The time it was about The Wicker King

Posted October 30, 2017 by Stacee in Blog Tours and Hops, Interviews / 3 Comments

I was pretty much sold on The Wicker King by K. Ancrum from the cover alone.  I read the synopsis and loved it and even though I haven’t gotten a chance to read the book yet, I couldn’t sign up for the blog tour fast enough.

Before we get to Kayla’s interview, let’s check out the book.

Title: The Wicker King
Author: K. Ancrum
Pages: 320
Pub Date: 10/31/17
Publisher: Imprint
Find it: Fierce Reads | Indiebound | B&N | Amazon | Goodreads

When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not.

August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth.

Sounds good, right?

1. Please give the elevator pitch for The Wicker King.

My original query letter for this book started like this:

“Seventeen year old August Bateman definitely burned down the abandoned toy factory in the middle of the woods. He doused the entire thing in gasoline and vodka, then stood there as it went up in flames.

And, he is not sorry at all.”

2. What sparked the idea?

I stumbled upon the disorder Jack has while on a Wikipedia binge. Its called Peduncular Hallucinosis and it’s one of the most fascinating conditions. It produces hallucinations that are incredibly realistic, yet it isn’t tied to any psychological disorder. Sufferers are aware they are hallucinations and fixing the condition is generally very straightforward. Visions seen while having the condition largely affect perception of animals, people, size and proportion and the general landscape. It’s such a good set up for the creation of a fantasy reality that I’m surprised no one else has written anything about it. I tried to keep the disorder as close to textbook accurate while portraying it because in all honesty, taking creative liberties with a real condition seemed disrespectful. That said, it is cinematic enough on its own without adjustments.

3. Why do you love August and Jack and why should we root for them?

I love August and Jack because they are both so painfully selfless when it comes to each other. They are also incredibly vulnerable in so many ways and they honestly just need protection.

4. What was the weirdest thing you googled while researching?

When I was originally designing the multimedia interior, I had to find some police forms from the early 2000s. So I looked up something like “Police booking form sample 2003, fingerprints” or “Blank police forms and mugshots” and a bunch of other similar queries. Then, suddenly Google blocked my IP. from searching anything else unless I filled out a small form with my personal information. I kid you not. I was so scared y’all.

5. Without spoilers, what was your favorite scene to write?

I liked all of the scenes with the character Rina. She’s so lovely and bold. I particularly like the scene where Rina and Jack are holding hands and August realizes he doesn’t dislike it.

Speed {ish} round:

1. You find out that you’re being published for the first time. Describe the next 5 minutes.

I was at work, so I went and sat down at my desk quietly and had a psychological crisis because I wanted to scream but couldn’t.

2. What three things would you take to a desert island?

Cellphone, saltwater filter and a boat.

3. You can only read one book for the rest of your life. What is it?

Enders Game. I’m convinced Orson Scott Card poured all his humanity in to it like was some sort of Horcrux. And yes, I am aware of and firm on all nuances that this statement implies about OSC.

4. What book character would you want to date and who would you want to be your BFF?

The last time I had a crush on a book character was nearly a full decade ago and it was Remus Lupin. For my BFF, lets stick in the same universe and I’ll pick Luna Lovegood.

5. What is the one thing about publishing you wish someone would have told you?

This is going to sound dumb, but I couldn’t truly fathom the length of time involved. I finished writing The Wicker King when I was 21 and I’m 26 now. I got signed with my agent a couple months later at 22. I would honestly say that my journey to where I am now went much smoother and quicker than it could have and it still took 5 years from the last keystroke to shelves. Looking back on it, I consider myself lucky that it went that quickly.

6. You wake up and discover you are Bella in Twilight. You know how it plays out. What do you do differently.

I think I would be so alarmed by Edward’s initial behavior that I wouldn’t have enough time to fall in love with him or get to know him. No stranger is nice or attractive enough to get away with half of the dodgy stuff he does just within the first couple of chapters. Once I’d gotten past that initial scene where I’m trying to google what he could be and I vaguely figure it out. My first thought wouldn’t be open minded mild attraction. It would be “Oh great, now I have to fight off vampires.” Then “How do I prove to enough strong and smart people that they are vampires so that we can work together to kill them.” And then “How do I coordinate this attack while I’m being stalked.” And finally “Alternatively, how can I convince my dad to move with me somewhere else so I can wash my hands of this whole affair without having to learn how to stab anyone.”

And now here’s an awesome gif from the cover shoot:

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K. Ancrum grew up in Chicago Illinois. She attended Dominican University to study Fashion Merchandizing, but was lured into getting an English degree after spending too many nights experimenting with hard literary criticism and hanging out with unsavory types, like poetry students. Currently, she lives in Andersonville and writes books at work when no one is looking.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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Huge thanks to Macmillan for the invite and to Kayla for taking the time. Make sure you’re checking the rest of the blog tour for extra goodies.

The Wicker King releases 10/31/17.

Blog tour

Seeing Double in NeverLand 10-22 Interview with author
Novel Novice 10-23 Styled by Books
A Backwards Story 10-24 Playlist
Take Me Away to a Great Read 10-25 Mood Board
Love is Not a Triangle 10-26 Would You Rather Q’s
Undeniably Book Nerdy 10-27 Guest Post: Creating August and Jack’s Characters: Inspirations and Challenges
It Starts at Midnight 10-28 Guest Post: top ten favorite stories with alternate worlds and/or realities
Book Briefs 10-29 Guest Post: Top 10 Things we didn’t know about Kayla!
Adventures of a Book Junkie 10-30 Interview
Across the Words 10-31 Character Cast

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3 Responses to “The time it was about The Wicker King”

  1. Ah, yesss. This cover is pretty awesome looking :D Maaaybe not a book for me.. but sort of curious about it even so :) I hope you will end up loving it lots when you get to read it Stacee. <3 As always, awesome interview post :D

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