TBP: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
KC: Let's see...I'm married, have two daughters, and live in New York City (though I grew up down south, mostly in Georgia and Florida). Before I started writing fiction, I worked as a grant writer at some really cool places like the American Museum of Natural History, and American Ballet Theatre (but I *much* prefer writing fiction!). I love to read, watch movies, and listen to music (especially Green Day and Maroon 5).
TBP: Give us a breif description of your upcoming YA book, Haven.
KC: I like to say it's "X-men meets Twilight, with a little Buffy thrown in," LOL! Haven is set at a fictional boarding school in New York's Hudson Valley, the Winterhaven School, where all the students (and teachers!) have psychic "gifts and talents." Only....everything is not exactly as it seems.
TBP: Your author website is absolutely gorgeous! Who designed it?
KC: Thank you! I'm really happy with it. It was designed by one of my husband's friends, Corey Godwell, a *very* talented comic book illustrator who also does graphic design. He's amazing!
TBP: Are you currently working on any other books?
KC: Right now I'm working on a sequel to HAVEN, and also puttering around with a couple other YA ideas.
TBP: What are a couple of your favorite YA books?
KC: Just a couple?! So hard to narrow it down! I'd have to say Suzanne Collins' HUNGER GAMES and Lauren Oliver's BEFORE I FALL are up there at the top of list. I really love some more "classic" YA books, too, like Lois Lowry's THE GIVER and Lois Duncan's STRANGER WITH MY FACE.
TBP: Your bio says that you took ballet. For how long and do you still continue?
KC: For a looooong time. I started when I was five, continued through high school, did a brief stint with a professional company, and then "retired" to go to college. I didn't dance at all for a decade, but then started up again after the birth of my second child. I love ballet because it's both a complete physical *and* mental workout. It takes your full focus, both body and mind.
TBP: If you could be any supernatural or mythical creature, what would it be and why?
KC: Oh, man...that's a tough one. Definitely NOT a vampire (all that blood.....) or a werewolf (don't like the idea of being all hairy and slobbery!). I guess I'd have to go with a witch--like a Harry Potter type witch. Does that count?!
TBP: Which of the four elements, Earth, Wind, Fire, or Water, would you most love to possess the powers of?
KC: Hmmm, maybe fire. It's *freezing* right now in NYC--I'm sitting all bundled up in my office, thinking how nice it would be if I could start/stop a fire at will to warm me up!
TBP: What is your favorite thing to eat and/or drink to help stay warm during the cold winter season?
KC: I am currently addicted to Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice drink (with whipped cream!). Yum!
TBP: When you aren't writing, what is one of your favorite past times?
KC: Besides reading?! Watching movies. Or, my current obsessions, watching old episodes of Miami Vice or Star Trek (the original series) on DVD. I know...I'm weird. Totally obsessed with both Sonny Crockett *and* Mr. Spock--talk about an odd combination!
TBP: If you could travel back in time, what time period would you visit?
KC: Probably Regency England, but only if I could be assured of good health! I'd hate to have a medical problem while stuck in a time before antibiotics!
TBP: Anything else you'd like to add before you go?
KC: Just a huge *thank you* for having me!
And thank you Kristi! I hope you all enjoyed this interview and will add Haven to your wishlist. I know I'm really looking forward to it.
As always, thanks for stopping by!