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Interview with author Katie Klein

Monday, October 15, 2012
Welcome everyone! Today we have the author of Cross My Heart, Katie Klein with us. Here is a little bit about Katie, from her website.

Official Bio
Katie Klein is a diehard romantic with a penchant for protagonists who kick butt. She currently resides on the East Coast and is hard at work on her next YA novel.

Unofficial Bio
* Gemini * the oldest of three * lover of cheese fries and ranch dressing * also Hibachi chicken and shrimp * known to have relaxed hair with Dark and Lovely * Wizard of Oz aficionado * dancer at heart, though lacking the coordination to become one * lover of Sharpies * player of the piano * hater of the clarinet * beach and warm weather enthusiast * member of Sigma Tau Delta * lover of Cadbury chocolate * also hot chocolate * hater of coffee * lover of snow,  warm sweaters, and gas logs * disciple of Sarah Dessen and other great YA authors * straightening iron and eyeliner dependent *avoider of needles, scary movies, and the sight of blood * Christmas fanatic * groupie of the occasional emo, angsty boy rocker *


-When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I tried to write my first book when I was about thirteen. It ended up being a short story. Then I tried to write my first book at fifteen. This was back when we used things called floppy disks to save our computer files. I got about 20,000 (I think) words in and the disk corrupted so I lost EVERYTHING (except for what I printed). I tried again in college. That's when I made it all the way to The End. Third time's the charm?

-What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
Parker's secret. I had no idea. Really. J

-What do you consider invaluable resources for an aspiring writer?
Time, patience, a quiet place to work and/or good music (as needed), and the ability to stick with it, even when it gets tough. Also lots of books, and lots of chocolate chip cookies.

-Who's your favorite author or what's your favorite book(s)?
It's hard to pick just one, because I love so many authors for different reasons (and I could never pick just one favorite book!). I love Sarah Dessen, though, because after I read Dreamland, I knew I wanted to write for teens. I got to meet her in New York City a few years ago, and I was such a ridiculously stupid fangirl. I really do love her, though. My favorite books by her: Just Listen and The Truth About Forever.

-Can you tell us a little about your next project?
This is a super vaulted secret. I'm such a tease, I know. J

I just finished my urban fantasy series over the summer, though. It's a pretty big deviation from what I usually write: lots of dark alleys and knives and guns and the romancing of guys almost twice one's age. It was a lot of fun. J

-What inspired you to write Cross My Heart?
The idea for CROSS MY HEART came to me one night when I was out driving with my family. It was fall, and getting darker early. We were listening to the radio when "November Rain" came on (Guns n Roses).
I sat there, listening to the lyrics, singing the parts I knew, and I started thinking about what I was hearing: When I look into your eyes, I can see a love restrained / but darling when I hold you don't you know I feel the same / We both know hearts can change / It's hard to keep an open heart. . . .
And that's where I got the idea for Jaden, a girl who (like me) hates the winter. She's focused and driven, and she doesn't really have time for what we would consider "normal" teenage things. She has a boyfriend, but she's never really learned to love anyone.
Parker and Jaden are probably the last two people we would ever expect to manage a successful relationship. As the story unfolds, though, it seemed so natural for the two of them to fall in love. Each is exactly what the other needs; as much as they can't (or don't want to) admit it, they're perfect for each other. Love is about taking chances, and, to me, that's what the song (and the story) is about, and that's where the idea came from.
-Are there any characters that you relate more to?
Probably Jaden, because I can be kind of a control freak and try to micromanage things if I'm not careful. Unfortunately, this doesn't carry over to any kind of house-related tasks (or cooking).
-What character was the hardest to write?
Parker, because I had to balance who he says he is with who he really is.
-Pick two words to describe how awesome your book is:
According to reviews/reader feedback: *very* awesome. J

Pick up Cross My Heart today! Gimme.
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