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The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.
Q&A with Colleen Houck
Q: Who are your favorite writers?
Houck: J.K Rowling (Harry Potter Series), Chris Paolini (Eragon Series), Stephenie Meyer (Twilight Saga), John Steinbeck, Walter Farley, Jules Verne, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Orson Scott Card, and many more!
I was fascinated with Chris Paolini’s story and when I found out he was such a young author and carried around his manuscript for four years before getting it published on his own, I was even more impressed with his grit and determination. The science fiction of Orson Scott Card and Jules Verne carries me away to places I never imagined. When I was young, I wanted to be Laura Ingalls and ride horses like Alec and have great adventures like they did.
Q: Who inspired you to become a published author?
Houck: The personal stories of Stephenie Meyer and J.K. Rowling really touched me. Both women just decided one day to give writing a try and the course of their lives changed. One day I woke up and decided I was going to give it a shot, too. I always loved creative writing in middle school and high school, sci-fi and fantasy being my favorite, and have been an avid reader all my life, but I never considered it as a career. Seeing Rowling and Meyer--two self-trained writers--have the courage to give writing a try inspired me to channel my creative energy into imagining and writing the Tiger’s Curse series.
Q: In what environment do you get your best writing?
Houck: I write at my desk near a window with a great view of Oregon pine and beautiful houses. I always light a candle when I write as a reminder to include the senses of smell, touch, taste, sight, and sound in my writing. It has to be quiet and, until recently, my dog always slept at my feet. That's my comfort zone when writing. I really love writing in the afternoons because that’s when things get quiet. In the mornings I like to write personal correspondence to people who write to me about my books and do the research on the exotic locations I write about. I walk everyday and listen to music that inspires me to keep writing, but I can't listen to music and write at the same time because I get too distracted.
Q: When you’re not writing and reading your own books, what are you reading?
Houck: I’m reading everything YA right now. My favorite books are fantasy with a touch of romance but I love Sci-Fi, children's chapter books, and mainstream fiction as well. I recently finished the Percy Jackson/Lightning Thief series which I loved and currently I’m reading The Life of Pi which I originally purchased because of the tiger on the cover, but I also have shelves full of books waiting for my attention. The next books on my list include Scott Westerfield’s Uglies trilogy, Alyson Noel’s Immortals series, and The Guardians of Gahoole by Kathryn Lasky.
Q: Anything else you want to share with Amazon shoppers?
Houck: Writing my own book was a chance to channel my inner hero. I’m a lot like my character, Kelsey. We both have a special blanket given to us by our grandmothers, we both love chocolate, and we both sat in the back of class. But where Kelsey took a leap into the unknown as a teenager, I took a lot longer to come out of my shell. In writing this series, I’ve been able to leap along with Kelsey.
I also wanted to say how grateful I am to all of the Amazon readers who have left such kind and supportive customer reviews of my books. I originally self-published my first two books through Amazon and the reader comments created enough buzz to attract a film producer and interest from foreign publishers before I even had an agent, which I’ve learned is kind of unheard of! Amazon was really the key to launching the Tiger’s Curse saga and, because of that, I now have a career as a full-time writer.
It was so easy to fall in love with the characters, especially Kelsey and Ren!!
Oh, and he's got a bit of a problem... I am sorry to not be able to like this book, but there are just too many deep flaws in this story for me.
It has everything I love in a book: adventure,action,romance,mystery,magic,suspense,TIGERS,etc.
Great Young adult series. I am 32 and fell in love with this series. I love how you also get to explore another country and some of it's culture.Published 10 days ago by Jaqueline C. Densford
One of my all time favorite books! This is a great story and I personally love it. When I read a book/series I have to be able to be trapped in it and feel all the emotions... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Liz Tant
I love the book, I have read the first three and am looking forward to getting book 4 and to reading tiger's promise as wellPublished 21 days ago by Bertha Viola Ash
I've never actually written a review before, but it was a lovely story, but awful if you know anything about tigers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Courtney
I was in no way shape or form "Mildly Satisfied" with this book. As many other reviewers have stated, the premise of this book is what intrigued me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marieka Pernell
great story, have loved reading and can't wait to get to the next book in the seriesPublished 1 month ago by Artax
This book is so awesome! I loved it and so original! A MUSt have!!!!Published 2 months ago by Leeann
I'm not saying anything that others haven't already said, but I feel so strongly about this book I feel like I need to add my own two cents. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ber