9 January 2014

Chatting it up with Kristina Springer

Seventh grade was supposed to be fun, but Tori is having major drama with her BFF, Sienna. Sienna changed a lot over the summer—on the first day of school she’s tan, confident, and full of stories about her new dreamy boyfriend. Tori knows that she’s totally making this guy up. So Tori invents her own fake boyfriend, who is better than Sienna’s in every way. Things are going great—unless you count the whole lying-to-your-best-friend thing—until everyone insists Tori and Sienna bring their boyfriends to the back-to-school dance.

What is it about the art form of writing that you love the most?

Kristina: I love seeing where a story is going to go! The first draft for me is always very freeing. And I love surprising myself too. Often when I reread something I wrote I’m shocked that I actually wrote it.

Many writers describe themselves as “character” or “plot” writers. Which are you? And what do you find to be the hardest part of writing?

Kristina:I’m definitely plot driven. Once I get a story in my head I’m writing it as fast I can and then I go back and add in the quirks and details. I’d say the hardest part for me is revision. It always takes me awhile to see how something should be different or could be better.

Any advice for writers working toward publication?

Kristina: Don’t get discouraged and don’t quit. If you’re persistent and always believe in yourself you’ll eventually get there. You need to write as often as you can, know that there will be TONS of revision so don’t expect to be perfect on the first draft, and also read a lot of books that are in your genre so that you know what’s going on in your field.

Thanks again for chatting with me, Kristina, what’s up next for you?

Kristina: I’m currently working on a fun middle grade book and don’t want to jinx it by talking about it too much. It’s my first middle grade since the hard cover release of MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS, which was a Scholastic bestseller, so I have a lot to live up to! My middle grade fans have been asking me for something new and I want to deliver.

KRISTINA SPRINGER holds a master’s degree in writing from DePaul University. She is the author of The Espressologist, which Publishers Weekly called “a cheerful, breezy romance.” She lives with her family outside Chicago, Illinois. Visit her website, www.KristinaSpringer.com


7 November 2008

"Random Stuff"

Happy Friday, Everyone!

Just some random stuff today…

— I’m on Facebook. Yes, I took the plunge, as if I didn’t already have 100 cyber pages. What’s one more? The site is way different than myspace, but after I explored the day away and used the apps, I’ve gotten used to it a little. Friend me here!

— YA author Linda Gerber interviews me on her blog today for Freebie Friday. She’s giving away a $10 certificate to a lucky commenter. Check it out.

— Did anyone watch Supernatural last night? Very dark humor. (Don’t read on if you plan to watch it.) The scenario was a fountain that was granting real wishes. One wish was by a little girl who wanted her Teddy Bear to be real, well the fountain would grant the wish with a bad twist and the Teddy Bear became real with emotional problems. It cried all the time and drank alcohol. It was so depressed it tried to shoot himself in the head, but of course, he’s made of stuffing so he failed. A suicide attempt is definitely not a laughing matter, but when a doll made out of stuffing tries it… 🙂

~kelly


27 October 2008

"Blog Tour Continues…"

Hello!

Busy, busy, busy, as usual.

This is the final week of the Secret Fates Extravaganza–yes, the final week! Wow. I really think its been a great experience, and a lot of work. 🙂

Here’s the line-up:

Week 5

Monday, October 27th: Simone Elkeles offering up a winner’s choice…

Tuesday, October 28th: Antonio Pagliarulo offers THE CELEBUTANTES: TO THE PENTHOUSE …

Wednesday, October 29th: Stephanie Kuehnert with I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE…

Thursday, October 30th: Marley Gibson with an ARC of GHOST HUNTRESS: THE AWAKENING. …

Its been a terrific month, but I am looking forward to a little quiet in November!

And the Invisible Touch blog tour continues with interviews with these great authors:

Stacy Dekeyser asks me about surprises and chocolate.

April Henry asks me what scares me.

Megan Kelley Hall chats with me about the writer’s club and my writing sisters.

Eileen Cook interviews me about how I was in school.

Jennifer Echols chats with about Spring Break!

More links tomorrow! 🙂


23 October 2008

"Blog Tour"

This week starts my blog tour with the Girlfriend’s Cyber Circuit for Invisible Touch. GCC is a group of authors hosting each other’s new releases on our blogs.

Here are a few interviews for today:

I’m chatting about writing, fave guotes and licorice at author Wendy Toliver’s myspace blog.

On author Karin Gillespie’s blog, I’m talking promo and writer’s block.

I’m chatting about my writing desk and my favorite series on author Alyson Noel’s blog.

And on author Shanna Swendson’s blog I share what I have in common with Kara from Invisible Touch and what insight I would like to have.

Thanks for reading!
~kelly


7 October 2008

"Skype"

Have you heard of Skype?

It is a communicating program where you can have conference calls from computer to computer for free! No matter where you live, free long distance when both callers have accounts and no exchanging of phone numbers.

I was contacted by As Written By for a Skype podcast interview and I looked into Skype and discovered how easy it is to download and login. On Saturday, we had the interview. I was nervous and the lovely teen reader/writer was nervous, but she did great and hopefully I did okay too. I know I paused a time or two on answers, but it was fun. haha!

The podcast will be posted on site in a couple of weeks, but I highly recommend these types of interviews for authors. The reader group was about 2 adults and 8 teens and after the interview, I took questions from the group. Hopefully I’ll be able to do more of these in the future. I just think it’s a really great way to reach out to reading groups.

On Sunday, I had another phone interview for a newspaper article. One on one is a little easier, but still I’m not that experienced at oral interviews as of yet and hopefully I don’t sound like a nerd. haha.

One particular question she asked was why I write about forbidden topics. It was unexpected because I hadn’t thought about it that way, but she mentioned that graffiti is frowned upon and psychic senses not really supported in reality. I told her I guess I had a rebel streak. LOL!