisperer, I discovered a people that were honorable, superstitious, and hardworking. I also learned that most Native Americans were very spiritual. Killing an animal for its food would require a prayer for the animal’s spirit and thanks to God. 
I also learned that to the natives everything had a spirit: tree, rock, river, and spider.  Because of this belief, it wasn’t such a stretch to invent a story where a fifteen-year-old girl could communicate with the wind spirits. In The Wind Whisperer, Anaii, can hear the wind spirits as they constantly comment on observations about life.  One moment Anaii learns that the raccoons are fighting over the trash. The next moment Anaii discovers a rival tribe is preparing to attack.

The Wind Whisperer was largely inspired by the local Powhatan Indian tribe. Their life was a hard one but it was also a life never short on adventure. Choosing a book subject to write about is tricky business—so is choosing a book to read. If romance, adventure, and magic sounds like your cup of tea, perhaps you’ll enjoy living the life of a Native American—for just a little while anyway. 

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The Wind Whisperer Tour schedule:

January 13th | E.M. Havens (Review)
January 14th | Reader Girls (Excerpt)
January 15th | Sapphyria’s Book Reviews (Guest Post, Excerpt)
January 16th | Darkest Sins (Guest Post)
January 17th | Gracen Miller (Excerpt)
January 20th | Happy Tails and Tales (Guest Post, Excerpt)
January 21st | The Ferryman’s Wife (Review, Excerpt)
January 23rd | Justified Lunacy (Review)
January 24th | Mind Reader (Excerpt)
January 27th | Vaempires (Guest Post)
January 28th | Ash Krafton’s Demimonde (Excerpt)
January 29th | Lusty Penguin Reviews (Guest Post, Excerpt)
January 30th | Nomi’s Paranormal Palace (Guest Post)
January 31st | JennReneeRead (Excerpt)
February 3rd | Happy Tails and Tales (Review, Author Interview)
February 4th | What the Cat Read (Author Interview, Excerpt)
February 5th | Fuonlyknew (Excerpt)
February 6th | Kindred Dreamheart (Excerpt)
February 7th | Cameo Renae YA Paranormal Author (Guest Post)
February 10th | Tana Rae Reads (Review, Guest Post)
February 11th | Urban Girl Reader (Excerpt)
February 12th | Mind Reader (Character Interview)
February 13th | The Avid Reader (Author Interview, Excerpt)
February 14th | My Seryniti (Review, Excerpt)
February 17th | Mythical Books (Review)
February 18th | Proserpine Craving Books (Excerpt)
February 19th | What’s Beyond Forks? (Review, Guest Post, Excerpt)
February 20th | Bittersweet Enchantment (Guest Post, Excerpt)
February 21st | E.M. Havens (Author Interview)
February 24th | Emma’s Ramblings on Supernatural Fiction (Guest Post)
February 25th | Justified Lunacy (Author Interview)
February 26th | Seeing Night Reviews (Excerpt)
February 27th | Vaempires (Character Interview)
February 28th | Tower of Babel (Author Interview)

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