Monday, March 5, 2012

Kim Harrington Author Interview

Book Nerd Interview

Kim Harrington is the author of the Clarityseries for teens and the Sleuth or Dare series for kids. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. When not writing, she's most likely reading, watching one of her favorite TV shows, or fantasizing about her next vacation.

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When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Even as a little girl, I filled up notebooks with stories and poems. I can’t draw, sing, cook, dance, etc. But I can write. It’s always been a creative outlet for me. I feel very lucky that it has turned into a real career.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Funny, shy, sarcastic

What was your inspiration for the series?

My inspiration was really the characters. They came to me fully developed. I thought they were so interesting and fun, and I really wanted to write them. Next I worked on the setting—their tourist beach town. Then, I came up with the plot, basically by torturing these characters I love so much!

For those who are unfamiliar with your novel; Perception, how would you introduce it?

It’s about a teen psychic who solves mysteries in her tourist town. But it’s also about family, romance, and friendship.

Which character have you enjoyed getting to know over the course of writing your Clarity series?

Perry, Clare’s brother. He’s not a main character, but he’s the most important guy in my main character’s life. And he’s deeper than you’d think at first glance.

Which character was the hardest to write and why?

The villains are always the hardest for me to write because I don’t want them to be mustache-twirlers. I want the motives to seem realistic and the characters, no matter how evil, to seem real.

What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about Clare?

She’s not a romantic.

What question are you never asked in interviews but wish you were?

Would you like a million dollars?
My answer is, “Yes. Thank you.”

What is your most memorable travel experience?

My mother is from Ireland, and I loved going to Dublin with her and seeing the house she grew up in and all the places from her childhood.

If I came to your house and looked in your closet/attic/basement, what’s the one thing that would surprise me the most?

That I keep nothing. I despise clutter and love to throw things out. I’m the opposite of a hoarder. I’m a thrower-outer!

What are 4 things you never leave home without?

My phone.
My wallet.
My Mickey Mouse watch. I feel naked without it.
And, uh…my car? :)

Where can your readers stalk you?

When you can see things others can't, what happens when someone is watching you?

Everybody knows about Clarity "Clare" Fern. She's the psychic girl in school, the one who can place her hands on something and see hidden visions from the past.

Only, Clare would rather not be a celebrity. She prefers hanging back, observing. Her gift is not a game to her.

But then someone starts playing with her head and heart. Messages and gifts from a secret admirer crop up everywhere Clare turns. Could they be from Gabriel, the gorgeous boy who gets Clare's pulse racing? Or from Justin, Clare's hopeful ex-boyfriend who'd do anything to win her back?

One thing is certain. Clare needs to solve this mystery, and soon. Because the messages are becoming sinister, and a girl in town has suddenly disappeared. Clare needs to see her way to the truth -- before it's much too late.

Kim Harrington’s Perception consists of new and well-loved characters from her first novel, Clarity. This time around, Perception contains two mysteries: one involving a missing girl and Clare’s secret admirer. The story is about Clarity “Clare” Fern, who was once your typical teenager in high school, until her psychic gift has given her a lot of attention that she is not used to. She has the ability to touch an object and able to see the visions of people in the past who have touched it.

With all the attention she is getting, there are two boys who are interested in her. The new boy, Gabriel, seems to understand the ordeal she is going through while her ex-boyfriend, Justin, wants to get back with her. While she deals with these two young men, notes and flowers are being sent her way from a secret admirer. At the time when a missing schoolmate is found dead, she can’t help but wonder if the notes and flowers she’s been receiving have other intentions.

Clare comes from a family of psychics and her mother and brother run a psychic business. I noticed that this sequel refers to a lot of events from the series debut. They are not fully explained here but I found Perception to be a standalone tale. If you haven’t read the series debut, it will not confuse you. But it sure does makes you want to read it to find out more about this intriguing

Harrington delivers a strong but simple writing style. It attracts thought and concentration and fully captivates its audience. The mystery she weaves in this tale will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Perception will not disappoint and exceeds all expectations for a sequel.

You can purchase Perception at these following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you Kim for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive one Copy of Clarity one Signed Bookmark & Bookplate by Kim Harrington.
2 Winners will receive one Signed Bookmark by Kim Harrington.

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  1. If you looked my closet you maybe surprised to see a litter box :) My kitty doesn't really like the other cat that's my dads, so when we sleep, I close my door and she needs a litter box, and thats the only place for it :)

  2. That there is a bird living in the basement! lmao! not just the bird I live in the basement too haha!!! I wouldn't know what surprises me the most since my dad is a packrat XD

  3. Hmmm I'm gonna go with.... the amount of JUNK that's in there!!! LOL
    (Hope that counts)

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway and interview!!!!


  4. It would definitely be all the shoes and clothes I have in it lol its all over room cause its no space in closets anymore *sigh* confession of a shopaholic :)

  5. If you looked in my closet you would probably be surprised at seeing my secret stash of snacks!

  6. You would probably be most surprised my the attic because it has a bathroom... and my room :)

  7. If you looked in my closet you would see my secret stash of books I have to hide because I am not supposed to be buying anymore books until I clean up the books I have.

  8. that I don't have either a basement or an attic and the complete mess that's my closet thanks to it not being only mine T____T

  9. hmmm in the Basement you would find me...since i live in it. but in my closet you would find tons of rolled up movie posters...they are everywhere!

  10. Hmmm... You might be suprised that I have my tallboy in my closet, my attic in my bedroom and my basement filled with dirt.

  11. Hahahaha! Probably that my husband has more clothes and shoes than me! We live in an apartment so no basement/attic, but the closet... well it's full of my husbands stuff. In addition to his plethora of attire, our closet also contains camping gear, and hamper, and a mountain bike. And no, our closet is not huge. ;)

  12. probably you would find my collections of used sticky notes...Don't ask why!

  13. You would find all of my childhood stuffed animals and probably a huge mess lol

  14. If you looked in my closest you would find a bunch of paints. Haven't moved them since I painted my room a few years ago.

  15. You'd be surprised how to find that I don't own excessive amounts of clothing.

  16. The fact that we have two bedrooms and a bathroom in it :)
    Thanks for the giveaway

  17. Hmm, our storage is in the garage. And all you'd see is a washer, dryer, and microwave. The valuables (e.g. my books and dresses) are stored behind the couch in the living room. So you'd probably be shocked by the lack of mildew-free storage space...

  18. If you'd look in my closet... You would be suprised how many things I have - things that I don't need and thing that shouldn't really be there. : D Everyone is suprised.

  19. how unorganized everything is

  20. Hmmm, nothing. There's nothing un-ordinary in my closet, attic, or basement!
    Oh my gosh, I'm SOOOOO excited for this giveaway because Clarity is my favorite books EVER!!!

  21. well i don't have an attic or a basement and i don't think there'd be anything strange in my closet. Unless you looked right now, because having just moved in, it is very very unorganized and there is really not much of a floor right now : )

  22. Hahaa, well in my closet is quite a few books..
    Ermm, and my attic, probably the huge collection of Pokemon teddys... From when I was little, of course. :P