Friday, October 1, 2010

Emotional Intensity!

Okay, so Christine Fonseca is one of my most fabulous friends. She brutally lovingly reads all my stuff, even in first draft form, and doesn't tell me how badly I suck. She talks me off the ledge, or just sets up a party out there.

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!


My second nonfiction book, 101 SUCCESS SECRETS FOR GIFTED KIDS comes out in late Spring. So, getting that one ready for publication is my first priority. Otherwise, I am working on several other NF projects that I can’t quite talk about right now.

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.)

Find Christine around the web:



So there you have it. Any questions for Christine? Are you Emotionally Intense? (Dude, I so am.)

Oh! You want more? Of course you do. Today, one lucky commenter on this post gets a FREE signed (SIGNED) copy of Emotional Intensity! Suh-weet! Comment to enter. Cross your fingers to win. Embrace the crazy to...uh, yeah. Just embrace the crazy.

75 comments:

kellyhashway said...

I found out about this book on YALITCHAT. It looks great! Thanks for giving us some more info on it, Elana.

Christine Fonseca said...

Thanks for the interview Elana...and for so much more!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats Christine on your new book. It sounds great. I'd pick the wand too any day.

Elana, you should go to The Last Word-C.J.'s blog. She just got her referral & posted an adorable picture of her baby. Oh, it brings back so many memories.

Matthew Rush said...

Christine sure is awesome, and that sounds like an amazing book!

Why not just dip your bacon on a stick in chocolate fondue?

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Ooooh, I'd love to win a copy! I have two emotionally intense boys. Thank God my daughter isn't like that . . . yet. I'm sure I'll be in for a surprise when she hits her teens. Yep, this book is so on my list. :D

Great interview, girls!

Renae said...

This book sounds amazing! Thanks for the great interview ladies!

Christina Lee said...

AWWWW YA! I am SOOOOO excited for her! Christine is such a lovely person!! I wish her all the best success!

Liza said...

Thanks for the interview. Congratulations Christina. Oh, and Elana, don't you think bacon dipped in chocolate would solve the whole dilemma?

Jonathon Arntson said...

Excellent all-in-one post! I am ordering the book now.

So excited to read it, Christine!

Bish Denham said...

Congratulations Christine. If I win this book, after reading it, I will donate it to my local library.

Mary said...

Christine's books look like need to owns especially with gifted children.
Thanks for having her, Elana, and shedding light on this.
I'm with Matthew -- bacon dipped in chocolate, I'm drooling already!

Laura Pauling said...

Congrats on publishing what looks like a terrific book! Great interview.

Janna Qualman said...

Awesome Q&A!

This one's on my list to buy, and not just to support Christine, but because I know it'll be a great resource as my gifted daughter grows. I'll need help!

Jenna Wallace said...

Great interview. Wish I'd thought of the wand.

Michelle McLean said...

So happy for Christine and beyond proud of her. CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!!!!!!

Tore said...

Thanks for a great interview. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

TerryLynnJohnson said...

wonderful interview. And that's a great first chapter!

uppington said...

How exciting - both for you, Christine, and for the parents and kids who will benefit from this book. Wish it had been around when mine were little.

Ishta Mercurio said...

Great interview, and this giveaway sounds AWESOME! Crossing fingers while embracing the crazy! (And yes, I am emotionally intense - and so is my gifted/high anxiety/slightly antisocial 7-year-old.)

L. E. Neighbour said...

Schweet! Congrats Christine! :D

Christine Fonseca said...

Thanks you guys...I love that we are all embracing our emotional intensity today! hehe

Janet Johnson said...

I read the first chapter, and wow! I so plan to get this book.

And Elana, I'd totally choose Bacon. ;)

Olivia J. Herrell said...

Congratulations Christine and great interview! Your book sounds like a must have not only for the people Elana listed but for writers, too. Many of us were that child (me included) and it will help us in writing characters.

Great post! that rebel, Olivia

Rachel said...

Oh I would love this! I am a writer who is also a homeschool Mama of a gifted daughter and could REALLY use this tool in my toolbox. What a wonderful platform she has!!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Love Christine! LOVE LOVE LOVE her!! I'm so happy for her today. And I absolutely must go out and buy this book today and probably several more for my friends.

How about bacon-wrapped chocolate?

Mary Campbell said...

Great interview. I've seen this book before and I thought at the time I really need this book. My 3 boys are very emotionally intense especially my oldest and I don't always - okay I never know how to deal with it.

Angel said...

Thanks for addressing this often misunderstood issue! When I read your first chapter, I felt like I was reading a page right out of my son's life. I wish more writers like you would create awareness about wonderfully gifted children!

BTW, a recipe DOES exist for homemade chocolate-covered bacon, and all I can say is OMG: http://www.yumsugar.com/Homemade-Chocolate-Covered-Bacon-1813878

Carolyn V. said...

Yay Christine!!! Congratulations! I totally need that book. =D

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Christine, this sounds wonderful. For a couple of years PARENTING YOUR SPIRITED CHILD was my go-to book. This sounds very similar and even more relevant to me with a gifted child at home.

Thanks!

Steena Holmes said...

I just got out of a meeting with the school principal regarding the emotions of one of my girls. OMG I need this book!

WindyA said...

I'm so excited for Christine! And seriously, chocolate over bacon? *shakes head* ... I thought I knew her.

Stephanie McGee said...

Christine, I'm not sure we can be friends if you're going to choose chocolate over bacon. ;D

Great interview, Christine and Elana. Congratulations, Christine!

Valerie Ipson said...

Congrats on the new release, Christine. Great interview, Elana!

Christine Fonseca said...

Dang guys! The PRESSURE!!! How about that amazing chocolate-covered bacon recipe...sound good? Yes, I thought so!

Thanks you guys. You make me feel so very special!

Erica M. Chapman said...

Love Christine!! Congrats on your book b-day ;o) Sounds like a great, helpful one for sure!

Great interview, both of you!! Bacon rules, I'm with you Elana ;o)

Have a great weekend!

Elana Johnson said...

Holy cow, guys! Christine's book has sold out on Amazon!! I wish I could say I've touched her--I'd never wash my hands again.

Laura Marcella said...

Congrats, Christine!!!

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

Cool! I have a friend who totally needs to read this!

Lisa Potts said...

Yay, Christine! The book sounds amazing and if I'm not lucky enough to win one, I'll definitely buy.

Both my son and daughter are in gifted programs at their respective schools so this book is of particular interest to me.

lynnrush said...

Yeah! Congrats on your release day. That's so exciting!!

Have a great day!

Mary said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful book with us! Congratulations on your debut, Christina. I look forward to reading this-- your opening sentence described my son to a T.

Oh, and I agree with the bacon dipped in chocolate!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Congrats on your book, Christine! And I agree about the chocolate. Mmmm.... Not that I don't love bacon, I do, but there's just something about chocolate.

Casey McCormick said...

YAY Christine! Congrats on selling out on Amazon. I'm so happy for you!

Mystery Robin said...

Thank you for this! I have a gifted and emotionally intense daughter and a shiny new Borders gift card, so I'm off to look for this!

Cole Gibsen said...

Congrats to Christine! Woot!!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I am so delighted for Christine! And as a high school teacher, mother of three, and auntie of 5, I am SO going to buy it!! LOL.

Sharks, Christine? Really? Are you crazy?!!! :-)

Susan R. Mills said...

Great interview! Congrats on the book release, Christine. And, Elana, between me and you, you're right about the chocolate/bacon question. :)

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

Yay--congrats Christine!

Too bad I have no kids. Any chance for a companion book on Emotional Intensity in Gifted Cats--cause one of my cats is way smarter than any cat should have a right to be and I could use some help in that area.

No takers?

Sara B. Larson said...

Great interview! I'm excited to read this book. My kids definitely have some intense emotions at times. Does that mean they're gifted? Um, not sure. I think they're pretty darn smart, but I am a bit biased I suppose. ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

40 sharks? Brave girl!

And if I get 'error 503' one more time...

Len said...

I've now linked to Christine and will surely be getting her book! :) Thanks for this post, Elana! :)

BTW, I have a blog award for you on my blog.

Christauna Asay said...

We agree on chocolate. German preferably. Sounds like an amazing book by an amazing person. Fingers and toes and eyes crossed.

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

wonderful interview and as always marvelous to visit!

so would bacon & chocolate chip cookies be uncalled for? yes? ahhh...well they are yummy ;o)


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Jill Kemerer said...

I'm so intrigued by this book! I think it would be a great gift for teachers, too.

Lisa_Gibson said...

Personally, I would have gone with chocolate covered bacon. :)
I'll have to check this book out for sure. Sounds wonderful.
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Megan said...

Are you using any particular model of temperment for intensity? Very interested in your book.

Mom2two said...

As an emotionally intense person and now mom of two young gifted boys who share my intensity (one more than the other), I'd love to read this book!
All the Best,
Monica

Theresa Milstein said...

Chocolate is so the wrong answer, but I won't hold it against Christine either.

paulgreci said...

This was great. Elana and Christin--this was great!! You guys had me laughing and smiling and all the while I learned all this cool stuff about Christine.

Congrats again on the book release!!
And swimming with sharks--sounds pretty intense:-0

Christine Fonseca said...

Thanks you guys! And Paul...swimming with sharks is CO DARN COOL!!! I totally would do it again, but I'd rather DIVE wih them. I've gotta dig up the video and post it...

Julie Musil said...

Yay for Christine! Congratulations!

lbdiamond said...

Awesome interview!!! Congrats, Christine! :D

Dangerous With a Pen said...

Congrats, Christine! Wish I could have been on the other coast for your book launch!!! :)

lettucehead said...

Sounds like a cool book! *crosses fingers*

Heather said...

Congratulations to Christine on the release of Emotional Intensity! Girl, cage snorkeling with sharks?! Really?! You rock.

cleemckenzie said...

What a fun interview and what a great non-fiction book. It was great to chat with Christine on YALitChat last Wed. I look forward to reading her books and passing them on to family and friends with kids. Thanks

Jemi Fraser said...

This osunds like a wonderful book - I'll definitely be picking it up! Congrats Christine :)

Christine Fonseca said...

Thanks everyone for the great comments! I hope you visit the other stops on the tour too.

Sonia Gensler said...

Congrats to Christine! I don't have kids but I have so many friends who would love to get their hands on this book. Mmm . . . great gift idea, eh?

Hardygirl said...

Pick me! Pick me!!

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Jennie Englund said...

Huge asset to education, those books!

(Emotional intensity is the only way to go!)

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Jenn Wilks said...

Me = Emotionally Intense.
My Children = Emotionally Intense.
We All = Need to Read This Book. :o)

Thanks for the great interview, and good luck with all your upcoming projects, Christine!

L.T. Elliot said...

Yay for Christine! Yay for her books! I'm very glad to see this one hit the shelves!

Kris said...

I know I'm late weighing in here, Elana, but I wanted to thank you for this post! Coincidentally I just heard about this book on another blog, and I can't wait to pick it up. I've been struggling with a very emotional (I usually call it "drama" LOL) 2nd grader and the descriptions of this book sound like it might help us. Thank you! and thanks to Christine!

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