Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and any hobbies you have?
It’s not a hobby but I have three boys, ages eleven, nine and seven…which leads me to one of the many things I love to do. I coach soccer. It’s kind of neat because I coach in the same league where I grew up playing and now I’m teaching my kids how to play the way my dad and my community helped me. It’s really fun and because my husband and I have been doing it for seven years now, I notice that every year there are more and more kids calling me coach, asking if I saw their game and giving me hugs. I love that. It makes me really happy to make an impact on the children who are growing up in my community.
What do you want readers to feel after reading your book?
This is very important to me. I simply want the reader to feel that I put myself out there. That I unbuckled all my armor and I wrote a book that exposed all my soft spots. I can’t say what each reader should take away from Touching the Surface, but I simply hope they know I brought my best, even if it makes me feel very vulnerable. I hope it allows them to feel comfortable enough to read it with an open heart.
What was the hardest scene or chapter to write, and why?
The hardest chapter to write was the last one. This was mostly true because I hadn’t really known how it would end. Elliot’s journey is not my own, but I was also discovering things about myself along the way. I had wandered into my own emotional territory and when I arrived at that last chapter I realized I had grown and changed in a way that was very similar to Elliot. It was beautiful and emotional and it felt kind of epic. I laid my head down on my desk and I bawled my eyes out. And to top it all off, I felt proud that I had finished a novel. I wasn’t sure it was something I could actually do. Then I had the joy of writing the epilogue. It was a celebration. The easiest thing I had ever written.
What has been the most rewarding part of having your book published?
This is hard. There are so many wonderful things about having a book published. I think the most rewarding thing for me is something that hasn’t yet happened at the time of this interview. It’s something that I hope will happen. What I want most from this book is to have made a difference in someone else’s life. I would like to know that what I wrote mattered to somebody else. For as long as I can remember, books meant everything to me. When I was growing up, authors changed the way I looked at the world—the way I viewed myself. I want to come full circle.
And just for fun: Everyone has a bizarre hidden talent. Care to share yours?
Mine is kind of hard to describe so I’m going to show you…
Oh, that is an awesome talent! I'm not going to lie: I've been practicing that ever since I was first sent the video...I'm still no good at it. It definitely takes talent! :)
Thanks for answering my questions, Kimberly, and congratulations on the publication of Touching The Surface!
About Kimberly SabatiniKimberly 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)
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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