Saturday, October 27, 2012

Touching The Surface- Author Interview w/ Kimberly Sabatini and giveaway

 Kimberly Sabatini

 Young Adult Author 


     (Simon Pulse - Simon and Schuster, October 30, 2012)

 (Simon Pulse is offering one copy to a lucky reader! Fill out the rafflecopter form below)
1. Tell me about the book in your own words.
TOUCHING THE SURFACE is the story of a seventeen year old girl named Elliot who has died for the third time and is stuck in the afterlife. She now needs to figure out why she can't move on. As she Delves for her memories of the past, she finds out that she's done something unforgivable. TOUCHING THE SURFACE is the story of how life altering events are meant to alter lives.

2. What was your road to publication like?
My road to publication was wonderful. It was full of slow and steady growth. It took me about three and a half years to write and sell SURFACE, but in that time, the positive experiences far out weighed the negative ones. I have learned so much from my peers, the SCBWI and the professionals who were kind enough to share their knowledge. I can never adequately express my gratitude. *blows kisses*

3. What book inspired you as a child?
Without a doubt there are a bazillion LOL! But a few stand out more than the rest. THE GIVER by Lois Lowry taught me that I was not the only one to have strange questions about bigger issues. THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK taught me there is power in writing down the truth and of course, anything by Dr. Seuss because he was brilliant.

4. What do you think about libraries going out of business in school's and public?
Every time I go to a conference or a book event, I buy signed books for my children's library at school. I can't even think about school libraries closing without wanting to vomit. I have loved every library that has been in my life. In my opinion our treatment of libraries and librarians is a symptom of a sick society and we need to get healthy again--NOW!

5. Do you have any do's and don'ts for up and coming authors?
I won't lie, this is a struggle for me too some days, but it is so important to have your head screwed on straight. Remember why you write. Live in the moment you are in and enjoy it--whether it's as a pre-published author, a soon to be author or a literary icon. You can be miserable in any stage of your writing life if you chose to be. Decide to savor the best of every moment. But isn't that just the truth about life. Follow your true north the best you can.

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  1. Yes, I would go back in time to the early 90's and pick up stock in ebay & yahoo lol ;D
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

  2. You didn't state whether this giveaway is open to Canadian residents. I live in Canada and I wish to enter the book giveaway.

    1. yes. Sorry I forgot to say open to ages 13+ in US and Canada.

  3. Yes--who wouldn't? I'd try to be a better friend.

  4. I would absolutely change something from my past. I know things happen for a reason and it often can lead you on a path to happiness in the end, but sometimes there are still things that have a great affect on you that you wish didn't. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I don't think I'd change anything. Who knows what effect that sort of action might have. I think I'd leave things as they are.

  6. I like M.A.D.'s comment! This book sounds awesome.

  7. Yes. There are a couple of things that I would change in my life, but because of those things, I am who I am today and that I would not want to change.

  8. I know guys. Going back would be great. There are several times I could think of, but what if it did change who I was today? I'll have to think more about it.

  9. Probably but I can't think right now!!! But tehre are for sure things I wouldn't change.

  10. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    I'd go back to high school and stand up to my bully, not cower in fear. Although it would've been nice to have friends who would've backed me up;)

    I'd also spend more time with my boyfriend and little brother:)

  11. Great giveaway! I'm a new follower from over at Book Blogs. I'm also having a giveaway if you'd like to enter. Either way, I'd be absolutely thrilled if you would stop by and visit. :) Here's the link: MaMa's Book Corner Giveaway

  12. Yes, absolutely. Who wouldn't??

  13. I woud depending on what I could change, and how things would be now bc of that change.

  14. No, because everything that happened to me in the past has shaped who I am today and I wouldn't change a thing about myself.

  15. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  16. I'd change some stuff. I think I would've gone to Ohio State and lived there instead of commuting to Wright State, then moved out of Ohio and lived somewhere interesting for a while before settling down and having a family, lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. I would go back and try harder to keep my friendships with my old friends after I moved away. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. I don't even have to think about that question. The answer is YES! I often think that I wish I could go back and change things, do things differently.

    Thank you for the giveaway.