Today, I have with me K. M. Walton, author of CRACKED!
Let's begin the interview!
One: What did you know first while writing CRACKED: the characters or the story?
A: The characters. I knew I wanted to write a book that alternated back and forth between perspectives, so I had to develop them both before writing a single word.
Two: If you could choose any author to write a book with, who would it be and why?
A: I’d say John Green, because the dude is a genius.
Three: What made you want to write a book about bullying and suicide?
A: I spent twelve years as a teacher, ten of them teaching middle school language arts. Anti-bullying was always my number one focus – either underlying or the focus of the unit. I also ran a summer day camp called
, and the campers spent the week learning about tolerance, empathy, volunteering, donating and kindness. Anti-bullying is part of my DNA. Camp Kindness
Four: Which character do you prefer to write about: Victor or Bull?
A: Oooh, that’s like asking a mother which child she loves more! Honestly though, I loved writing in both boys’ voices. They became living, breathing human beings to me.
Five: When did you first start writing CRACKED?
A: I started in the spring of 2008 and never looked back.
Six: Can you give us your description of how you acted when you found out that your book would be published?
A: Shock. Overwhelming joy. Lots of screaming. Tears. Tight hugs from my two sons and husband.
Seven: What author influences you in writing?
A: I’m a huge fan of A. S. King, Libba Bray, John Green, Lev Grossman, Sherman Alexie, Ransom Riggs, Jennifer Donnelly, and J. K. Rowling.
Eight: Do you love or hate the editing process?
A: Even though it is a hard process, I love editing and revising. Getting feedback from my critique partners and editor, and doing the work associated with revision, always makes the book better. I’m a big fan of better.
Nine: Describe your book in one sentence.
A: Two sixteen-year-old boys—one the bully, one the victim—both endure abuse at home and end up in the same psych ward…in the same room.
Ten: Do you have any other book ideas planned?
A: I just completed the first round of revisions on my second novel about an overweight teenaged girl, whose life spirals out of control after being bullied and abused. It doesn’t have a title yet, but it releases from Simon Pulse in the Spring of 2013.
Thank you very much for hosting me today, Brad!
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