Author Chat with Kristi Wientge (Karma Khullar's Mustache), Plus Giveaway!
Today we're excited to chat with Kristi Wientge, author of Karma Khullar's Mustache.
Read on for more about Kristi and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Kristi Wientge!
Kristi Wientge is originally from Ohio where she grew up writing stories about animals and, her favorite, a jet-setting mouse. After studying to become a teacher for children with special needs, she spent several years exploring the world from China to England, teaching her students everything from English to how to flip their eyelids inside out. She’s spent twelve years raising her family in her husband’s home country of Singapore, where she spends her days taking her four kids to school, Punjabi lessons, and music. With the help of her mother-in-law, she can now make a mean curry and a super-speedy saag. Karma Khullar’s Mustache is her debut novel.
Meet Karma Khullar's Mustache!
Debut author Kristi Wientge tackles the uncomfortable—but all too relatable—subject of female body hair and self-esteem with this sweet and charming novel in the tradition of Judy Blume.
Karma Khullar is about to start middle school, and she is super nervous. Not just because it seems like her best friend has found a newer, blonder best friend. Or the fact that her home life is shaken up by the death of her dadima. Or even that her dad is the new stay-at-home parent, leading her mother to spend most of her time at work. But because she’s realized that she has seventeen hairs that have formed a mustache on her upper lip.
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Myself. I’m a hairy girl and no one ever told my story. As I got older, I realized I’m not the only one who dealt, and still deals with, this issue. This is the book I would have devoured in my closet as a kid.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel, and more importantly, Karma’s name. I’m terrible at coming up with titles. I actually was just using KARMA KHULLAR’S MUSTACHE as a placeholder, but it was exciting to see that it stuck throughout.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
You’re never done. Getting an agent seems like this end goal, but then there’s getting an editor to love your work, then a publishing house to back it, then librarians and teachers to push it, then readers to love it and then you start all over again with a new book. Plus, you never get more confident in the process. I still freak out sending stuff to Patricia, my agent, and fear she’ll drop me, or knowing people I love are reading my book makes me want to snatch it from them. None of that changes even with a positive Kirkus review!
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Karma’s expression! That is so how I felt most of the time growing up. That sort of paranoid, always second-guessing myself kind of look.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017?
This is so difficult to choose because I’m now friends with so many 2017 debuts and ALL their books are making me drool (and empty my bank account!) BUT, one book I’m really excited for is already out as of March, but I’ve yet to get my hands on it: Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2016?
Wesley King’s OCDaniel is a book I still think about.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
I don’t think I can narrow this down to a specific scene. Throughout the book I had to be super conscious that I kept it lighthearted, but not quirky or gimmicky. Female facial hair is a sensitive topic, but I don’t think it has to be. I never had anyone to talk to candidly about it until I was in my 20’s. I hope this will start the conversation for younger girls. There are lots of attitudes and ways to handle facial hair and I hope Karma is just the springboard for more views to come.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Karma has a strong voice, so when I started revising my second manuscript my MC felt flat in comparison. If I don’t have a strong voice, plot means nothing.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Revising. Without NanoWriMo I don’t think I could draft. Seriously, there’s something about setting that goal and forcing yourself to get it done. I don’t enjoy it at all though despite the charts and graphs. Revision is my game.
Karma Khullar's Mustache
By: Kristi Wientge
Release Date: August 15th, 2017
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