I’ve been interviewed… by my heroine Emily

Ever wonder what your characters think of you? I do. For a change of pace, I decided to ask Emily to interview me. Here is a taste of how it went:

Emily: Why did you think giving me this weird power would be cool?

Christine: Manipulating matter is the superpower I wish I had. I thought it would be fun if you could put your hand through a wall or reshape a piece of metal. Think of the possibilities! You can make jewelry, you can hide at parties, you can play tricks on your friends…

Emily: Yeah, it’s really not that cool. It kind of freaked me out when I was little, you know?

Christine: Well, your ability saved your life, didn’t it?

Emily: Hmmm. True. Even so, it’s kind of weird. I accidentally put my thumb through my phone once. That sucked.

Christine: Oops. Sorry about that. You figured out how to fix it though.

Emily: Yeah, but it was never the same. The autocorrect thing doesn’t work right anymore. Every time I text LOL it changes it to BOB. Ugh. Anyway, someone *cough—your son—cough* told me that when you get bored with writing you blow stuff up?

Christine: Not literally! He means that when I get stuck or lose my momentum when I’m writing, I tend to add some action to the story. I like to do unpredictable things with the narrative, like have the bad guys attack or a volcano explode or something. I like to shake things up. That way I don’t get bored and neither does the reader.

Emily: There are no exploding volcanoes in my book.

Christine: Hmmm. Well, maybe I’ll have to write a sequel—

If you’d like to read more, head on over to ARe Cafe and check out the rest! –> Emily Weaver from Disintegrate interviews her author: Christine Klocek-Lim

Two free copies of Disintegrate!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Disintegrate by Christine  Klocek-Lim

Disintegrate

by Christine Klocek-Lim

Giveaway ends May 18, 2013.

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I’m giving away two copies of my bestselling young adult novel Disintegrate. If you’d like to win a free paperback, login to Goodreads and enter the giveaway!

If you don’t succeed this time, never fear… I’ll be doing more giveaways during the summer months. Here’s what people are saying about Disintegrate:

“The relationship between the two main characters, Emily and Jax, is marvellously dynamic and evolving.” — Brigita

“It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book in one sitting. Honestly, this is the only book I can think of that I read in one sitting. Awesome book.  …

1.) Awesome book!
2.) I’ve never actually read a book where the main character can manipulate matter, so that was a fun, new plot to discover.
3.) Holy shuck Jax marry me.” — Madison

“It’s a briskly paced and deftly plotted adventure of two teens with extraordinary powers. Strong characterizations, especially that of the female protagonist, Emily, give the short novel an emotional anchor. I particularly appreciated Emily’s decidedly un-Bella Swan blandness.” — Lyrics

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If you don’t want to wait for the giveaway, you can always buy it! It’s a bargain at $4.99 ebook pricing, and if you like print better, it’s $12.99.

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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.

 

Thank you for reading

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My first young adult novel has been out for a few weeks and I’ve received some really nice reviews. I just wanted to say Thanks! to all those who have read it and posted their comments on various places (Amazon and Goodreads).

As a writer, I don’t think you can do this as a career unless you truly enjoy fooling around with words. Writing is filled with uncertainty, sporadic pay, and ego-crushing commentary from random people who don’t understand how much effort it takes to write a novel (or a book of poems). So, you really need to enjoy the act of writing in order to keep going. It’s like climbing a mountain, getting to the top, and then realizing you really only made it up the first little hill. The goal isn’t just reaching the top of the ridge so you can see the view. It’s hiking on the trail, too.

When you get a few reviews that specifically mention the characterization you worked so hard on and how the novel kept them turning the pages (or swiping the e-reader screen), it’s truly appreciated. Thanks everyone.

Disintegrate featured in the Standard Speaker

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I grew up in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. It’s what I call a small city: not as big as Allentown or Philadelphia, but not as small as Jim Thorpe or as cute as Emmaus. It’s right in the middle of the northeastern PA coal-mining region. I had some good teachers and one or two great ones. It was lovely to have my old hometown newspaper call me up to ask about my young adult novel. Even though I haven’t lived there in a long time, I remember it well. Here is the link to the Community feature in the Standard Speaker:

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Many thanks go to Jill Whalen for calling me up and asking me about my childhood teachers. It was nice to reminisce about the past.

Goodreads Giveaway winners!

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My Goodreads giveaway for Disintegrate has been a huge success! I have two winners: Abby and Tanya. Congratulations! I just got home from the post office. Your paperback copies are now in the mail.

For the giveaway, I had 821 people requesting the book. I had no idea so many people would be interested, but I’m very grateful that Disintegrate seems to have intrigued so many readers.

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Stay tuned… I have more giveaways planned for the future—this time with an ebook copy or two of the book.

Author Appearance – I’m reading in Philly!

 

The Fox Chase Reading Series is sponsoring a Featured Poets/Writers Reading on April 28th. I am one of the featured readers! I will be reading at the Ryerss Museum and Library (7370 Central Ave., Philadelphia, PA) at 2 pm on the second floor gallery of the museum. Le Hinton is the other featured reader. You can find an interview with him here at Fox Chase Review.

 

I will be bringing several paperback copies of Disintegrate as well as my poetry chapbooks. You can purchase copies after the reading.

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Disintegrate:

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.

Reviews of Disintegrate:

“A wonderfully suspenseful YA novel that tackles not only such topics as special skills, bio engineering, and abuse of science, but also themes close to any reader, adult or young adult, like themes of family, friendship, love, belonging.” — Brigita O.

“Disintegrate by Christine Klocek-Lim was absolutely amazing. I don’t know what I was expecting when I opened the book. I was probably expecting another over-used plot for YA. But I got a fun, original plot that was incredibly interesting to read about.” — Madison