Yo, yo, yo! I'm introducing a new thing to my blog, So Very Violet's Interviews. The first interview i'm doing is Kristi Cook, the author of Haven--and also my mom. And now, the Q&A.
Q: What are two of your favorite YA books?
A: Hmm, two of my favorites are probably ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, and THE HUNGER GAMES. Very different kinds of books, but I loved them both. Other favorites include UNEARTHLY, THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, DIVERGENT....the list goes on and on! As you might have noticed, I read a lot. :o)
Q: Are there any stars you pictured as Aidan and Violet?
A: I never really pictured anyone as Violet, but I did see a young Hayden Christensen in my head as Aidan.
Q: Who was your favorite character from your book HAVEN?
A: Well, I really like Violet. I like that she's loyal and competent and capable--that she's got skills and powers of her own. And I like that she's able to walk away from Aidan at times--she's not totally dependent on him. She gets mad at him--even if it's unreasonable, but she's human, and humans get mad sometimes for no good reason, right?! There's a balance of power in her relationship with Aidan, and I think that's important.
Q: If you could have one of the Winterhaven students psych. powers, which would it be?
A: Probably Cece's power, astral projection. Ever since I read Lois Duncan's STRANGER WITH MY FACE (when I was about 11 or 12), I've been really interested in it.
Q: Where did you get the idea for HAVEN?
A: I actually saw a scene in my head--the scene that eventually became the opening of chapter two. After that, I really wanted to figure out who these characters were, and what they meant to each other. Once I imagined the Winterhaven School, it all started to come together in my mind.
Q: Was there any character you didn't like?
A: I actually like all my characters, even the ones who are deliciously evil!
Q: Can you tell me anything about the second book in the series? I'm dying to read it!
A: I can tell you the title--MIRAGE. It's coming out sometime next summer (2012) and continues the story of Violet, Aidan, and their pals at Winterhaven. Some of the questions left hanging will be answered--others, you'll have to wait for book #3! I can also tell you this--you learn more about Jenna in MIRAGE, and "Dr. Hottie" too! Let's see, what else?! Oh, there's kissing. Lots of kissing. :o)