I’m interviewing Kristah Price, author of YA fantasy “Where The Moths Dance”. Enjoy the interview.
Q: Please tell us about yourself.
I am a forty-something introvert who loves to make up stories. Over the years I have worked as a deli assistant, a fiber tester, a data entry operator, an apple picker, a home help, a despatch worker, and an administrative assistant, all the while dreaming of the day I could quit work and write full time. Now, with a wonderful and supportive partner, I am lucky enough to be able to stay at home and write.
When I’m not reading, or dreaming up stories, I love to do crafts, especially ones that involve paper or fabric, such as scrapbooking, art journaling, mixed-media art, patchwork and quilting. I also enjoy gardening, baking, and spending time with family.
I live with my partner, Nick, in Napier, New Zealand, a town that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and rebuilt in the art deco style of the times. We love to go for long walks with our very mischievous puppy, Finn, a Jack Russell/Foxy cross.
Q: Tell us about your book.
Where the Moths Dance is a paranormal ghost story with a little bit of magic and a little bit of romance. Sixteen-year-old Jessie Hale has always believed in the afterlife. She loves to spend time in the graveyard above the cottage where she lives, talking to dead people, so she is not entirely surprised when she is confronted by the spirit of a dead boy. But when she learns that her sanctuary has been invaded by something more sinister, she is determined to protect those she cares most about at all cost. With the help of some unlikely friends, she sets out to banish the evil that threatens to destroy everything she cares about.
Q: What inspired you to write Where The Moths Dance?
My partner, Nick, and I often used to take our dog for walks through an old graveyard near where we live. It is very atmospheric and I always thought it would make a great setting for a story, and so it became the inspiration for Gum Tree Hill Cemetery in Where the Moths Dance. I have always loved ghost stories, tales of hauntings, and anything to do with paranormal phenomena, and wanted to write a story that explored the afterlife and what might exist in other realms.
Q: How much time per week do you spend writing/editing your work?
I spend about 25 hours a week writing/editing, although I spend many more hours going over the story in my mind while I am doing other things. Usually when I sit down to write each day, I have already planned out in my mind what to write. I find that ideas flow when I am doing things like cooking, doing the dishes, walking the dog, and if I am stuck on something, the answer will often come when I am not actually sitting at my desk, writing.
Q: If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Jodi Picoult, Alice Hoffman, and Catherine Ryan Hyde.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am in the final stages of the second book in my Wattle Lane series, of which Scrappy Cupcake Angels is the first. The second book, The House in Wattle Lane, is about a young woman who joins a heritage scrapbooking class and is inspired to trace her family history, turning up some dark family secrets along the way. Although it has some of the same characters as Scrappy Cupcake Angels, The House in Wattle Lane is a stand-alone novel.
About The Book
Author: Kristah Price
Genre: YA Paranormal
Sixteen-year-old Jessie Hale lives in the caretaker’s cottage at the bottom of Gum Tree Hill Cemetery. She feels more comfortable surrounded by the dead than the living, and the graveyard is her sanctuary, a place to escape from her troubled home life and from her mother’s despicable boyfriend, Conrad.
Elliott Rossi has found a way to come back from the dead. He needs to warn Jessie about a demon who can also access the living world and has his new prey firmly in his grasp.
When Jessie learns who has become the demon’s latest victim, she must enlist the help of her friends to battle the evil that has invaded her sanctuary, turning her life upside down and threatening to destroy everything she cares about.
Then there is the small matter of falling in love with a dead boy.
Kristah Price has always loved books and dreamed of being a writer since she was a teenager. After much dreaming, and writing in her spare time, she eventually took a year off work to write a novel. Although that novel remains hidden away in a box on the top shelf of a wardrobe, she went on to have several novellas published in magazines in Scotland, and her first full-length novel, Scrappy Cupcake Angels, was published in 2012. Where the Moths Dance is her first novel for young adults. When she is not reading or writing, she enjoys scrapbooking, quilting, mixed-media art, and organic gardening. She lives with her partner, Nick, and their puppy, Finn, in the Art Deco city of Napier, New Zealand.
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