I’d like to welcome YA author and fellow critique group member Kit Forbes to my blog. Kit graciously let me interview her about her new release: Falling Through Glass. In honor of her first YA I’m giving away an ebook copy of My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator to one commenter. So make sure you stop in and say hi. And please leave an email so I can contact you if you win. I’ll draw the winner on Monday (Memorial Day).
Tell us a little something about your book and what genre it is?
A: It’s a time travel romance I feel will appeal to the high school crowd and up.
Japanese-American Emiko Maeda set aside her studies following the sudden death of her father. At odds with her mother and burdened with the guilt over her role in the tragic accident, she moves in with her uncle Jake and comes into possession of an antique mirror. While accompanying Jake to Japan on a film shoot, Emmi is caught in a freak storm and plunged through time–into Feudal Japan and the world of samurai.
The city of Kyoto is ablaze with violence and on the brink of civil war. Nakagawa Kaemon is a young samurai with a secret. He gathers information on those who claim to “Revere the emperor” but harbor their own agenda to control the country. Kae is honor bound to execute anyone who poses a threat to the throne even if it is Emmi, the unusual young woman he has come to love.
Shameless Plug: It’s available for Kindle: http://amzn.to/muYdy5
All Romance ebooks: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-fallingthroughglass-549999-141.html
and directly through the publisher Noble Young Adult: https://www.nobleyoungadult.com/Books/288
What character(s) do you like the most and why? If someone made a movie of your book, which actors/actresses would play your characters?
A: I think my favorites have to be the Shinsengumi guys. Seeing their anime versions in the old Rurouni Kenshin show is what got me interested in the history of the period.
While these actors were closer to the right ages back when I first had the idea they probably couldn’t pull off Em & Kae now, since they aren’t household name to most readers I scrounged up a couple pictures via a wiki and a scene from a film that made me fangirlish glee and go “That’s My Hero!”
Kazue Fukiishi as Emmi: http://es.drama.wikia.com/wiki/Fukiishi_Kazue
Yosuke Kubozuka as Kae (scene from the film Makai Tensho (Samurai Resurrection) : http://www.kitforbes.com/images/KubozukaYosuke_Kae.jpg
What are your favorite books? And is there any book in particular that made you want to become a writer?
A: Wow. I have a bunch. I used to love the old gothic romances of Barbara Michaels and all things horror and sweeping historical sagas. On the YA front I really like 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher,
Saundra Mitchell’s Shadowed Summer (still dying to read her newest), The Mediator series by Meg Cabot and her Avalon High.
I think it’s a culmination of the gazillion different types of books I read. It sort of all came together when I fell in love with Anne Rice’s Louis and Lestat and had ot continue their story in my head. and had to write it down.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without while writing?
A: That’s a tough one. I’d say coffee or real sugar Pepsi or Coke depending on the time of day. ^_^
Reality or Fantasy?
A: I have to say combinations thereof. I do love me my paranormal elements.
Your favorite snack?
A: Ooh another toughie. Popcorn and/or Froot Loops
Who’s your literary crush?
A: For the past year it’s been the members of my critique group. ^_^ They’re all talented and productive. *poke poke*
Lastly, what’s your favorite season?
A: We don’t seem to have seasons around here anymore. It tends to slide from too cold to too hot with only a wee bit of “Ah that’s the stuff”.
Thanks so much Kit for dropping by. I’ve enjoyed having you. Be sure to keep up with Kit Forbes. I hear she’s working on some fabulous new stuff!