Thursday, April 19, 2012

Author Interview and Giveaway: Katie Klein

Katie KleinPlease give a warm welcome to the lovely Katie Klein, author of Cross My Heart!
Hi, Everyone!! My name is Katie, and, on my good days, I write YA novels. On normal days: I teach, I grade papers, I eat way too much fast food, and I play referee to one six-year-old and two dogs. I love to read, watch movies (and quote them), and sit around with my family laughing at all the stupid things we've done over the years (and believe me, we have plenty of memories to choose from).
3LB: Who or what inspired you to write? Do you have any role models, whether in writing or life in general?
I think Sarah Dessen (in terms of role model) is most important, because it was after I read one of her books in college that I fell in love with YA literature, and knew that's the genre I wanted to tackle, too. Otherwise, I have an amazing online support network within my writing groups (YA, Traditional and Indie); they're the ones who keep me sane. They all inspire me.
3LB: Are any of your characters or scenes based on people/events in your own life?
My characters are very much products of my own imagination, but I do find a little of myself in both Jaden and Genesis. The one scene that stands out is when (in Cross My Heart) Jaden is remembering when she learned how to drive. She talked about her dad pressing the imaginary brakes from the passenger's side seat: that was my experience, one hundred percent.
3LB: Do you have anything that you need to have around you when you write, such as a specific playlist/radio station in the background, coffee, a desk in a quiet room?
It depends on what kind of mood I'm in. I do most of my writing from my desk. Every now and then I change things up and write from bed. There's a good deal of chaos going on in my house at any given time, so sometimes "quiet" isn't an option. I have a writing playlist, too. This helps when I'm drafting. It's hard to focus when I'm editing, though (even if the songs have no words), so I prefer quiet at that point (if I can get it).
3LB: What’s next for you? What other books have you written?
I'm wrapping up the final book in my urban fantasy series (The Guardian), and my next project is going to be a YA contemporary romance. Otherwise, I've written The Guardian, Vendetta, and Cross My Heart.
3LB: Describe yourself in 3 words.
A. Hopeless. Romantic. :)
3LB: What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you'd be embarrassed to admit?
I love Melissa Joan Hart. I grew up on Clarissa Explains it All, and then Sabrina the Teenage Witch. . . . I'm kind of ashamed to admit that I try to catch episodes of her newest show (Melissa and Joey) online whenever I can. I'm also a sucker for her TV movies: My Fake Fiancé and Holiday in Handcuffs, so . . . yeah. Melissa Joan Hart is my guilty pleasure. I kind of feel like we grew up together. I love everything she does.
3LB: If you could have any supernatural ability, what would it be, and why?
I want magical conjuring powers (a la Sabrina the Teenage Witch). I want to point my finger, and *poof* the dishes are done. *Poof* the floor is vacuumed. *Poof* dinner is on the table. Right now? *Poof* the edits are finished. :)
3LB: What three people/characters would you love to meet? (They can be fictional, dead, or real and very much alive!)
This is so hard! I'm going to stick with swoon-worthy fictional boys, just to keep it simple: Mr. Darcy (obviously), Owen Armstrong from Just Listen (Sarah Dessen), and Conrad Fisher from The Summer I Turned Pretty (Jenny Han). I'm swooning just thinking about them. :)
3LB: Tell us five interesting things about yourself.
  1. I wrote my first "book" on my mom's electronic typewriter when I was in the eighth grade.
  2. My first major in college was Psychology. I came to my senses during my sophomore year and switched to English.
  3. My favorite TV shows: The New Girl and Mad Men
  4. I only like red and purple Skittles. And red and pink Starbursts.
  5. One of my fav. memories is eating grapes off the vine at my grandfather's old house.
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Thank you, Katie! For more information about Ms. Klein and her books, visit:
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The GuardianSeventeen-year-old Genesis Green is living anything but a charmed life. As far back as she can remember, she and her mother have been bouncing from town to town, struggling to survive on Ramen noodles and minimum wage.
     Late one evening, Genesis and her boyfriend are in a car accident. Carter’s SUV rolls, and Genesis finds herself injured, lying on the pavement. Just before she slips into the darkness an unfamiliar voice calls out to her, promising everything will be fine.
     His name is Seth, and he’s the Guardian assigned to protect her.
When Genesis begins having bizarre visions, the Guardians believe she could be useful to them. To Seth, this means stepping into the middle of an epic battle between angels and demons. Even with supernatural protection, there’s no guarantee he can keep Genesis safe, something that's becoming more important to him by the day.
     The line between reality and the celestial becomes so blurred that Genesis can't decide who’s real and who’s otherworldly, and worse: who's good and who's evil.

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