Monday, January 17, 2011

Blog Tour: Interview With Keri Mikulski + Giveaway!

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!

Readers if you want to know more about Keri and her books you can check her out on the web:

www.kerimikulski.com

                              
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Contest ends January 30.
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32 Comments

  1. Keri Mikulski

    Hey, Margay! Wow! Great idea.. I’m going to have to store that embarrassing moment away. 🙂

    Awe.. Thanks, Katie for stopping by. 🙂

    They did, Zoe.. I didn’t realize how bad it sounded until I just read it.. Yikes. 🙂

    You’re right, Katie.. I fall in love every time. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by, Lisa! 🙂

    Thanks, Book Monster!

    And thanks bunches for the HEAD GAMES love and interviewing me, Katie!! xoxo

  2. Riv Re

    That must have been cause for a real awkward-turtle moment…
    It’s awesome to spread yourself out among your characters 😉
    That’s such an awesome e-mail. I’m sure it led to fuzzy feelings =). I <3 emails.
    Thanks for the great contest!
    rivkarno1(at)hotmail(dot)com

  3. Lexie

    I love the fact that she writes about sports! I love sports and agree there are not many books that cover that subject for girls. Thanks for the giveaway!
    lexie.bookbug(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  4. Zombie Girrrl

    Please enter me. 🙂

    Yikes, kissing the wrong guy; that’s a doosey. : Hopefully it’s something that you can laugh about now. The best remedie for humiliation is is laughter, that’s my modo. Usually it works.

  5. Katie

    Love the interview! I had an embarrassing situation where I hit my boyfriend (I thought) on the butt with my bag when I walked by but when I came back it was his cousin standing there. I asked if he had been standing there a minute ago and his cousin was told me it was him that I hit. Both his girlfriend and my boyfriend saw and I was mortified!

    bball11kt(at)sbcglobal.net

  6. Meredith

    Great interview! I’m happy to see you found something to interest teens besides vampire stories to write about! I think that’s inspiring. And many of us had the bad habit of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time (some of us still do!)!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  7. Jenny

    I love what she said about sometimes leaving little hints of who her minor characters are slightly based off of. That’s fun! My to-read list is getting way too long.

    I’d love to enter the giveaway too (gotta support that book fund!)- email is: quilloncole(AT)gmail(DOT)com. That’s awesome that you’re doing this!

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