Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy is the talk of the town. Take a look at that gorgeous cover, and you’ll know why. The book hit stores on Tuesday, so it will only be a few more days before my copy arrives from Amazon (I hope!). I am dying to see if the book lives up to all of the hype, so I am really, really antsy to my hands on it. To help keep my patience in check, Kiersten White graciously agreed to drop by the virtual offices to answer a few questions.
Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
I give the most awkward hugs in the world. I also write books. You should probably opt for one of my books over one of my hugs.
Can you tell us a little about your book, Paranormalcy?
Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.
But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.
How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
I wondered what one would do if the goal was to neutralize vampires without killing them, which led me to the idea for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. Evie, the main character, started talking to me and then I thought, why on earth would a sixteen-year-old work for a covert, international government organization? The rest of the plot just sort of fell into place!
What have you learned about yourself through your characters?
Apparently I have issues with emotional isolation. Who knew? Thank heavens writing is cheaper than therapy.
Why do you think paranormal books are so popular? What do you find most appealing about them?
I think that they function as a metaphor for our challenges in connecting with and understanding other people. Plus there’s the whole OHMYGOSHVAMPIRESAREHAWT aspect that comes into play. (For the record, I don’t think vampires are hawt. I prefer yetis, myself. Or werepugs.)
What appeals most to me is how much fun you can have with paranormal stories. You aren’t limited by the real world, so you can have these fantastic, ridiculous plots with normal, relatable characters. It’s the best of both worlds.
What’s the most gratifying aspect of having your book published?
Last night I showed the finished book to my mom and she cried. I’ve always secretly been a bully, so pretty much my goal in life is to make people cry and this seemed easier than mocking or punching them.
Okay, seriously, it’s just amazing that people are interested in the stories I have to tell. And seeing my kids (who are quite young) talk about Evie and my books makes me so happy. Now I won’t be lying when I tell them they can make their dreams come true!
I’m gonna keep lying to them about the tooth fairy, though.
Who was your biggest supporter while you were working on the book?
My friend and critique partner, Natalie Whipple. She’s always been my greatest cheerleader, egging me on to write more, more, more. I don’t know that I would have written it without her. So what I’m saying is, if you hate it, please send all complaints to her. My husband has also been unfailingly supportive, which is a good thing, because he has to share me with Word a lot.
If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, what would it be?
I always, always loved reading. I can’t remember a time when it hasn’t been a part of my life!
What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
I waste a lot of time online (as is evident if you follow me on twitter or my blog), I love reading, and I like playing with my kids and hanging out with my husband. I have a super cool family—they are ridiculous and hilarious and wonderful. Yes, I’m probably the luckiest girl in the world.
You can learn more about Kiersten by visiting her website here, or if you are into cyber stalking, click follow on her Twitter account. If you haven’t already purchased Paranormalcy, run out to your favorite bookseller right now and pick up a copy! Or just click the handy widget below and have it delivered to your doorstep.