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Nov 7, 2012

Two and Twenty Blog Tour: Author Interview w/ K.M. Walton + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the Two and Twenty Dark Tales blog tour hosted by Month9Books. Today, I have a really awesome interview with K.M. Walton--author of Cracked--that I can't wait to share with you! I read Walton's short story in the Two and Twenty Dark Tales anthology and I ended up really loving it more so than I thought I would. It had such an interesting twist that I just wanted more and more when I got to the end. I also have a giveaway to share with you so don't forget to enter that once you get to the end! And now, let's get to that really awesome interview, eh?

Title: Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes
Author: Month9Books
Publisher: Month9Books
Release date: October 16, 2012


In this anthology, 20 authors explore the dark and hidden meanings behind some of the most beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes through short story retellings. The dark twists on classic tales range from exploring whether Jack truly fell or if Jill pushed him instead to why Humpty Dumpty, fragile and alone, sat atop so high of a wall. The authors include Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leigh Fallon, Gretchen McNeil, and Suzanne Young.
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Hi K. M.! Thank you so much for stopping by BOB today! It is such a pleasure to have you here! Let’s start off with some icebreakers, shall we?

Q. If you had to describe yourself using three words, it would be…
Genuine, Kind, Loyal (hopefully!!!)

Q. If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?
I’m going to say a combination of everything. My life has been filled with people who love me and people who I love, happiness and tragedy, unbelievable moments and experiences, and an adolescence spent being OBSESSED with Empire Strikes Back.

Q. If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?
Picking my cuticles!! It’s a terrible habit, and I do it a lot when I write. Band-aids have become a staple inhabitant of my desk drawer.

Q. If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be?
If you want it, make it happen. I’m a firm believer in rolling up your sleeves and making your own dreams come true.

I read your short story in the Two and Twenty Dark Tales and found that you wrote a spin-off about Jack and Jill.

Q. Of all the Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes, is Jack and Jill your favorite or are there a few other ones that stand out to you? And if Jack and Jill is your favorite nursery rhyme, why?
The question of “What if?” always seems to come to play when I’m about to start a new story. So the question of “What if Jill pushed her brother Jack down that hill?” really jumpstarted my dark re-telling, and I just ran with it.

Q. Was writing The Well different from any of your other novels that you’ve written?
Yes, in that The Well has a dystopian undertone and it is a very creepy premise, and both of my published novels are contemporary. No, in that at its core, The Well is about the characters Jack and Jill and their complicated relationship, which goes horribly wrong. Complicated relationships are at the heart of both of my novels, Cracked and Empty. Humanity—or lack of humanity—fascinates me.

Q. Empty is your new YA novel releasing early next year; how would you summarize it into one sentence?
How far will Dell go to make all of the heartbreak and name-calling stop?

Q. What element of a story do you feel is the most important and is necessary in most, if not all, novels?
Honesty. Letting your characters be true to who they are and not take on your personal beliefs. There is a revolutionary moment waiting for writers who experience this freedom. Let your characters come alive on the page and you (the author) need to just keep your mouth shut.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Well and it definitely left me wondering what happened before and what was going to happen next! There was so much angst and animosity that I just wanted to know why! The Well seems like the extended and behind-the-scenes version of the Jack and Jill nursery rhyme, lol! I can’t wait for everyone to read it!
Thank you very much for your kind words!

Again, thank you so much for stopping by; it was an honor!
Thank you for having me. It was a pleasure.

About the author:

K.M. Walton is the oldest of four girls and her three younger sisters are her best friends. Gag, right? But she’s serious. She dares you to challenge her sisters’ awesomeness because there’s no way you’d win.

Moving on.

She has a mom, who is her other best friend. More gagging. Again, she says there isn’t a better (or cooler, or smarter, or more beautiful – inside and out) mom on this entire planet. K. M. apologizes to anyone reading this that thinks their mother is the best mother on the planet – she says it’s not possible for two women to hold the title, and her mom wins. So there.

She had a dad, a really smart and gentle dad who loved her the best way he knew how, but he passed away from cancer when he was only 51. Ouch. K. M. wants anyone out there reading her bio to know one thing: Love the people you love while you have them here – even when it’s hard to love them – because when they're gone all you have left are memories. And you can’t hug a memory.

She’s also got this totally hot and totally cool husband that is, in every sense of the idea, her better half. She met him when she was 19; he was her next door neighbor in the dorm. Her stomach got all squishy when she first laid eyes on him and she announced to all of her girlfriends, in a rather dramatic fashion, “No one else can like Todd from down the hall because I like him, and I’m making him my boyfriend this semester.” Her friends all abided by her request. And she did make him her boyfriend; they’ve been together ever since. For the record, just so everyone knows, she’s still in love with him and it’s been 24 years since the day they met. Awesome, eh?

She has two sons who, you guessed it, are the best two kids in the world. Yep, another challenge. They are thoughtful and kind, genuine and funny, brilliant and creative, and she swears she couldn’t be more proud of how they are turning out.

K. M. had a dream when she was a little girl. Actually she had a gazillion dreams and she spent a large amount of her childhood dreaming. Her one dream was to be a teacher. Her three sisters – the same awesome chicks from the first paragraph – played her “students” in the basement while she played teacher. And they still like her even after that. Teaching became a reality for K. M. and she taught for twelve glorious and spectacular years – some of it in Osteen, Florida and most of it in Springfield, Pennsylvania (Hi, Osteen Elementary and ETR Middle School!!).

Writing, it turns out, is K. M. Walton’s favorite thing to do in the whole world. Even the hard parts – and there are a lot of hard parts. She is very, very thankful that she is where she is on her journey as a writer. And she can’t wait to see where the road leads her…

Find K.M. Walton online: Website | Twitter

Two and Twenty Blog Tour Giveaway

1. One entry per household.
2. There will be one winner.
3. You must be 13 or older.
4. Giveaway is open internationally.
5. Contest ends at 9:01 p.m. Pacific on Friday, November 16th, 2012.
6. Winners will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter and announced on November 17th in this post.
7. Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond.

Good luck!

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8 comments:

  1. When I heard that Ring around the Rosey (or Roses) could have referred to the time around the plague, that creeped me out - the reality of kids playing in a time of death. Not necessary the warm and fuzzies but it became my favorite Mother Goose rhyme - I'm kind of demented that way ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  2. Great interview! I really liked the stories in Two and Twenty Dark Tales. So many awesome authors.

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  3. Really enjoyed that author interviewed Momo!! I like the sound of the book, the retelling of classic nursery rhymes with a dark edge :) Very interesting!

    Magen Corrie
    ~Corrie the book, crazed girl

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  4. Jack and Jill. Tore923@aol.com

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  5. Humpty Dumpty is my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  6. HI,

    I always liked OLD MOTHER HUBBARD. Got to feel sorry for the dog.

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  7. My favourite Mother Goose rhyme would be There Was A Crooked Old Man. Not as well known, but still very entertaining.

    Grace
    Lust For Stories

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  8. Hmmmm, Humpty Dumpty is the one that comes to mind.

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