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Author Interview: Kiersten White

August 30, 2010
I absolutely LOVE Kiersten White’s debut novel, Paranormalcy! It’s funny, action-packed, and all around loveable. To add to my excitement, I had the lovely opportunity to interview Ms. White and I would like to thank her for taking the time to answer my questions. So, here it is and I hope you all enjoy it! Don’t forget to purchase your copy of Paranormalcy! Just be warned: you won’t be able to put it down.

Who or what inspired you to be an author?

I always had very supportive teachers and parents who encouraged me to develop my talents. They always thought I should write. But it wasn’t until I had graduated from college and was home with a brand new baby that I really started writing–all because my husband bought me a notebook and said it was time to start writing down the idea I’d been talking about. So I credit my parents for planting the seed and my husband for finally forcing me to water it. Little did he know how fast and crazy it would grow…

Where did the idea for Paranormalcy come from?

Until Paranormalcy I hadn’t dabbled at all in any fantasy elements in my writing, and I wanted to try it. That, combined with discussions of how I would write a vampire led me to the International Paranormal Containment Agency and its perkiest, snarkiest employee: Evie. It all spun out from a first chapter written just for fun!

What was the writing process like?

It was a whirlwind. I’d just signed with my agent that November and written another book in December. She sent out my first novel on submission in January and, overwhelmed with nerves and excitement, I needed a project. I wrote Paranormalcy in three weeks. My pinkies were bruised from hitting the shift key so many times.

After editing it a couple of times I set it aside until it was clear that my submission wasn’t going to sell. I decided to focus all my energy on Paranormalcy and spent a solid two months editing it. I sent it to my agent, she thought we had something special, and fortunately so did many editors, including my own beloved Erica at HarperTeen.

It’s crazy to me to think back on the whole process and how random it was–how if my son hadn’t napped that day, I would never have written this book. Scary to think about! It’s also crazy to remember the days when I could write a book in three weeks…trust me, it hasn’t happened since!

Evie is such a great narrator! Did you find it hard writing her “voice”?

No, that was by far the easiest part of the book. Her voice didn’t change from the opening paragraph until the closing. Once she got in my head she just sort of took over! I adore her.

After the sequels to Paranormalcy are finished, what do you plan on working on?


I have a novel about ghosts (and kissing! and obsession! and Florida and fire ants and loneliness and loss!) that I’m getting ready for submission this fall, and a new series that’s been stewing in my head and will hopefully get written this fall as well.

Where do you hope your writing takes you?

It’s already taken me to such amazing places! My real hopes are that readers connect with and enjoy my writing, and that I can continue to do it for the rest of my life. Aside from motherhood, it’s the best job ever and very much a dream come true.

What are three to five things your readers may not know?

Well, if they’re anything like me, they’re not great at calculus. But I certainly can’t explain it to them.

Oh, did you mean about me? Hmm. How about these: I have never been stung by a bee, I have never been able to do a cartwheel, and I don’t actually like the color pink very much.

Go figure.

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For more information on Kiersten White and her writing, please visit:

Official Website
Blog
Twitter

(Author photo taken from Ms. White’s website. Cover image taken from Barnes and Noble’s website)

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2 Comments

  • Reply Cialina August 30, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Cool interview! This makes me want to read Paranormalcy!

  • Reply anjohnston August 30, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks for the interview! This is a book I’m really excited about so it’s nice to get to know the author.

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