1. How did you come up with the title, Kiss the Sky?
The sky is very important in the book and I wanted to make a connection between the nineties the sixties. I can't tell you more because it would spoil the plot!
2. What is the message in Kiss the Sky that you want readers to grasp?
The core message is that freedom has to be strived for but is available to those who really want it.
3. How much of your book is realistic?
It's written in the first person present tense which enables the reader to slip into the narrator's skin. It's fiction but the London locations are real and so is most of the art. I describe my own work. As I was writing I was thinking that one day there will be a movie made and then we'll need some solid body of work to carry the story. You can't produce that quickly, it takes a lifetime.
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Well, I did it all over again, several times over the course of 7 years so the answer is: no.
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part was when to stop writing and how to return to reality. I was still thinking about it when not on my laptop and mumbling to myself, rehearsing dialogue – embarrassing and annoying for those who live with you! What saved me was getting up at four in the morning to 'steal' time: While I was writing in the early hours my husband prepared delicious salad lunch boxes. Then I'd strap the baby on my back and deliver the salads to local recording studios around Notting Hill. So the hardest bit was juggling time with four kids while making a living and staying human.
6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learnt that delivery is as important as meaning – the deeper the message the lighter the touch worked for me.
7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Somehow I always knew I was going to write one day and that my life would have to be interesting in order to have something to write about: Then the stories and anecdotes started piling up inside me, until one day they came tumbling out to a design of my own. The author is the architect of storytelling and the human being collects the bricks with which to build the house or story, something like that.
8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don't have a favourite anything but the one author who influenced my life more than anyone else would be Astrid Lindgren: Pippi Longstocking is the most generous and free-spirited character you could imagine and she has been my literary heroine ever since I could read.
9. Tell us your latest news.
I am twenty thousand words into the next novel, which is set in Goa, India. We're planning to hop over to Essaouira in Morocco to learn how to kite surf and really kiss the sky.
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I have read countless books but it took writing one to realise how incredibly lonely writing actually is. Imagine the hours, days, months and even years spent on a book. Readers' reactions are the best rewards a writer can wish for and I wanted to thank my readers so far for giving me the confidence to continue on this path.
I love to hear from you :)
About the Book
A vibrant, engrossing tale of hedonism, friendship, romance and artistic freedom set against the backdrop of one of the most dynamic cultural landscapes in recent history, Kiss The Sky isn’t all smiley faces, crowded dance floors and waving hands – though it’s got it’s fair share of that, too.
Following the beguiling and uncompromising young Claudia and her colorful friends through their search for music, drugs, art and romance at any cost in the kaleidoscope of Cool Britannia era London, Kiss the Sky is, at its heart, “a story about the search for human freedom in a conditioned world, about love and redemption and the healing power of art and about forging an authentic being from the imposed structure of modern urban life” says C.J. Stone, author of Fierce Dancing (Faber & Faber) of Gallin’s vivacious debut.
With upwards of 2,000 copies already sold in-person on the beaches of Thailand, streets of London and sidewalks of Ibiza, Kiss the Sky has been called “a powerful hit, a rush, a psychedelic life-sized pop-up book, a carnival ride through all that’s good and bad about the city’s underbelly” by reviewers spanning the globe.
Widely available in paperback and e-book formats for the first time ever in Summer 2012 via Telemachus Press, Kiss the Sky is well on its way to becoming a cult classic, and an absolute must-read for anyone striving to remain true to themselves and their ideals while existing in the urban jungle.
Blog: Free excerpts available for download here: http://dcgallin.com/book.html
Publisher: Telemachus Press
Price: $4.99 USD e-book / $9.99 USD paperback
Release date: July 11, 2012
About the Author
D.C. Gallin splits her time between London and sunny southern Spain with her husband and four children. A lifelong artist and studio dweller, Gallin is a globetrotter and trailblazer in the truest sense of the words, having lived, sold art, raised children and partied everywhere from Ibiza and London to Goa and Koh Phangan.
Kiss The Sky is Gallin’s full-length debut, and is now available in paperback and e-book formats via Amazon worldwide.
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