In A Match Made in High School, there are a lot of hilarious pranks that ensue after the senior class is forced to participate in a mandatory year-long Marriage Education program. Did you base any of these pranks from your own experiences?
Are you kidding? I was such a goody-goody in high school that it makes me cringe. I was too much of a wimp to do anything like what Fiona and Todd do. I think that's why it was so much fun to think up all the pranks for the book!
Do you have one favorite character in that you enjoyed writing the most? Other than Fiona?
Hmm... I really liked writing Sam. Her character and scenes came very easily, probably because I'd been writing for younger kids for so long before I wrote MATCH. Plus, I just dig her.
Can you tell us about any upcoming projects you are currently working on?
Right now, I'm developing another young adult novel for Razorbill. I'm also polishing up a middle grade paranormal. Fingers crossed!
Kristin, you interview a lot of authors on your blog, asking them three questions. Time to turn the tables around on you--here we go!
Question #1: If you had a time machine and could go back to the early days of your writing career and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
RELAX. Stop trying to pen perfect literary gems all the time. It gets in the way of natural style and voice. And to be honest, Kristin, being so uptight makes you a jerk sometimes.
Question #2: If you weren't a writer, what would you want to be (or what do you think you would be), career-wise?
I majored in theatre in college, and I always wanted to be an actor. So, my lack of talent aside, I'd pick that. Otherwise, I have an unhealthy obsession with real estate in which I'd possibly indulge.
Question #3: What did you do to celebrate your book deal? Pop some champagne? Extravagant purchase? Dinner out? Pizza delivery?
Popped some champagne, for sure! And I splurged on my website, since I'd coveted a Denise Biondo design for years.
MATCH MADE IN HIGH SCHOOL BY KRISTIN WALKER
When the principal announces that every senior must participate in a mandatory year-long Marriage Education program, Fiona Sheehan believes that her life can’t get any worse. Then she marries her “husband”: Jerky jock Todd, whose cheerleader girlfriend, Amanda, has had it in for Fiona since day one of second grade. Even worse? Amanda is paired with Fiona’s long-term crush, Gabe. At least Fiona is doing better than her best friend, Marcie, who is paired up with the very quiet, very mysterious Johnny Mercer. Pranks, fights, misunderstandings, and reconciliations ensue in an almost Shakespearean comedy of errors about mistaken first impressions, convoluted coupling, and hidden crushes.
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Kristin Walker has been writing for teens and children for several years. Her fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in magazines such as Ladybug and Wee Ones, and her essays can be found in two Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She lives in a Chicago suburb with her husband and three sons. A Match Made in High School is her first novel.