Keri Mikulski is the author of Head Games, which is her YA debut. Head Games was released on January 6 from Razorbill.
KBB: Why did you decide to write novels for young adults?
KM: About five years ago, while teaching seventh grade Language Arts, I became frustrated with the lack of sports fiction for girls. At the same time, I was reading amazing young adult novels and fell in love with the genre. After I gave birth to my daughter, I decided to give professional writing a go and I set out to write the novels I always wanted to read, fun, light, sports novels.
KBB: What do you consider the best moment of your career?
KM: The best moments are always reader emails. One particular email that sticks out in my mind was from a teen athlete who struggled with dyslexia, hated reading, but read Screwball and loved it.
KBB: Do you have a favorite character from your books? If so, why that one?
KM: When I’m writing a book, my favorite character is always the one I’m currently working on. Right now, I’m finishing up Stealing Bases (Pretty Tough Book 4) and I LOVE Kylie Collins.
KBB: Are any of your characters based on people you know?
KM: Every single main character I create has a little piece of me sprinkled with a lot of my imagination. And every single minor character I write about has a little piece of someone I know doused with a lot of my imagination. Sometimes I even leave little hints in my books… That way if the person I based the character on ever reads my book they’ll know it’s him or her.
KBB: Can you tell us anything about what you are currently working on?
KM: The fourth book, STEALING BASES (which follows mean-girl, Kylie Collins and her quest to become a Division-One softball player), hits bookstores this July. And two more series books are slated for 2012 releases.
KBB: Just for fun: What is your most embarrassing moment? It can relate to your writing career but it does not have to.
KM: I have this horrible habit of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. But, my most embarrassing moment was when I kissed a boy thinking it was my boyfriend and it turned out to be his brother. Woops.
KBB: Ooh that is embarassing. Yikes!
Thanks so much for the interview, Keri!
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