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Friday, July 16, 2010

An Interview & Signed Book Giveaway with Author Kristin Walker

I'm happy to welcome Kristin Walker, the awesome author of A MATCH MADE IN HIGH SCHOOL, to my blog for an interview and signed book giveaway. Yes, that's right, I'm holding another giveaway contest where I'll be providing one lucky commenter with a signed copy of this fun and funny debut! As usual, entry details will follow the interview. But first, here's a summary of Kristin's book:

When a mandatory course forces Fiona to “try the knot” with super-jock Todd Harding, she’s convinced life couldn't get any worse. Until her crush is paired with her arch enemy (otherwise known as Todd’s obscenely hot, slightly sadistic girlfriend). But that’s nothing compared to her best friend’s fate – a year with the very goofy, very big Johnny Mercer.

A series of hilarious pranks leave Fiona wondering: is there something her “best friend” hasn’t told her? Could there be more to Johnny Mercer than an awesome music collection? And most intriguing, could Todd Harding have a heart beneath his pretty-boy exterior?

Can you sum up A Match Made in High School in one sentence?

High school seniors get paired up for a mandatory course in marriage education with disastrous and hilarious results.

What inspired you to write A Match Made in High School?

It just seemed like it could be a really funny premise. I was looking for a topic with a lot of potential for humor, and since the book was going to be the longest thing I'd written, I figured I should pick something I knew a bit about. Pretty much my whole life was raising kids, doing laundry, loading dishwashers, and being married. So I went with marriage. I didn't think too many teens would want to read about stain removal or crusty spatulas.

If you could be one character from your book for a day, which one would you be and why?

Great question! Hmm... Okay, this is totally shallow, but I'm going to say it anyway... Amanda. I've always wanted to be stunningly beautiful for a day. All I'd do is walk around being gorgeous. Isn't that dorky? Other than Amanda, I'd pick Sam because she's so alive and energized and completely genuine. Plus she has stains on her shirts, and that's pretty much me every day with my coffee.

Who would you have wanted to be paired with to "try the knot" when you were in high school?

Oh, you don't seriously think I'm going to answer that, do you? Ha! I'm sure I would've picked whomever I was dating at the time.

What has surprised you the most about the publishing industry?

Everyone knows everyone in publishing. It's a very close-knit industry. So if you're interested in getting into the publishing game, tread kindly and try not to burn any bridges.

The great part is that everyone I've encountered is super cool. For the most part, they're people I'd hang out with in real life. It's humbling to have so many brilliant, fun people discussing and putting effort into my work.

What's your best advice for aspiring writers wanting to be published?

Just keep writing! Never quit. Every word you write makes you a better writer, so just keep going. It's a long, often heartbreaking haul, but you'll get there.

Thanks so much for having me, Amy! I had a great time with your questions.

Thank YOU, Kristin, for stopping by my blog! If you'd like to learn more about Kristin and her book, please be sure to check out her WEBSITE, BLOG and GOODREADS page.


A MATCH MADE IN HIGH SCHOOL Signed Book Giveaway Entry Details:
1) You must be a follower of my blog for a chance to win.
2) You will be entered once by reading and commenting on this post.
3) You will also receive an extra entry for each online shout-out you give about this giveaway (tweet on twitter and/or blog about it). Be sure to leave links to your shout-out(s) in the comment section of this post.

***That means you have the chance to be entered up to three times in the random drawing, increasing your odds of winning. The lucky winner will be chosen at random from the entries I receive and will be announced on Friday, July 30th. Good luck!***

Ashley will receive an automatic extra entry for her correct guess from this blurred cover image post.


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Blogger Eileen said...

I loved this book! A signed copy would be awesome and I officially promise to pass my otherwise loved copy on to someone else.

July 16, 2010 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Adriana said...

This book does sound like a really fun read. It seems like there's a lot going on. Thank you for the giveaway.

July 16, 2010 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger Kailia Sage said...

This book sounds really great. I've heard so much about it! Thanks for the giveaway!

July 16, 2010 at 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

Fun interview. Kristin's advice to never give up is exactly what I needed to hear. Thanks. I'm looking forward to reading this one.

July 16, 2010 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Kaylie said...

Well, I'm already a follower, but your review and interview have intrigued me. Sounds like a really fun book. Enter me, please!

July 16, 2010 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Julie Musil said...

This book sounds awesome! Thanks for the fun interview with Kristin, and for hosting the book giveaway. I retweeted your tweet @juliemusil.

July 17, 2010 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger allisonsbj3 said...

Thanks for having this giveaway! Sounds like a great book!


July 17, 2010 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Um, I always have stains on my shirts too. And that is all I have to say about that.

Great interview!! I'd love to be entered in the contest :)

July 17, 2010 at 11:20 PM  
Blogger Sena said...

This sounds like a really fun book, and the cover's so cute and catchy! Thanks!
sena.sagani [at]gmail[dot]com

July 18, 2010 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Spav said...

Great interview. This book has been is my wishlist since it was released.


July 18, 2010 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Claire Dawn said...

I just love so many things about this book. I'm not even a visual person and I love the cover. And the name absolutely ROCKS!!!

Great interview Amy.

July 19, 2010 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

This book sounds so cute and fun. That's so cool that the people in the publishing industry are all close, that always makes work all the more positive and fun! Wonderful interview =)

July 21, 2010 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger Julianna Steffens said...

I really want this book from Kristin. The story seems to be so funny.

juliannasteffens @

July 22, 2010 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Jami said...

Kristin has a really great sense of humor! I have been wanting to read this one for a while now. Thanks for the great contest!
I am following you
I tweeted contest:


July 28, 2010 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Vidisha said...

I loved this book! A signed copy would be awesome

July 29, 2010 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Sherry @ Flipping Pages for All Ages said...

I would love the chance to win this, I haven't read it yet and it sounds great!

I loved Kristin's one sentence summary of the book. Definitely something I would like.

Thanks for the giveaway!
I'm a follower!


July 29, 2010 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Shirk said...

Oooh, enter me. This books sounds FUN.

July 29, 2010 at 10:33 PM  

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