Today I am pleased to announce that I have author C. K. Kelly Martin stopping by Lost for Words as part of her Teen Book Scene blog tour. She answered a couple of questions that I had for her, and I hope you enjoy her answers. Tour details are listed here. Look for my review of The Lighter Side of Life and Death tomorrow as one of the last tour stops.
Why did you write The Lighter Side of Life and Death from a male viewpoint/perspective?
After One Lonely Degree I was looking to write a story about a male character (I like to mix things up) and so The Lighter Side of Life and Death was always going to be from a guy’s point of view. Specifically, though, I wanted to deal with a lighter situation than I had in my previous two books and so came up with the idea that we should meet Mason on what he would consider one of the best days of his life.
If you were in a relationship like Colette and Mason's, what would you do? Would you have done anything differently?
That’s an interesting question. I’m so much older than both those characters and hopefully I’ve picked up some wisdom along the way and would do a lot of things differently. I think Mason and Colette did try to be honest with each other but they were greedy too – all the variables would seem to make it obvious they were a bad idea but even knowing this they didn’t try to avoid the temptation (well, Colette did a little but Mason ran headlong into the relationship to distract himself from Kat). So anyway, I guess I would have avoided that temptation in the first place and there wouldn’t have been a relationship. But I might not have been that wise about the situation at their ages either! Not that making a good decision is based solely on age and/or experience level – some people can really have it all together at a young age – but when *I* was twenty-three I wasn’t very mature or worldly!
What song(s) would best describe, Mason and Colette individually and their relationship together?
Their relationship together would definitely be Dirty Little Secret by The All American Rejects. The Darkest One by The Tragically Hip always makes me think of Colette. When Gord Downie sings the phrase, “You’re the darkest one” I feel like he can’t get a grip on the person he’s singing about, that they’re sort of always a mystery and I think that’s the way Mason feels about Colette. For Mason I’d pick Crash Into Me by Dave Matthews because that song sums up his feelings for Kat – somehow it manages to be sexy and sweet at the same time.
What would the front page headline of a newspaper say about you?
That’s a tough one. In my first book, I Know It’s Over, there’s a part in Chapter Twenty where Nick thinks to himself that he’s a work in progress. And I hope I’m a work in progress too – that I’m going to get much better at everything, in life and in writing. So I guess it would say “C.K. Kelly Martin hopes she’s a work in progress.”
If you could be a character from The Lighter Side of Life and Death, who would you choose to be, and why?
I loved Miracle. She just seems so together and talented. I’m sure she has a great career ahead of her on the stage or in movies. But of course I’d want to be a *writer* version of Miracle. I’d just want to steal her poise and intelligence.
Thank you for sharing those answers with us! I love your answers! I completely understand what you mean about the songs, they all are quite apropos!
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