Interview with Clara Kensie (by her daughter, lovingly known as Kidlet)
My thirteen-year-old daughter interviewed me for this guest post:
Hey there, Kidlet.
Ready to answer some questions?
Ask me anything you want.
Okay. First question. Are any characters in RUN TO YOU based off of people in real life? Are any of your characters based on me?
No character is based completely on someone I know in real life, but most characters have bits and pieces of people I know. Tessa, the heroine, likes to paint because I like to paint. Tristan, the hero, plays tennis because your dad plays tennis. Tessa’s brother Logan is quiet and contemplative, just like your brother. Tessa’s sister Jillian is bold and charismatic, like you are. Book Two of RUN TO YOU (Parts Four, Five, and Six) has another character who is similar to you in some ways.
Next question. When you were younger, did you ever dream about having superpowers?
Yes, I did. I was pretty fascinated with the idea of psychics and superpowers. I’ve always loved the idea of being able to move things without touching them, or being able to see the future, or reading people’s minds. I dressed up as a fortune teller for Halloween in fifth grade, and I had a psychic at my Sweet Sixteen party.
How were you influenced to write RUN TO YOU?
I love to read, and sometimes I love a book so much that I never want it to end. But each book only lasts a few hours. I realized that if I wanted to spend a very long time with a book, I would have to write it myself. So I made a list of everything I wanted to include: romance, thrills, mystery, psychic characters, plot twists. I also wanted a teenage hero and heroine because most of my favorite books are, and always have been, YA. I incorporated all of those elements into RUN TO YOU.
Do you care that my friends and I always borrow your YA books?
I love it when you and your friends borrow my YA books. You’re always welcome to help yourselves.
Okay, last one. As a mother, how do you find time to write?
Balancing family and writing is my biggest challenge. I try to get as much done as I can while you’re at school, but it’s never enough time, especially because I work two or three days a week too. You’ve seen me in the car, writing on my laptop, while you’re at soccer practice. Sometimes I have to go upstairs to write while you, your brother, and your dad are downstairs watching a movie. That always makes me feel so guilty. But I’m also glad that you’re witnessing me as I follow my passion. I hope that when you grow up, you’ll follow your passion too.