Christine Kersey is the author of seven books, including Don’t Look Back, He Loves me Not and Gone. Christine loves to read, but also loves to write suspenseful stories. She enjoys camping and hiking with her family and watching movies. You can find out more about Christine Kersey at her website.
Planes or Trains? Planes—they’re so much faster.
Favorite movie? Lord of the Rings
Mexican food or Greek food? Mexican
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I’ve always loved to read and I love watching movies. I just love a great story. I started writing in 1997 when we got our first computer—it’s so much easier for me if I can type. I published my first novel with a regional publisher in 2005, but now I’ve gone Indie and I love it. I can write a book and get it to my readers very quickly. The entire Parallel trilogy will be published this year.
Besides writing, I have a day job in the IT field, which I really enjoy. I’m married and have four children—the youngest is in college.
You’ve written both adult and YA books. How easy is it to transition from one genre to another? It actually wasn’t difficult for me because for the last few years I’ve been mostly reading YA dystopian, a genre I discovered after reading The Hunger games. I find the genre fascinating. I enjoy both adult and YA books, but I think my writing style is geared more to the YA audience. I’m sure I’ll continue to write books with adult main characters as well as YA books. When I was a teenager I didn’t care if the character was an adult or a teenager, I just loved an engaging story.
One thing about young adults that makes them great characters is that so often they are fearless. Whether that’s from not truly understanding the danger they’re facing or because they just like to try things, I’m not sure. But with characters who aren’t always ultra-cautious like adults tend to be, they can get into some interesting situations.
You’re upcoming book, Imprisoned, is coming out soon. Can you tell us a little bit about that? It’s the second book in the Parallel trilogy, which takes place in a world where it’s illegal to be overweight. I love the dystopian genre and with the recent focus on limiting the serving size of certain foods due to obesity, I just thought, What if it was illegal to be overweight?
What was your favorite scene to write in Imprisoned? The last few chapters were really intense and fun to write (I can’t say what happens or I’ll ruin the suspense!) I’ve really grown to care about the characters and as I work on the final book in the trilogy, I look forward to getting to know them even better.
How many books are going to be in the Parallel series? Originally I called it the Parallel series because I wasn’t sure how many books it would take to tell the story, but now I’ve determined that it’s a trilogy. The first book, Gone, is free on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and Kobo. The second book, Imprisoned, will be out in late June (it may be out by the time this interview is published) and the final book will be out before the end of 2013.
What’s next after that? Do you have any books currently lined up to write? I have a number of books lined up, but after I finish the Parallel trilogy I’m going to write a third book in the Lily’s story series. I’ve had many readers request it and I’m excited to explore more of Lily’s life in a third book.
What is the best book you’ve read recently? I’ve really enjoyed the Ashes trilogy by Ilsa J. Bick, which is YA dystopian. The third book isn’t out yet, but I’m eager to see how the story ends.
What is currently in your tbr pile? To be honest, I’m kind of a book hoarder. Besides the literally hundreds of books on my tablet, I go to the library all the time and also keep a list of all the great books I want to read. My tbr pile has a lot of dystopian, but also thrillers and suspense. So much to read, so little time!