Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Young Adult Author Profile: K. M. Walton

Please join us on Thursday, October 25, for an evening of new young adult literature! Four authors, three local and one formerly local, will be reading from and discussing their newest books. This interview with K. M. Walton, author of Cracked, is the first of four author profiles I'll be posting on the blog this month. Keep checking back!

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1) How would you describe your writing?
In a word? Honest. In a lot of words? I try to write things so that my readers have access to the hearts of people otherwise overlooked.

2) How does writing fit into your everyday life?
I write full time, so it actually is my everyday life, and I love it.

3) What authors and/or poets inspire you?
Beth Kephart, A. S. King, John Green, J. K. Rowling, Lois Lowry, Judy Blume, Andrew Smith, Stephen Chbosky, Sherman Alexie.

4) What part does the community of Philadelphia play in your life and your writing?
Growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs, the great city of Philadelphia has always been a part of my life. I know how to navigate it, I love coming into town—it is, hands down, the best city on earth.

5) What is the last book you have read that you enjoyed? Tell our Big Blue Marble community a little about it.
SMALL DAMAGES by Beth Kephart is a gorgeously written book about a pregnant teen named Kenzie who is sent to Seville, Spain for a few months. Kephart’s writing is lush and poetic, enough so that while reading, I felt as if I were in Seville. It’s a story about choices and love, loss and hope, and it is a masterpiece.

K. M. Walton is the author of Cracked (Simon Pulse ~ Simon & Schuster 2012) and Empty (Simon Pulse ~ Simon & Schuster 1-1-2013) and the co-author of Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking (Corwin Press 2011 - lead author Margie Pearse) for mathematics teachers K - 8. As a former middle-school language-arts teacher she's passionate about education and ending peer bullying. She gives school presentations on the topic "The Power of Human Kindness." She lives in PA with her husband, two sons, cat, and turtle. Visit the author at kmwalton.com or follow her on twitter @kmwalton1.

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