Today, we continue our two-part interview with Invisible Fault Lines author Kristen-Paige Madonia. Plus, don’t miss today’s code word for your chance to earn FIVE MORE ENTRIES in our week-long contest!
Oh, I could spend hours talking about Judy -– how she’s one of the most important activists of our time, how her work has influenced and shaped countless authors, how her support and encouragement rescued my career after my agent and I were unable to sell my first novel. Her dedication to anti-censorship and her devotion to fostering new talent are unparalleled. I’ve been a fan of her work ever since I was a child when my sister and I would take turns reading Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. aloud to one another at night. But in terms of our personal relationship, Judy picked my work out of the slush pile when she was helping judge the 2008 fiction contest for the Key West Literary Seminar. She fell in love with the short story I submitted, and, when I won the contest and attended the seminar where I first met her in person, she offered to read the novel I was writing at the time. She’s been a mentor ever since and is always one of the first people to read my work. She’s also the person I often reach out to when I’m struggling with self-doubt and when I’m searching for business advice. Her professional support has meant the world, of course, but to be honest I value her friendship even more. She’s smart and kind and funny, and I feel incredibly grateful to have her in my corner.
Miss Havisham from Great Expectations
Pen or pencil?
Favorite piece of clothing?
My grey cardigan wrap
Song you can’t get out of your head right now?
Buffalo Soldier. My son’s favorite musician is Bob Marley, so I’ve basically had one Marley song or another stuck in my head for the last two years.
Most recent vacation?
These days it’s hard to tell what constitutes a vacation! I taught a weeklong YA workshop at the Key West Literary Seminar in January and brought my husband and son with me. So it was technically a work trip, but it was also a family vacation. I mean seriously, who can call a trip to Key West in January “work”?
5 things that are always in your purse:
- My notebook for writing
- My silver business card holder with a hummingbird etched on the cover
- My red i-Pod Shuffle
- Snacks for my two-year-old son
About Invisible Fault Lines:
“My father disappeared on a Tuesday that should’ve been like any Tuesday, but eventually became the Tuesday my father disappeared.”
Tired of living in limbo, Callie finally decides to investigate her father’s disappearance for herself. Maybe there was an accident at the construction site that he oversaw? Maybe he doesn’t remember who he is and is lost wandering somewhere? But after seeing a familiar face in a photo from the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, she wonders if the answer is something else entirely.
Hailed by Judy Blume as a “remarkable young novelist,” Kristen-Paige Madonia, author of Fingerprints of You, explores how to rebuild a life after everything seems lost.
The contest runs through midnight (PT) on Sunday, May 1st. U.S. only. The winner will receive a signed finished copy of Invisible Fault Lines, a bookmark, and a sticker! Check out every post this week for your chance to earn more entries!
TODAY’S CODE WORD: JUDY