Hello Everyone, please welcome Katie Mettner back to the blog. Today, she's sharing a her wonderful Halloween themed story, Wicked Winifred:
Thank you so much for hosting Wicked Winifred and me on your blog, Natasha! I’m thrilled to be here again to introduce you to a new character of mine, Winifred Papadopoulos. Everyone in Snowberry, Minnesota calls her Wicked Winifred because she’s, well, wicked.
I wanted to write a Halloween story for this series, but the series is about finding your true love, so I couldn’t quite figure out how to work a holiday like Halloween into the mix. In Liberty Belle, the book before Winifred, you meet this woman who is mean to everyone in Snowberry. She says terrible wicked things and as the reader, you can’t figure out why. I didn’t have a name for her as I wrote that book, but one day we went to my in-laws. I was talking about how I was trying to name this character something creative for Halloween, so she could be the next book. My mother-in-law said, “Call her wicked Winifred, just like our wicked Winifred.” And like that, I saw the dominos fall in a row as the story fell into place.
You see, we have our own real life Wicked Winifred in our family. She was the caretaker of my mother-in-law’s stepmother. She was truly the epitome of wicked. Unfortunately, for her, she never met a man like Flynn Steele, so she died a wicked woman. Winifred Papadopoulos, on the other hand, does meet Flynn Steele, while speed dating!
I’ve always loved the idea of writing a book about speed dating, but speed dating in costume, even better! Winifred, the local librarian, unhappily goes along to the community center with her best friend, Kate. (Kate has her own book coming out for Valentine’s Day). Winifred dresses as the wicked witch, wart and all, expecting this to be the worst experience of her life, and she’s had some crappy life experiences. Her parents were killed when she was just 16 and she’s spent the last decade barely existing. But then, while speed dating in costume, she meets “The Phantom”. She finds him funny, sexy, alluring, and then, gone when the lights go out. What’s a girl to do now?
Wicked Winifred is about a journey to make amends, find your true love, face the past and look to the future. Along the way, Winifred discovers that faith is something that can’t be outlined like the plot of a book. She learns that a kind tongue grows the branches of life, but a wicked tongue breaks the spirit. When she and her “Phantom” Flynn attend the Halloween costume ball she overhears something that, in a way, gives her a taste of her own medicine, and that is the turning point for who she will ultimately become.
I think this reviewer said it best when she said, “When I started this book I said that Katie Mettner would have to work miracles to get me to like Winifred. In previous books in the Snowberry Series she's highly unlikable and extremely mean. Even at the start of the story she was mean. As events unfold and she begins to change and meets a wonderful man. Though he's not the definition of America's standards of beauty he's gorgeous inside and out. Flynn, oh how I love his supportive yet not forceful manner with Winifred. Winifred grows emotionally throughout the story. As the story progressed I thought, well, I like her now. However, it will be close to impossible to make me love her. Dang if Katie Mettner didn't nail it. I had Wicked Winifred finished in about 30 hours with a little sleep overnight. If you're looking for an excellent story of love, and perfect redemption this is the story for you.”
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little bit about Winifred and the journey she takes in Wicked Winifred. The book is available on Amazon and is part of KU, as are all the books in the Snowberry Series.
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Katie Mettner writes inspirational romance from a little house in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. She's the author of three series: The Sugar Series, The Northern Lights Series, and the Snowberry Holiday Series, all set in Minnesota. Her series are a mix of new adult and romantic suspense. After Summer Ends is Katie’s first lesbian romance, but many readers may recognize Willow Erwin from The Northern Lights Series.
Katie lives with her soul mate, whom she met online at Thanksgiving and married in April. Together they share their lives with their three children and two leopard geckos. After suffering an especially bad spill on the bunny hill in 1989, Katie became an amputee in 2011, giving her the much-needed time to pen her first novel, Sugar's Dance. With the release of Sugar's story, Katie discovered the unfilled need for disabled heroes and heroines. Her stories are about empowering people with special circumstances to find the one person who will love them because of their abilities, not their inabilities.
Katie has a slight addiction to Twitter and blogging, with a lessening aversion to Pinterest now that she quit trying to make the things she pinned.