It shouldn’t be a surprise that Kristina McBride fell into the young adult genre with her first book, The Tension of Opposites. As a high school English teacher in Springboro for eight years, she spent plenty of time around teenagers.
“Plus I can vividly remember the swirl of emotions and conflicts I endured as a teenager. For me, teens come to life in a way that adults just do not. The characters that pop into my head and start talking simply happen to be teens. And then I’m just along for the ride,” said McBride.
And what ride it has been. McBride wrote three full manuscripts which were rejected over 200 times before she landed a literary agent. Even after catching the interest of her dream agent, she still faced almost a year’s worth of additional revisions on The Tension of Opposites. But after the initial struggle, McBride was rewarded with a two book deal after her manuscript went to auction.
“I wish I’d known when I was struggling that I would eventually accomplish my goal of being an agented, published author. But the perks have been amazing! Emails and fan mail feel like little, zero-calorie treats.”
The Tension of Opposites is a novel that examines the cost of friendship when tragedy strikes. When Tessa’s best friend, Noelle, is abducted, Tessa tries to cobble her life back together even as she hides behind her camera lens. When Noelle returns—different and mysterious—both Tessa and Noelle have to learn how to live again.
Strong visual images are the hallmark of the book which plays nicely to the newest trend in book marketing—book trailers. McBride connected with one of her former students, Rocky Smith, who had graduated from Wright State University as a talented filmmaker. They reconnected over Facebook and McBride asked if he’d be interested in helping with the book trailer.
“I initially visualized as a montage of pictures with some text included, all played to some super cool music. Rocky wouldn’t have it,” said McBride. “He insisted that we film a live trailer. I was a little nervous but the finished product has been very well received in the literary world. He told my story in a new way.”
Next on the horizon for McBride—besides promoting her current book—is a second book tentatively slated for a 2011 release.
“When we were in the process of selling The Tension of Opposites, I was lucky enough to experience an auction between three publishing houses. I actually sold two books to my publishing house. My second book, another YA, is a little on the edgy side which is challenging when you’re writing for the 14-and-up age range. You have to be careful not to push the limit.”