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. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and three boys. Kimberly writes Young Adult fiction and is represented by Michelle Wolfson of Wolfson Literary Agency. TOUCHING THE SURFACE is her debut novel. (Simon Pulse – Simon & Schuster, October 30, 2012)
About TOUCHING THE SURFACE:
Life altering mistakes are meant to alter lives…
When Elliot dies for the third time, she knows this is her last shot. There are no fourth-timers in this afterlife, so one more chance is all she has to get things right. But before she can move on to her next life, Elliot 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 mistakes of her past, Elliot must earn the forgiveness of her best friend and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves…even if it means losing them both forever.
Who is one of your favorite (fictional or non-fictional) characters?
I’ve always been in awe of Anne Frank. I read THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK for the first time when I was a tween and it moved me. It changed how I saw the world and it transformed my image of what kind of person could be a hero. I kept a diary on and off as a child because of Anne’s life, but more importantly, I became someone who wanted to have that same kind of impact on the world. Most of my life, I’ve struggled with feeling inadequate because I had no idea if I had anything amazing to bring to the table. More often than not I suspected that I didn’t, but I would remind myself that Anne simply rose to her own occasion. It helped me to understand that I should start by trying to be the best person I can be in the life I’m already leading. Over time I’ve learned that there is courage in the act of living and growing with intention. And perhaps, I should worry less about altering the world and start with changing myself–because that is what I can control. It is not up to me to decide where my ripples go and how they might affect other people. It is simply my job, to put the best that I have to offer, out into the world…
Which talent do you wish you had?
I wish I could play an instrument and speak another language. Not giving up though–those are on my bucket list.
Tell us a secret about the main character in your novel –something that’s not even in your book.
The character of Oliver was originally 4 years old when I wrote him and he liked to suck his thumb and twirl Elliot’s hair. Even though he’s been “revised” and didn’t get the chance to interact with Elliot like that, I still picture him like that when he was a little boy. And as I “grew him up,” I kept those characteristics in mind.
What is your advice for aspiring writers?
There is a lot of advice out there and most of it is very good information, but I caution all aspiring writers to keep an open mind while remembering that it’s important to find your own way of doing things. Productive writing styles are like finger prints–everyone has a different one. We can learn and improve as writers, but we also need to remember that we can waste a lot of time trying to be just like everyone else. If what you’re doing works for you, don’t be afraid to raise your freak flag and be proud. Odds are you’ll make someone else feel better about their own approach to writing.
Which animal would you like to be, and why?
I’d be a Red-Tailed Hawk. These hawk started showing up in my life when my dad got very sick and have continued to “show up” when I need them ever since he passed away. So, for that reason alone, they are special to me. Additionally, if I had one super power, it would be to fly…
Thank you so much for having me over to the ball–I’ve had the most wonderful time. <3
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And now, Kimberly has offered up a hot-off-the-presses SIGNED copy of TOUCHING THE SURFACE for one of our lucky commenters. Just tell us what animal you’d like to be, and why.