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June 18, 2013

Blog Tour: Switching by Jody Kihara – Interview

Switching

Thanks for stopping by the blog for our Tour Stop for

Switching by Jody Kihara

presented by Lightning Book Promotions!

We are pretty excited to have author, Jody Kihara, stop by the blog
for a quick Q & A!

 

Switching

 
 

Every week or two, Terry wakes up in a different time. She’s been ‘switching’ ― that’s her word for time traveling ― for the past eight months, and she has no recollection of her life before then. She doesn’t know who she is, why she’s time traveling, how to get home, or even when home is.

Then Terry meets some fellow travelers, and finds out she’s not alone, and that there might be a way to get home. But the others have their own agendas, and Terry needs to be careful where she places her trust. She finds herself falling for one traveler, but a terrible secret bars his way home. Another traveler is growing desperate, and he doesn’t care who he uses in his attempt to get home… even if it puts them all in danger. Can Terry find a way home before he tries something dangerous? Or will he prevent her from getting home at all?

add to goodreadsSwitching by Jody Kihara
Publication Date:  September 7, 2012
Publisher:  Star Magnolia Publishing

Available for Purchase:
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Chapter-by-Chapter-header---Interview

Q & A with Jody Kihara

 

Where did you get the idea for Switching?

The idea came from another book I had written, which started with a similar premise: a girl with no recollection of her life previous to 8 months ago. I still love that story, but there was one major plot point that didn’t really work… so I never went ahead and published it. Instead, I took the same premise, but went off in a totally different direction.

SWITCHING also took inspiration from a book I loved when I was a teen: Taking Terri Mueller by Norma Fox Mazer (and yes, my character’s name is an homage to that book). TTM is about a girl who has been “kidnapped” by her own father, and can’t remember her mom. The premise is really quite different (no time travel involved!), but what impressed me most about that book was the strength of the main character. I wanted a character that was as strong as her. Re-reading TTM now, I’m struck by how young the character is (on the cover she looks 17, but really she’s 12!); but I was maybe about 10 when I first read the book, so she seemed older to me. Anyway, I hope readers draw from my Terry’s strength, because she is one tough cookie!

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How did you keep track of all the time changes in the book?

With a spreadsheet! LOL. No seriously, I did have to work it out in Excel… I had to know all the characters’ birth dates and when they travelled back, and then do the math so that the whole thing made sense.

I love the retro look of the book’s cover… tell me about it!

I created the cover myself, in Photoshop, using several different images. It took me AGES to find the right Terry. I had a very clear idea of what I wanted, but when you’re hunting through stock photos, usually the clearer the idea you have, the harder it is to find! The Terry I finally found is actually a few years older than I wanted, but she had the right look: tough; a street kid; even her smudged makeup was perfect! The problem was, the photo was only a headshot, so I had to find her a body! The cover is 3 shots comped together, with a border added to give it a kind of seventies feel (because most of the book takes place during the 70s).

The book really emphasizes the reality of her situation; other time travel books don’t deal with how hard it would be. She’s homeless, she’s sleeping rough, she’s lonely, she’s hungry all the time… where did you get that from?

I did some charity work in Vancouver’s downtown east side, where there are a lot of homeless people. One night we went to a homeless shelter, and it was an experience that rocked me to my core. I think everyone should, at some point in their life, do some volunteer work like that, even if it’s just for a day… it opens your eyes to what these people have to go through on a daily basis. If I was going to have a character who was homeless, it was important to me to show just how rough the situation really is.

The ending made me wonder if there might be a sequel coming?

I’d love to write a sequel someday, but probably not for a while… I have so many other projects on the go, and so little time!

So if you could time travel… where would you go?

I’d go back to pre-Islamic Arabia, so that I could finally write the sequel to one of my other novels, The Frankincense Trail… imagine being able to inject that amount of reality into a book!

Thanks for the interview! Readers, you can read more about SWITCHING, including a preview of the first three chapters, at http://www.jodykihara.com/books/switching/

 

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---About-the-Author

 

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I’m an author of young adult and mid-grade novels. My latest YA novel, SWITCHING, has just been released – you can read a preview on my website. You can also check out my other books, too!

I’d also love to also chat with you on Facebook …and here, of course!

I’m an avid reader, and NEVER tire of discussing books!

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

 

Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in the tour!

Lexxie on June 4th http://unconventionalbookviews.com/
BJ on June 7th 
http://insidebjshead.blogspot.com/
Natasha on June 10th http://www.bookmarkyourthoughts.com/
Michelle on June 12th http://bookbriefs.blogspot.com/
Maryann on June 18th http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/
Nova on June 21st http://myseryniti.wordpress.com/

 

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2 Comments

  1. Jody Kihara
    6/18/2013

    Thanks for featuring me on your blog! :)
    Jody
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  2. Stormi
    6/18/2013

    Thanks for posting! ~Stormi, Lightning Book Promotions
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