Please welcome Kristina Springer
, whose YA novel THE ESPRESSOLOGIST
was released last month.About the book:
What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie. Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right?An Interview with Kristina Springer:Me: What were your favorite books (or types of books) as a teen, and what was it about them that appealed to you? What, on the other hand, would make you put a book down?Kristina:
I loved book series like Sweet Valley High and The Girls of Canterbury Hall. Back then I liked to stay with characters so reading so many books about the same people made me happy. I never got into sci-fi books so I'd probably put that kind of book down.Me: Have your reading tastes stayed the same, or have you discovered new loves and peeves (and if so, what are they)?Kristina:
I guess they haven't changed too much-- I like books that are fun and contemporary. Still not digging the sci-fi.Me: What was your favorite part of writing THE ESPRESSOLOGIST, and what was the hardest?Kristina:
Favorite: I wrote the entire thing in Starbucks and didn't have a bit of it outlined. So I just wrote whatever came to me at the moment.
Hardest: First round of line edits. I had no idea what all of the little editing marks meant so it was intimidating at first.Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?Kristina:
Haha, did I ever. I made up all of my main characters but there were a lot of extra characters in my books (people wanting to be matched by the Espressologist). I used a lot of the people that were stopping into my Starbucks for coffee at the times I was writing.Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?Kristina:
Most Exciting: The day of my book auction. Bids were coming in from various publishers and I was flipping out all day.
Scariest: My first author event. Well, it wasn't scary. I was just really nervous!Me: What are you working on now?Kristina:
Final edits on my middle grade novel coming in the fall of 2010: MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS.
Hope you enjoyed getting to know Kristina! More interviews to come next week. :)