Welcome to my tour stop for the YA contemporary, The Last Dance! Today I'm excited to welcome Kiki Hamilton onto the blog for an author interview (: Don't forget to check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post and the rest of the tour here!
About the Author:
Kiki Hamilton is the author of THE FAERIE RING fantasy series and the YA contemporary novel, THE LAST DANCE. She believes in magic and the idea of hidden worlds co-existing with our own. Kiki lives near Seattle, though she dreams of living in London one day. Visit her website at: www.kikihamilton.com.
Hi Kiki! Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Kiki Hamilton (KH): Thanks so much for having me!Could you tell us a little about yourself and your book?
KH: Let’s see…I kind of stink at this part. My name’s Kiki and I like to write….okay… more seriously, I started writing about seven years ago after I fell in love with Harry Potter. My first novel, currently entitled MIDNIGHT SPY is still being ‘tweaked’ (haha in writer’s lingo that means I’m revising it again…) but my second novel, THE FAERIE RING, was published by Tor Teen in 2011. Book Two, THE TORN WING, came out in 2012 and book three, THE SEVEN YEAR KING, came out in May and my YA contemp, THE LAST DANCE, came out in March.In your novel, Ivy and Kellen are complete opposites; yet, sparks fly! Do you believe that "opposites attract"?
The idea for THE LAST DANCE came to me in a dream, but I didn’t write the story for another year or two. When I did sit down to write it, the story just poured out of my head onto the page and I had a first draft in two weeks. It’s a story about being strong enough to find your own way.
KH: I think there are times when opposites attract, but I do think (and what I was trying to convey in THE LAST DANCE) is that people who appear ‘opposite’ can actually have similar goals, desires, fears, attitudes, loves etc. I think at the end of the day, we are all pretty similar, though society can make us feel like we’re different from each other.If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it?
KH: Pay for my daughter’s college, first off… ahem…but then, I’d definitely travel outside the country. I love to travel and I’m dying to get back to London and Paris. After that, I think I would save the rest. Boring right? But so practical.You first debuted with a set of fantasy novels! Was it different writing a contemporary novel compared to a fantasy novel?
KH: Writing a contemporary novel was completely different than writing fantasy. I think the fact that The Faerie Ring is historical and set in Victorian London creates even a bigger contrast. But my process was different too - I listened to a playlist the entire time I wrote THE LAST DANCE (I write THE FAERIE RING series in silence) and I wrote the ending when I was only about 1/3 of the way done whereas I write TFR in a linear fashion, from start to finish. THE LAST DANCE is also in first person and TFR is in third, so that was a big change too. Anyway – I love to read contemporary and fantasy, so it was really fun to try writing something different.Coffee or tea?
KH: Always coffee, with a little mocha if you don’t mind. ;-)If you could have any superpower, which would you choose?
KH: I would have a photographic memory. (That’s a super power isn’t it?) Just think how much time it would save me!What was your favorite scene to write in The Last Dance?
KH: I laughed out loud when Kellen puked on Ivy at the dance. I was sitting in a Starbucks writing while my daughter was at a driver’s ed class and I couldn’t stop giggling because I could see the scene so perfectly. I had no idea he was going to do it and until he turned around and ralphed all over her dress.Quick! It's the zombie apocalypse! What do you do?
KH: Crap! I don’t really know much about zombies. Run like hell?Closing thoughts?
KH: I just want to thank you so much for having me! Most marketing falls on the author so we have to write the book and get the word out and I absolutely couldn’t do it without the help of awesome bloggers like you and Jean Book Nerd. <3And thank you to you too!
by Kiki Hamilton
Release Date: February 14, 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
Buy the Book: IndieBound | Amazon | B&N
Two people couldn't be more opposite...
Kellen Peterson, the gorgeous star quarterback of the Griffin High football team, seems to have it all. Until the night of the Homecoming game, when Kellen gets tackled and suffers a traumatic brain injury - an injury that changes his life - including his ability to walk, talk and throw a football.
Ivy Ly is a senior and counting down the days until she can escape to college. Though her parents have big plans for her to be a doctor, Ivy is afraid to tell them she'd rather pursue music as a career.
Ivy's best friend, Mira, is obsessed with Kellen. When Ivy is asked to tutor the injured football player upon his return to school, she thinks it's the perfect opportunity for Mira to get to know him better - but sparks fly - in more ways than one...
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