Oct26, 2014 |
I’m delighted to be hosting Kim Culbertson for the 2014 Contemporary Scavenger Hunt! Kim is the author of Catch a Falling Star, which came out in April 2014 with Scholastic. After you read the fun interview with Kim, scroll down for instructions on how to win a fantastic prize!
A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.
Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter’s town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam’s girlfriend while he’s in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn’t at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what’s real and what’s fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds – her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?
1. Catch a Falling Star has a great premise! Do you have experience with the film industry, or did you have do a lot of research for this?
I have very limited experience with the film industry – I taught high school drama for years and have written a couple of screenplays – but I really don’t have any actual experience. I have two dear friends who work in the industry who helped me with the research for the all the film parts. I loved getting notes back from them on certain scenes saying, “Um, this would neverhappen. Fix this.”
2. What draws you to contemporary?
I’ve been drawn to contemporary most of my life mostly because I’m interested in how differently we all see the same world. I’ve always been fascinated with Point of View and this idea that we can all witness the same event but see it in completely different ways based on our values and personalities and backgrounds. Contemporary allows me to explore all these unique and interesting ways of seeing life within the context of our everyday world. The world we live in is such a funny, ridiculous, heartbreaking place.
3. You must get a lot of inspiration and great insight into teens as a teacher. What is something you wish people knew about teens?
I’m often caught off guard when people generalize about teenagers, when they start a sentence, “Teenagers always…” and then just lump them into this Huge Pile of Teenager. People often tell me, “Oh, I don’t know how you work with teenagers.” Um, with humans, you mean? Over my seventeen years of teaching high school, I continue to be reminded how each student walks into my room as a whole, unique separate person who has opinions and dreams and fears. Of course, over our lives we continue to grow (hopefully) and change but I wish people would know that teenagers are distinct individuals and not some massive blob.
4. Do you write any other genres of YA or are you a contemporary-only kind of gal?
So far, just contemporary. I do love other genres, Harry Potter is my favorite series of all time, but I don’t find myself drawn to writing anything else as of yet.
5. What are 5 contemporary books you think everyone should read?
I have soooooo many but off the top of my head:
- GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby
- PICTURE ME GONE by Meg Rosoff
- HONEY, BABY, SWEETHEART by Deb Caletti
- CLEAN by Amy Reed
- LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green
Thanks, Kim! Kim is giving away a signed copy of CATCH A FALLING STAR! All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment on this page.
Sourcebooks Fire published Kim’s award winning first YA novel Songs for a Teenage Nomad (2010, originally Hip Pocket Press, 2007) and her second YA novel Instructions for a Broken Heart (2011) which was named a Booklist 2011 Top Ten Romance Title for Youth and won the 2012 Northern California Book Award for YA Fiction. Scholastic published her third YA novel Catch a Falling Star in April of 2014 and she is currently at work on her next YA novel for them (Winter 2016). When she’s not writing for teens, she’s teaching them. She’s a college advisor and teaches creative writing at Forest Charter School. Kim wrote her eBook novella The Liberation of Max McTrue for her students who, over the years, have taught her much more than she has taught them. Kim lives in the Northern California foothills with her husband and daughter.