Author Interview: Courtney K. Walker

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Courtney K. Walker
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  • On the Fringe
Claire is struggling to overcome the murder of her childhood friend and secret crush, Daniel. Everyone else seems to be moving on with their lives, but she's still trying to cope. The fact that she finds herself alone and drowning on her 16th birthday isn't helping.

Neither is thinking she sees Daniel's face in murky water as she mysteriously resurfaces. But something happened during those four and a half minutes that will make her realize it was not just her imagination.

As Claire and Daniel try to grasp a possible reconnection, other grudge-holding beings have plans of their own. Now, the two of them have to decide if their fleeting relationship is worth the possibility of Claire being trapped on the fringe forever.

Beautifully told, On the Fringe intertwines fresh ideas about devotion, revenge, and the consequences that come with life and death.

Describe your book in 5 words or less.

Like going home.

How did the idea of On The Fringe come to you?

My then 12-year-old son and I brainstormed one summer afternoon, trying to come up with a fun paranormal story that he would like to read. Ghosts sounded most interesting…the idea of death separating two friends who never had the chance to explore anything beyond friendship.

The cover is gorgeous! What was your reaction when seeing it for the first time?

Thank you! I love it, too. My first reaction to Elena Kalis’ underwater photo was: I love how it captures a critical scene in the book, as well as the mood of the entire story. It feels beautiful and innocent, with the blues and pinks melting together, yet completely frightening at the way her body is sinking.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time as a writer?

Just to tell a great story that readers can connect to, and maybe even ask a few questions about themselves.

Quick! Can you share 5 random things about yourself?

I love baked goods. I’m claustrophobic. I wish I could cry more easily because I feel like a major disappointment. I had to get knee surgery after tearing my meniscus while playing Dance Dance Revolution on the X-box. I compose music.

If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what book would you choose? Why?

Impossible! That would be a very sad life.

If you could be anything in the world, what would you be? Why?

How about someone who could eat whatever she wants without any consequences and not wimp out when her husband takes her mountain biking?

Is there anything you would like to tell your readers?

What I’ve been learning through this process of writing On the Fringe: We are all connected, whether we realize it or not, whether we want to be or not.

Thanks Courtney for stopping by!! 



COURTNEY K. WALKER grew up in Walnut Creek, California, and with her siblings built rocket ships and rafts out of cardboard, determined to make it to both the moon and Niagara Falls. But a trip across the border to Tijuana was as exciting as it ever got.

After being banned from the kitchen after a few too many catastrophes, she discovered a love for writing, music and art. Eventually she decided on graphic design for a career, and earned her BFA from Brigham Young University.

After residing in St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco, Courtney now lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and four children. She has yet to make it to Niagara Falls, but did give up on her quest to go to the least in a cardboard box.

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