KC: My seven year old daughter wrote a book called “Ana and Ani’s Life on Pluto” (Ana’s my daughter and Ani is her best friend) and in it, they build a rocket out of Pluto dust, fight mean aliens, build a town for nice aliens, and live happily ever after. It’s the only book in 2011 I read more than twice. J Oh, and I have about 20 YA novels that I loved but I couldn’t chose the best because I loved them all.
What was your favorite thing you wrote?
KC: I loved writing on my Facebook page: “Come hang out with me at Book Passage where I’ll be reading from my novel INSTRUCTIONS FOR A BROKEN HEART”. Book Passage was the bookstore I used to go to all the time in college and I used to dream about someday doing a book reading there. When they invited me, it was a complete dream come true. I was giddy that whole day.
What was your biggest writing struggle, and how did you overcome it?
KC: Reminding myself why I started writing in the first place: Because I love words and stories and characters – and writing. I love to write. The YA world is a vast one and I definitely got caught up sifting through all the feedback – good and bad. And while it’s just been an amazing ride - for example, people like you have made this experience so gratifying - I had to get back to the core of why I started writing in the first place. Not to get a bunch of five star reviews (though, those are nice of course), but because writing fuels me. And I needed to write something from start to finish. Which turned out to be a novella. Speaking of which….
What can we expect from you in the new year?
KC: I have an eBook coming out in February – a novella. It’s called THE LIBERATION OF MAX MCTRUE. I woke up one night and sat down and started writing this story and it just wouldn’t let go of me. I’ve been a high school teacher for 14 years and now I work with high school home schooled students and I very much wrote this book for my students – past, present, future – who have taught me the true meaning of being educated regardless of the setting they exist in. They inspired it.
Here’s the description of it:
Have you ever had an extraordinary day? Max hadn’t. Until one winter day when he met a girl. A home schooled girl. THE LIBERATION OF MAX MCTRUE takes place in a single winter day. The classic Boy Meets Girl story. Well, sort of: Boy meets home schooled girl. Boy ditches school. Boy finds his future. And there's an ice cream truck. And archery. It's a bit like what would happen if Ferris Bueller's Day off and The Alchemist had a quirky kid, well...a kid who was a YA eBook. You get the idea. Max took a day off and found his life.
Who changed your life today?
Write down your 'Writing Resolution of 2012!'
KC: I’ve been working on a third novel and I’m excited to finish it in 2012!