Welcome to the weekly series, “Let’s Get Lit!”, right here on PureFandom.com, where we will chat with an
author about their work and their favorite fandoms!
This week’s edition will feature the wonderfully charming author, Kristy Acevedo!
Kristy’s debut novel will be hitting shelves in April! Read on to find out more about her amazing new novel, her publishing journey and her wonderfully expansive nerd side.
Meg Bonney: The first book in your YA-Sci-Fi series, The Holo Series, comes out soon! What can you tell us about it?
Kristy Acevedo: My debut YA science fiction, CONSIDER, is about 17-year-old Alexandra Lucas, who must deal with her anxiety disorder while facing a possible apocalypse. 500 holograms appear across earth, heralding the end of the world by a comet in six months. They offer salvation to anyone who travels through “vertexes” (special escape portals) that they claim will bring people 300+ years into a parallel future. Scientists, however, cannot confirm the prophecy. Alex, along with her family and friends, must decide whether or not to believe the holograms and seek refuge before time runs out.
I wrote CONSIDER with reluctant readers in mind, so it’s fast-paced, thought-provoking, and even good for those who don’t typically like science fiction since it’s set in Massachusetts. Doctor Who and Star Trek fans should enjoy it as well, since I added little references throughout the story.
MB: That’s awesome! When and where can we find it?
It’s available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook everywhere books are sold. If it’s not available at your local bookstore or library, please request it 🙂
CONTRIBUTE, the sequel, is set to release in November 2016.
MB: I can’t wait! Ok, so we know your main character is faced with a tough choice. Go with the mysterious holograms that appear in the sky and promise safety, or stay and risk being killed by a comet on its way to Earth. If you were forced to choose right now with only that info, what would you pick?
KA: I would probably leave. I hate getting stuck in traffic. I usually leave for events extra early and wait outside in my car until they start.
MB: I hear that! Speaking of hard choices, here’s one of the most difficult ones that we all are faced with: Spike or Angel?
KA: Spike all the way. Remember the falling through the floor scene–OMG!
MB: Only every time I close my eyes! Ha! If you had to give the Holo Series fandom a name, what would it be? (Example: Twilight fans are called Twihards, Harry Potter fans are called Potterheads)
KA: Hummmm, I don’t know. Holoheads and Holohearts seems rude…
MB: I like Holoheads! We geek out pretty hard here at Pure Fandom. What is your pure fandom? (A book, movie or TV show)
KA: Oh, I have so many! Here’s a quick list: Potterhead, Whovian (David Tennant–10th Doctor is the best), Trekie (Next Generation and Voyager), OUAT (Evil Queen Regina), Buffy, Downtown Abbey, Breaking Bad, Bates Motel and so many more!
MB: Ok, you are clearly my soul mate! Let’s talk about the main character in the book, Alexandra. If you could dream cast anyone to play her in a movie version of your book, who would it be?
KA: She needs to be 17 yr. old with an anxiety disorder who becomes the hero of the series. The actress would need to play both strong and vulnerable in a believable way. She’s also supposed to have long, curly, golden brown hair and brown eyes. Maybe Rowan Blanchard (hair would need more curls).
MB: What Harry Potter house would your main character be sorted into?
KA: Alexandra is definitely a Hufflepuff. She wants to be a defense lawyer when she grows up, so she’s all about fairness and loyalty.
MB: What house would YOU be in?
KA: Ravenclaw. I’m an English teacher by day, YA writer at night. I’m all about wit and learning.
MB: We are always on the hunt for a good book. What are you loving right now?
KA: I’m about to read The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. I’ve heard good things.
MB: Awesome! I will check that out. But first, we need to talk Buffy. Do you have a favorite Buffy episode or moment?
KA: YAAASSS. “The Body” episode. Ugh. Just. Ugh. One of the most heartbreaking television moments in any series ever. Watch that one with tissues.
MB: Ugh, way to rip my heart out! Thankfully, it’s time to play KISS, MARRY, KILL (PureFandom Edition)! Who would you kiss, who would you marry and who would you kill?
MB: Hook from Once Upon a Time?
KA: Definitely kiss, and I’d enjoy every second!
MB: 10th Doctor, David Tennant?
KA: Marry. Can you imagine the honeymoon?
MB: Haha! Yes, that’s a great pick. And Willow Rosenberg from Buffy?
KA: Kill. Sorry, Willow. Hopefully, she doesn’t use her magic against me in revenge.
MB: Good call. Let’s talk more about your writing. What is your writing ritual like?
KA: I write at least 500 words a day. During the school year, I write between 8pm-10 pm. During the summers, I write in the morning. Lately, I’ve been lighting a candle before I write. It’s been helping me approach projects with a calm and creative spark in the room.
MB: That’s cool! Tell us about your book’s publishing journey. How did CONSIDER go from your desk to being published?
KA: It all started with Brenda Drake’s #PitMad on March 11, 2015. #PitMad is a Twitter hashtag that runs four times a year where writers pitch their edited manuscripts in 140 characters, and if any editors, publishers, or agents favorite their pitch, they should submit according to that person’s guidelines ASAP. My Twitter pitch for Consider: “If a hologram said it could save your life, would you believe it?”
One little favorite led to a publishing offer TEN DAYS LATER. (This is why you should only participate if your manuscript is finished.) On March 21,2015 a Saturday morning, I received THE CALL. The call every unpublished writer waits to hear. TJ da Roza said that Jolly Fish Press was offering a two-book contract for the series.
If that wasn’t lucky enough, the same week I got the call, I received another call that CONSIDER won the 2015 PEN New England Children’s Book Discovery Award. Talk about an amazing week!
I signed with Jolly Fish Press in April after hiring a Literary Contract Consultant to review the terms and negotiate on my behalf. And the rest is history!
MB: That’s so great! Congratulations! Lastly, any advice for writers out there who are still working on getting published?
KA: When the time is right, it’ll happen. Just keep showing up and respect the page and the process.
MB: That’s great advice! Thank you for chatting with us Kristy! CONSIDER sounds awesome and we can’t wait to check it out!
Want more Kristy? Of course you do!
Need more Let’s Get Lit! in your life? Check out my interview with Erin Rhew, author of The Fulfillment Series and my chat with Christine Gabriel, author of Crimson Forest. And don’t forget to hit me up on twitter if you’d like to be featured on Let’s Get Lit! Thanks for reading!
Until next week, STAY LIT everybody!