Verdell Walker is the author of THE COVEN series. Born and raised in the South, writing has been her escape from reality for many years.
Verdell is an avid sports fan and absolutely devoted to the Green Bay Packers. A gifted cook and baker, few things make her happier than making a meal for her family and friends. Except maybe writing about her favorite boys.
After her clique's bullying causes a classmate's suicide, Kat Grey trades the vicious world of the California "in crowd" for the chance to become a better person in Massachusetts. But when she steps in to protect a classmate from being bullied, Kat sparks a war with Hannah, Milton Academy's resident Queen Bee.
Kat's courage and compassion attract the attention of Blaze Ward, Hannah's ex-boyfriend. As they fall in love, Kat discovers that Blaze is more than the boy next door. He's a warlock. He is also the leader of an in-crowd like no other - the Brotherhood, five young warlocks charged with defending witches and humanity from a demonic adversary named Seth.
Kat challenges Blaze to become a better man and leader while he helps her find redemption as she makes it her mission to stop bullying at Milton. But when Hannah teams up with Seth to destroy her, Kat becomes a hostage in the age-old war between the Brotherhood and their greatest enemy. Saving Kat will require more than Blaze's strength and skill; it will mean breaking one of his kind's most sacred laws. Blaze will have to make a choice: his honor or Kat's life.
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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Witches and magic are definitely cool, but I also had something to say. This novel allowed me to make a statement about the destructive nature of bullying and its far-reaching consequences. We all need to be cognizant of the power our words and actions have on others. It’s an issue that just about all young adults face, and I also wanted to offer some guidance on dealing with it, as someone who has experienced bullying and come out much, much tougher. Being bullied is an awful thing to go through, but it’s true what they say – it does get better.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
All in, it took about a year. I spent three months planning it, four months writing, and another three editing and rewriting.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I would definitely say developing characters. They become so real to me, and I spend all of my time thinking about them. I love immersing myself in my characters’ heads: exploring their pasts, their motivations, their likes and dislikes. I have notebooks full of nothing but tidbits about my characters. Not all of it makes it into the books, but it definitely informs my writing.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Editing. Without a doubt. It’s absolutely necessary, but I still don’t like doing it.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Jennifer Lawrence. One, I love how ballsy, authentic, and self-deprecating she is. Two, I’d want to know what it’s like to win an Oscar. And three, she gets to snuggle with Liam Hemsworth for The Hunger Games.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I just threw it away, but it was a jar of salsa con queso. It’d been in there for about two months. Disgusting.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I’m working on Book Two as we speak – it will focus on Cody Quintana. I’m shooting for it to be available early next year. In all, I’m planning five books to be in The Coven series, each one focusing on a different member of the Brotherhood.