Unstrung Interview

Kendra Highley is the author of ‘Unstrung’. Here is my interview with her.



Book One: Unstrung Series

Lexa Pate, seventeen-year-old thief extraordinaire, has burned a bridge or two in her life. You don’t make a career out of stealing other people’s property without making enemies.

When a risky job goes from bad to worse, Lexa and her adopted family find themselves on Precipice Corporation’s hit list because they’ve accidentally stolen the wrong thing–plans for a new model of genetically-engineered super humans. Now every bounty hunter, cop on the take, and snitch in the city is after them.

Lexa’s world crumbles around her as she fights to keep her family safe even as someone strolls out of her forgotten past. Quinn claims to know who Lexa really is, but can she trust a stranger she met while robbing his boss?

More importantly, does she really want to know what Quinn has to tell her?

Based on the fairy tale Pinocchio, UNSTRUNG takes you into a near future world where the lines between fake and real are blurred, all that’s pristine isn’t always innocent, and being a criminal isn’t always wrong.


What character, encompassing all fiction, is your favorite?

Wow, just one? That’s a tough one. I’ve always been drawn to Austenian characters, so

maybe Emma? More recently, I’ve loved Eliza from the Girl of Fire and Thorns series.

She’s so strong, despite being told she’s not.

What character do you relate to the most, in your book?

I probably relate most with Lexa. She tough, but vulnerable, and she’d do anything for

her family.

What is your inspiration for your main character?

I’ve always loved the idea of Cat Woman (and I really enjoy heist capers, like Sneakers

and Ocean’s Eleven), plus I really enjoy SciFi that makes you question what is human

(Battlestar Galatica, for example). I pulled together those two ideas and came up with

a character in a new future world where “artificial” humans were made to work for “real”

humans. She was a thief, working against the prevailing government.

What is your favorite book/series?

I have so many: The Curse Workers, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Girl of Fire and

Thorns, LOTR, and The Raven Cycle to name a few.

Who is your favorite author?

There are many who’ve influenced me, but my first real favorite author as a teen was

Cynthia Voigt.

Why did you start writing?

I’ve written little scraps of stories most of my life, but I didn’t get series about publication

until 2008.

If given the choice to be in any fictional world, which would you choose?

Wow, not a dystopian for sure! Maybe Hogwarts. I think that would be amazing.


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