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Kimberly Sabatini is a former Special Education Teacher who is now a stay-at-home mom and a part-time dance instructor for three and four year olds. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and three boys. Kimberly writes Young Adult fiction and is represented by Michelle Wolfson of Wolfson Literary Agency. TOUCHING THE SURFACE is her debut novel. (Simon Pulse – Simon & Schuster)
Experience the afterlife in this lyrical, paranormal debut novel that will send your heart soaring. When Elliot finds herself dead for the third time, she knows she must have messed up, big-time. She doesn’t remember how she landed in the afterlife again, but she knows this is her last chance to get things right. Elliot just wants to move on, but first she will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she’d rather keep buried. Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed…and people she’s killed. As she pieces together the secrets and mistakes of her past, Elliot must find a way to earn the forgiveness of the person she’s hurt most, and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves…even if it means losing them both forever.
In TOUCHING THE SURFACE, Oliver is a sixteen-year-old teenager. Love it or hate it--Oliver often gets proclaimed as one of the boys in a “love triangle” with Elliot. The truth is this was never my intention. I’ve always thought of all the relationships in my book to be a bit more unique and complicated. More like a cast of characters in a complicated love knot. If you’ve read TTS, I’d hope you would agree. But if you haven’t read it yet, I don’t expect you to just take my word for it. Here’s a sample of Elliot and Oliver’s very first meeting in an early draft of TTS. This was the original version that sold to my publisher. As you can see, calling their relationship part of a love triangle would be a little weird…
Elliot and Oliver
Original Draft of TOUCHING THE SURFACE
A small curly blonde head smacked the underside of my chin making my eyes water.
“Ellllliotttttt!” squealed the slight child, who was acting as if he was a long-lost organ of mine. I maneuvered this wiggly force of nature so I could get a better look at him, all while wondering how he knew my name. He had bright green eyes and they lit up his whole face, but nothing about him was familiar. Despite his strange behavior or maybe because of it, I couldn’t help but laugh at him, which made him giggle, leading me to laugh harder than before. I think we would have stayed there for quite a while, entertaining each other, if Mel hadn’t shown up.
“There you are, Oliver. I should have known you wouldn’t be able to wait at the table to meet Elliot.” She chuckled too.
“But I’ve been waitin’ and waitin’ for her,” Oliver pouted.
“I know you have,” Mel said.
“He’s been waiting for me?” I asked curiously.
“I’ve been telling him all about you Elliot.” Mel gave Oliver a wink. “This is the boarder who is staying with me. I told you he was the cutest little thing.”
“And you were right.”
I thought about untangling myself from Oliver, but found the idea very unappealing. Instead I buried my head in his downy blonde curls, inhaling the subtle scent of shampoo--the kind of shampoo that would make lots of bubbles.
While I sniffed, Oliver’s hands reached around the back of my head and threaded themselves through the hair of my ponytail. His body immediately relaxed against mine and he popped his right thumb into his mouth. I was flooded by an unexplainable connection with this little boy. I had never experienced anything like this before.
“How old is this little Casanova?” I asked Mel.
I had been right.
“Is he like this with everyone?”
“But is he...” I was having trouble explaining the deep connection that had sprung up so quickly. I looked up and met Mel’s eyes.
“Nope. This is a bit unusual,” Mel said quietly.
“Have you ever seen this happen before?” I questioned.
So, there you have it--a very unlikely slice of a love triangle. Not a healthy one anyway. People who have romantic relationships with four-year-olds usually end up in the security lockdown wing of a prison.
But even though my original vision for TTS was a bit different than the final result, I loved the recommendation to age young Oliver up to a sixteen-year-old. To date it’s my favorite revision ever. He’s a much more interesting character now. Because he grew and evolved, the story expanded in many beautiful ways that will always stick with me. And maybe it’s because I’m a mom, but I had the best time figuring out who my young Oliver was going to grow up to be.
If you’d like a sneak peek of Oliver at sixteen, you can read a sample of TOUCHING THE SURFACE on Wattpad at http://www.wattpad.com/37019464-touching-the-surface. This same scene (but with the older Oliver) is on page 9 and 10 of the posted excerpt. I would love to know what you think. And if you stop by Wattpad to read it (leaving a comment, heart or star) you’ll already have what you need for a 10+ entry for the TOUCHING THE SURFACE rafflecopter giveaway on my YA Scavenger Hunt page. You’ll be in the running to win a signed copy of TTS for you and one for your favorite library. Thanks for participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt!!!!!
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