If you haven't heard the name C.M. Gurtner yet, give it time, you will. She is a new Young Adult author with a great writing career ahead of her. She is only 14, and I have known her since birth, so yes, I am a wee bit biased.
Her first published work is Neglected Heroes and Caitlin was kind enough to slow down from her very busy schedule for an interview.
Galen: Welcome Caitlin. Tell us about your book, Neglected Heroes.
Caitlin: Neglected Heroes is about two middle school students, John and Emily, who are both at the bottom of the social chain. John is widely avoided by everyone because of a medical condition that causes him to faint out of no where. After the two get assigned a school project together, John tells Emily something very interesting. He says that when he faints, he is actually having a vision of when something horrible is going to happen and that he needs her help to stop it. Together, they must fight through sneering peers, indifferent adults, and some not very happy assassins. Can they save the day and come out of it alive?
Galen: What was the inspiration for the book?
Caitlin: My inspiration for Neglected Heroes, believe it or not, was actually Harry Potter. I was reading about how all of the neighborhood kids avoided "that Potter boy" and thought about how nice he really was and how he was ignored just because he was different. Thus, the idea of John was born, and the rest of the story just fell into place.
Galen: What is the best and worst part about being a writer?
Caitlin: The best part of writing is that you are creating your own world. You can make anything happen. Writing is even better than reading because even you don't know exactly what's going to happen next, but when it hits you, you add another piece to your world. The worst part: writer's block.
Galen: What are your future plans?
Cailtin: Apart from writing more books, I haven't really decided what I want to do in the future. I have considered teaching, law, and performing arts but have not made up my mind.
Galen: You've got plenty of time to decide. If you could travel for research, where would you go?
Caitlin: If I had to travel somewhere for research, I would want to go to Ireland, as I am Irish and have heard about how beautiful it is. It seems like a nice place to visit and a nice place to think and get inspiration.
Galen: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what books would you want with you?
Cailtin: If I was stranded on a desert island, the three books I would want with me would be the Dragon Slippers trilogy by Jessica Day George. They have been a personal favorite of mine since about 5th grade.
Galen: What do you do when you are not writing?
Caitlin: I do everything in the world when I'm not writing. I play soccer and lacrosse, I perform in my school plays, homework sucks up way too much of my time (grrr!), I love reading,(of course), I love to go places with my friends, I try not to strangle my little brother, and there's always extra stuff to occupy my weekends.
Galen: What was the best advice given to you?
Caitlin: If you ask any writer this you will always get the same answer: write, write, write. Don't stop writing. All you need is writing. Just write.
Thank you again for taking time out of your very busy schedule to stop by!
You can find Caitlin's book on AMAZON