Happy Release Day! Touching The Surface by Kimberly Sabatini and Character Interview

Kimberly Sabatini, has kindly agreed to a character interview starring her main character, Elliot, in honor of her debut release, Touching The Surface.

 About The Author:

Kimberly Sabatini is a former Special Education Teacher who is now a stay-at-home mom and a part-time dance instructor for three and four year olds. After her dad passed away in 2005, she used writing as a way to make sense of the experience and discovered that she’s full of questions that need to be answered. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and three boys. Kimberly writes Young Adult fiction and is a member of the SCBWI (The Society  of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and she’s also a member of two debut author groups–the Class of 2k12 and the Apocalypsies. She is represented by Michelle Wolfson of Wolfson Literary Agency and thrilled to be part of the “Wolf Pack.” TOUCHING THE SURFACE is her debut novel. (Simon Pulse – Simon & Schuster, October 30, 2012)

Author Photo taken by Dawn Sela of Dawn Sela Photography.  

Kimberly Sabatini on the Web:
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 Character Interview – Elliot:
Lucy: Hello and welcome Elliot! It’s such a pleasure to have you here! I would definitely love to hear more about you later on but before we get to that, first thing’s first, I want to know how’s it like working for Kimberly Sabatini? and/or How would you describe your relationship – character to author?

Elliot: Do you want the good news or the bad news first?  Get the bad out of the way?  All right.  Well, Kim’s a pantser–you know, one of those fly by the seat of your pants writers who’s allergic to outlines.  As the main character in her novel this can be really stressful sometimes.  We’ll be trucking along, going in an obvious direction and then BAM!  All of a sudden I’m doing and thinking things I never expected.  The good news is that more often than not, the direction she pushes me is the right one.  Of course, I head into it kicking and screaming, but in the end she some how knows the place I really needed to be.  So that’s kinda cool–once I’ve recovered from the initial shock.  Now–the good news.  We’ve become friends.  I know that sounds a little weird for an author and a MC to be so tight, but she’s revealed as much about herself to me as I did to her.  Because of that, we’re really close now. We’ve really helped each other to grow.
Lucy: It’s really great to hear that you and Kim are really close! I believe that it’s important for an author and main character to connect on some level, and have a good relationship. Now, getting back to the story, could you please describe a little bit about the novel and your role in it? Perhaps share some dilemmas you face, if any, without giving too much away?

Elliot: Kim has this little blurb that she uses when she’s describing the book.  I like it.  She hits all the main points and leaves a little teaser, which is exactly what you’re supposed to do  But you want to know what the book feels like from my perspective.  I can tell you–just keep in mind that I’m not a writer or anything.

There are lots of people that have horrible things happen to them.  I’m not one of them.  I’m the person who’s done something horrific to someone else.  Now I have to learn to live with it–which is easier said than done–when you’re dead.  

Lucy: Are there any lessons that you have learned throughout the story or a message that you would like to share with your readers?

Elliot: I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but what I can say is that it’s really not a book with a message.  It’s just Elliot Turner’s story–my story–no different than anyone else’s.  We all have our own journey to navigate.  Touching the Surface is about how I chose to live…even after I’d died.  Reading it won’t tell you who you are, or how you should behave or what to think.  It’s the kind of story, where you might find exactly what you need, if you take your own journey along the way.   And since I’m such a screw up–going into this whole growth and enlightenment thing kicking and screaming–I’d seriously love the company.  
Lucy: Elliot, from your point of view, what do you think makes a good story?

Elliot: I am 100% behind Kim’s philosophy on this.  The best stories come from an honest place.  I’ll tell you a secret.  I’m not always an easy person to like.  Don’t be too hard on me.  It’s not like I’m evil or anything.  It’s just that I screw up sometimes and I don’t like to admit it.  I hate being wrong.  I also tend to be dark and snarky on occasion.  But that never put Kim off.  I think she loved me more for being flawed but real.  It’s scary letting a writer and even worse, the readers in on your deepest darkest secrets, but I think the connection is the difference between a good book and a great book.  At least that’s what Kim and I are hoping for.  :o)
Lucy: What do you believe was Kimberly’s inspiration for writing “Touching The Surface”?

Elliot: She told me about this.  Her dad died of a brain tumor in 2005 at the age of 57.  TOUCHING THE SURFACE will be dedicated to him because even though Kim really misses him,  he never left her–even when he was gone.  He was the reason she found the courage to write…http://kimberlysabatini.blogspot.com/2010/01/what-who-wants.html  
Lucy: What do you enjoy doing on your spare time?

Elliot: I’m a hiker.  I pull on my boots and let my feet take me away.  It’s so peaceful in the woods–well–unless Trevor is around.

Lucy: Can you give your readers a little hint as to what Kimberly is going to be working on next? If so, will you be making a guest appearance?

Elliot: I can tell you that Kim’s WIP is titled THE OPPOSITE OF GRAVITY.  As for the rest…she hasn’t even told me!
  Touching The Surface:

Title: Touching The Surface

Author:Kimbely Sabatini
Release Date: October 30, 2012

Experience the afterlife in this lyrical, paranormal debut novel that will send your heart soaring.When Elliot finds herself dead for the third time, she knows she must have messed up, big-time. She doesn’t remember how she landed in the afterlife again, but she knows this is her last chance to get things right.

     Elliot just wants to move on, but first she will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she’d rather keep buried. Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed…and people she’s killed.

     As she pieces together the secrets and mistakes of her past, Elliot must find a way to earn the forgiveness of the person she’s hurt most, and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves…even if it means losing them both forever.

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