August's Featured Debut Author~Kristina McBride
And now for a bit about The Tension of Opposites:
Now that she's given you a serious case of the shivers, please welcome Kristina McBride to Heather's Odyssey. The Tension of Opposites is being hailed as a psychological thriller taken straight from the headlines that explores the emotional aftermath of a kidnapping on the victim, and on the people she left behind. That sounds like some very powerful material. Was this a difficult book to write, either on an emotional or craft level?
Kristina: I’ve always been into creepy stuff, so I thought I’d take this book on with no issues. But it was difficult to write, especially as I really got to know the characters. I wanted to keep them from the difficult situations they had to deal with, but had to make my way through the hard stuff along with them. I think, also, that being a mother made this a difficult write. As I researched kidnapping, the thought of any parent going through the loss of a child made the subject matter that much more difficult to tackle.
Kristina: When I knew – like really-deep-down-knew – I had gotten a scene right. When I read a new chapter and everything flowed so well it seemed like the characters hopped off the page and came to life. Okay, that and summer of 2009 when I received 3 offers on the book and waited while a mini-auction ensued (squee!).
How exciting, 3 offers and an auction! Can you tell us a bit about The Tension of Opposites that we may not know from your website?
Kristina: This is the story of Tessa McMullen, a sixteen-year-old girl whose best friend was kidnapped two years ago. The book starts when Tessa learns that Noelle has been found alive and is coming home. Tessa struggles to reconnect with her friend, who is very distant and self-destructive, and also to reconnect with a life she has felt too guilty to live for the two years that her friend was missing. There’s also a romantic plot thread with a new boy in town named Max. Max attempts to help Tessa move through the different stages of her struggle, and we are left to wonder if she’ll ever really recover this lost friendship or be able to open up to Max and let him all the way into her life.
Love amidst turmoil, I love it! From your website I see that it took three novels and a lot of rejection before you landed a fantastic agent. All that hard work definitely shows in how finely crafted The Tension of Opposites is. With that experience under your belt, is there anything in the publishing process that surprised you?
Kristina: The waiting. Everything takes so long! And I was on the fast track, publishing with Egmont in their first year. They offered me a deal in July of 2009, and the book came out in May of 2010. I was in awe of the amount of times the manuscript was read by different people at Egmont (my editor, copy editors, etc.) to make sure that every detail was as true to life as possible. For example, in a scene that takes place on Halloween, I had the sun setting at the wrong time. Someone at Egmont looked up the details of an Ohio sunset in October, and I changed the details accordingly. I love how thorough everyone is!
Sounds like you have an excellent team in Egmont. I noticed on your website that you said you signed a two book deal with them. Does that mean we'll see a sequel or will there be something different?
Kristina: Book two will be a stand alone – totally separate from The Tension of Opposites. I’m working on it now, and can’t wait to share it with the world!
Thank you so much for joining us Kristina. I know my readers are going to love your book just as much as I did. I can't wait for your next one!
You can find Kristina on twitter here: https://twitter.com/McBrideKristina
Be sure to check out her website to learn more about her and her books here: http://www.kristinamcbride.com/home.php
And check out her blog here: http://kristinamcbride.livejournal.com/