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Christine Fonseca, author of Emotional Intensity In Gifted Students, has graciously agreed to participate in an interview with yours truly! Thanks, Christine! Congrats on the release of your new book! 🙂
1. Tell us about yourself.
I’m a school psychologist by trade, after having always worked in a million other fields ranging from modeling, to buying for a major retailer, to marketing in the scientific field, to banking and finance. I guess you could say I am eclectic!
I also write YA fiction and nonfiction for parents and kids focusing on the needs of gifted kids.
When I’m not doing either of those things, I spend my time hanging out with my family and curled up with a great book.
2. What inspired you to write EMOTIONAL INTENSITY IN GIFTED STUDENTS?
Having worked with families of gifted children for over ten years, I really found a lack of resources for parents or teachers when it came to understanding the unique social and emotional needs for this population. I developed curricula for my workshops, which eventually turned into this book.
My next book, 101 SUCCESS SECRETS FOR GIFTED KIDS is the kid version, with lots of specific strategies for kids.
3. What do you enjoy about writing non-fiction?
I have always enjoyed working with kids and families. Writing the type of nonfiction I write enables me to help on a larger scale. Even if it is just a little piece of advice given when a parent needs it most…nothing is better! Writing my advice books and having them out for the world to read enables me to reach a much broader audience on topics I feel passionate about.
4. What do you enjoy about writing fiction?
Ah….fiction! I love writing fiction too. Fiction gives me the escape and the creativity I often crave after a long hard day. Like nonfiction, I can reach readers through my stories and deal with human emotions in a way that can help kids. But, unlike nonfiction, I don’t have to approach difficult material head on. I can weave it into a storyline.
I also like the challenge of writing fiction. For me, nonfiction is a true extension of my day job, and as such, it is not super-challenging.
But fiction – that is a different matter all together. Fiction requires me to learn, learn, learn. And I LOVE that!
5. What is/are your favorite genre(s) and why?
In terms of writing, I am a YA junkie…in every genre possible. There is just something about the pacing and topics that I love. Currently, I write contemporary YA and dark gothic romance. A huge difference between the two, requiring really different writing skills – and I LOVE them both.
Now, in terms of reading, I do gravitate towards YA. But, honestly, I’ll read anything from mysteries to paranormal to romance to literary books. There is very little I do not read!
6. What’s the next step?
Most of my time this month revolves around this launch. I also have events planned most months, just to keep the momentum up in between my two book launches.
In May, 101 SUCCESS SECRETS is released, and I am planning a larger summer book tour – hopefully hitting CO, UT, and a few other states.
I have a couple of other NF ideas brewing, so I’ll be working on that as well.
In fiction-land, I have my dark gothic romance all polished and ready to go. My current WiP is a contemporary piece I am really excited about. Additionally I have a few other ideas brewing.
Things in Christine-Land are always busy!
7. Random fun:
- Your favorite movie: Sorry, can’t list just one: Dark Knight, STAR TREK, Batman Begins, The Last Samurai, – there is a theme here, yeah?
- A city you’d love to visit: Anything in Australia or New Zealand; Rome, Italy
- What book you’re reading right now: A couple, actually – PERSONAL DEMONS, the REPLACEMENT, and PRIVATE
- What song is playing on your MP3, iPod, or Pandora channel: I have a quick mix on my Pandora station, playing soundtrack music a la Zimmer, and Evanescence style music. Right now, it’s playing music from the video game Halo.
Thanks for having me Laura!
Thanks for sharing, Christine!
Okay, gang, Christine has offered to give away a signed copy of her book! Simply leave a comment here and you’ll be entered to win. (PLUS, I’ll give an extra point each for Tweeting and Facebooking a link.) The deadline is one week from today–10/12 at midnight EST.
For more information about Christine and her book, check out these sites!
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