I’m interviewing Kristah Price, author of YA fantasy “Where The Moths Dance”. Enjoy the interview. My questions are bolded, Kristah’s responses are in regular font.
What’s the hardest part of being an author?
The hardest part of being an author, for me, is the marketing and promotion, trying to get my books noticed among the millions of other books out there. Also, because I am shy by nature, physically getting out there and promoting my books is a challenge for me. That’s why I think that alternative forms of promotion such as virtual book tours are such a great idea!
Can you give us a short synopsis of Where The Moths Dance?
Sixteen-year-old Jessie Hale feels more comfortable surrounded by the dead than the living, spending much of her time in the graveyard above the cottage where she lives. Her mother is an alcoholic, she detests her mother’s boyfriend, Conrad, and the graveyard is a place to which she can escape.
When Elliott Rossi, a boy from Jessie’s school, comes back from the dead, Jessie’s belief in the afterlife is confirmed. But Elliott brings Jessie a warning of something sinister, a demon who can also access the living world and has his sights firmly set on his next victim.
With her world disintegrating around her, Jessie must enlist the help of her friends to banish the evil that has invaded her sanctuary, threatening to destroy everything she cares about.
What inspired you to write this book?
I have always been interested in paranormal phenomena, and in anything to do with ghosts and hauntings. We have a wonderful old graveyard near where we live, where we would often walk our dog, and which provided the inspiration for the setting in the book. Other things I am interested in, such as crystals and herbs, also managed to weave their way into the story, so the book ended up being a culmination of many of my favourite things.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I usually spend about five hours a day during the week writing, editing and researching. I don’t write in the weekends because weekends are family time. However, the story is with me all the time, ticking over in my mind while I am doing other things such as housework or cooking, so that when I actually sit down at my desk, I often already know what I am going to write.
Name your top five favorite books.
This is a tough one. There are so many books I have loved.
Green Angel by Alice Hoffman
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann
Walk me Home by Catherine Ryan Hyde
What are you working on now?
I am a couple of weeks away from finishing The House in Wattle Lane, the second book in my Wattle Lane series. Although it has some of the same characters as the first book, Scrappy Cupcake Angels, it is a stand-alone novel about heritage scrapbooking and a young woman’s quest to trace her family history and to discover the truth behind a family secret.
About The Book
Author: Kristah Price
Genre: YA Paranormal
Sixteen-year-old Jessie Hale lives in the caretaker’s cottage at the bottom of Gum Tree Hill Cemetery. She feels more comfortable surrounded by the dead than the living, and the graveyard is her sanctuary, a place to escape from her troubled home life and from her mother’s despicable boyfriend, Conrad.
Elliott Rossi has found a way to come back from the dead. He needs to warn Jessie about a demon who can also access the living world and has his new prey firmly in his grasp.
When Jessie learns who has become the demon’s latest victim, she must enlist the help of her friends to battle the evil that has invaded her sanctuary, turning her life upside down and threatening to destroy everything she cares about.
Then there is the small matter of falling in love with a dead boy.
Kristah Price has always loved books and dreamed of being a writer since she was a teenager. After much dreaming, and writing in her spare time, she eventually took a year off work to write a novel. Although that novel remains hidden away in a box on the top shelf of a wardrobe, she went on to have several novellas published in magazines in Scotland, and her first full-length novel, Scrappy Cupcake Angels, was published in 2012. Where the Moths Dance is her first novel for young adults. When she is not reading or writing, she enjoys scrapbooking, quilting, mixed-media art, and organic gardening. She lives with her partner, Nick, and their puppy, Finn, in the Art Deco city of Napier, New Zealand.
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