Thursday, April 7, 2011

Featured Author: Kristi Cook

If you could be a character in your books for a day, who would you be and why?

Hmm, I think I'd like to be Cece Bradford, who is Violet McKenna's roommate in HAVEN (Violet is the book's main character).  Mostly because Cece has a psychic gift that I'd love to experience-astral projection.  I've been fascinated with the concept since I read Lois Duncan's classic STRANGER WITH MY FACE when I was eleven or twelve.  How cool would it be to leave your body and travel wherever you wanted to go?!

Can you name one moment that stands out as a favorite since you've become a writer?

One favorite moment was definitely at the HAVEN launch party, when, right at the beginning, a teen walked in who had convinced her mom and dad to drive two-and-half hours, just so she could meet me and get a signed copy.  We'd chatted a bit on Goodreads, and it was so wonderful to connect with her in person!  

What is your favorite place to write? Is there anything you need in order to write? (i.e. coffee, chocolate, music, etc.)

Unfortunately, my writer brain only seems to turn on when I'm in my home office-which is small, dusty, cluttered, and always too hot or cold.  I've got all these lovely places in my house where I'd prefer to write, but it just doesn't work for me.  Drives me nuts!  I seriously need to re-train my brain!

Tell us about your latest or upcoming release.

HAVEN is set at a fictional boarding school where all the students and teachers have psychic gifts and talents.  When sixteen-year-old Violet McKenna transfers to Winterhaven, she finally feels like she's found a place where she belongs.  But as soon as she feels settled, she discovers the most intriguing and alluring boy she's ever met, and things quickly go awry. As the attraction between them grows, intense visions of the boy's death start to haunt her. In her premonitions, the secret he is unwilling to share begins to reveal itself. And to Violet's horror, she learns that their destinies are intertwined in a critical--and deadly--way

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