Tuesday, November 27, 2012

YA author Kristine Carlson Asselin - Three Things and a Cupcake

Kristine Carlson Asselin, co-author of "Stella's Hero" in Timeless: An Anthology of Young Adult Romance, is here to tell me three things about her story. (I love this cover btw! Very romantic.)

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So here's Kris:
Thanks to Lena for asking me to be on her blog today! I love that she asked me to talk about "Stella’s Hero," my short story from Timeless: An Anthology of Young Adult Romance. I co-wrote the story with my friend and (sometimes) partner in crime, middle grade writer Ansha Kotyk.   
  1. The idea for Stella’s Hero came from…

    We really wanted to write something for the anthology, but neither of us had time to focus on it. We were crit partners already, so we thought if we brainstormed a story together it might be faster than working on something alone. And was it ever! We both loved the Victorian Boston era—and our story about a teenage girl who falls in love with a Chinese immigrant just literally flowed out of us. We wrote the draft (about 7K words) in three days, after brainstorming together and outlining a rough plot. Then we just went back and forth polishing key scenes. We were so excited when the editors at Pugalicious Press accepted it!

    (Lena: Three days??? That's amazing! :))
  2. My favorite scene in the story is “the dark moment.” LOL It’s when Stella thinks Jie doesn’t love her and considers walking into Boston Harbor and letting her petticoats and skirts drag her to the bottom. It’s so tragic and romantic—and then he comes for her and all is right in the world. Except you know things are about to get really hard for them as they run away together. Sigh. I think most of that scene is Ansha’s, and it’s wonderful.
  3. If I could cast an actress to play Stella, I’d have to choose…. I used to be good at this game…Hmm…I’d say someone like Kiera Knightley. An actress who can be sweet and innocent, but also really strong and stand up for herself and the ones she loves. And someone you can imagine bucking tradition.

Lena: Thanks for stopping by for a visit, Kris! One more thing...what's your favorite flavor of cupcake?

Kris:  My favorite cupcake would definitely be chocolate on chocolate, filled with chocolate. J

Lena: Oh, wow, that sounds delicious.... Shall we post a drool-worthy picture? Uh, yeah, of course. ;) This one's for you, Kris!

Photo credit: (c) SweetRevelations
You can find Timeless on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


  1. Thanks Lena! LOVE the cupcake! And congrats on Language of Souls!

  2. Thanks, it was so great to have you here today! Timeless sounds very intriguing and the cover is so romantic & evocative. Can't wait to grab a copy! :)

  3. I do love that scene Kris. But it really was both of us that put it together. I think we equally love the tragic love story. :)
    Creating "Stella's Hero" was incredibly quick. I say we do it again! :)

  4. Great interview! I love the cover as well!