Today I want to welcome 2011 debut author Kim Harrington to the blog to answer a few questions about her new book, Clarity! I’m absolutely certain this is on almost everyone’s ‘must-read’ list this year, but if not, well, you’re about to find out a little more about it and it’s yet-to-be-released sequel!
Q: First of all (for anyone who hasn’t done their research) would you care to tell us in your own words a little bit about your debut novel, ‘Clarity‘?
‘Clarity‘ is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Clare who is psychic andâ€”with her medium brother and telepath motherâ€”does readings for tourists in her beach town on Cape Cod. But when a tourist is murdered and her brother becomes the main suspect, she must use her gift to solve the crimeâ€¦without getting herself killed in the process.
Q: There’s a second book in the series entitled ‘Perception‘, scheduled to come out in 2012. How many books are there expected to be in the series?
Scholastic has bought two in the series. I also have a standalone supernatural mystery coming out in Fall 2012.
Q: What do you think makes ‘Clarity‘ a little bit different from all of the other YA debuts this year?
I think the blend of a murder mystery with a touch of paranormal makes it unique.
Q: What question do you get asked the most? If you could take over the reins in an interview, what would you ask yourself? (Any brilliant answers you’ve concocted up already just in case?)
I often get asked what psychic power I would like to have and my answer is: none!
What question Iâ€™d like to be asked is, â€œMay I give you a million dollars?â€ My answer: sure!
Q: And finally, what do you hope people will take away from reading ‘Clarity’? And is there anything you specifically wanted readers to feel when they read it?
There are definitely themes in the book (family loyalty, standing up for yourself) and certain people will identify with characters and feelings in the book. But overall, I just hope to entertain people. If readers come home from a tough day at school or work and enjoyably lose themselves in my book for a while, my job here is done.