Thursday, August 14, 2014

AP Author Spotlight: M. Kircher

M. Kircher
Twitter ID: @MKircher83
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Describe yourself in three words:
nerdy, creative, sarcastic
Tell us a little about your latest release:
Title: Dream On
Blurb: Seventeen-year-old dreamwalker, Em, might have to choose—leave her mother forever in the dreamworld or save the life of hot, rebel Gabe.
Emily Dal Monte and her mother, Lily, are special. They’re humans with a glitch in their genetic code that allows them to explore the fantastic, and often terrifying, world of their dreams for as long as they choose to remain asleep. But when Em’s father is killed in a tragic accident and her distraught mother loses herself more and more in the dreams of her crumbling mind, Em is forced to support the two of them the only way she knows how, by writing down her mother’s amazing dreams and selling them as books. Enter Gabriel Sobel, the punk newcomer at Em’s high school who realizes Em is the daughter of his favorite, reclusive author. Gabe can’t figure out why Em keeps brushing him off and makes it his mission to find out what’s really going on at the Dal Monte household. He stumbles upon their shocking family secret just as Lily takes a turn for the worse. It’s up to Em, Gabe, and one very nosy book editor to hop from one extraordinary dream to the next, to find Lily and convince her to wake up before she loses her mind…and before Em loses her first chance at love.
What is your earliest memory?
My earliest memory is a very special one! I was two years old and playing with another little girl in a wading pool. I remember falling face-first into the water and coming up screaming. The little girl's mother scooped me up and wrapped me in a towel. She laid me in her lap and I recall staring up at her with the blue sky beyond. And then she looked at me closely and said, "You have stars in your eyes!"
And it's kind of true. I have a circle of white dots all around my irises. Since that day I have thought of them as stars in my eyes. What's even more special is that my husband and I thought we'd never have biological children (we have an adopted son). The Dr.'s said it was near impossible. But by some miracle I got pregnant and now have a beautiful daughter...and she has my stars! Little white dots in her sweet blue eyes. God is good.
What would you consider the greatest moment in your life?
There have been three great moments - all equal. The day I married my husband, the day my daughter was born and the day we went to court and adopted my son :)
What’s the hardest thing in in life you’ve done?
Adopting my son. We were licensed as foster parents and he came to us as a foster child. He spend the first seventeen months as foster before we were able to adopt him and during that time we didn't know if he'd end up back with addicted and abusive birth parents or an abusive grandmother. It was a dark time and I had many doubts. I had a hard time opening my heart to this sweet boy who I could not protect. I dreaded the telephone ringing, knowing the state could call and take him away. I would not trade a moment of that horror for anything though. My amazing child is finally mine and I can't imagine any one else being my son. I hope to be the best "second mother" I can be!
What have you learned in life so far?
You have one life, make it count. Do hard things. Do the things you're passionate about. Take risks. Fight. Never give up - except when it's time to give up. Rest. Enjoy. Laugh.
And always eat dessert.
Everyone’s favourite question: if you could invite five people for dinner, who would it be?
My great-grandfather, my great-grandmother, my grandmother, and my grandfather. All who I know would love to meet and dote upon my children if they were alive today.
And J.R.R. Tolkien. Can you imagine picking his brain?!
Chance for our readers - what else would you like to know about M. Kircher?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for hosting me! Happy to be part of the Astraea Team - M.