Check out this author spotlight for Whitney Spradling!
You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
I am a full time Occupational Therapist at an elementary school. I live with my husband, 5 year old autistic son, and 2 cats Magnus and Tessa (and yes, they are named after characters from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrument series). I have a bad habit of starting really expensive hobbies, currently I enjoy making custom glitter tumblers. I love to read and drink wine and coffee.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Autumn. I love the cooler weather and changing leaves. Autumn starts my favorite time of year holiday wise and I start getting so excited about spending time with family and eating good food.
Library or museums? This is hard, but I’d have to go with museums. I love to learn new things, and taking my son to explore different museums is so much fun.
Ninjas or pirates? Pirates. Who doesn’t love the idea of a sexy pirate that whisks you away into adventure?
Mountains or beaches? Mountains. I hate hot weather. I love to hike and have a mild obsession with waterfalls, so mountains are always my go to.
Plotter or pantser? Pantser. I just write and let my characters do their own things. Occasionally, I’ll have to rein them in, but otherwise I follow their lead. When I get towards the end of a book, I’ll do a small outline to make sure I tie up all loose ends.
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
Enemies to lovers always gets me. I also love a morally gray love interest. The combination of both of those will have me drooling over the pages.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I write adult fantasy romance. I just published my first book, The Obsidian Sword. It is the first book in The Obsidian Artifacts duology. The second book, The Obsidian Crown, has been written and I am currently going through edits on it. I have another book written about faeries that I will start editing once I’m done with The Obsidian Crown.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
The Obsidian Crown is a steamy adult fantasy. It features a race of Dark Fae who have been erasing the history of the realms in order to remake the world in their image. Wren is a newly discovered Light Fae who sets out to learn about her magic and discover who her family is. During this adventure, she meets Silas who joins her on travels. Together, they have to find a way to stop the Dark Fae from gaining access to The Obsidian Artifacts, magical relics that, when used together, give the person wielding them unimaginable power. They have to overcome their differences and survive secrets and heartbreak to save the world.
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
Sarah J. Maas and Jennifer L. Armentrout are two of my favorite authors and I find their work highly inspirational. I strive to be more like them. I listen to a lot of Yellowcard and find a lot of inspiration from their music, as well as Tommee Profitt.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
I don’t have much of a routine. I listen to music and write whenever I have free time. I just finished creating a space in my craft room with a comfy chair and soft lights. I’m working on adding bits and pieces of my favorite books to decorate the space.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
Don’t rush it! I would have taken my time with releasing my first book and made sure I had done all the necessary editing to make it the best it could be.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3140713252882460/