Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Head Games by Keri Mikulski

Welcome to Author Keri Mikulski.

Keri Mikulski is the author of Head Games (Razorbill/Penguin, January 6th, 2011) and Stealing Bases (Razorbill, 2011). Keri teaches middle school, high school, and college level creative writing courses and resides at the Jersey Shore with her family, where she plays a ton of pick-up basketball and worships Derek Jeter from afar. A three-sport athlete, Keri took enormous pride in her lucky game day scrunchies and half-top Nike Air Jordans.

Interview:

If you could meet or hang out with one person who has died who would you choose?
I would choose to hang out with my Aunt Suzanne. She passed away suddenly when I was ten and I still miss her today. To have another day to laugh and joke with her would be amazing. 🙂

One food you would never eat?
Anything fishy.. Yuck.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Definitely my main character’s Taylor Thomas’s theme song would be Taylor Swift’s ‘You Belong with Me’.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Control what you can control. Concentrate on your writing.

Nickname?
When I was growing up, my dad’s nickname for me was Bucky. It was the inspiration for Taylor’s nickname, Spider.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Summer – sunny and warm.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Tampa, Florida

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A professional athlete

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Meg Cabot – love her!

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Yes.. Each main character I write has a little piece of me and a lot of imagination. But, a particular character I’m writing now has a lot in common with my high-school self. More so than any characters previously.

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Author Website – http://www.kerimikulski.com/

Head Games by Keri Mikulski:

Taylor is calm, cool, collected, and ferocious on the basketball court. A total all-star. Not so much in real life. She may be tall, gorgeous, and an incredible catch, but just try telling her that!

And lately, Taylor doesn’t know which way to turn: The summer showcase game is almost here. Her BFF Hannah roped her into a fashion show (eek!). And she can’t decide between Zach – the super-popular, super-tall, super-off-limits basketball dynamo and Matt – the sweet boy from her math class (who may just be dating her BFF’s older sister). It’s enough to make any girl’s head spin!

Can Taylor strike a pose, land the boy of her dreams, and win the game?

Giveaway Details:
ARC of Head Games, swag, bookmarks, and a charm
US and Canada only
Ends 3/18/11