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About Kami Garcia
Kami Garcia is a #1 New York Times and Bram Stoker nominated author, and the coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures novels. Her solo series, the Legion, includes the instant New York Times bestseller Unbreakable and the sequel Unmarked.
Kami was a teacher for seventeen years and co-authored her first novel on a dare from seven of her students. If she isn't busy watching Supernatural, Kami can teach you how to escape from a pair of handcuffs or bake a Coca-Cola cake. She has never raced a car, but there is still time. Kami lives in Maryland with her family and their dogs Spike and Oz. Visit Kami at: www.kamigarcia.com.
About Abbi Glines
Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Field Party and Existence series. Friday night football games marked every important moment in Abbi Glines' young life. She can remember her first kiss, her first heartbreak, and the first time her crush noticed her—and it all happened during or after a Friday night game. Now Abbi writes books about football, field parties, college, and coming of age in her young adult series. She lives on the gulf coast of Alabama with her family. She can be found with her MacBook on the beach, by her pool, and, of course, under the stadium lights on a Friday night.
Now read the amazing interview between these two writers below!
1. Abbi: Did you always want to be a writer?
Kami: I wrote all the time, especially poetry and short stories, but I didn't consider writing professionally. I actually wanted to be an artist. I still love to paint.
Kami: How about you?
Abbi: I had a big imagination as a child. Often I told stories that weren't true. My mother explained to me that I was creating fiction and [if] told as the truth, it was a lie. She then gave me a notebook and told me to write my stories down like a book. I knew after that first "book" I wrote at nine-years-old, I would be a writer one day. It was all I ever wanted to be from that day forward.
2. Abbi: What's your writing process like? Do you come up with the plot and make an outline or do you just start writing?
Kami: I start off with an inspiration board. I use a wall in my office. Then I write a beat sheet that outlines the main plot points. So I know where I'm headed, but I don't always know how I'm going to get there.
Kami: You've written so many books, Abbi. Do you always follow the same process or does it change depending on what you're writing?
Abbi: I don't know if it's a process or craziness. When an idea hits me, I start writing. I get about a fourth of the way through and realize I need an outline. I create one. Then by halfway through, I have completely disregarded the outline and the characters have taken over. It's not professional, but it's always how it ends up going.
3. Abbi: Let's talk about your latest book, Broken Beautiful Hearts. Tell us a little bit about it.
Kami: Broken Beautiful Hearts is about a girl named Peyton, who is a competitive soccer player on track to play college soccer. But when she finds out that her boyfriend has been taking steroids behind her back and she breaks up with him, he ends up pushing her down a flight of stairs. No one saw it happen and her ex lies about it. She goes to stay with her uncle in Tennessee to focus on rehabbing her knee, and she meets a new guy there. But she doesn't trust her judgement anymore.
Abbi: In Broken Beautiful Hearts, your main character, Peyton, has to deal with a violent ex-boyfriend and the aftermath of that experience. I know you went through something similar. Did that make it easier or harder to write the book?
Kami: It made the book so much harder to write. Even though Peyton isn't anything like me, I still had to think back to that time in my life to access those those feelings.
4. Kami: Enough about me. Tell us about your upcoming YA novel, As She Fades. I loved it so much.
Abbi: Typically, when I write a book I don't know my "twist" until I get to it while writing. However, this book was written because the twist hit me first. I fell in love with the idea and began writing. It's a true coming of age book. Vale is graduating and going off to college with her high school boyfriend. They have it all figured out and planned. But the night of their graduation an accident leaves her boyfriend in a coma. It all changes. She spends the summer in the hospital waiting for him to wake up. While she's there a friendship forms with a guy that makes her decisions even more difficult.
Kami: Vale, your protagonist, is in an accident and her boyfriend ends up in a coma. She spends her summer at the hospital hoping he'll wake up. Was it hard to imagine how it would feel to be in Vale's situation?
Abbi: I read a lot of real stories about being in a coma by those who have experienced it and stories from those who have dealt with their loved ones in a coma. After that kind of research, which often led to tears from their stories, it was easier to get in Vale's head.
5. Abbi: Your last two contemporary novels --The Lovely Reckless and Broken Beautiful Hearts -- have badass female protagonists. Who would your friends say you're more like -- Frankie or Peyton?
Kami: I think my friends would say I'm more like Cruz from The Lovely Reckless. She's a street racer and a tough girl, who doesn't take crap. But there's a little bit of me in all my protagonists.
6. Kami: If you had dated one of the swoony boys from your YA novels, who would you have picked?
Abbi: Slate from As She Fades...He isn't at all what the reader thinks he is.
7. Kami: What's next for you?
Abbi: This year in YA I will be releasing Losing the Field in August and I'm working on a teen paranormal. Not sure on its release date though.
Abbi: How about you? Are you working on anything now?
Kami: I'm already working on my next novel for my publisher, but I can't talk about it yet. It's something totally new and I think readers are going to be excited. It was also just announced that I'm writing a Teen Titans graphic novel series for DC Comics and their new YA imprint, SC Ink!? The first one is about Raven.
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