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Today, find out more about I AM NUMBER 13.
Author: Andra Watkins
Publisher: Word Hermit Press
Genre: Paranormal Historical Fantasy Thriller Speculative Fiction
When Emmaline Cagney’s father dies on her graduation day, she
foregoes college and heads to Honduras to volunteer with Nicaraguan
refugees. It’s 1986. The Sandinista-Contra war rages in the jungles all
around her. But when General James Wilkinson reenters her life during a
hurricane, can she trust him? Or should she flee?
Because of his unsolved death, Wilkinson is stuck in an in-between
world called Nowhere, a place he’s always used for his evil designs.
Will he stick to his mission to help the Contras? Or will he ditch his
mission to finally possess Emmaline?
As they fight to keep refugees safe and American involvement with the
Contras secret from Congress, Em and Wilkinson careen toward a showdown
that outstrips space and time, a place where nothing she knew about
herself is true. And Em must confront the one person she never wanted to
see again: her craven mother. Will Emmaline outwit the two people who
peddled her childhood innocence before she runs out of time?
I Am Number 13 is the third book in the Nowhere Series, a
speculative blend of riveting suspense, forgotten history, and a dash of
paranormal fiction. If you like edge-of-your-seat action, compelling
characters, and white-knuckle emotion, you’ll love the latest
installment in Andra Watkins’ page-turning series.
“Teeming with creativity, Andra writes with grit, wit and lots of
heart. She is an earnest, humble storyteller.” Jenny Sanford, former
First Lady of South Carolina and NYT best selling author of Staying True
“One of the most imaginative series I’ve ever read!” Jen Mann, NYT Best Selling Author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat
“Edge of your seat to the very end!” Jay Snook, The Good Men Project
Link to book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/I-Am-Number-13-Nowhere-ebook/dp/B07GJ7ZMMR/
Welcome, Andra! So excited about your new book, I Am Number 13. Jenny Sanford, former First Lady of South Carolina and NYT best selling author, calls your book “Teeming with creativity, Andra writes with grit, wit and lots of heart. She is an earnest, humble storyteller.” Can you tell us a little about the main characters in your book?
I Am Number 13 features the Biggest Scoundrel America Ever Produced. James Wilkinson worked for the first 5 Presidents of the United States while he took millions of dollars in today’s money to sell our secrets to a foreign enemy. He committed treason his entire career and was never caught. His Spanish patrons called him “Agent Number 13.”
Emmaline Cagney takes a gap year to volunteer with refugees in Honduras. She’s mourning her father’s death and overwhelmed by decimated immigrant lives all around her. When James Wilkinson comes back into her life during a hurricane, he causes her to question everything she thought she knew. Will she survive his hold over her? Or will he destroy her?
They say all books of fiction have at least one pivotal point where the reader just can’t put the book down. What is one of the pivotal points in your book?
I Am Number 13 starts during a violent hurricane and keeps the reader churned up from the first page. When Emmaline discovers another person’s handwriting in her journal, she’s catapulted into a world she never fathomed, one she may not survive.
Do you proofread and edit your work on your own or pay someone to do it for you?
Word Hermit Press takes care of editing, though I have a say in who edits my work. I write fiction and memoir, and I like to have different types of editors for each genre.
Do you believe a book cover plays an important role in the selling process?
Yes! I’ve been traveling around the United States this fall, and every group gravitates toward I Am Number 13. It’s my most magnetic cover. People are usually floored when I tell them it was completely designed by artificial intelligence!
What did you want to become when you were a kid?
I wanted to major in musical theater, but my mother was afraid I’d wind up starring in porn films. To make her happy, I majored in accounting and got my CPA license. I practiced tax accounting for over a decade, but I was miserable. I didn’t rediscover creative writing until my forties. It’s never, ever too late to pursue a dream.
Do your novels carry a message?
My novels are about immortality. History is written by the winners; the losers are usually relegated to footnotes or forgotten entirely. I enjoy delving into little-taught stories and characters from history and weaving new stories for them.
But if a reader wants to turn pages and immerse herself in a thrilling story, my books do that, too. My Nowhere stories are tough to classify, but adventurous readers love them.
Is there anything you’d like to tell your readers and fans?
You can get my books directly from Ingram Lightning Source/Word Hermit Press! Changes at Amazon are killing small authors and presses. Why should they get to decide who tells stories? Follow this link to check out ALL my titles and purchase them direct from the printer to your eager hands: https://aerbook.com/store/wordhermitpress/Andra_Watkins/175125
throughout the United States and internationally in Ecuador and the
United Kingdom. She has appeared at Nashville’s Southern Festival of
Books and on the faculty of the acclaimed Pike’s Peak Writers
Conference. She was also selected as writer-in-residence at Stiwdio
Maelor in Corris, Wales; the Trelex Residency in Trelex, Switzerland;
and Buinho Creative Hub in Messejana, Portugal. She lives with her
husband in Charleston, South Carolina.Website Address: http://andrawatkins.com/
Twitter Address: https://twitter.com/andrawatkins
Facebook Address: https://www.facebook.com/andrawatkinsauthor/