Author Interview & Book Giveaway: On the Fringe by Courtney King Walker

Welcome to Author Courtney King Walker!

Bio:

Courtney King Walker grew up Walnut Creek, California building rocket ships and rafts out of cardboard just so she could go to the moon and Niagara Falls. But a trip across the border to Tijuana was as exciting as it ever got.

After being banned from the kitchen after a few too many catastrophes, she discovered a love for writing, music and art, and eventually earned her BFA in graphic design at BYU.

She has lived in St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco, and now resides in Salt Lake City with her husband and four children where she continues to pursue all things creative, including writing, designing, composing music and baking, with an emphasis on making a killer piecrust.

Interview:

What is one book everyone should read?
To Kill a Mockingbird

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? 
I’m a bit of a weird health-nut. My kids call it bird food. I love to put sunflower seeds and frozen blueberries in Rice Krispies, with milk.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
If you have a lingering hope that love has a way of connecting us all, even beyond the grave, then you should read my book.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m a scatterbrain. I have four other books in the works, and I switch from one to the other depending on my mood. Two YA, one middle grade, and possibly one adult. My goal is to write what I’m passionate about. Sometimes it’s surprising when I discover what that is.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
Watership Down.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters? 
Music is such an inspiration to me. Often when I am writing, I will hear something in a song and incorporate it into a scene. There is one song, called “Middle Distance Runner,” by Sea Wolf. What I get out of it is that he can’t run the whole way to reach her because he’s only a middle distance runner, so he needs her to run to him, instead, and then they can meet half way. That’s the essence of Daniel and Claire’s story.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
Don’t give up, and keep writing and editing and writing some more. Also, read almost as much as you write.

Who are your favorite authors of all time? 
John Steinbeck, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, Gary D. Schmidt.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
My Dad always encouraged me to never give up and to be patient; he told me that things worth having are always worth the wait.

Hidden talent? 
Making homemade pies.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
“The Help” movie, and “Beauty Queens” by Libba Bray.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Dark chocolate bar with sea salt (from World Market). At least one square a day. Usually 2 or 3.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit? 
I am in love with “Pretty Little Liars,” the teen drama/mystery adapted from Sara Shepard’s books. It is cast so well!

Favorite places to travel? 
Japan. That place is beyond cool. Talk about good sushi, and surprisingly fabulous pastries.

Favorite music? 
The Cure and Vampire Weekend. I could listen to every one of their songs over and over again. Funny thing – I’ve never been to any of their concerts

On the Fringe

Claire is struggling to overcome the murder of her childhood friend and secret crush, Daniel. Everyone else seems to be moving on with their lives, but she’s still trying to cope. The fact that she finds herself alone and drowning on her 16th birthday isn’t helping.
Neither is thinking she sees Daniel’s face in murky water as she mysteriously resurfaces. But something happened during those four and a half minutes that will make her realize it was not just her imagination.

As Claire and Daniel try to grasp a possible reconnection, other grudge-holding beings have plans of their own. Now, the two of them have to decide if their fleeting relationship is worth the possibility of Claire being trapped on the fringe forever.

Beautifully told, On the Fringe intertwines fresh ideas about devotion, revenge, and the consequences that come with life and death.

On the Fringe will be released on October 19, 2011.

Book Giveaway:
3 winners will each receive a copy of On the Fringe
Open to US & Canada
Ends 9/28/11

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