Saturday, October 12, 2013

Author Interview: Kristin Halbrook

Title: Nobody but Us
Author:  Kristin Halbrook
Publisher: Harper Teen

Goodreads Description:


Maybe I'm too late. Maybe Zoe's dad stole all her fifteen years and taught her to be scared. I'll undo it. Help her learn to be strong again, and brave. Not that I'm any kind of example, but we can learn together.

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can't run fast enough.


Maybe it'll take Will years to come to terms with being abandoned. Maybe it'll take forever. I'll stay with him no matter how long it takes to prove that people don't always leave, don't always give up on you.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer a few questions for me! I’m so excited to have you here!

Thank YOU! It's so nice to chat with you, Ashley. :)

First, tell us something about Nobody but Us we should know before reading it that we won’t get from the description.

You should know that, in this book, even the best of intentions aren't always enough. Also, that having someone to love you, to protect you, can be a very powerful thing. Finally, you should know that someone is wearing a Christmas tree sweater. And it's spring time.

Nobody but Us deals with some tough issues. How difficult was it to write about these issues? Why did you decide to write about them?

Sometimes, it was very difficult to write about these issues. Thinking about how many children fall through the cracks in our system or how some people don't have the same advantages and preparations for life as others do makes me worry about how we do and don't take care of our struggling populations in this country. Both Will and Zoe are characterizations of our failure, as a society, to fully protect our innocent populations. But I felt strongly about writing these stories. About writing about people who are doing the best they can with what they've been given. And about how, without safety nets, that isn't always enough. This is a work of fiction, but I think there are lots of people out there who feel as frustrated and helpless and Will and Zoe do. Who crave someone to love them for who they are and what they could be.

Avid readers’ books tend to change quite frequently (at least mine do!) What’s your favorite book right now?

My favorite book is always How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. I'm a loyal fan! But some recent reads that I loved include Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston. That's such a "serious book" list, but I also loved the fun Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen. 

I believe all writers have something they want readers to take away from their books. What do you want readers to take away from yours?

A heightened sense of empathy. The idea that very real and well-intentioned people can do stupid things, but they can also love, they can also hope, they can also worry. They can also want to be better people. Great people.

What’s the most challenging part of being a writer for you?

Scheduling my writing time! I am blessed with a wonderful family that also takes up a lot of my time. With a new baby this summer, it's especially tough to get all my writing done. But I sneak in an hour here and there and manage. I would also have to mention that the idea of "branding" is a tough one for me. I know there's more to being an author than just writing books, but that's certainly the part I like best. Marketing myself is hard work, especially for an introvert like I am.

Tell us one totally random thing about yourself!  (Please!)

I have always wanted to try out for a singing competition show. But I never have.

What are you working on now? What can we be expecting from you in the near future?

I'm working on a few different things. Most notably, my second book, coming out winter, 2015. It's about a girl who's trying to do penance for something terrible she did, a small town, and people who get away with everything. I also have a YA gothic retelling of an old French tale in the works, another YA contemporary set in France, and a middle grade magical realism project waiting to be completed.

This or that:

Coke or Pepsi
Neither, I'm afraid. Fresca.
Chocolate or Vanilla
I assume we're talking about ice cream, in which case, vanilla.
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird, nowadays. A baby will do that to you.
Harry Potter or Twilight
Harry Potter!
Answer to Previous or The Hunger Games
Still Harry Potter.
Vampires or Werewolves
Vampires. They're sexier.
Zombies or Unicorns
Unicorns! Fabulous unicorns shooting rainbows from their horns!
Twitter or Facebook
Ebook or print


1 comment:

  1. I have this book and can't wait to start reading it. I need to take a time out from review books to read it. Especially with the new book coming out but I think I have enough time to catch up.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous


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