Welcome YA author, Kirstin Pulioff

Color photo - Pulioff Thank you Kirstin Pulioff for joining us here!  Let’s start with some fun trivia – give me some juicy details…!  What is your favorite place to eat?  Why? 

Helvetia Tavern.  This is a wonderful burger tavern up in the hills of NW Oregon.  You sit outside, and enjoy a view of hillsides, farms, flowers, and animals, while eating the best burgers I have ever had.  It showcases the rural charm, with fantastic food.  My husband calls me a cheap date.  Given my choice, the perfect dinner out is simply a burger, onion rings and a diet coke. 

What’s on your reading list right now? 

There are so many!!!!  My kindle is full of different books that I am dying to read.  On top of my list though John Dolan’s “Hungry Ghosts,” the “Hunger Games,” and I want to re-read the Orson Scott Card’s “Speaker of the Dead” series.

We all have our little things when it comes to reading that bug us.  What makes you cranky when you read a novel?

I am pretty easy with reading.  I love to fall in love with the characters and really feel as if I am there living the struggle with them.  With that in mind, I would probably say that my biggest complaint is when I don’t feel connected.  I want a full world, with complex characters, and depth to the plotline.

Besides writing and reading, what is your most favorite thing to do? 

I am an outdoors girl.  There is something about fresh air that always makes me smile and improves my day… so I like to take walks, hikes, visit the beach, and enjoy nature.

What do you look for in a book when you sit down to read for fun? 

When I sit down to read, I am looking for a chance to escape.  I want a book to transport me to a new world, and entertain me with vivid descriptions, enthralling characters, and a true challenge.

Did you get to quit your day job and become an author or do you still have a day job and writing is something you do for fun?  If you still have a day job, what is it? 

I suppose this is a yes and a no.  I am a full time stay at home mom… so that always comes first.  During the day, I am 100% focused mommy, and then after bedtime my author cap goes on.  I love writing.  It is a part of me, and something that brings me great peace.

Next would you answer some general questions about your approach to the writing craft?  When you sit down to write, do you do it the old-fashioned way with pen and paper or do you use a computer? Do you prefer one way or the other?

I use a combination of it all. When I am home, I prefer to write on the computer. It just makes it easier since that is where the final compilation takes place.  However… the muse has a way of contacting me when I least expect it, so I carry a notebook with my at all times, and also rely on the microphone function of my phone.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Hmmm… thinking of the next story.  Haha.  No, if I’m not writing, I am playing and interacting with my family.  My two greatest loves… my family and writing.

What draws you to this genre?  

I LOVE fantasy.  The fantasy setting makes it easier to believe in happily ever after, that good triumphs over evil, that prince charming exists, and that a princess is more than a pretty gown. This genre helps me imagine, escape, and believe in good.

Why do you write?

I think everyone has a creative outlet. Some people draw, some people bake, some people sing or build… I write.

Now some general questions about your writing… Who was your current novel dedicated to? Any particular reason?

My stories are always dedicated to my family. They have stood behind me, supporting this dream unconditionally. My husband amazes me with his support and love, and my children remind me to follow my dreams and never give up.

Please tell me about your story.  Who or what was your inspiration behind it?

The Ivory Tower is a YA dystopian thriller. It follows the life of Simone as she discovers the The-Ivory-Tower---large truth behind the fabled tower in their protection camp. This story haunted my dreams for weeks. Every night as I fell asleep the story of Simone played out before me. Finally, I had no choice but to write it.

277- the number sewn into Simone’s shirt.  The number that dictates her life at the protection camp.  Regulated by a system of ringing bells, fortified cars, and rations, the survivors are protected from residual contaminates on the other side of the wall.  

Breaking the monotony of the highly structured camp, Simone and her friend skip school to enjoy one of the last nice days of fall.  An afternoon gamed leads them to a new part of the forest, uncovering more than they expected.  All thoughts of protection and rules are shattered by the appearance of the ivory tower.  A tower riddled with a history of danger and death.  

When her friend shows up with a bruised face and thinly veiled threats, Simone has to decide how much she is willing to risk to find out the truth of the tower.  

Find it on Amazon – $0.99 http://www.amazon.com/The-Ivory-Tower-ebook/dp/B00FJ3A58A/ref=la_B00A2498Z2_1_3_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381166040&sr=1-3

What else do you have in the pipeline?

I am also anticipating the winter release of Princess Madeline and the Dragon. This is the third and final book of the Princess Madeline series, a coming of age fairytale for middle grade readers.

Links

Where can people learn more about you and your work? 

I love to connect to my fans, and meet new people.  Please stop by and say hello at any of these:

Website:  www.kirstinpulioff.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/KirstinPulioffAuthor

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/KirstinPulioff

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/11281401-kirstin-pulioff

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/author/kirstinpulioff

Donnie Darko Girl Reviews Visions

Come on over to a great blog and see the review of Visions!  Thank you Jennifer!

http://donniedarkogirl.blogspot.com/2013/05/review-visions-secret-watchers-1-by.html

Meet Jennifer – Future writer, ambitious reader, soap enthusiast, & parent extraordinaire.  I’m a voracious reader – I consume books like other people consume steak, lol. Besides books, I’m obsessed with the 60s, tattoos, dyeing my hair, music, Twitter, and Instagram. Contact me at jennifer.m.ricketts@gmail.com 😀

Thank You Tracee Ford – Spring Blog Tour Hostess!

Thank you Tracee Ford for allowing me to be a part of your Spring Fever Blog Tour!  Visit her website.  See my interview AND check out some of Tracee’s books!!!

http://traceeford.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/spring-fever-blog-tour-featured-author-lauren-klever/

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Join me at the book fair at Cutsforth Thriftway in Canby OR

whispers full cover-001 Join me at Cutsforth Thriftway in Canby OR for a book fair and more!  I’ll have signed copies of Visions and Whispers as well as bookmarks!  See you there!

When:  Saturday April, 27th from 10am until 4pm

Address:  Cutsforth‘s Marketplace 225 NE 2nd Ave CanbyOR 97013

 

Lauren Klever is interviewed by author Rachelle Ayala

A big Thank You to Rachelle Ayala author of Broken for the interview.  http://www.rachelleayala.com/2013/04/authorinterview-lauren-klever-author-of.html

To learn more about Rachelle and her books please visit http://www.rachelleayala.com/

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Visions is recommended by Bookwire!

VisionsCover-200x300 I didn’t even know this existed.  Fantastic!  If you haven’t read it… YOU SHOULD!    Visions – Lauren Klever – ISBN: 9781623099596 – Bookwire

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Sep 11, 2012 – Bookwire recommends Visions by Lauren Klever, published by BookBaby 9781623099596.

http://www.bookwire.com/Visions-9781623099596.html

 

Thank you Cheryllynn Dyess for the great author interview on your blog!

Cheryllynn Dyess, author Please join me on the blog of Cheryllynn Dyess, author of Jein’s Journey for my latest interview!

http://jeinsjourney.blogspot.com/2013/03/whispers-secret-watchers-book-two-by.html

Big Hugs for Secret Watchers Fans!

Here is the latest share from a fan!  What can I say… you guys rock!

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Perceptions (The Secret Watchers, book four) Working Title

All right Secret Watchers fans.  Here is your chance to get a say on the latest title.  What do you think??? Some great suggestions were made during the Whispers launch party!  Give me your best shot! Please leave a comment!

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Bringing out your inner child for young adult writers

Bringing Out Your Inner Child Catching snowflakes on your tongue and other childish behavior can bring out the child in you!  Sometimes we hear kids say, “You don’t get it” or “You don’t understand”.   Umm, yeah, actually we do.  We’ve been there.  So okay, times are changing and it was a little different when we were there, but you have the same basic problems, just recycled.  We’re looking at your problems through a different lens or lenses if you’re over forty like I am.  (Insert big goofy grin here, with reading glasses of course.)   You’ve heard the old yarn, same tune, different song?  Well, we were kids once; sometimes we just need to be reminded what that was like, but we do understand it.

If you are tying to find your inner child think about the things that you loved to do as a kid.  Trust me, catching snowflakes is just one of the endless possibilities.  Have you read any good young adult books lately?  How about a bad one?  Either way, pick up a YA book and give it a read.  Reading other young adult literature puts you in tune with the young and young at heart.  It also let’s you see what is popular today.  Browse the bookstore and pick up books with amazing covers.  Start reading their backs until you find one that hooks you or go to your favorite eBook retailer and see who the big names and most popular on their lists are.  Maybe check out who has the best reviews instead of the top 100 best sellers.

Sometimes it hurts us to relive our teenage years.  Many times I have been struck by the pain of today’s youth as it echoes what I felt at the same age.  It reminds me of what it felt like to be a teenager.  Teenagers feel deeply and if you look back, you’ll remember that too.  How did you feel the first time someone broke up with you?  Remember your first… kiss, date, time driving?  Revisit your teen years.  Look at some old pictures or your old high school yearbooks.  Yeah, I noticed the hairstyles have changed too!

So what am I saying?  Go play!  Go have some fun.  Spend time with the young people you write for.  Volunteer in a classroom or with a youth organization.  Hang out with your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews or spend some time with a friend who has kids.  I bet you’ll find that inner child and I bet they’d like to come out to play.

Please leave a comment below and visit me at any of the following places…

Facebook, Author Fan Page:  http://facebook.com/authorLaurenKlever

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Twitter:  @LaurenKlever

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Email:  laurenwrites@thesecretwatchers.com

Mail:  4230 SE King Rd.  PMB 282  Milwaukie, OR  97222