Genre: Young Adult
Cole Martin is a new Christian and dating Emily Davis. He loses her trust after sexting another girl and is now trying to win her back. But it’s not easy with the competition. Enter the handsome Josh Summers.
Josh Summers is plagued by the demons of his past and struggles with controlling himself in order to be a stronger Christian. He thinks Emily would be the one to help him.
Emily is torn between them both. For a while she enjoys being fought over, but realizes how destructive the competition between Cole and Josh has become. Who will Emily choose?
1. What do you do when you are not writing?
Reading the Bible, church, studying, going on Youtube, looking up stuff on the Bachelorette/Bachelor franchise, studying, praying, hanging out with friends, spending time on computer, exercise and watching Austin & Ally, Good Luck Charlie
2. Do you have a specific writing style?
I write as the character to make it more believable. I still use third person multiple but still narrate as if I were them.
3. How did you come up with the title?
“Crowded” was easy. I had some people on Teen Jesus Freaks’ Facebook page help with the second one and combined their suggestions.
4. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve actually written a lot of books before “Crowded”, but only “Crowded” and “Perfect Forgiveness” are published. I think I like “Perfect Forgiveness better.” It’s just different.
5. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I prefer to write anything with Josh or Kirk because they are so complex. In “Crowded” Josh is the bad guy but he’s not what he seems. In “Perfect Forgiveness” Kirk wants to do the school shooting but at the same time he doesn’t and his so-called “friends” threaten him if he doesn’t do what they say. Then after he’s shot all those people, he’s extremely devastated.
6. Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
Bullying is a pretty big theme in “Crowded” and “Perfect Forgiveness”
7. As an indie author, what would you say to a potential reader who has never read anything from an indie author?
Give us a chance. Our books cost less than most non-indie books and some can be pretty good.
8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I like Melody Carlson because her characters are relatable and Robert Liparulo because his books are interesting and has rootable characters. I like that his teen boys don’t have super short hair and the younger of the two in Dreamhouse King Series has such an innocent, childlike faith and is smart. It’s kind of funny how he showed the difference between the two brothers and I really want my books to be like that.
Shaina Cilimberg is 24 years old and attending college. She’s been writing on and off since she was eleven and enjoys being outdoors and shopping. She also goes to an instrumental Church of Christ, loves Christian rock and likes Christian rap. She also likes Justin Bieber, One Direction, Linkin Park, The Fray, Parachute, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Owl City and the Eagles. She also has OCD and Asperger’s Syndrome.
Visit Shaina on her blog: http://jesusfreak-