Q&A with Kimberly Karalius
Author of Love Fortunes and Other Disasters
May, 2015 (Swoon Reads)
Q: First things first: since we’re in an age of instant communication, could you summarize Loves Fortunes and Other Disasters in one hundred forty characters or less?
Q: Tom and I both love the idea of romances that are in many ways, preordained by fortunes. Could you talk a little about what inspired the idea for your book?
But why would high schoolers care about the possibility of never falling in love? They’re young. They’ve got their whole lives ahead of them. Zita and her 100% accurate love fortunes were the answer.
Q: Each reader typically has a different interpretation of a book while reading. However, what’s one take away that you’ll hope readers will have when they’ve finished reading?
Q: And if you could have tea with one your characters, who would you choose and why?
Q: We love the idea of Swoon Reads, and we’re always in awe of authors who are brave enough to put their work online for the Swoon Reads submission/rating process. Could you tell us what inspired you to go through Swoon Reads? And how has the process impacted your understanding of publishing and the power of readers, on a whole?
I had been querying agents, submitting to literary journals, entering contests for years – all the things you’re told to do when trying to get your writing published. The process can be disheartening at times, so Swoon Reads was like a dream come true for me. I wrote a brand-new manuscript (originally titled We Could Fall in Love) and then enjoyed the next few months, reading and review other writers’ manuscripts, keeping up with the Swoon Says blog, and (of course) checking my email for notifications of ratings and reviews on my own manuscript.
I love the crowdsourcing model because it inspires camaraderie between readers and writers. Readers voices are, truly, heard. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it, and I’m so thankful that I took that leap with Figment and then Swoon Reads.
Q: Let’s talk about your writing process! Are you a pantser or a plotter? And have you seen this change, as you’ve progressed in your publishing journey?
So I discovered that I need spontaneity and wiggle room to be creative when writing my first drafts. The only times I outline are when I’m stuck or I’m reaching the end of the book. In the case of writer’s block, I like drawing bubble maps. I always title them “Things that Need to Happen Before ____.” Then I make bubbles filled with little scenes that I know need to occur before the Big Scene, and it helps me get organized and figure out what comes next.
Those outlines help me be a better panster. When I need them. Otherwise, it’s simply butt in chair!
Q: Do you have a specific time-of-day that you enjoy writing?
Q: Collaborations are becoming more and more commonplace amongst YA authors. If you had the opportunity to collaborate with an author, who would you choose and why?
Q: What’s next for you?
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