Today I was lucky enough to be able to interview the amazing young adult author of Killer Potential, AftenBrook Szymanski!
What is the biggest thing you have learned since starting this journey as a young Adult author?
That it’s ok to be an absolute dork. I was invited to join the Storymakers committee while on an outing late at night with several ladies on the committee and a man began harassing them. I thought I could calm the guy down by acknowledging him nicely. Saying, “have a nice evening, Sir.”
It did not ease his aggressive manner—he busted over to me, in my face and proceeded to gesture while hollering about how angry he is.
I figured there were 20 ladies behind me, so I stayed calm thinking “20 to 1, we got this.” And continued to try to talk him down. I eventually turned around to discover everyone else was much smarter and wiser and goner...
By the next day rumor had spread that I brawl with aggressive homeless dudes in defense of others honor, which wasn’t completely accurate.
I’m simply too ‘country’ to know the guy didn’t want to know he was ‘heard’ that night.
I’m a dork and somehow live through it. 😂💕 I guess my stupidity is endearing.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
My favorite color is yellow. But, I can’t wear yellow well with my winter coloring. I’d be called Jadis—the Silver-Blue queen of frosted ice color. Because I rule Narnia with a frozen fist—I’m so freakin' cold all the time.
What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
I usually think about how funny I am and why don’t I have a stand-up routine yet?
Let's travel back in time, what’s your favorite jam of all time?
My husband played a song by Bright Eyes for me when we were dating called ‘First Day of My Life’ and I love it forever.
I like Mika and Led Zeplin and Weezer and Black Keys and Gorillas most alternative rock. Major Hamilton fan and ‘Momma Said’ by Lucas Graham.
What is your Spirit Animal/Guide?
A potbelly pigmy goat—because that guy knows how to get through life with a stacked deck.
If you put yourself in your book, Killer Potential who would you be?
I’m Kate or Kathy. The prudish Kate, highlighting her favorite words in textbooks or Kathy running nude through the psych unit because I do personality in extreme.
Are you currently working on a new project, if so can you tell us a little about it?
Cheat Code comes out in 2018. It’s sci-fi, based inside a game designed for terminal patients to donate their brain waves, or intelligence, in order to supply artificial intelligence with a human source. The process of transplanting human thought to computer circuitry goes terribly askew.
What or who is our biggest inspiration as an author?
Ruta Sepetys. She’s brilliant. She even does an entire edit phase based on how each syllable of the story sounds. I’m not that brilliant or patient, but I love everything Ruta ever wrote.
I want to be that cool someday.
Thanks for joining us today! Be sure to stay tuned for my review on her novel, Killer Potential!
About the AftenBrook Szymanski