And she's an amazing author. Her book, EMOTIONAL INTENSITY in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Deal with Explosive Feelings hits shelves TODAY!!
I've read this book, and let me tell you: It. Is. Fabulous. Everyone who has a child should buy and read this book. Everyone who has a niece or nephew should buy and read this book. Everyone who teaches children (of any age) should buy and read this book.
I strongarmed Christine into a few questions. Take it away Christine!
About THE BOOK:
The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less:
You are trying to kill me, aren’t you? Okay – here it is:
Helping parents and educators embrace intensity and teach life-long coping and behavior management strategies to gifted children. (11 characters to spare. Nicely done.)
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
A month ago I would have said “NO”. But as I was cleaning out some things recently, I discovered an old journal from elementary school in which I recounted my fantasies of living in NYC and being a full-time writer. So, I guess I really did plan on writing books when I was young. I do remember writing stories and myths as far back as kindergarten (and no, I will NEVER share them! Just sayin’)
What made you decide to go that “extra step” and seek publication?
HA! YOU did!!! No serious, seeing EMOTIONAL INTENSITY in print was always the goal for that book. I wanted to be able to help more families than I could by teaching my classes within my school district. Publishing a book seemed the most logical next step. Given the fact that I had NO IDEA how to go about that process, I focused on writing a great book and finding an agent who could help show me the ropes. I found that in Krista Goering.
Now, my YA fiction writing…I blame my passion for that ALL of that on YOU! (and BTW, thank you for that!) (Well, we all have flaws...I take no responsibility for turning you to the dark side. *wink*)
What else are you working on? Secrets? Inside scoops? Give us the juicy stuff!
Being a fiction author as well, I have my YA gothic novel A BEAUTIFUL MESS that I am seeking representation for, and a couple of other WiPs in various stages of completion.
Never a dull moment in Christine-land!
About THE AUTHOR:
Quick! You’ve been chosen to be a contestant on Survivor. What luxury item do you take?
Way to ask a hard question! Hmmm…I guess I’d take my wand. After all, it’s all Harry needed when facing a dragon – maybe it’s all I’ll need when facing a whole team of them!!!
Tell us something about yourself we don’t know.
Something you don’t know??? I once cage-snorkeled with sharks. No dude, really!!! About 40 of them. Coolest experience of my life. Wanna see the video? (Um, heck yeah. Sharks? Why haven't I seen this video before?? *pouts*)
And the most important of all: bacon or chocolate?
Dude, no question –CHOCOLATE!!! (Wrong answer, but whatever. We don't hold grudges here.)
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So there you have it. Any questions for Christine? Are you Emotionally Intense? (Dude, I so am.)
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