Thursday, May 22, 2014

Blog Tour: GLAZE: Author Spotlight with Kim Curran and Giveaway

Dublin-born Kim Curran is the award-nominated author of books for young adults, including Shift, Control and Delete. She studied Philosophy & Literature at university with the plan of being paid big bucks to think deep thoughts. While that never quite worked out, she did land a job as a junior copywriter with an ad agency a week after graduating. She’s worked in advertising ever since and is obsessed with the power of the media on young minds.
She is a mentor at the Ministry of Stories and for the WoMentoring Project and lives in London with her husband and too many books.

To find out more visit www.kimcurran.co.uk


Hi Kim! Welcome to To Another World! Can you tell us about yourself and your books?

Hey! Thanks for having me!

I’m a writer, obviously, who was born in Dublin and now lives in London. I’ve worked as a copywriter in advertising for over 15 years. And I’m married to the man I started dating 20 years ago. So I guess I’m good at sticking at things! I write books for teenagers

Now, I personally haven’t read any of your books yet, though I hope to read Glaze soon! What is different from the Shifter books to Glaze?

The Shifter series features a male protagonist who has the power to change his every decision and has a lot of action and stuff blowing up, along side some pretty deep ideas about quantum physics and parallel worlds. Glaze is a little more ‘realistic’ even though it’s set in the future. It’s a bit slower in pace and more emotionally tense. But both of them are really all about the consequences of our decisions.


I adore all the covers of all of your books. How did they come about being designed?

Thank you! The covers for the Shifter series were commissioned by my publisher Strange Chemistry who wanted to capture the filmic, action-orientated feeling of the books. The photographs were done by a very famous cover designer called Larry Rossant who does some of the best SF covers around! I think the cover for Control is probably my favourite. The cover for Glaze was designed by my great friend and partner in advertising, Regan Warner. I wanted something photographic so that it could sit along side my other books. But other than that, it was totally up to her. What she came back with was amazing!

Do you have any writing habits, such as certain places or times?

Not really. I can write almost anywhere. On the train or bus on my way to work. At my desk in my very messy office. Or at the Royal Festival Hall with some of my writer friends. I tend to write my first drafts by hand into notebooks, but even that isn’t always the case. The book I’ve just started writing is a series of letters, and for some reason I’m finding it easier to write straight to the computer.


We ask all the authors who come to TAW this question… If you were taken to a desert island, what three items would you take? (Nothing that can get you off the island – we know you creative types!)

A knife that’s big enough to kill things to eat and chop down trees in order to make myself a lovely tree house to live in. My husband, because I would be lonely without him. And my Kindle (and solar panel charger)– maybe if I’m stranded there for enough time I’d actually finish all the books I have loaded up.

Favourite book?

Argh, I hate this question as I can never answer it. So I’ll chicken out by saying favourite book I read this year, which is Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.

Favourite animal?

Tibetan Terrier, because I want to get one.

Favourite colour?

Turquoise.

This or That!

Coke or Lemonade?

Coke. Only caffeine free!

Pen/Paper or Computer?

Pen and Paper

Chocolate or Sweets?

Chocolate

Giveaway!

Hardback copy of GLAZE signed by the author and cover designer, Signed copies of Shift & Control, Glaze Bookmarks, Glaze badges, Meet with Kim Curran or Skype chat if not able to come to London.

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