Sunday, January 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Article 5!

Happy Birthday Week Article 5!

January 31st will mark my debut novel’s release into the wild, which means that I am biting my fingernails down to nubs and am so freaking excited/terrified that I’m no longer able to form coherent sentences. And in times like this I turn to my friend and full-time therapist, author Katie McGarry!

For a writer, it’s essential to find a sounding board that resonates at the right frequency. Who gives feedback in a way you understand and can digest, and who can pull you back to the surface when you’re drowning. For me, Katie is this person. She’s been there through countless calls, processing and plotting and working through stuck points, and because of this, she knows Article 5 nearly as well as I do.

So…shall we see what Katie thinks of Article 5?

So Katie, tell us. If you could describe A5 in 5 magic words, what would they be?






Sizzling, hmmm? Well that’s…awesome. Ok, who is your favorite character and why?

Hard question.

I fell in love with your secondary characters: Sean and Rebecca. They are so well developed and it’s a story line I never saw coming.

Ember is such a great lead character. She’s strong, but at the same time, she’s vulnerable. In the midst of her entire world falling apart, she lets love push her forward. That is a characteristic that made me cheer for her.

Deep down, Chase is my favorite character. His undeniable need to protect Ember made this book a real page turner.

Now one thing I know—we both love a good romance. What are your thoughts on the romance in Article 5?

I continued to think about Ember and Chase after I finished the last page. Chase is this awesome combination of bad boy and Boy Scout. He’s hot and I love the constant conflict between the two. Their attraction and love for each other leap off the page.

If you were running from the Federal Bureau of Reformation, what are 5 things you would take with you?





My copy of Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Like, as a survivor manual? Or to burn in case you can’t find kindling for a fire? Or maybe to throw in self defense? Never mind, don’t answer that.

As my super author BFF/beta reader, you’re one of the few people who have read the sequel to Article 5. What can you tell us about what we have to look forward to?

Oh!!!! I finished the sequel in a matter of hours! I couldn’t put it down! Let’s see…there are explosions, kissing, fist fights, riots, kissing, snipers, and did I mention kissing?

Well, that just about does it for today’s show. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Katie, and can’t wait to do the same in July for the release of Pushing the Limits!


Kristin Lenz said...

So jealous that Katie got to read the sequel already! I love her description of Chase as a combination of bad boy and Boy Scout - perfect! I was one of the lucky ones who scored an ARC, and you know how much I loved it. So thrilled the official book is about to be shared with tons of new readers.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm jealous too that Katie got to read the sequel already.

So excited for your debut Kristen. I feel lucky that I got an ARC and will be able to share in your debut.

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

Looking forward to reading this!

Kurt Hampe said...

Yay for explosions, fist fights, riots, and snipers. I likes me a good riot.

Good luck with Book 1, Kristen. I see you've got a signing at Carmichael's in Louisville on March 8th.

Kristen Simmons said...

Thanks Kristin and Natalie! Trust me, I am the lucky one for knowing both of you!

Thanks for commenting Vicky - I hope you enjoy it!

Me too Kurt! I LOVE me a good riot! And yes, I will be in Louisville on March 8th! Cannot wait!

Colette Ballard said...

Oh Kristen, HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!!! i am so excited or you--especially since i'm now reading it-about 100 pgs. in, and it is so AWESOME!!!! I'm totally agreeing with Skyler (my 15 y.o daughter) who already read it and LOVE, LOVE, LOVED it!!!!!!!!
No worries, it's going to do awesome-I know it!!!!!!

Alice said...

Congrats on the release of your novel. It must be thrilling! Sounds like a great book.