Thursday, November 14, 2013

Celebrating Debutantes 2013: Kristen Kittscher (13 Random Facts + Giveaway)

Gaining the title of "Miss International", our featured debut author for today doesn't just speak four different languages, but lived in 13 different countries!

Kristen Kittscher

13 Random Facts

1. Perfect for a list of 13: I grew up in 13 different cities, including Reno, San Francisco, Dallas, and London.

(Sidenote: Then you're the perfect candidate for Miss International! ;)

2. I can touch my tongue to my nose.

3. One of my first jobs was as a story editor in Hollywood, where I gave notes on early drafts of a script for the movie X-MEN. (My counterpart at the time now runs Marvel Entertainment...regrets? Nah!).

4. The Wig in the Window was inspired by the neighborhood spy games I played with my best friend.

5. I have an overachieving dog who brings in the newspaper every day.

6. Though I’m American, I had a British accent from when I was 6 - 9 (my family lived in London).

7. I was once a customer service manager at a trucking company.

8. When I was sixteen I went to a boarding school in France that inspired Louis Malle’s film, Au Revoir Les Enfants.

9. Green apple Jolly Ranchers are my favorite.

10. My aunt played the role of the mom (“Patty Chase”) in ABC’s My So-Called Life.

11. I love languages and speak German, Italian, and French.

(Sidenote: Super cool! I dream of learning those languages!)

12. I've seen every Murder, She Wrote episode. (And maaaaybe the theme song is my ringtone...)

13.  Of my high school graduating class of 200 students, 3 of us are published children’s authors (Katherine Marsh, Edgar-winning author of JEPP WHO DEFIED THE STARS and THE NIGHT TOURIST and Ian Lendler, author of AN UNDONE FAIRY TALE are the others).


More about Kristen!

Kristen Kittscher grew up in over 13 cities, including San Francisco, Dallas, and London but she feels most at home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, Kai. A graduate of Brown University and former English teacher, she now writes funny mysteries for the precocious middle-schoolers she once enjoyed teaching so much. Her debut novel, THE WIG IN THE WINDOW, comes out in June 2013 with Harper Children’s. She's now at work on the sequel, THE TIARA ON THE TERRACE.

Kristen's MG debut novel!

The Wig in the Window
by Kristen Kittscher

Published June 18th 2013 by HarperCollins Children's Books

Blurb (Goodreads):
Best friends and seventh graders Sophie Young and Grace Yang have made a game out of spying on their neighbors. On one of their midnight stakeouts, they witness a terrifying, bloody scene at the home of their bizarre middle-school counselor, Dr. Charlotte Agford (aka Dr. Awkward).

At least, they think they do. The truth is that Dr. Agford was only making her famous pickled beets! But when Dr. Agford begins acting even weirder than usual, Sophie and Grace become convinced that she’s hiding something—and they’re determined to find out what it is.

Soon the girls are breaking secret codes, being followed by a strange blue car, and tailing strangers with unibrows and Texas accents. But as their investigation heats up, Sophie and Grace start to crack under the pressure. They might solve their case, but will their friendship survive?

Perfect for fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society, The Wig in the Window is a smart, funny middle-grade mystery with a REAR WINDOW twist.

The Escapist

Head over Oops! I Read A Book Again for debut author Alison Cherry!

Yesterday: Mindy McGinnis (Not A Drop to Drink) and Natalie D. Richards (Six Months Later)
Tomorrow: Katie Cotugno (How to Love) and Scott Blagden (Dear Life, You Suck)

Calling YA/NA/MG debut authors of 2014! Want to join us on this fun event? Fill out this form! Don't forget to spread the word with your debuting friends!

- 1 copy of The Wig in the Window
- open internationally
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1 comment:

  1. I too lived in London for 3 years...when I was in middle school:)


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