Friday, February 18, 2011

Author Interview: Kristi Cook

As a child, Kristi Cook took her nose out of a book only long enough to take a ballet class (or five) each week. Not much has changed since then, except she’s added motherhood to the mix and enjoys penning her own novels as much as reading everybody else’s. A transplanted southern gal, Kristi lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
*Bio taken from Kristi's website
When did it hit you that you're going to be a published author and other people will be able to walk into a bookstore and buy your book?
Ask me again on Feb. 22nd, LOL!  I think I need to actually *see* it on the shelves first! 
What were your first thoughts when you saw the cover for Haven?
I was blown away!  It was pretty much exactly the kind of cover I was hoping for--more abstract, and a little bit Twilight-like in that it felt eye-catching and intriguing without really giving anything away, if that makes any sense.  Plus, the color palette felt "right" for the story, and I loved the title font (yes, I am a geek when it comes to fonts--I can spend hours on font's a sickness, I know!). 
I couldn't agree more - it's an eye-catcher

Did you create a playlist while writing Haven?
Not a playlist, per se, but there were some songs that I listened to on loop while I was writing--a very, very odd mix of songs. Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve.  Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.  Even the Star Trek movie soundtrack! 
Ooh, an eclectic group of music. Can't go wrong with Bittersweet Symphony either.
Would you like to be psychic or would you like to have some other paranormal power?
There's a character in HAVEN whose pyschic gift is being able to astrally project, and I'd love to have that ability.  When I was eleven or twelve, I read Lois Duncan's STRANGER WITH MY FACE about astral projection, and the whole concept totally fascinated me.  I vividly remember lying in bed and trying to do it--too bad it didn't work!
Do you have a favorite book-to-movie adaptation? Any books that you’re dying to see turned into movies?
My all-time favorite book is also my all-time favorite movie--GONE WITH THE WIND.  Probably the Georgia girl in me (I was born in Warner Robins, GA, and spent a decent bit of my growing up years in metro Atlanta).  My second favorite would probably be the entire HARRY POTTER series.  Right now, I'm just dying to see the movie adaptation of HUNGER GAMES!!  Can't wait!  I just hope they cast it well. 
What was the last book you read?
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins, and I absolutely loved it!!  Easily one of my top-three favorite reads of 2010.  Still can't quite get Etienne St. Clair out of my head!
What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?
The craziest thing was probably a series of *two* crazy things--first, I got accepted into the FBI, and was set to begin training at Quantico. Then, I found out I had a brain tumor, and instead of going to Quantico, I had brain surgery.  Yeah, good times.
Wow, that is beyond crazy. Thank goodness it was caught and you're healthy now.
And the most important question last: What is your favorite kind of cookie?
At the risk of sounding really, really lame...I love a good oatmeal raisin cookie!
Oatmeal raisin cookies are awesome!

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Jessica (BookLover) said...

Such a great interview! I'm looking forward to buying Haven to add that beautiful cover to my bookshelf. And I cannot wait for The Hunger Games movie either. I'm excited, and nervous, about how it might be cast.

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

Fantastic interview, Nikki and Kristi! I'm definitely looking forward to Haven, and I love the colour scheme of the cover, too. I can't wait to have this book in my hands!

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

I had no idea about the brain tumor! I'm glad that surgery went okay and that you're kicking it with us :)

Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Sniffly Kitty said...

Ooh, I wonder if it's hit her then since feb 22nd was yesterday~~

Sniffly Kitty
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Bere said...

Awww, fabulous interview, Nikki! Kristi sounds so awesome! The cover for Haven is super cool and I love fonts too. I'm just beyond impressed that you got accepted into the FBI, Kristi. I'm like super obsessed with all types of police shows, my favorite of those being Criminal Minds hehe. Oh, and I can't wait for the Hunger Games movie either! Also, I'm happy to hear that your surgery went well and that you're healthy now =).

~The Book Pixie said...

Ah yes. Gone with the Wind. Read it. Watched it. Loved it. And like Kristi, maybe it's the Georgia girl in me. lol. Great interview! :)


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