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Kim was born in Dublin and moved to London when she was seven. She got her first typewriter when she was eight, had a poem she wrote about a snail published in a magazine when she was nine, and that was it – Kim was hooked on writing. Because she never thought she’d actually be able to make a living as a writer, she decided she needed a trade to fall back on. So, naturally, she went to Sussex University to study philosophy. While Kim’s plan of being paid big bucks to think deep thoughts never quite worked out, she did land a job as a junior copywriter with an ad agency a week after graduating. She’s worked in advertising ever since, specialising in writing for videogames.
RELEASE DATE: 4th Sept 2012 | PUBLISHER: Strange Chemistry | GENRE: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
When your average, 16-year old loser, Scott Tyler, meets the beautiful and mysterious Aubrey Jones, he learns he’s not so average after all. He’s a ‘Shifter’. And that means he has the power to undo any decision he’s ever made. At first, he thinks the power to shift is pretty cool. But as his world quickly starts to unravel around him he realises that each time he uses his power, it has consequences; terrible unforeseen consequences. Shifting is going to get him killed. In a world where everything can change with a thought, Scott has to decide where he stands.
Hi Kim, welcome to Book Chick City. So, what’s SHIFT about?
Shift is about a 16-year old boy called Scott Tyler who discovers he has the power to undo any decision he’s ever made. And he’s not the only one. There are other kids out there that have the same power as him. Shifters. After learning he has this power he joins a covert government organisation set up to regulate and train Shifters and he finally feels like he’s found his place in life. Only then… well, you’ll have to read it to find out.
Tell us a bit more about the hero/heroine.
Scott is shy, self-depreciating and quite funny. Although often without meaning to be. In many ways, he’s your average 16-year old boy. Or at least he thinks he is. As well as learning he has this weird quantum power, he also leans he has hidden strength he didn’t know about. I also like to think he’s quite cute, although he doesn’t realise it. Which is just how it should be!
How did you research SHIFT?
I did a fair bit of research into the quantum physics that inspired the story, in particular the Double Slit Experiment. Luckily, I love all that stuff, so reading about it was great fun. I also checked the premise with a friend of mine who is a professor of physics. So that helped. Other than that, all the locations are adaptations of places I know, so there wasn’t much research needed there.
Is SHIFT the first in a series or a stand alone novel?
It’s the first in a series. I have written the first draft of the second one, and have a third planned.
When is your favourite time to write?
I work best in the morning. I wake up filled with ideas and lock myself away to write.
Where is your favourite place to write?
It’s a toss up between my study and the top of a bus. The former, because I have all my things around me how I like (although I share it with my husband and he tends to move things!). The latter as I find the distractions of being on a bus strangely soothing and liberating.
What was the last book you read and enjoyed?
I’ve just finished E C Myer’s Fair Coin and thought it was brilliant. It deals with a similar premise to Shift (what if you could change your decisions?) but handles it in a very different way.
Which authors do you admire?
Lauren Buekes, Patrick Ness, Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Nick Harkaway.
Describe yourself in five words
Optimistic. Annoyingly chatty. Loyal. Driven.
After the sequel to Shift, I’ll be returning to a book I wrote in the space between finishing Shift and being picked up by Strange Chemistry. It’s currently called The Network. So I’ll get it completed and hope an editor out there is interested!
Kim is kindly giving away two copies of Shift to two lucky winners! This giveaway is open internationally and ends 8th September 2012
To enter please answer the following question: If you could undo one decision in your life, what would you change? Please leave your comment on this post and then fill out the form below.
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