Secrets of Skin and Stone Blog Tour: Author Interview with Wendy Laine


Secrets of Skin and Stone by Wendy Laine

Published by Entangled Teen


Published June 5th, 2017






Something is wrong in Hidden Creek. The sleepy Alabama town is more haunted than any place fiend hunter Grisham Caso has ever seen. Unearthed graves, curse bags, and spilled blood all point to an evil that could destroy his gargoyle birthright. The town isn’t safe for anyone, and everyone says fiery Piper Devon knows why.

Piper wants to leave Hidden Creek behind. She’s had enough of secrets—they hide in the shadows of her room and tell her terrible things are coming. Too-charming city boy Grisham might be her only chance to save herself.

To survive, Piper and Grisham have to shed their secrets and depend only on each other. But what lurks in Hidden Creek still might take everything away from them, including each other.

About the Author:

Wendy Laine is the penname of author Wendy Sparrow. Writing is in Wendy’s blood as are equal parts of Mountain Dew and chocolate. Wendy has been telling tales since she was a child with varying amounts of success. Her parents clearly anticipated her forays into the paranormal because she heard “The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ over and over. She lives in Washington State with a wonderful husband and two quirky kids and is active in Autism and OCD support networks. She can usually be found on Twitter where she’ll talk to anyone who talks to her and occasionally just to herself.

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Can you tell us about your book, Secrets of Skin and Stone, in 45 words or less?


Darkness is stalking Hidden Creek. Piper’s OCD and hidden cutting make trusting the town’s new visitor difficult. Gris has always kept his gargoyle abilities as a fiend-hunter quiet but Piper is worth taking a chance on—and working together might save their lives.


What was your favorite scene to write?


I like writing kissing scenes. Is that weird? It’s probably weird. The difficulty with writing kissing scenes is there is only so many ways you can write a kiss because the logistics are rather simple—lips meet, mouths interact, and that’s it. Making it sweet, instead of clinical, relies heavily on all the language around the physical act. It’s both stressful and challenging and I like that.


What was the hardest scene to edit out?

So many scenes hit the cutting room floor. At one point, this novel was 100,000 words so one of the revision knocked out about 20,000 words. There was a scene between Gris and his cousin that I really liked, but it was cut due to pacing.


What theme song would you give Secrets of Skin and Stone?


The first that comes to mind is an old song called “Bad Moon Rising.” A lot is happening in Hidden Creek…and it’s out to get both Piper and Gris.


Is this part of a series or a standalone?

It can be read as a standalone, but there are two other completed novels that finish the greater mystery at play in Hidden Creek. They aren’t contracted to be published yet, but I’m hoping they will be.


What else are you currently reading?

I’m always reading multiple books and I read fast enough that I generally finish them every night when I have insomnia. So I have several queued up on my Kindle right now. I usually read romance and a mixture of paranormal, historical, contemporary, and suspense. My comfort reads are usually suspense…and usually dark. I also read nonfiction, mysteries, and science-fiction.


What is the best book you’ve recently read?

Oh, that’s tough. I did read a phenomenally clever fantasy book called Clean Sweep a bit ago. The premise was just so original I was impressed.


What is currently in your TBR pile?

About half of the books available on Amazon. Okay, I’m exaggerating slightly. It is several hundred books high and only seemingly increasing. I do focus on books with characters with disabilities of some kind, and I have a few of those lined up to read. In a typical year, I’ll read several hundred books though so I do make some headway.


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