Crystal Kite Award Winner Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

Congratulations to Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, SCBWI Crystal Kite Award winner for Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri!  Here’s a blurb about her book:

It’s May 1910, and Halley’s Comet is due to pass thru the Earth’s atmosphere. And thirteen-year-old Hope McDaniels and her father are due to pass through their hometown of Chicago with their ragtag vaudeville troupe.  Hope wants out of vaudeville, and longs for a “normal” life—or as normal as life can be without her mother, who died five years before. Hope sees an opportunity: She invents “anti-comet” pills to sell to the working-class customers desperate for protection. Soon, she’s joined by a fellow troupe member, young Buster Keaton, and the two of them start to make good money. And just when Hope thinks she has all the answers, she has to decide: What is family? Where is home?

And now, to learn a little about Kristin:

Q:  Tea or coffee?  Flavor?  Milk or sugar?

Kristin:  Coffee – STRONG coffee, like with muscles. With a splash of Silk Milk.

Q:  Chocolate or some lesser nectar of the gods?

Kristin:  Chocolate, now and forever.

Q:  Food you’d rather starve than eat?

Kristin:  Calamari.  It’s a texture thing. *gags thinking about it*

Q:  Ideal vacation?

Kristin:  A quiet, relaxing spot, with my family and plenty of time to read and write. A beach is preferred, but mountains (especially the mountains of East Tennessee in November) are nice, too.

Q:  Favorite sport or form of exercise?

Kristin:  Hiking and swimming. I do neither often enough.

Q:  Jeans or fancier?

Kristin:  Jeans. Fancier can be fun, but day-to-day, I’m a jeans-and-a-t-shirt kinda gal.

Q:  Can you deal better with wind or rain?

Kristin:  Rain. Winds in Middle Tennessee can be scary, twisting things.

Q:  Language in which you’d most like to be fluent?

Kristin:  French. I studied it for 8 years, and I can read a lot of it, but I’d really love to be able to carry on a conversation.

Q:  What most surprises you about our current culture?

Kristin:  Oh, great question! Our level of consumption never ceases to amaze me – and believe me, I’m guilty of this, too. Our need to have more/do things faster/own the latest-and-greatest is self-defeating; the more stuff we acquire, the more trapped we become.

Q:  Some favorite books?

Kristin:  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. And most recently, I’ve been blown away by Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys and Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

Thanks, Kristin, for stopping by!  If you’d like to learn more about Kristin and her books, please visit her website:  http://www.kristintubb.com/

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