Teen Read Week 2018: Author Chat with Kim Baccellia (Crossed Fire), Plus Giveaway!
Today we're excited to chat with Kim Baccellia (Crossed Fire)
as part of YABC's Teen Read Week!
Read on for more about Kim, her novel, plus a giveaway!
Meet Kim Baccellia!
Kim Baccellia has always been a sucker for the paranormal. She blames it on her families’ love for such things as having picnics at cemeteries, visiting psychics, and reading her mother’s copies of the daily horoscope. In middle school, Kim wrote a horoscope column for the school newspaper. It was a huge hit!
Kim’s other published YA fantasies include NO MORE GODDESSSES, GODDESSES CAN WAIT, and EARRINGS OF IXTUMEA. All are available on Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon.
A member of RWA, Kim is currently revising a YA post-apocalyptic novel where a Latina teen questions her cult’s faith. She’s working on a romance set iTuscany, Italy. She lives in Southern California with her husband, son, and Damon, her pet cockatiel.
Meet Crossed Fire!
Stephanie Stewart is a typical sixteen-year-old girl—she loves hanging out with her friends, going to concerts, and sipping mocha lattes. Yup. Just your average teenager . . . Except for one difference—she can see and talk to the dead. In fact, Stephanie helps dead girls who who’ve been murdered or killed, cross over. Just as Stephanie is getting used to her unique “gift”, her mom stumbles into some dangerous witchcraft that backfires and triggers similar abilities in Stephanie’s best friend Cura, and nemesis Hillary.
Stephanie already has enough trouble trying to maintain a “normal” life between school and her cute boyfriend Dylan, who happens to have a supernatural talent all his own. But now she has to help her friend Cura and her “frenemy” Hillary cope with their new-found powers as well as cross over two murdered cheerleaders and battle an evil demon who wants to use Stephanie’s supernatural strengths as a free pass to The Other Side. And she needs to do it all while still getting her term papers in on time. She’s definitely going to need an extra-large mocha latte for this.
~ Interview for Teen Read Week ~
YABC: What current YA book would you recommend to your teenage self?
BURNED by Ellen Hopkins. Hopkins nailed how I felt and what I was going through as a teen. What really spoke to me was her Mormon protagonist, who was abused like I was. If this book had been around when I was a teen, I would have realized I wasn't alone.
YABC: Was there a class in high school that you wished you had paid closer attention to and why?
Journalism. I wished I wouldn't have dropped out after someone else in our class got the coveted assistant editor position. I loved reporting, but my pride got in my way.
YABC: Which social media site do you wish had been available to you as a teen and why?
Probably Instagram. Or even Snapchat. Snapchat because a post only is up for 24 hours and then deleted. Though they say nothing is completely erased in the Cloud. It would have been fun to take selfies and post outrageous things I did in high school and later in college.
YABC: Did you prefer a specific genre as a teen? Or was any genre game?
I loved historical romances like CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR by Jean Auel and THORN BIRDS by Colleen McCullough. I got into nonfiction books set during Medieval times. I actually read THE DISTANT MIRROR by Barbara Tuchman which is over 600 pages and LOVED it. I also loved fantasies by
YABC: What advice would you give teens who might want to be a writer?
READ! Also it's okay to write fan fiction pieces based on favorite books and/or TV series. My earliest writing was fan fiction pieces based on After school Specials.
By: Kim Baccellia
Publisher: Lachesis Publishing Inc
Release Date: December 9th, 2017