Friday, December 16, 2011

#BIR2011: WILDEFIRE by Karsten Knight - An Interview & Giveaway


Can you believe it's already Day 6 of Best I've Read 2011? After months and months of planning it's almost time to wrap the event up. That's just kind of crazy.

You know what else is crazy? The line-up we have for you today. We're featuring not one, not two, but THREE of my absolute heart-stopping favorite books of the year. Seriously, these books are the ones I could read again and again, no joke. So are you ready for our first book feature of the day? 

Please welcome the amazing Karsten Knight and his fabulous-beyond-words book, WILDEFIRE, to BCM today. Mr. Knight is gracing us with a fun interview and a giveaway. We hope you enjoy it!

Oh, and be sure you stop by the Best I've Read 2011 blog today to check out our top 8 feature of HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson.

***About WILDEFIRE***

Wildefire by Karsten Knight
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

About: Every flame begins with a spark. 

Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

You can find Karsten Knight online:
(By the way, if you haven't already done so, you should absolutely check out his website. It's full of hilarious vlogs that will brighten your day. Guaranteed.)


***Interview with Karsten Knight***

BCM: What is your favorite story from mythology and why? 

KK: Even though he doesn’t make an appearance in the Wildefire series, I’m fascinated by the myths of the Greek titan Atlas. Whenever I feel myself getting stressed, I think to myself, “That dude had to bear the weight of the heavens on his shoulders…forever. I just have a Wednesday deadline.” That can put even the worst of weeks into perspective. But then again, so can a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and an America’s Next Top Model marathon.

BCM: Will you share with us one of your favorite scenes or dialogue from Wildefire?

KK: I don’t want to give too much away, but here’s a brief look at one of my favorite scenes, during one of the final confrontations between Ashline and her older sister Eve:

“The only thing left of her sister was the distorted impression in the snow where she’d been leaning against the tree like a wounded soldier, a twisted snow angel of pain and violence quickly being erased by the white.” (321)

BCM: Wildefire contains an amazing blend of mythologies, what others do you plan to incorporate in future books?

KK: In addition to the Polynesian, Zulu, Norse, Greek, Egyptian, and Shinto myth found in Wildefire, I’ve explored quite a few more cultures in the next two books as well. In particular, I’ve really enjoyed digging into Mesoamerican gods—Aztec, Incan, and Mayan—for Embers & Echoes (August 2012), which was important because the book takes place largely in Miami, a city with a large Latino population. You’ll also find Native American, Celtic, and Roman mythology, among other pantheons, in the rest of the series.

BCM: Now, for those really hard-hitting questions......
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
KK: You know, I really think they crossed the finish line at roughly the same time, even though slow and steady supposedly wins the race, but…wait, what question was I answering again?

BCM: What did you have for breakfast today?

KK: A chicken and an egg.

BCM:  If you were a Disney character, who would you be and why?

KK: Aladdin, because some nights I put on parachute pants, sit on my oriental carpet, and pretend that I’m flying through the streets of Agrabah.

BCM: What is your favorite read of 2011?
KK: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma. It’s the kind of haunting, eerie story and lyrical prose that’s so good it makes you feel self-conscious about your own writing. I’m really burned out on reading crush-centric YA novels, so it’s refreshing to see a book that focuses on a tangled, complex sisterhood instead. And whereas a lot of books these days seem to take place in interchangeable, generic suburbia, I loved how the reservoir setting in Imaginary Girls is so beautifully rendered that it becomes its own character.
***Giveaway***
  • Thanks to Simon & Schuster we are giving away one copy of WILDEFIRE to one lucky reader.
  • Open to U.S. only. No P.O. boxes.
  • +1 entry if you are a BCM blog follower using Google Friend Connect.
  • +2 entries if you are a follower of Karsten Knight's blog via Google Friend Connect.
  • Giveaway ends at midnight EST on December 23, 2011. 
  • Fill out THIS FORM to enter.

9 comments:

  1. I've been looking forward to read this! Karsten is hilarious! LOL about Aladdin answer! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. I love his answers. They gave me a much needed smile!

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  3. Great interview! The story seems like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. Very funny answers! I've heard so much about this but haven't read it, thanks for the opportunity to win it.

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  9. I'm not sure what I expected from Wildefire...I saw the rave reviews, but I still wasn't completely convinced. The premise sounded a little been there, done that to me. Wow, was I wrong. I discovered from page 1 that this book was something different. Wildefire is something awesome.

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