Thursday, 14 June 2012

Jessi Kirby Interview and giveaway

Today I welcome Jessi Kirby with an author interview and giveaway

About Jessi
Jessi Kirby is the author of Moonglass, published in May 2011 by Simon and Schuster.

She is also a former English teacher and librarian, wife, mom, beach lover, runner, and lover of Contemporary YA, strong coffee, and dark chocolate. In that order.

Jessi’s second novel, In Honor, will be released in May of 2012.

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1.In Honor was a very emotional book to read and I will admit to crying a lot while reading it. Was it hard to write, not only the death of Honor's brother, but the emotional journey Honor takes?
I loved writing this book, so I don't think that hard would be the right way to describe writing it. My goal was to write a story with heart and real emotion, and the scenes where those things take center stage were the ones I wrote with the most care and empathy for the characters.

2. I loved Rusty and laughed at some of his antics, are any of his mannerisms based on anyone you know?
So happy you loved Rusty! He's not based on anyone I know, but my husband helped me out a great deal with his character. Each time I'd bring him a chapter to read, he'd return it to me with about half of Rusty's dialogue crossed out. When I complained that Rusty would sound like a caveman if I did that, my husband replied: "No, he'll sound like an actual guy instead of a girl writing a guy." And it was true.

3.I loved the places that Honor visits on her journey to California. Are these places real or based of similar places around the world. If they are real have you visited them yourself?
Yes, and yes! They are real places--from The Blue Hole in New Mexico to all of the places in Sedona. I took a research trip there with my mom and sister, and had a blast collecting details to include.

4.Which was your favourite character to write about and why?
Rusty was definitely my favorite to write since he could be so infuriating, but good at heart at the same time. I like that combination of characteristics.

5. Was there anything you wanted to add in the story that ended up edited out?
I had a few jokes (Rusty's) that didn't end up making the cut because they were, shall we say, not the cleanest of jokes. But nothing major.

6. Are there any similarities between you and Honor?
Not that I see, aside from the fact that she likes to wear cowboy boots with dresses. That was the fun in writing Honor for me. She comes from a totally different world than I know, and I enjoyed seeing it through her eyes.

7. How do you go about writing a book, do you start at the beginning and work your way through, or work on bits and pieces then put it all together?
I'm a big pre-writer. I take a lot of notes before I ever start writing, and then I put all of those into an outline that I use as a guideline to begin with. And then I do start at the beginning. I've always written chronologically because it feels safest that way, and I like a plan. I envy the writers who can grant themselves the freedom to write out of order and trust that it'll all come together in the end!

8.When you have free time what's the best way to like spend it?
I love to spend my free time on the beach with my family. My kids are just at an age that they've started loving being in the ocean, so that's what we do any chance we get.

9. What can we expect from you next, if a new book is in the works can you tell us a little bit about it?
Of course! I'm really excited about the next one. It's called GOLDEN, and is due out May 2013. It's about a girl named Parker who has always followed ALL the rules. She finds the journal of a girl who disappeared ten years earlier with her boyfriend after a car accident, and when she does, things begin to change for her. In it, she finds some clues she believes could help her solve the mystery of what happened to the town's golden couple, as well as the courage to take the chances to do it.

Jessi has also offered up a copy of Moonglass and In Honor for two winners. Fist name picked gets first choice. Just fill in the rafflecopter form below to enter. US only.

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