Hi! Today we’re celebrating Kristin Rae’s debut, WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN!
Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…
They say: The summer before senior year of high school. It’s supposed to be one of the biggest summers of her life, but Pippa is headed to an art program she has no interest in. The one saving grace is it’s in Italy. And when the opportunity strikes, she decides to ditch the program and travel Italy accomplishing her own list of goals. Things like swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, eating a whole pizza in one sitting…and falling in love with an Italian boy!
As she explores the famous cities of Rome and Pompeii, Pippa finds herself falling for two boys: a local guy she knows is nothing but trouble and a cute American archaeology student who keeps disappearing and reappearing at the strangest moments. Will Pippa find her true love before her parents find out the truth about her summer program?
I say: This sounds so fun and summery and wonderful! I can’t wait to read it!
Now for our interview with Kristin:
1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Pippa is a rational, thoughtful, and newly adventurous only child.
2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN is a delicious, charming, and realistic fairy tale.
3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I am a rational, thoughtful, and not-so-adventurous only child.
4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
Italy (again and again), Ireland, England
5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
Italian, watercolor painting, flower arranging (JS: I want to take a flower arranging class too! I am terrible at it.)
6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Singer, artist, baker
7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?
Anemones, gerbera daisies, roses (JS: ooh, gerbera daisies are my faves too!)
8. What are your 3 favorite foods?
Pasta, pizza, chocolate
9. What are your 3 favorite books?
THE HARRY POTTER SERIES by JK Rowling, THE SUGAR QUEEN by Sarah Addison Allen, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein
Thanks for stopping by, Kristin!
And Kristin is being generous enough to give away one signed copy of WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN to one lucky winner in the US! Fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter.