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Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where I still live with my husband, daughter, and two boxers. 

Why don't you sound like you're from Texas?

Most of my family is from Illinois, so my accent is a little mixed up. The Texan in me comes out when I'm tired.

How can I get a signed copy of your book?

Signed copies can be ordered from my local indie, Blue Willow Bookshop, HERE.

How did you get your agent?

I queried like the wind and she pulled me out of the slush pile. It really can happen! Read my post about the experience HERE

Can you read my unpublished writing / tell your agent about me?

I'm sorry. It's as hard for authors to say no as it is for you to hear it, but there are a number of reasons why this would be inappropriate. 

Where did you get the inspiration for Wish You Were Italian?

In 2009, hubs and I went to Italy with some friends, and I knew I had to set a story there someday. Two years later I went to Houston Teen Book Con where I heard some amazing contemporary authors speak on a panel, and my eyes were opened. Contemporary was for me! I was so inspired, I sat down the next day and flipped through my Italy pictures, asking myself questions. What would happen if a teen girl went to Italy? Maybe without her parents, like for a summer program? What if she skipped out on said summer program and didn't tell anyone where she really was? 

Can you send me a copy of your book?

Sorry, I can't. Even my friends and family have to buy their own copies. Requests for review copies will be forwarded to my publicist.

What about swag?

I will send swag to anyone who mails a SASE to: 
Kristin Rae, PO Box 130093, The Woodlands, TX 77393