Friday, June 14, 2019

Blog Tour Author Interview: The Moment We Fell by Kelli Warner

Book info:
Title:  The Moment We Fell

Author:  Kelli Warner

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 25th, 2019

Publisher:  Wave Runner Publishing


Nothing good happens when people keep secrets.

Paige Bryant’s dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer died along with her mother. Drowning in grief and plagued by guilt, Paige is blindsided by a provision in her mother’s will that sends her to live with the father she never knew. Forced to start over in a new town and at a new school where she's now the principal's daughter, Paige is convinced that her life can’t possibly get more complicated—until fate throws her into the path of the only boy her guardian tells her is off-limits.

Despite two years on the straight and narrow, Cade Matthews can’t escape his time as a juvenile delinquent. With his dad behind bars, Cade’s feelings of anger and betrayal are as relentless as the rumors he’s trying to outrun. The only person not listening to the gossip is the new girl with her own set of troubles, including a father who will never give Cade a fair shake.

As Paige tries to adjust to her new life and an uncertain future, a set of unopened journals reveals a dark family secret. When tensions rise to a boiling point, can Paige and Cade make peace with the past before it destroys them?

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Author Interview:

Q: What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start?  Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)?  If you plan it out, how do you do that?  Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?   
A: When I first began writing, I was a “pantser.” The moment I had an exciting idea, I wanted to jump right in and start swimming (get out of my way, amazing story comin’ through!). But when I would write without any discernible direction, I found my characters meandering their way into unexpected corners. That’s when I began to explore the art of outlining and how it could make my writing process and, by extension, my story better. I outline in a word document. Even a simple outline gives me a roadmap for how to get from beginning to end, while allowing me the ability to change course, be creative and still reach my destination.
Q: Do you edit as you go, or wait till you've finished before you edit? How many times would you say you go over it yourself before having another set of eyes look it over? 
I’ve repeatedly heard the advice from numerous authors and experts: get the first draft down and edit later, but I can’t help myself—I edit as I go. Maybe that slows me down a bit, but I also feel like it makes my first draft a little bit less messy. I typically review and edit my full manuscript three times before sending it to a professional editor.
Q: Are you part of a writers’ group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?  
I’m fortunate to live in a community that is rich with writers and creatives. I recently started taking workshops through a group called Wordcrafters in Eugene, and I’ve connected with the local chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Networking and being in the same room with other writers, regardless of the genre they write, is inspiring.
Q: What tips do you have for aspiring writers? 
Just do it. The foundation of any successful writer is born from putting pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard). Study the craft of writing and learn from the books you enjoy reading. What makes that story so awesome? Connect with other writers, not only to fuel your own creativity, but to learn from them and share experiences. And most of all—don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do this. If you have the desire to write and the patience to learn, stumble, succeed, and occasionally fail—you’re on the “write” track.
Q: What are your favorite books/authors/genres?
A: I read all types of genres, but I have always been partial to young adult novels. I loved reading them as a young person, and I love them still as an adult. There are so many fabulous young adult authors who occupy space on my bookshelves, including Kasie West, Jenny B. Jones, Jenny Han, Katie McGarry, Cidney Swanson, Sarah Dessen, and Morgan Matson.
Q: What are your favorite TV shows and movies?
A: I’m currently binge-watching Hawaii Five-O and can’t get enough of Commander Steve McGarrett and his ohana! (Mahalo, CBS). And I am always down to watch a Hallmark Channel movie. Always.
Q: What is your favorite music?
A: My current playlist is a mishmash including (but not limited to) Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, The Greatest Showman soundtrack, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend.
Q: What is your favorite food/writing snack?
A: MIKE AND IKE candy (all flavors), Korean Barbeque Kettle potato chips, anything chocolate!

About the Author:
Kelli Warner writes humorous and relatable young adult and contemporary romance novels, the kind of stories that get your insides so wound up in an ooey gooey mess that you forget about the un-fun stuff in life. She's passionate for a good cup of coffee (even a bad one on a desperate day), enjoying time with friends and family, and spending lazy Saturday mornings watching the Food Network. Kelli and her husband live in Oregon with their two teenaged children and an outstanding border collie named Lucy.

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