Saturday, January 15, 2011

Author Interview + Contest: Keri Mikulski

Popping in today is Keri Mikulski, author of the debut Head Games. This is about a rather tall girl with a love of basketball who is suddenly thrust into not only the world of boy drama but fashion and trying to deal with the stress of it all. It's a cute, feel good kind of book with some pretty hot guys to go with it. You should check it out, but first, check this interview and comment for your chance to win a gift card!

What were you more like in high school, sporty Taylor or more into the fashion shows?

Definitely Taylor, in regards to sports. Her personality... not so much. But, Hannah and I are polar opposites. My fashion knowledge extends about as far as handbags and that's limited considering I buy my handbags used on Ebay. :)

What was the most challenging aspect of blending the fashion and sports worlds?

Understanding the fashion world was super scary and definitely challenging. Imagining myself being thrust onto a runway is even scarier. The only thing more frightening is singing in front of an audience.

If you could pair Taylor and Zach with any characters from any book, what would your picks for them be?

I love this question! After Taylor's run-in with Zachary, I would pair Taylor up with someone super sweet, like Tucker from Cynthia Hand’s UNEARTHLY. Zach deserves to be by himself. But, I'd love to hire the Smitten Kittens from Suzanne Young’s THE NAUGHTY LIST to torture him.

What is the most private thing you're willing to share here?

Hmm.. Scandalous.

One of the major characters in HEAD GAMES and STEALING BASES is based on someone I knew very well in high school. If he or she ever picks up the books (which I hope he or she does), he or she will know it is him or her because I quoted some of his or her lines exactly. Except this time, I was able to say back to him or her what I've always wanted to say in retrospect.

What kind of plant would you describe yourself as?

Ha! :) Hmm... I really don't know much about plants. Even less than fashion. I like daisies and sunflowers. Is there a sporty or writer plant?

Thank you, Keri, for sharing those answers.... and I would love to see the Smitten Kittens go after Zach. Kira especially, I think....

And now for one lucky commenter, thanks to Keri, I have a $10.00 Barnes and Noble gift card up for grabs. You can get an extra entry for commenting on my review here. I will pick a winner from all comments received by January 22.


  1. Thanks for the great contest!

  2. oh man, this sounds really interesting! somtimes I just love some drama :)

  3. Eek! I'd be terrified to be on a runway, too! lol I'm looking forward to this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    +1 commented on review

  4. That was a really great interview, thank you for coming on. I love the premise of this book. I will have to look for it locally. Thank you for the opportunity.
    terilhack at gmail dot com

  5. Thanks for the giveaway! I love sports and fashion so combine the two and I'm in heaven! Plus, I love feel good books (and having hot guys in them doesn't hurt either!)

  6. wow this book looks awesome!

  7. Thanks for the chance to win. These looks like a really good read
    commented on review

  8. I can't sing in front of an audience either.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  9. Nice interview. I also have characters based on people I know and what I wish I could say to them.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Thanks for the awesome contest!

    +1 Comment on review

    sophiayunjin @ gmail .com

  11. Great interview! I loved your pairing question...I may have to steal that one. ;)

    I commented on review

    Jen @ I Read Banned Books


  12. I think that's one of the best things about being an author: being able to recreate the past and have it turn out like you wanted (all the snarky things you wish you had said...)

    Please enter me!

    arallison at gmail dot com

  13. This sounds interesting. Thanks for the contest!
    erinberry12 at charter dot net

  14. Fantastic! Thanks.
    +1 comment on review

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  15. Thanks, Ricki, Serena, Theresa, Teril, Lexie, Katie, Jolene, Meredith, Riv Re, Sophia, Jen, Asenath, Erinberry, and Vivian for stopping by and commenting!! :) And thanks so much, Kari for having me!! xoxo

  16. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I also commented on your review.

    Erin - fletch8502 at yahoo dot com

  17. Book sounds great!


  18. Count me in please!! Thanks for a chance to win!! :D

  19. I want to read this book! Great interview.

    +1 comment on review

    twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com

  20. This book sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway!


  21. Thanks for the giveaway! Loved the interview!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

  22. I think it's so great that she quoted someone from High School! Also being on a runway or singing for an audition are definitely on my list of things never to do lol!

    +1 I commented on the review too!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    TaraTagli at gmail dot com