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Please welcome Kristin Walker, whose hilarious YA novel A MATCH MADE IN HIGH SCHOOL was released last month.

About the book:

When a mandatory marriage education course forces Fiona to “try the knot” with super-jock Todd Harding, she’s convinced life could not possibly get any worse.  Until moments later, when her long-time crush is paired with her arch-enemy (otherwise known as Todd’s obscenely hot, slightly sadistic girlfriend).  But that’s nothing compared to her best friend’s fate – a year with the very shy, very goofy, very big Johnny Mercer.

A series of hilarious pranks and misunderstandings leave Fiona wondering: is there something her supposed “best friend” hasn’t told her? Could there be more to Johnny Mercer than a deep voice and an awesome music collection? And perhaps most intriguing of all, is it possible that Todd Harding could actually have a heart – and a brain – beneath his pretty-boy exterior?

An Interview with Kristin Walker:

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?
Kristin: I loved anything with romance. Jane Austen, of course, was a favorite. I also loved classic literary works like Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc...basically, everything I had to read for English class. Except for Dickens. I can't get through a book by Dickens to save my life. Sorry Dickens-o-philes.

Me: Have your reading tastes stayed the same, or have you discovered new loves and peeves (and if so, what are they)?
Kristin: My reading tastes have definitely expanded. I really like modern fiction now. I didn't realize how fantastic modern fiction had become until I got in a fight with my mother and grabbed a copy of Beloved off her bookshelf so I could go hide and read. That book knocked me flat, and I haven't stopped reading since. Of course, young adult and middle grade novels have exploded long since I was a teen. I devour those as well.

Me: What was your favorite part of writing A MATCH MADE IN HIGH SCHOOL, and what was the hardest?
Kristin: Finishing that first draft was exhilarating. I was flabbergasted that I'd actually written something that long. Of course, that also marked the beginning of revisions, which was a very hard process.

Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?
Kristin: Sure. I picked bits and pieces from many parts of my life and used them in the book. But I'm not naming names. :)

Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?
Kristin: Both those things came in one experience: getting my first editorial letter. I was so flattered and honored and bowled-over that real live professional people had put so much time and effort into my work. But on the other hand, the letter was 13 pages of changes I had to make. Terrifying.

Me: What are you working on now?
Kristin: Right now I'm tweaking a middle grade paranormal manuscript. I'm also working on ideas for a new YA novel for Razorbill.

Hope you enjoyed getting to know Kristin!


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Mar. 2nd, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
Oh I've heard lots of good things about this book. I'll have to add it to my 'to be read' list. Good interview!

♥ Lisa @ For the Love of Books
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My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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