Monday, March 8, 2010

Hush, Hush... It's an Interview & a Giveaway!!!

Do you see that lady over there to the left? Know who she is?? Of course you do! I mean, it's Becca Fitzpatrick for goodness sakes!

Well guess what? The other day, I got to interview this lovely lady (cue Kim got to interview Becca, coolest author in the world, envy now), author of Hush, Hush (and creator of the oh so dreamy Patch... sigh), and ask her some very important, serious, non-boy related question (HA!).
I know you guys are practically jumping up and down like giddy school girls and boys right now, so I won't prolong this any longer.

Cue Awesome Author Interview now!

Let me get right to the important stuff. Your cover. I'm in love with it! The first time you saw it, what did you do?

Mmmmm.... Patch. Oh la la...

I screamed! I think that says it all. : )

Oh yes, Becca, it sure does. I think I screamed and it's not even my book cover.

This is kind of embarrassing, but I'll go ahead and admit it. I have a crush on Patch, and that model on your cover (Drew Doyon) is... well, he's definitely Patch. Did you get to meet him?

I didn't get the chance to meet him before the photo shoot for Hush, Hush's cover... but I did meet him last week! He lives in Long Beach, California, and surprised me by coming to one of my events when I was on tour last week. How cool is that? He's actually a very genuine, funny and sweet guy.
Oh my, you are so very lucky!!! What was it like meeting Patch in the flesh??

I blushed. A lot. He was really cute and... toned.

Mmmmm... Ahem. Okay, sorry for that. You know how I love my boys. But before we move on, we must pay homage to this lovely cover once more!

Drool... so very pretty! Marry me, Patch!

Moving on. I'm very bad at coming up with book titles. And, every time I see a fabulous title like Hush, Hush, I can't help but to pout a little before wishing I would have come up with something as clever. How did you come up with such a cool title?

I was looking in the dictionary, of all places, for a word that meant "covert" or "concealed." Eventually I stumbled across the word "hush." The definition of "hush" is "to keep concealed." I thought it was a perfect description of Patch and Nora's relationship in this book--after all, he's keeping quite a few things from her!

He is definitely mysterious, but I like my boys bad.

So was Patch one of your favorite characters to write?

Vee's character was inspired by two of my childhood friends, so I always get nostalgic while writing her character. But Patch is a lot of fun, too. His lines are so great! Where does he come up with this stuff? Oh, wait. Me...

Hehe... you're so funny. In the sequel, Crescendo, is Vee still your favorite character to write?

Vee grows a lot in Crescendo. She's still lovingly obnoxious, but she's more mature and her humor reflects that. I appreciate Patch's character quite a bit more, too. I go a little deeper in Crescendo, and readers will get to see a side of him that isn't just about innuendos and sexy charm.

So, if Vee and Patch are your favorite characters to write, do you have a favorite scene in Hush, Hush that you just loved writing? (My favorites all include Patch! What a shock, I know.)

Oh, wow, it changes often. I really enjoyed writing the scene where Patch and Nora ride the Archangel for the first time. All of the kissing scenes were a lot of fun, too. Whenever I'm bored, I write a kissing scene, even if it doesn't end up in the story. Sometimes a girl just needs a kissing scene, you know?

Okay Becca, are you sure your not like my long lost sister or something? You can never underestimate the importance of kissing scenes! I swear they hold magical powers.

I'm sure every author has scenes they don't look forward to writing. Do you have any of those?

The hardest scenes for me to write are always the emotionally charged scenes. My editor is always saying, "Dig deeper! What are they really feeling?" I like to keep things light and fun. I tend to shy away from emotionally taxing scenes, because they always make me uncomfortable. I'm a peacemaker. I don't like conflict and tension, which are essential in a book!
And querying... I cringe at the word. Scary stuff. I'm curious, how many drafts of Hush, Hush did you write (obsess over) before you knew it was ready to query?

Well, I was dumb and queried after I had three chapters finished. I didn't know much about the industry. I figured if a publisher liked the beginning of my book, they'd probably like the ending too. Even if that ending wasn't written yet. I'm hardly a model of good querying. I will say, however, that it took me five years from the first time I queried and agent, to actually signing with one.

Did you ever get discouraged?

Haha... yes. Some rejections hurt so much that I would spend the night crying in the bathroom. But then I picked myself up and kept at it. Persistence is key in this field!

So Becca, do you have any wise, authorly wisdom or suggestions for us lowly aspiring authors? : )

I always suggest writing in a journal daily. You never know when an experience from your own life will inspire a story. I think most of us are more interesting than we think!

Can you reveal any deep, dark secrets about Crescendo? I promise, we'll keep it on the Hush, Hush.

Love it!

Thanks! It only took me four hours to come up with that! ; )

Well, in Crescendo readers will find out what really happened the night Nora's dad was murdered. Let's just say he was living a secret life... one with ties to Patch. The book is deeper and darker. I think I have a few plot twists coming that readers won't be expecting. At least, that's the plan!

Oh... I can hardly wait! Are there any love triangles headed our way?

No love triangles. I think love triangles serve a purpose when an author wants readers to believe Boy and Girl might not really end up together. Will Girl stick with Boy, or will she fall for New Boy?

The thing is, in Crescendo, I think the broiling tension between Patch and Nora is enough without throwing another love interest into the mix. Actually, as soon as I wrote that, I realized yes, there is a love triangle. But not in the way readers will probably expect. How's that for keeping you on your toes!

It certainly does. Way to go! : D

Has a release date been set for Crescendo?

Not yet. I should have something soonish. : )

(Becca announced on just a couple of days ago that the official release date for Crescendo is November 16, 2010.)

I know I have taken up a lot of your time, but just one more think before you go.

It's time for the flash round. I ask the questions and you answer back with one word in one second. I'm just going to assume you're up for the challenge, you know, because you're just cool like that!

Here we go...

What's playing on your iPod right now? The Rolling Stones - "Beast of Burden."

Favorite place to write? My study.

Snacks: salty or sweet? Sweet!

Mac or PC? Doesn't matter. I'm flexible.

What's the one food you couldn't live without? Ice cream.

Say you met a genie and he agreed to let you bring to life one character from any book, who would it be? Chauncey Langeais.

I want to than Becca for being such a doll and taking the time to answer my pressing questions (haha!).

Be sure to pick up your copy of Hush, Hush today!

Now, for the Hush, Hush book giveaway! Since I just decided to give away a copy of the fabulous Hush, Hush on a whim, this isn't going to be the most elaborate contest.

Here are the rules:

1) You must be a follower of my blog.

2) Leave a comment on this post.

3) Receive one extra entry for tweeting, facebooking, and/or blogging about the Hush, Hush giveaway and my interview with Becca Fitzpatrick.

See how easy that is! Now get busy, and be sure to let me know if you do anything to get extra points.

All entries must be in by Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST. And I will announce the winner on Friday!

And, just in case you want to friend me up, click on the links to go to my Twitter and Facebook pages.

Have fun! And good luck to everyone!!!


  1. Fantastic interview!!

    Cool that she got to meet the model on her cover!

  2. I really enjoyed reading this interview, Kim! Way to go!

    Hope you have a fabulous week...:)

  3. Awesome interview! You are so lucky to have had to speak with her. It is inspiring to hear her story.
    Great job!
    I can't wait for Crescendo!

    BTW-Don't include me in the giveaway, I already have the book so I don't want to take away from someone else who does not have it. :)

  4. Fabulous interview, great questions and great answers. I must start Hush, Hush, it sounds amazing.

  5. Nice interview!! I like the phrase "Hush Hush" XD

  6. Oh my goodness! You always have the best interviews! And the chance to win a copy!? You are amazing! I plan on tweeting and blogging about this! You'll also find a link to the giveaway on my blog this afternoon!!!

    I love how they are real people like you and me, sometimes it's shocking to think!

  7. Great interview, Kim!

    How cool that Becca got to meet the pretty!

    Please enter me...I feel lucky this time...I'm practically drooling. Are they any rules against begging?

    Either way - this book is on my must-read list!!!

    Happy Monday!

  8. Kim, you do the best interviews. Touching on all the important facts like hot cover boy. That's the imprtant atuff right? :)

  9. Hey! This is great. I just found you and I am so glad I did. I will post this contest in my sidebar on my blog. Thanks!

  10. Woot! I want to read this so much! Great interview, too! I posted about this in my blog's sidebar at

  11. Jennifer - I agree... very exciting for her! I'm not jealous, can't you tell? : )

    Chasing - Hey, thanks! Becca's a doll. I hope you have a great week too!

    Christine - I can't wait for Crescendo too! November is too far away!!!

  12. Alexa - Yes, do! This book is great. I love it so much I've read it like three times... so far. : )

    Little Flower - I love her title. I wish I were that creative. : )

    Jen - You are too sweet! I know it's silly, but I often view authors as celebrities. Hehe... I'm weird, I know. : )

  13. Kristi - Nope, no rules. Beg away. This might be very entertaining. Haha.

    And yes, that model, Drew, is... sigh... kiss-a-rific. Just like Patch!

    Eva - I know. I get all the yummy details. It's a hard job, but someones gotta do it! ; )

    You all feel sorry for me... right???

  14. Anne - I'm so glad you found me! And on a perfect day too. : )

    YAY! Thanks for visiting!!!

    Heather - YAY!!! Thank you so much!
    : )

  15. I can't believe I still haven't read this book. Everybody keeps talking about it. It sounds great! From what I hear, Patch reminds me of Jace from The Mortal Instruments Trilogy.

    Great interview! Anybody that listens to the Stones is worth reading. ;)

  16. KM - It's a great book. You must read! : )

  17. That is awesome! I would definitely buy it just for the cover! He is definitely gorgeous & she got to meet that is SUPER awesome! Always love reading your interviews!

  18. GREAT interview! :) Loved hush, hush. Love Patch. Can't wait for Crescendo, which is also a fab title.

  19. Kimberly - Thanks! Love the cover and the title and the book! : )

    Anissa - I know, I can't wait for Crescendo either! : D

  20. Great interview! I can't believe I'm not the only one who hasn't read it yet! :D
    Thanks for the giveaway too!!


  21. Sharli - Thanks! And you must read. Good luck on the giveaway drawing!

  22. Awesome giveaway!~

    *fingers crossed*

  23. Kimberly,
    This is such a great interview. I have read so much about this book and haven't read it yet! It is driving me bonkers! It is so cool to know that authors are normal people just like us, even though they are celebrities in our eyes. Please enter me I tweeted about the giveaway here:
    Thanks so much!
    -Kelly H.

  24. Do i get an extra point for adding it to my 'ongoing contests' section in my blog =D?!

  25. Kelly - I agree with you on everything! I oil enter you in and for all of your extras. Good luck! So happy you stopped by!

    Ally - Of course you get extra entries! Thanks again!!!

  26. Is this contest international?

  27. Daisy - Thanks! ; )

    Bookaholic - You know what, I never thought about it. But, sure. Why not? Enter away!!!!

  28. What a fun interview. And thanks for the CRESCENDO updates.

  29. Victoria - Thanks! And, you're welcome!

  30. Thanks Kimberly!I am entering right away!

  31. I loved the interview! The cover is surely one to drool over! Like Becca,even i can't stay without icecream(infact I am enjoying one right now :).
    I so so so so so much want a copy of Hush Hush! Am practically dying for it! Please enter me!
    I am a follower of this wonderful blog.
    I tweeted-
    Posted on Facebook-!/profile.php?v=feed&story_fbid=383246741186&id=100000126953872&ref=nf

    Thanks so much. Keeping my fingers crossed...

  32. please enter me. I sooooo want to own Hush Hush.
    i'm a follwer of this blog
    i posted it on Facebook!/profile.php?ref=profile&id=534836881

  33. Ok, I already have the book but I just wanted to say awesome interview!!! and your blog rocks!

  34. Bookaholic & Paromita - Thanks!!!!

    Marsha - Aww... I'm blushing! Thanks!!!

  35. Awesome interview. Thanks!

    I am a follower.

    Linked here and on sidebar -

    Tweet -

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  36. I would LOVE to win this!
    Thankyou! :D:D
    I am a new follower


  37. Lindsay - Thanks for entering! Good luck!!! : D

  38. Just wanted to say great interview! (I already have a copy, so don't worry about entering me in the giveaway!) Thanks to Becca and Kimberly for this!

  39. Wow. A truly fab interview, Kimberly!! Very funny, and Becca seems liek a treasure--someone I'd love to know in real life. How cool that she actually met the guy on her cover. OMG, so hot!! Very swoon-worthy.

    Great giveaway! I already have this book, waiting to be read until my own angel ms gets out of my hands, but I really look forward to it. But because I already have it, don't worry about entering me. But I'll still put your contest on my sidebar and tweet just cuz I like you :)

  40. Awesome interview!

    I'm a fan of Becca, eagerly awaiting Crescendo, and this was super fun to read! Thanks for posting!

  41. Awesome contest!!! im a new follower.

  42. Oooh would love to win this book, have had my eyes on it actually!!! I'm a follower!

  43. Kristan and Carol - You two are so sweet! And you must read this book.... soon!

    Vyxen - Thanks, me too!

    Emily and Annika - You are both entered! Good luck!!!

  44. GREAT interview! I'm like Becca in that I like to keep things light and funny and my agent keeps saying, "Dig deeper. What is [insert character] thinking?" Why does she feel she has to torture me so? Oh, and I'm tweeting this. I haven't had the pleasure of reading Hush, Hush yet and would be thrilled to win a copy. ;-)

  45. Debra - Thanks! I'm the same way. Light and easy is my thing, too!

    Thanks for tweeting and I'll enter your name in the drawing, even though I can't believe you haven't read this book yet! Shame on you! ::shaking finger:: ; )

    Have a great night!!!

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    I've been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!


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