Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Kristin O'Donnell Tubb and SELLING HOPE

The SCBWI Crystal Kite award winning novel, Selling Hope, had been on my TBR list for quite some time when I happened upon the book and author earlier this  month during the SCBWI Summer Conference in LA. I found both the author and novel absolutely delightful. 

It is my pleasure to offer an autographed copy of SELLING HOPE to one randomly chosen commenter. Drop down and say hello. This giveaway is open internationally and ends at midnight,  9/6/11. You don't have to follow this blog to enter, but if you want to, I will warmly welcome you .^_^. 

Here are a few thoughts from Kristin: 

On Writing:
Favorite thing about writing a first draft:
The surprises.
Best thing about writing for kids and/or teens:
The readers!
Favorite word?
One word that describes your path to publication:
Gratitude-filled (Is that cheating? ;-) )
If I could have two dream careers, I’d be an author and:
An astronaut
On Life:
If I could snap my fingers and solve one of the problems here on earth, it would be:
Consumption levels
One question I wish I had a definitive answer to:
How to be the best parent for my children.
Best thing about being a child:
Creativity hasn’t yet been limited
Worst thing about being a child:
Not being heard
Best thing about being a teenager:
Discovering your voice
Worst thing about being a teenager:
Finding your voice
Most memorable teen moment:
Driving in a red convertible on a sunny fall afternoon with Michelle Searcy and David Hughes, all of us singing at the top of our lungs. I remember thinking, “This is what alive feels like.”
One thing I’d like to say to my teen self:
Think before you act. Think!
A quote I live by:
There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen, songwriter
My dream vacation:
A quiet beach with my family, buckets of seafood, and gobs of writing time.
In My Perfect World…
Everyone would get a good education and hugs at least once a week.
There would be an abundance of food and clean water.
No one would be deprived of sleep (she says as a parent! J).
Every child would have someone who loves them more than anything in the world.
No one would ever be lonely.
The expression of ideas without disdain would be free for everyone.

Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
Selling Hope
Available NOW
"A bouncy tale populated by a terrific cast of characters."
Booklist, starred review

Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different
Available in paperback from Yearling
Nominated for the Volunteer State Book Award, 2011-2012 list

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  1. I'm liking that world, Kristin! All I would add to the vacation is a little wine...or some margaritas!

    Congrats on the Crystal Kite!

  2. Spart8181@yahoo.comAugust 31, 2011 at 6:17 AM

    I would like to read some of your work.

  3. I highly enjoy your idea of a perfect world, and I agree with the best thing about being a child. I love that they don't often think "I can't do that" yet. Just...why not? =)

  4. These are excellent, and the book looks good! I'm a fellow Campaigner, just saying hi. Your blog is very fun.

  5. Love Selling Hope. Posted a review on Amazon.l

  6. Looks like a great book and I'd love to read it (and win your contest!). I especially like Kristin's answer to the best and worst things about being a teenager.

  7. Hi, all! I tried posting before, but lost it (I think) through my Google Account. Will try again; my apologies if this turns out to be a repeat message:

    Thank you for all of these great comments!
    @Ghost Girl: yes! Red wine or margaritas: either one will work!
    @Spart8181: thank you!
    @thekams: yes! I think that's why I love writing for kids: no limits!
    @Cortney: hi back atcha!
    @Ben: THANK YOU for the nice Amazon review! I just saw it, and I appreciate the support!
    @MG: There are many highs and lows to being a teen, but finding yourself in all the noise has to be the hardest part
    @Jennifer: I love that quote too! :-)

    Thanks, all, for commenting, and of course to Angelina for hosting! Peace!

    -Kristin Tubb

  8. Kristin sounds like a person I would like to know. Off to check out the book now :-)

  9. Being an astronaut was once my dream job.

    I enjoyed learning about Kristin.

  10. So excited to see all the love and enthusiasm here. The odds of winning are looking great right now, aren't they?

  11. This looks like a great read. Thanks for posting!

  12. Fun interview. I love the surprises in the first draft too.

    Sounds like a wonderful book.

  13. Hi, all! Wow - thanks to all for commenting!

    @Sarah: I would like to know you, too! :-) Thanks for checking out Selling Hope. I appreciate your interest.
    @Medeia: Yes! I think that's why I keep writing about space! :-) (Selling Hope is about Halley's Comet. My next book, The 13th Sign, is about the zodiac calendar. :-))
    @Angelina: yes! Tons of love and enthusiasm here! So inspiring!
    @Melodie: Thank you!
    @Lynda: surprises are the best. I'm an outliner, but my characters never fail to surprise me! :-)

    Thank you all! Have a wonderful day! Peace!

  14. Oh, what fun! I love the quote. Kristin, come to Florida and we'll make that dream vacation come true eh? =)

  15. I love how you 'found your voice'. Your book sounds lovely.

  16. Oh wow, I absolutely love that cover.

  17. How can I not want to read this book after seeing this beautiful cover? Count me in.

    laurapauling at yahoo dot com

  18. I've already read SELLING HOPE and thought it was delightful! YAY, Kristin! I'm entering this drawing because I'd love to have a copy to share with someone else.

  19. Thanks for sharing! I'd love to play for a copy please.


  20. Can't wait to read this book and I love the cover. Congrats to Kristin on her Crystal Kite.


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