Monday, June 3, 2013

Disintegrate by Christine Klocek-Lim: Interview: Sizzling PR Tour Stop


 




Welcome Christine! Thanks for stopping in.  How did you start your writing career?

I began writing one day when I was a little girl—I created a story about a burning house and jumping out of a third story window (miraculously I survived and received a pair of mechanical legs which were totally awesome). I’ve been fond of disaster stories and paranormal fantasy ever since. I went to college and majored in professional writing, and have always managed to use my skills in my career: I’ve been a technical writer (boring database manuals), a documentation specialist (boring insurance training manuals), a proofreader (boring history textbooks), an editor (okay, this was not boring—I actually liked editing poetry), and then one day I woke up and realized it was time to begin writing novels. I’ve been making up stories inside my head for so long… I love creating characters. I love suspense. I adore paranormal plotlines and when I put all of that together, my first young adult novel was born. 

Tell us about your current release.

Disintegrate is about Emily Weaver: a girl who goes away to college. On the surface, everything seems normal, but underneath, Emily has the ability to manipulate matter and no idea how or why she can do this. In the opening scene, she gets lost near a river at night in Pittsburgh. She's cold and tired, and suddenly, she hears music. She finds her way to a bar where a young man is singing. Jax isn't what she expects. He's nice. He flirts with her. There’s an immediate connection, but even though she really likes him, she’s afraid to let herself reach out to him. Of course, that’s just the beginning. Disaster waits just around the corner…
Here’s the description:

Emily just wanted a normal life: a boyfriend, college, two parents who loved her. Instead, her dad disappeared when she was fourteen and her life at college is anything but ordinary.

When you can manipulate matter like putty and you have no idea why, how do you pretend to be like everyone else? What happens when you meet a guy who has the same powers? Do you trust him to help you find the answers you need?

Emily desperately wants to believe that Jax can help, but the stakes grow higher than she’d ever expected: someone is after them and they’re not afraid to use violence to get what they want. 

Who is your favorite author?

I can’t pick just one! If I even tried, you’d be posting a list about a million miles long… Seriously. I adored Ally Condie’s book “Matched.” Susan Beth Pfeffer wrote a brilliant series that began with one of my favorite books: “Life As We Knew It.” I loved Pittacus Lore’s “I Am Number Four.”

If you’re going to force me to pick just one writer, however, I would have to choose Lois McMaster Bujold. Her Vorkosigan saga series is hilarious. 

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

I think the hardest part is getting the story down and past my internal editor. Sometimes I focus too much on making a sentence perfect and I lose the momentum of the story. I need to remind myself that I can fix everything in revision. When I’m writing the first draft, I need to just keep going and let the characters have their way. I can find grammar errors and typos later. 

Plotter or Pantser? Why?

I used to be a plotter. Then I tried being a pantser. Each one worked for a little bit, and then I realized that trying to do either one or the other was making me crazy! Now I start with my characters and build a story around the decisions they make in difficult situations. Sometimes I’ll plot a little ahead, maybe a couple of chapters, and sometimes I have no idea what I’m going to write until it comes out of my head through my fingers. I work on continuity and storyline during revision. 

What are your favorite TV shows?

I adore Castle. And Dexter. And my new favorite is Arrow (In one episode, Oliver Queen did a one-handed pushup!). I also love to watch any show about dancing, so I’m an avid viewer of So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars. 

What would we find under your bed?

LOL! Guess!                  ….books, of course. I have so many books that I have nowhere to put them all. I think I may also have a sock or two that I lost a few years ago? Oh, and shoes. Dancing shoes.






Emily just wanted a normal life: a boyfriend, college, two parents who loved her. Instead, her dad disappeared when she was fourteen and her life at college is anything but ordinary. When you can manipulate matter like putty and you have no idea why, how do you pretend to be like everyone else? What happens when you meet a guy who has the same powers? Do you trust him to help you find the answers you need? Emily desperately wants to believe that Jax can help, but the stakes grow higher than she’d ever expected: someone is after them and they’re not afraid to use violence to get what they want.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Christine Klocek-Lim spends most of her time daydreaming--which isn't much different from what she did as a girl in northeast Pennsylvania, as a college student in Pittsburgh, as a twenty-something technical writer in New York City, and as a young mother in suburban New Jersey. For the past decade or so she's been dream-surfing in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.

She received the 2009 Ellen La Forge Memorial Prize in poetry. She has four chapbooks: Ballroom - a love story (Flutter Press), Cloud Studies (Whale Sound Audio Chapbooks), How to photograph the heart (The Lives You Touch Publications), and The book of small treasures (Seven Kitchens Press). Her poems have appeared in Nimrod, OCHO, Diode, Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net anthologies and was a finalist for 3 Quarks Daily's Prize in Arts & Literature. Her website is ChristineKlocekLim.com
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