Blog Tour Author Interview: The Moment We Fell by Kelli Warner

Posted June 14, 2019 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

Book info:
Title:  The Moment
We Fell

Author:  Kelli

Genre: YA
Contemporary Romance

: June 25th, 2019

Publisher:  Wave Runner


Nothing good happens when people keep secrets.

Paige Bryant’s dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer
died along with her mother. Drowning in grief and plagued by guilt, Paige is
blindsided by a provision in her mother’s will that sends her to live with the
father she never knew. Forced to start over in a new town and at a new school
where she’s now the principal’s daughter, Paige is convinced that her life
can’t possibly get more complicated—until fate throws her into the path of the
only boy her guardian tells her is off-limits.

Despite two years on the straight and narrow, Cade Matthews
can’t escape his time as a juvenile delinquent. With his dad behind bars,
Cade’s feelings of anger and betrayal are as relentless as the rumors he’s
trying to outrun. The only person not listening to the gossip is the new girl
with her own set of troubles, including a father who will never give Cade a
fair shake.

As Paige tries to adjust to her new life and an uncertain
future, a set of unopened journals reveals a dark family secret. When tensions
rise to a boiling point, can Paige and Cade make peace with the past before it
destroys them?

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Author Interview:

Q: What does your
writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start?  Or do you just start writing and go with it
(seat of the pants writing)?  If you plan
it out, how do you do that?  Outline,
notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?   
A: When I first
began writing, I was a “pantser.” The moment I had an exciting idea, I wanted
to jump right in and start swimming (get out of my way, amazing story comin’
through!). But when I would write without any discernible direction, I found my
characters meandering their way into unexpected corners. That’s when I began to
explore the art of outlining and how it could make my writing process and, by
extension, my story better. I outline in a word document. Even a simple outline
gives me a roadmap for how to get from beginning to end, while allowing me the
ability to change course, be creative and still reach my destination.
Q: Do you edit as
you go, or wait till you’ve finished before you edit? How many times would you
say you go over it yourself before having another set of eyes look it
I’ve repeatedly
heard the advice from numerous authors and experts: get the first draft down
and edit later, but I can’t help myself—I edit as I go. Maybe that slows me
down a bit, but I also feel like it makes my first draft a little bit less
messy. I typically review and edit my full manuscript three times before
sending it to a professional editor.
Q: Are you part of
a writers’ group that gets together and helps each other with their
I’m fortunate to live
in a community that is rich with writers and creatives. I recently started
taking workshops through a group called Wordcrafters in Eugene, and I’ve
connected with the local chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and
Illustrators (SCBWI). Networking and being in the same room with other writers,
regardless of the genre they write, is inspiring.
Q: What tips do
you have for aspiring writers?
Just do it. The
foundation of any successful writer is born from putting pen to paper (or
fingers to the keyboard). Study the craft of writing and learn from the books
you enjoy reading. What makes that story so awesome? Connect with other
writers, not only to fuel your own creativity, but to learn from them and share
experiences. And most of all—don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do this.
If you have the desire to write and the patience to learn, stumble, succeed,
and occasionally fail—you’re on the “write” track.
Q: What are your
favorite books/authors/genres?
A: I read all types
of genres, but I have always been partial to young adult novels. I loved
reading them as a young person, and I love them still as an adult. There are so
many fabulous young adult authors who occupy space on my bookshelves, including
Kasie West, Jenny B. Jones, Jenny Han, Katie McGarry, Cidney Swanson, Sarah
Dessen, and Morgan Matson.
Q: What are your
favorite TV shows and movies?
A: I’m currently
binge-watching Hawaii Five-O and can’t get enough of Commander Steve McGarrett
and his ohana! (Mahalo, CBS). And I am always down to watch a Hallmark Channel
movie. Always.
Q: What is your
favorite music?
A: My current
playlist is a mishmash including (but not limited to) Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw,
Florida Georgia Line, The Greatest Showman soundtrack, Jonas Brothers, Kelly
Clarkson, and John Legend.
Q: What is your
favorite food/writing snack?
candy (all flavors), Korean Barbeque Kettle potato chips, anything chocolate!

About the Author:
Kelli Warner writes humorous
and relatable young adult and contemporary romance novels, the kind of stories
that get your insides so wound up in an ooey gooey mess that you forget about
the un-fun stuff in life. She’s passionate for a good cup of coffee (even a bad
one on a desperate day), enjoying time with friends and family, and spending
lazy Saturday mornings watching the Food Network. Kelli and her husband live in
Oregon with their two teenaged children and an outstanding border collie named

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