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Kami Kinard (The Boy Project): Author Interview And Giveaway

One of my bookish/blogger goals for 2012 was to host a giveaway. Well, the year is still young and I decided to try it out.

The Boy Project by Kami KinardSo I will be giving away an Advanced Reader Copy of The Boy Project by Kami Kinard! This is Kinard’s debut into middle grades fiction and I really enjoyed it. Plus, author Kami Kinard is really awesome and agreed to answer some interview questions for us!

What are some of the authors or books that influenced you in any way as a writer?

Probably the most influential writers were the ones whose books I read as a child – the ones who made me fall in love with reading! I read every Nancy Drew book, every Hardy Boys, every Bobbsey Twins, and even every Beverly Gray mystery. I liked the sense of adventure.

As an adult, I think I’ve been influenced by all of the good writers I read. I try to pay attention to what they do that works. I really admire JK Rowling’s characterization and Cornelia Funke’s fabulous imagination and world building, for example. I love the way Jeff Kinney uses humor to bring us back to middle school.

What was your favorite scene in The Boy Project to write and why?

I like the scene where Kara and Tabbi are on the phone and Tabbi mentions that she likes Kara’s crush. This is written like a script, so I had to find a way to put beats into it. I think it worked out well.

Throughout the book Kara is focused on getting her first boyfriend. Tell us a little about your first boyfriend.

I try to forget about my first boyfriend! But I will say this: I was a lot older than Kara when I dated him!

Your website says you used your middle school journals to get into character for writing Kara. How are you are Kara similar and different?

Kara is a lot like who I was in middle school. She’s creative, fairly smart, likes to read, wants good grades, and, of course, a boyfriend. We are different in that Kara is much braver than I ever was. (Maybe this is why it took me a few more years to realize my middle school dream of achieving girlfriend status! ) Also, I would have NEVER waited until the last minute to throw together a science fair project! And I would have never ever ever tried to hide in a boys’ room.

Will you be writing more middle grades fiction in the future? Can you give us any hints?

I am working on another humorous middle grade now about a girl who has an identity crisis. So far it involves chorus class, a name change, a rock-star-wannabe dad, and a tuba. If I tell you any more, it’ll give it away!

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A huge thank you to Kami for taking the time to answer some questions! For more info on Kami Kinard check out her website!

On to the giveaway!

This is my first giveaway and I think it’s a pretty fun one! The Boy Project Prize Pack

One winner will receive an Advanced Reader Copy of The Boy Project by Kami Kinard and a fun prize pack full of bookmarks, tattoos, and bracelets (Thanks to Kami for sending these). I love the bracelets!

Okay! So, how do you enter this giveaway? Well, just leave a comment on this post between today, Thursday Jan. 19, 2012 through Wednesday Jan. 25, 2012 (midnight eastern time) and you’ll be automatically entered to win.

This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. I will announce the winner on Thursday Jan 26, 2012 on a special winner post. That person will have 48 hours to email me their mailing address or I will select another winner.

I’m super excited and hope you are too!