Thursday, October 29, 2009

Interview with Kristina Springer

Kristina Springer's The Espressologist debuted October 27, so welcome to the bookstore shelf, Kristina.

About The Espressologist
What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie. Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right?

About Kristina Springer
Kristina Springer has a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Illinois State University and a Master of Arts in Writing from DePaul University. Her first novel, THE ESPRESSOLOGIST, was published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux on October 27, 2009. Her second novel, MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS, also from FSG, will be published in the fall of 2010. She lives in a suburb of Chicago, IL with her husband Athens and their four small children Teegan, Maya, London, and Gavin.

Can you share a little insider information, Kristina? Like ,of all your favorite books, which one do you wish you had written?

Confessions of a Shopaholic. The research for that one had to be AMAZING. :-) But really, I adore all of Sophie Kinsella's books-- she's just so funny and clever. The whole Shopaholic series is fantastic and of course there was also a movie made from her book. Bonus points for that.
Along the same line,  what fictional character do you wish you could be?

See questions #1. Becky Bloomwood-- the Shopaholic. And not just because she gets to shop so much and has such great fashion sense (which I would love to have!) but she's funny and endearing and sweet too. And even thought it gets her into lots of trouble, I like how she just does what she feels like and suffers the consequences later. I'm so totally the opposite. I worry about everything being just right and done on time. If I'm late for something it seriously makes me ill. So it would be nice to not worry about things so much for awhile!

Now here's the real insider kind of question: After chocolate, what do you eat to make the writer-block pain go away?

I drink coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. A trip to Starbucks for an iced mocha or pumpkin spice latte usually recharges me.

Thanks for having me!
Thanks for being here.

The Espressologist is available at Amazon and at Indiebound

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