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There is no cure for being stung.
Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered—her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right hand—a black oval with five marks on either side—that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. She’s right.
Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded while a select few live protected inside a fortress-like wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.
Now Fiona has awakened branded, alone—and on the wrong side of the wall.
Stung by Bethany Wiggins
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Walker Childrens
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Top Favs with Bethany Wiggins
You’re home alone, there’s a fire! Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.
My dog, my cell phone (you know–to call the fire department), and my kids special blankets (they can’t sleep without them, and I can’t write if my kids don’t sleep!).
Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why:
Robert Jordan, because he got me hooked on his books when I was a teenager, and I’ve been waiting NINETEEN YEARS to get that final book–which just came out. NINETEEN YEARS!!! I admire that.
J. K. Rowling, because she was brilliant to plot out all seven HP book so that they all tied together so well. I can’t plot like that!
Jane Austen, because she wrote all of her fabulous books by hand. That thought makes my hand hurt! She must have written near-perfect first drafts, because I don’t know how she’d edit!
Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why:
I am so boring. I have trained myself to NEVER eat while I write, because one day while writing, I ate an entire big bag of candy without even realizing it. It’s like I just grab and chew, and it feels like I’ve only had three bites when in reality I’ve had fifty. So I decided for the sake of my health, to never eat and write.
Top 3 favorite songs to listen to while writing and why:
My songs change with every book! For STUNG the top three were:
Jltf by Moby, because it fit the book so perfectly, he might as well have read the book before writing the song (which would have been impossible).
Secret Crowds by Angels and Airwaves, because (again) it fit the book so perfectly!
Only the Young by Brandon Flowers because it talks about how only the young can break away, and this book is about two young people trying to break away from a terrifying reality.
Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why:
Listening to music while running on a treadmill, because I am alone with my thoughts and getting healthy at the same time.
Listening to music and washing the dishes (again, alone with my thoughts).
Driving in the car and . . . listening to music!
Top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why:
Moby, because he’s unique and creative, and gets my imagination flowing.
The Killers, because their new album rocks, and their lead singer is a Mormon like me. And he’s hot–not that that really matters. But he is.
Angels and Airwaves, because a lot of their music is about the future, which helps me write.
Top 3 favorite gadgets and why:
I have no gadgets. Seriously. My computer is a whole, big computer that doesn’t leave the desk (so imagine me trying to rescue it from the previously mentioned fire, ha ha!). My cell phone is old school. My kindle, wait I don’t have a kindle. Or ipad. Oh! I do have the original ipod. That is my favorite gadget! And I like my microwave. Does that count?
About the Author:
Bethany Wiggins has always been an avid reader, but not an avid writer. She failed ninth grade English because she read novels instead of doing her homework. In high school, she sat alone at lunch and read massive hardback fantasy novels (Tad Williams and Robert Jordan anyone?). It wasn’t until the end of her senior year that the other students realized she was reading fiction–not the Bible.
Once upon a time, Bethany’s sister dared her to start writing an hour a day until she completed a novel. Bethany wrote a seven-hundred page fantasy novel that she wisely let no one read–but it taught her how to write. She is the author of SHIFTING, STUNG (April 2013), and CURED (2014).