Bestselling Author Alice Kuipers on her new release!

Bestselling and award-winning author Alice Kuipers took time out from her busy schedule (which now includes a monthly literary segment for CTV Morning Live!) to answer a few questions for us about her new release Me (and) Me.

Welcome Alice! What’s your newly released book about?

Me and Me is the story of seventeen year old Lark on the day she has to make an impossible choice. Because she can’t decide who to save–her boyfriend or a young child-her life splits into parallel lives with huge consequences.

Who will it appeal to?

So far teenagers and adults have been warmly responding to the book–I love to write for Young Adults, but I think a lot of adults enjoy reading YA novels and so this book might appeal to them too.

What’s the “story behind the story”? (How did you come up with this idea?)

I started writing this story twenty years ago when I was first attempting a novel. I wrote it about me–or, rather, a version of me who split into two. It was only when the character of Lark Hardy came into my head that I realize the story I’d been trying to tell for years could finally be told. Lark is feisty, fun, cool, and yet paralyzed by the choice in front of her. She was the perfect character for this book.

How long did it take to write?

Twenty years! Well, from the first idea to getting the book on the page it was twenty years, but there were lots of books in between. I stopped writing this book for many years and when I got back to it, the book took about two and a half years from first sentence to published book.

Was there anything unique about your research or work method for writing this particular novel?

I had to learn a lot about the passions Lark has–she’s a singer songwriter, so I interviewed singer songwriters, and listened to a lot of music, and Lark is also interested in parkour. I asked the local parkour community lots of questions, watched them, and immersed myself in YouTube videos of people doing parkour.

How do you see media handling of novels evolving these days? Is there anything different about the way you communicated this novel to your audience compared to your previous works?

A local filmmaker made a book trailer for this book. I noticed that lots of people viewed this and shared it on their social media streams. A book trailer is a glimpse into what the novel might be like and what interested me was that the filmmaker cast Lark and Alec so perfectly that it made me feel like the characters had come alive.

I’ve also done more media than I have done in the past for this novel, which has been fun. I worked with a local publicist which was a great way to connect with people in my home town of Saskatoon. Normally I work with publicists located in Toronto or New York, who have less time to reach out to the prairies.

Which Hollywood stars would you like to see in the movie version of this novel? (and why?)

I think, if a movie were to be made of this book, I’d like to see unknown actors take on the roles. The book is about how we make choices–and I think that is something all of us have to deal with all the time. Who would we be if we’d done one tiny thing differently? What would it be like to encounter ourselves if we could cross into our parallel life–if there were one? I’d like the movie to reflect that everyone/anyone feel of the novel.

What are you working on next?

I have a YA novel that I’ve just finished that’s being edited right now. I’m launching an online course for people who want to write Middle Grade or YA novels. I’m writing a memoir of Toronto teenager Carley Allison. I’m finishing edits on the second chapter book in my new chapter book series coming out with Chronicle Press in the spring of 2018.

I’m surprised by all the projects I have happening, but the way the publishing industry works for me seems to be that–while it sounds like I’m doing ten things at once–each project gets the time it needs. Some are slow, some are fast. Some have deadlines. Some don’t. All of it falls into place. I share updates about my writing life, and tips about how other people can get writing too, through my newsletter and free online course. Find all that at alicekuipers.com

Where can we get a copy?!

At Amazon!

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Kuipers has recently released Me (and) Me in Canada, and it’s set for release outside of Canada in Fall 2018. It has received accolades in the Canadian media.

“Haunting and mysterious, this is a powerful book about love, life and choices. Both page-turning and thought-provoking, Kuipers deftly tells a lyrical tale that’ll keep you questioning reality right up to the very end.”
Arthur Slade

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AliceBestselling author Alice Kuipers has published five award-winning YA novels internationally, most recently, Me and Me, described by Bif Naked as mesmerising. Her two picture books feature twins Violet and Victor, and she has an upcoming chapter book series with Chronicle Press. She is writing a memoir about teenager Carley Allison with Kids Can Press. She has had stories produced for CBC and essays published in Bristol Review of Books and Easy Living magazine. She blogged for Today’s Parent, and The Huffington Post. Alice’s work is published in 34 countries. She has four children.

Alice’s website is full of tips and hints for writers. Find her here: www.alicekuipers.com or online.

Coming Monday: Bestselling Author Alice Kuipers on the story behind her new release!

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Bestselling and award-winning author Alice Kuipers joins Ben’s blog – next Monday!

Kuipers has recently released Me (and) Me in Canada, and it’s set for release outside of Canada in Fall 2018. It has received accolades in the Canadian media.

“Haunting and mysterious, this is a powerful book about love, life and choices. Both page-turning and thought-provoking, Kuipers deftly tells a lyrical tale that’ll keep you questioning reality right up to the very end.”
Arthur Slade

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Bestselling author Alice Kuipers has published five award-winning YA novels internationally, most recently, Me and Me, described by Bif Naked as mesmerising. Her two picture books feature twins Violet and Victor, and she has an upcoming chapter book series with Chronicle Press. She is writing a memoir about teenager Carley Allison with Kids Can Press. She has had stories produced for CBC and essays published in Bristol Review of Books and Easy Living magazine. She blogged for Today’s Parent, and The Huffington Post. Alice’s work is published in 34 countries. She has four children.

Alice’s website is full of tips and hints for writers. Find her here: www.alicekuipers.com or online.

Things I love about the USA

Recently, I renewed my passport and it got me thinking about my favorite things about the States and being American. About New York, where I was born. Got me feeling pretty poetic in fact…

Things I love about the USA

I love the States, where I was born,

But where to start? I’m somewhat torn.

So here, in no particular order,

By a consummate happy memory-hoarder:

The electric bustle of a Manhattan street,

A salt-rimmed Margarita in the Key West heat.

Cerulean skies that flood your mind,

Folks so open, strangers so kind.

Bronzed waffles freestyling in maple syrup,

Grizzled cowboys, scuffed boots, a gleaming stirrup.

MoMA, the Met, the Guggenheim,

The late-great Shel Silverstein’s command of rhyme.

A velvety cab sauv from the Napa Valley,

Seals a-lolling on the beaches of Cali.

Monument Valley and a sun-scorched pinnacle,

A Louisiana steamboat captain’s binnacle.

That jiggle-tailed rattler, an inquisitive racoon,

The Berkshires and Cascades in the first days of June.

Levis, baseball caps, slacks and tuxedos,

Button-down collars, white Spandex Speedos.

Partying with friends at the end of the day,

Listening to (Sitting on) the Dock of the Bay.

Dolphins cavorting in a quivering ocean,

Hawaiian Tropic’s utterly smelltastic lotion.

The Grand Canyon’s meandering 277 miles,

Those perfect teeth, those gleaming smiles.

A prowling gator in the Everglades,

The pomp and palette of a victory parade.

The Statue of Liberty, New York,

Griffith Park (LA) for an evening walk.

Funky Florida and Walt Disney’s world,

Ben and Jerry’s Save our Swirled.

Hollywood’s shiny Walk of Fame,

The Hudson River, where Sully landed his plane.

Four presidents carved in South Dakota stone,

Endless deals on your mobile phone.

The mountains known as Blue Ridge,

The rusty red Golden Gate Bridge.

New Orleans and All that Jazz,

The Superbowl’s rambunctious razzmatazz.

Cape Cod in the blazing summer,

Munching popcorn to Dumb and Dumber(er).

Cool San Francisco’s stepped streets,

Cooler blues with its soporific beats.

The fall leaves that gently dapple,

Apple pie in the Big Apple.

Go crazy on the 4th of July,

In the city a mile high.

I miss the States a whole lot,

East or west, cold or hot.

Yes, my new passport needs dusting,

And my schedule adjusting.

The industry that made us Citizen Kane,

Massachusetts, Oregon, Hawaii, Maine.

I better book a liner or plane,

To be free of London’s endless…sunshine.

…And come home to America again.

 

Got a great memory of the US? What’s your favorite memory?

Alice Kuipers on CTV Morning Live Literary Segment

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Bestselling and award-winning author Alice Kuipers  appeared recently on  CTV Morning Live Literary Segment to discuss three favourite books and why she recommends them. Click the image above to hear her.

Upcoming interview: Alice released her new young adult novel, Me (and) Me in Canada on April 11, 2017 and will join us soon to speak about the inspiration behind it!

Alice Kuipers, the award-winning author of 40 Things I Want to Tell You, Death of Us and Life on the Refrigerator Door, is an expert chronicler of the teenage heart. Born and raised in London, England, Alice now lives in Saskatoon, Canada, with her partner, the writer Yann Martel, and their four young children.

Alice’s website is full of tips and hints for writers. Find her at www.alicekuipers.com or on twitter.

Bestselling Author Alice Kuipers Interview – Coming Soon

Bestselling Author Alice Kuipers

has just released her new YA novel

Me (and) Me.

Interview coming soon…

Ben on Radio: When You Wrap Up your Past, You’ll Unwrap a Perfect Present

Screenshot 2015-07-05 18.35.31Carol Graham interviewed Ben on her radio program, Never Ever Give Up Hope, on November 15, 2015.

Carol says: From losing his partner to ovarian cancer to his passion for saving marine life, Ben’s life experiences inspired him to intertwine them into his short stories and his novel.   His passion for life and love are evident in his stories. His compassion is evident in his interview.”

Do you live a fear-based or love-based life?  

Listen to his interview to get the answer:

When You Wrap Up Your Past, You’ll Unwrap a Perfect Present

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BEN white_headshotIn this interview, Ben also talks about the challenges our oceans face today, life lessons learned from boxing, a guardian angel named Edington, and a short story from his collection, Something in the Air, available on Amazon…

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Olivia Teese Interviews Ben

Ben in cafeOlivia Teese has interviewed Ben. An Interview with Ben Starling is now live!

In this interview, Olivia talks to Ben about what it’s like to be a dad; his muse, a Great Dane named Edington; and about his newly released novel, Something in the Water, available now on Amazon…

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