Kimberly was unfailingly kind to me, and her generosity and encouragement got me through many a draft. AND? She is HILARIOUS. If you don't believe me, check out SUCKS TO BE ME, STILL SUCKS TO BE ME, and the most recent, and possibly my fave, CAT GIRL'S DAY OFF. (If you claim to be ANY kind of John Hughes fan you should read this.)
From Publisher’s Weekly:
“I was a freak from a family of freaks.” High school sophomore Natalie “Nat” Ng has a “Talent” she’s not proud of: the ability to talk to cats. Her younger sister is a “supergenius” with chameleonlike abilities; her older sister is proficient in truth divination and levitation, and has X-ray vision; and her parents work for the Bureau of Extrasensory Regulation and Management. When a film crew comes to Nat’s Chicago high school to shoot a takeoff of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off things get fishy: the female star isn’t acting like herself, and Nat learns from a cat that celebrity blogger Easton West may not be who she claims to be. Along with her friends Oscar and Melly, Nat gets dragged into a whirlwind adventure to find out what happened to the real Easton. Pauley (Still Sucks to Be Me) offers amusing insights into the minds of cats, snappy dialogue, and a fast-paced plot. Readers should easily relate to Nat, and cat-lovers in particular will find a lot to enjoy in this romp. Ages 12–up.
I asked Kimberly my favorite interview question of late, and here's her response.
So…if I had ONE wish, what would I wish for?
Wow, that is just the hardest darn question EVER. Really. Seriously. I think about all the bad things in my life that I wish hadn’t happened…but change one and it changes everything. And who knows how it would change things? Could be good…but could be bad. What if I’d never had The Max, the cutest boy in the world? Not to mention that all those bad things made me who I am today. I ain’t perfect, but I wouldn’t want to be anyone else.
Then, of course, there’re all the BIG things to wish for, like World Peace, The Cure for Cancer…but somehow, those things could have their dangers too (I wrote a short story when I was a teen…a little girl wished for world peace and got it…everyone died and boy, was it peaceful on the planet). But how, you ask, could wishing for a cure for cancer be bad? I dunno. But if I were a devil’s advocate kind of science fiction writer…(ahem)…which I sometimes am…well, let’s just say I can come up with a couple of scenarios off the top of my head.
It’s terrible being a writer sometimes.
So that leaves me with frivolous wishes. Things that shouldn’t have any consequences. Stuff like a lifetime supply of chocolate which, come to think of it, doesn’t sound too bad. Or a self-cleaning house. Or…you get the idea.
You know what? I’ve made my choice. I wish for everyone else to get a wish (except for bad people…you know, like evil dictators and serial killers and people like that—no wishing for things that’d hurt other people). Now, if any wishes go bad, it’s not really my fault, right?
So, what do you wish for?