Let's welcome on the blog the debut author of YA contemporary, Fault Line!
1. What do you feel about the number '13'?
It's always been lucky for me. Even before I became a 2013 debut author. I think it's because I got my first kiss on my 13th birthday:)
2. What's the best thing that happened after your book was published?
I've gotten beautiful letters from people about what the book meant to them. Particularly survivors.
3. How did you celebrate the publishing of your book?
I had a book launch party at my local indie. It was super fun. Lots of friends and family. It meant so much how many people were there to support me.
4. Do you read reviews of your book?
I did at the beginning but had to stop. Some of them hurt a lot and I found a few of them difficult to read as a survivor.
5. What is your best or most unforgettable moment with a fan?
I'm not sure I have fans. Not in that way, anyway. I wrote a difficult book. I talk about difficult things. I challenge people. I'm not exactly an author that people squee over:) But then again, I think I've written something that means something to people. And when they tell me that, it makes my heart beat and makes me feel like I did something good.
6. Was there any book/s from other debut author of 2013 that you loved?
Several. The debut authors were a formidable group this year. But I think Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian was the book I connected with more than any other.
7. Are you interested in writing in a different genre or for a different audience?
I edit romance novels for my day job, but don't think I could ever write them. I'd like to do adult literary fiction, but only when I'm done with YA. I suspect it will take me a long time to get adult literary fiction right.
8. Share us one embarrassing moment you've had.
My J was out of town and I texted him, "I missed sleeping next to you last night". Only I pressed the wrong button and accidentally texted my pastor instead. She was very funny about it though:)
9. Favorite color? Black
Favorite movie? Amelie, Harold & Maude, Stand by Me, Blast from the Past...gah, I have too many.
Favorite ice cream flavor? pistachio
Favorite song? This changes...but currently "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles
Ultimate celebrity crush (dead or alive)? Jesse Williams
10. What's next for you?
BLEED LIKE ME comes out in October 2014 from Simon Pulse.
More about Christa!
I’m Christa Desir and I write young adult novels. I am an avid reader and have been in love with YA books ever since reading Judy Blume’s FOREVER (while hiding between the stacks in the library).
My first success with writing came at the age of five when I wrote a story about my sister and our neighbor Andy “kissing in the dushes.” My parents were so proud of this work, they framed it and showed it to every visitor who came to our house. My sister still has not forgiven me.
I live outside of Chicago with my awesome husband, Julio, and our three children. When I'm not writing, I am an editor of romance novels. (This job rules.) I am also a feminist, former rape victim advocate, lover of coffee and chocolate, and head of the PTA. It is a rare day when I don’t humiliate myself somehow, and I frequently blog about my embarrassing life moments.
Take a peak on Christa's debut novel!
by Christa Desir
Published October 15th 2013 by SimonPulse
Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has eyes for the new girl — sarcastic free-spirit, Ani. Luckily for Ben, Ani wants him too. She’s everything Ben could ever imagine. Everything he could ever want.
But that all changes after the party. The one Ben misses. The one Ani goes to alone.
Now Ani isn’t the girl she used to be, and Ben can’t sort out the truth from the lies. What really happened, and who is to blame?
Ben wants to help her, but she refuses to be helped. The more she pushes Ben away, the more he wonders if there’s anything he can do to save the girl he loves.
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