Published May 17th, 2010
Following the light can’t be that hard, right? So why don’t the dead just do it and leave Stephanie Stewart alone? However nothing is ever as simple as it should be, as Stephanie learns when her hidden ‘gift’ becomes more than a nuisance, quickly turning into a liability. If she can’t learn to trust someone with her secret, the world as she knows it will go to hell. Literally. But if she doesn’t choose wisely, she might just end up learning firsthand how hard it is to follow that light. Because she’s next on the list to be crossed out.
Stephanie Stewart is a typical sixteen-year-old girl—she loves hanging out with her friends, going to concerts, and sipping mocha lattes. Yup. Just your average teenager . . . Except for one difference—she can see and talk to the dead. In fact, Stephanie helps dead girls who who’ve been murdered or killed, cross over. Just as Stephanie is getting used to her unique “gift”, her mom stumbles into some dangerous witchcraft that backfires and triggers similar abilities in Stephanie’s best friend Cura, and nemesis Hillary.
Stephanie already has enough trouble trying to maintain a “normal” life between school and her cute boyfriend Dylan, who happens to have a supernatural talent all his own. But now she has to help her friend Cura and her “frenemy” Hillary cope with their new-found powers as well as cross over two murdered cheerleaders and battle an evil demon who wants to use Stephanie’s supernatural strengths as a free pass to The Other Side. And she needs to do it all while still getting her term papers in on time. She’s definitely going to need an extra-large mocha latte for this.
A member of RWA, Kim is currently putting the finishing touches on a YA multicultural thriller. She lives in Southern California with her husband and son.
Her website: http://www.kim-
Can you tell us about your book, Crossed Fire, in 45 words or less?
Crossed Fire continues the adventures of Rescuer Stephanie Stewart as she finds out the secret behind her paranormal abilities while still trying to finish that English paper.
What was your favorite scene to write?
I love writing the crossing scenes. I try to make each of them supernatural and different.
What was the hardest scene to edit out?
Probably taking out some of Stephanie’s ‘tude so she doesn’t come across as too harsh.
What theme song would you give Crossed Fire?
Crossed Fire by Brandon Flowers
Will there me more books in this series?
There might be another book later on where readers will be introduced to a love interest for Hillary and a more challenging task of helping murdered girls on the California border.
What else are you currently working on?
A romance set in Italy. This one has been fun to write and is totally outside my comfort zone as it’s not YA!
What is the best book you’ve read recently?
Omg, there has been so many great books out this year! I totally loved THE BELLES by Dhonielle Clayton. Think a diverse Selection where beauty comes at a high cost. I also loved the YA Sci-Fi novel HONOR AMONG THIEVES by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. And NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA by Channel Cleeton is a beautifully written tale of a woman who goes back to Cuba after the death of her beloved grandmother.