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Author Interview: Gina Linko & Giveaway

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Today, I'm delighted to be interviewing with Gina Linko!


by Gina Linko

Genre: Paranormal
Hardback: 304 Pages
Publication: October 22, 2013 by Random House Children's Books


A gift?

A curse?

A moment that changes everything. . . .

Caught in an unexpected spring squall, Corrine's first instinct is to protect her little sister Sophie after a nasty fall. But when Corrine reaches out to comfort her sister, the exact opposite occurs. Her touch--charged with an otherworldly force and bursting with blinding indigo color--surges violently from Corrine to her sister. In an instant, Sophie is dead. From that moment on, Corrine convinces herself that everyone would be better off if she simply withdrew from life.

When her family abruptly moves to New Orleans, Corrine's withdrawal is made all the easier. No friends. No connections. No chance of hurting anyone. But strange things continue to happen around her in this haunting, mystical city. And she realizes that her power cannot be ignored, especially when Rennick, a talented local artist with a bad-boy past, suggests another possibility: Corrine might have the touch. An ability to heal those around her. But knowing what happened to her sister, can Corrine trust her gift?

Author Interview with Gina Linko

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into writing.
I taught seventh grade for a few years, and then I went to DePaul for my Master’s in Creative Writing, where I discovered my passion. I began writing for young people, and really studying my craft. I used to teach language arts and science, and I think that you can see in my writing my love for science. I am always writing stuff that has some roots in science but bleeds over into the edge of the supernatural.

What inspired you to set the story in New Orleans?
I started researching sixth senses, and I sort of got the idea, “What if there were clusters of people with sixth senses?” And of course, I asked myself where this would most likely occur? That’s how I got to New Orleans, because if there was an environmental factor in something such as Corrine’s power or Rennick’s, wouldn’t it have to be in a place like New Orleans, rich with a history of the supernatural itself – ghosts, the macabre, the unexplainable.

What kind of research, if any, did you do for Indigo?
I did a lot of research into that little gray space between science and the supernatural. Places like the University of Virginia, that take things like this seriously and look at these phenomena scientifically, have a lot of information on sixth senses – telekinesis, telepathy, stuff like that. I wanted to write about these fantastic ideas, but ground them in science somehow. So, of course, I did a lot of research into electricity – specifically physioelectricity – and the kinds of topics that still have some unanswered questions, some dangling threads … some what ifs.

How did you balance Corrine's past vulnerabilities with the pressing need to use her powers for good in the present?
Well, that is a tough question. I really had to get inside Corrine’s head. And heart. How do humans go on after such loss? I mean, to me, that’s a very real question. Maybe the hardest to answer. Our ability to find hope when all is lost. To me, that is really what the book is all about, looking such grief in the face and moving on, clinging to hope, to good.

What did you hope to see come out of Corrine's abilities and a story set in a "haunting city"?
I really wanted to give credence to Corrine’s situation and what she was dealing with in terms of coming into her own powers. I find that sometimes, as a reader, it’s easier to believe these fantastic things if we are along for the ride when the character starts to suffer from the first symptoms, etc. Plus, I love to ground it in the fringes of science, just to get reader thinking, What if?

What do you hope readers take from the story?
A sense of hope in the face of our darkest times. And to stop, listen, and wonder. The world around us isn’t totally KNOWN. We still have things – miracles, powers – left to explain and understand.

What are you working on right now?
I have a couple of projects I’m working on now. They are both eerie and speculative, straddling that line between possible and crazy!

About the Author
Gina Linko has a graduate degree in creative writing from DePaul University and lives outside Chicago with her husband and three children. Gina teaches college English part-time, but her real passion is sitting down at a blank computer screen and asking herself the question, "What if...?"

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1 comment on "Author Interview: Gina Linko & Giveaway"
  1. great interview!!! I liked how the author thought about New Orleans with sixth sense.. I love reading books with settings that has New Orleans in it- that place fascinates me!!! I always thought it is kind of cool when someone lists a place in my home state- University of Virginia-where the author had studied at..This book sounds like its going to be awesome and i cant wait to read it!!! thanks for the giveaway!!!


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