Sunday, 5 May 2013

Author Interview and Giveaway - Advantage Erin by Kris Kreisman

Advantage Erin
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Erin's mom is driving her crazy. Especially about tennis. Erin is good and enjoys the game. But it's not her fault she's not the megastar her mom claims to have been when she was Erin's age. If only there was some way to get Mom to understand...
Spring break arrives, which means a visit to Grandma and Mom's old hometown. Grandma is eccentric, but she's also cool and understands Erin's frustrations. And she can help. By taking Erin on a visit to Mom's old high school. Not Mom's school today. But Mom's school as it was in 1970.
Erin experiences the trip of her lifetime. Back in time, where she struggles to fit in with a bunch of kids who never heard of the Internt or laptops or cell phones. Where she meets some very cool kids. And one not so cool kid named Catherine. Now known as Mom.
Talk turns to tennis, and inevitably the challenge is made and accepted. And they play the tennis match of the century. Erin had repeatedly heard how Mom was undefeated. Now was her time to do something about it. They battle hard until, in unexpected fashion, it's over. But when she returns to the present Erin learns the truth about her Mom. And Mom learns some lessons as well.
Enjoy Erin's thrill ride, her fun, her excitement, her anxiety. And discover how her trip to the past changed her present.

Interview with the author -

Kris Kreisman

Hi Kris, welcome to the blog!
            It’s my pleasure. Thanks so much for inviting me.

When did you start writing?
            I dabbled in it during my high school years, but I became more serious about my writing in my 30s. Back then my genre of choice was mystery. A bookshop devoted to mysteries was located not far from my home. I’d go in there, see all the published books, and think I could do that too. I was naive, but motivated. I hooked up with a writer’s group, which greatly helped me improve my craft, and encouraged me to carry on.

What was your inspiration for ‘Advantage Erin’?
            Basically I was inspired by my observation of the mother/daughter dynamic and its frequent volatility. I had a story idea of how such a conflict could be resolved, incorporating my passion for sports. A tennis match seemed the ideal metaphor.

What three words would you use to best describe ‘Advantage Erin’?

            Limiting an author to three words is quite the challenge! But I’ll say breezy, fun and touching.

What are your favourite things about the character Erin?
            I like how she stands up for herself and adapts to some unusual circumstances. She’s clever and intelligent, but also flawed, which I find quite appealing. She’s a kind and well-meaning girl, although as a 15 year-old she’s not immune to social pressures.

Is Advantage Erin a standalone novel or will this be part of a series?
            It is a standalone novel.

Can you tell us about your other books? (If you have any)
            I have two other YA novels which are basically complete, although I may perform some minor editing. They are part of an anticipated trilogy. The featured character is a mysterious high school girl, a newcomer, and the books show the effect she has on the people she meets, many of whom are facing difficult decisions or bad situations. This may sound heavy, but the stories are actually witty, enjoyable reads, with much humor interspersed with the more serious undertones. They’re written in first person, not by the mystery girl, but rather by someone she touches. The two novels feature different narrators and cast of characters, and are set in different places, and I love the challenge of having different points of view describe their observations of and experiences with the same person.  

Can you tell us what you’re working on at the moment? (If you are)
            I’m plotting out the third book in my trilogy. But it’s not going particularly well. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

Other than your own, what are your favourite books?
            In the classics, The Great Gatsby and Crime and Punishment top my list. When in a lighter mood I go for fast paced mysteries, particularly with a humorous element, such as those written by Robert Crais and Les Roberts. In YA, I loved The Hunger Games, and the Megan McCafferty Jessica Darling books are outstanding.

Random Questions
-          what’s your favourite treat?
                        Cheese popcorn, which I justify as being healthy since it’s a combination of dairy and vegetable. (Popcorn = corn = vegetable, right?)

-          What’s your Favourite place to read/write?
                        Usually at home, early in the morning when things are quiet. I have my PC set up facing my back yard. But sometimes I need a change of scenery, to be out amongst people, and I’ll take the laptop to a café or bookstore.

-          If you won the lottery what would you most look forward to spending money on?
                        My daughter’s college education, and a trip around the world, in that order.

-          If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
                        Now that’s an interesting question! After a long cold winter, a tropical beach sounds incredibly appealing, but I think that would bore me after about a week. Maybe someplace off the beaten track, yet not too exotic, seeing I'm not the most adventurous person in the world. New Zealand, or maybe Denmark.


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  1. I've seen a couple of NA/YA books about tennis recently -- fun topic!

    You can find me here: Jen @ YA Romantics

  2. This seems like a really interesting book! I love how the author wanted to focus on mother/daughter relationships, and it's neat how well a tennis match turns out to be in terms of a perfect metaphor. Not to mention this cool series that she's writing! It sounds like such a challenge, yet super interesting.

    Thanks for sharing! <3

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

  3. This certainly sounds different! And I don't think I've ever heard someone say they'd like to live in Denmark! Interesting. =)

  4. You always ask the best questions. Great interview. Classic Great Gatsby is a great fav book pick.

  5. This reminds me of that move 17 Again with Zac Efron. That was a fun story, and this one sounds like it is too. Great interview and post ladies. :)

  6. Wow this is cool, so Erin did some kind of time travelling huh? Very unique plot. :)