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Wanita May grew up in the fruit belt of Ontario - St.Catharines. Crazy-happy childhood, she always has had a vivid imagination and loads of energy.
The youngest of six -- four older brothers, and a sister -- taught her at a young age to be competitive in all aspects of life.
At sixteen, she began competing in athletics (track and field) and before she turned seventeen, she was representing Canada in high jump. She continued to compete, breaking Canada's JR High Jump record (1.92m - 6' 3 1/2" for those metric-ly challenged). She attented University of Toronto, and Kansas State University - winning CIAU's and becoming All-American 6x - NCAA Indoors Runner Up + more.
But you're not interested in her athletic career - unless of course you're curious to know she stands 1.70m (5'7") and has jumped 20cm over her head on more than one occassion. She's represented Canada at the World Championships, World Jrs., won Francophone Games, and loved every minute of every competition. From the grueling workouts, the crazy weights she lifted on her back, the days she thought her lungs were going to spit out of her mouth for lack of oxygen, the travelling around the world and the opportunity to read - her favourite past time.
Life continued with her husband (a distance runner from Liverpool, UK, who she met at KSU) and then their first, then second and finally third child. Their house became full of more imagination and stories.
Wanita and her husband run an online business, dealing in antiques and collectables - particularly jewelry and porcelain (one of the business' website: www.wadeincanada.com ).
After her father passed away in 2009, from a six-year battle with cancer (which she still believes he won the fight against), she began to write again. A passion she'd loved for years, but realized life was too short to keep putting it off.
She is currently represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Wanita is a writer of Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction and where ever else her little muses take her.
on May 04, 2013 :
A review copy was provided for an honest review. The Seventh Mark is a deeply fascinating fantasy story that unites paranormal, romance, and fairytale folklore. When I first picked up this book I didn't realize how little I actually knew going into it. A few chapters in and already I wanted to know what was going on so I continued to read only to find out the answers weren't given fast enough. I felt wholly compelled and terribly sad when the book ended. Why? Simply because I read it too quickly unraveled the secrets and still wanted more! The Seventh Mark is one of those slow burner books that keeps you enthralled till the end. The story felt like a fresh and new take on popular supernatural beings. I really enjoyed the building suspense and the mystery behind it all. The heroine Rouge is courageous, clever, and sees the world for how it really is. The male protagonist Michael is dazzling, protective and graceful. The book starts out light but the subject matter gets progressively darker and all the more gripping as history is uncovered and pasts are exposed. The world-building is intriguing and I loved the secondary characters. One of my favorites is Seth whose introduced mid-way as this dashing flirt and women-magnet. His attitude was so fun and contrasting to the story's atmosphere that I'm really hoping he'll be in the next book.
Rouge Ridding is a foster child who has never been wanted. Moving from place to place has always made her an outsider but when her current foster parents move out to Port Coquitlam, British Columbia from Niagara, Falls Canada things feel different. For starters on her first day around town she meets a way-too-attractive guy named Michael and his animated and gorgeous sister—Grace. But the more she hangs around them the more she starts to realize they are hiding something from her. One night when Rouge is at a party she's attacked by some monstrous yellow-eyed beast and everything she knows starts making less and less sense from there on out. Although she's worried about what secrets her best friend's family is keeping she has never felt more at home when she's around them. As Rouge gets more involved she learns their secrets and begins to understand the kind of danger it puts her in.
All in all I thought the Seventh Mark was creatively enticing, has a nice romance, and is very cloak and dagger. It satisfied my curiosity and left me wanting more. Fans of suspenseful fantasy and original story-telling should pick up this novel and give it a try. Inquisitive readers will enjoy the aspect of unraveling the mystery. Although there isn't much turmoil it certainly didn't lack for amusement. W.J. May delivers a satisfying read that will engross you right away.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)