Cracking the Code – Spreading Rumors Author Kris Yankee Interview – interview with Kris Yankee, author of Cracking the Code – Spreading Rumors, a bullying issues book for teens and young adults.
Cracking the Code – Spreading Rumors is a great book about life as a child, overcoming life’s ups and downs, growing up, facing challenges, and more. Children can relate to the characters, and feel comforted by their experiences.
I’ve had the opportunity to read Cracking the Code: Spreading Rumors and found it to be a very easy read. It is written well for all ages to enjoy. It’s relatable and styled for youth, and it’s also enjoyable for parents who may want to share the reading experience and topic with their children. I interviewed Cracking the Code: Spreading Rumors author Kris Yankee to discuss her book, bullying issues, and her trials as a Michigan author.
Lisa LaGrou of Oakland County Moms – How long have you lived in Michigan and in what area?
Cracking the Code – Spreading Rumors Author Kris Yankee – I’ve lived in Michigan, specifically the Plymouth area for most of my life.
Lisa LaGrou of Oakland County Moms – For how long have you been an author? What else have you written and what are your plans for more books?
Cracking the Code – Spreading Rumors Author Kris Yankee – I did a lot of technical writing while I worked, but didn’t start writing fiction until my youngest son was about two, which is a little over nine years ago. My first essay was published in Chicken Soup for the Mother’s of PreSchoolers Soul in 2006. I co-wrote a book, Tommy Starts Something Big, with Chuck Gaidica in 2010, and self-published a middle grade chapter book, Saving Redwind, in 2011. Cracking the Code: Spreading Rumors is the first in a three-book series.
Lisa LaGrou of Oakland County Moms – Cracking the Code: Spreading Rumors is written for an older age group. What ages would you recommend for it and how do you feel it helps them?
Cracking the Code – Spreading Rumors Author Kris Yankee – Even though the characters are fifth-graders, Cracking the Code: Spreading Rumors is a book that even third graders can enjoy. This story deals with dealing with difficult people, finding oneself in a new situations, the ups and downs of friendship, bullies, team work, and self-confidence. The main character is a hockey player and he uses the life lessons he’s learned from playing that sport to help him deal with his life outside of the rink.
Lisa LaGrou of Oakland County Moms – How did your own children inspire you to write your books?
Cracking the Code – Spreading Rumors Author Kris Yankee – All of my writing is directly inspired by both of my two sons, Nick, who is an 8th grader and Jacob, who is a 6th grader. Cracking the Code: Spreading Rumors is a direct result of watching my older son play hockey for the last seven years and seeing how the lessons he learned while on the ice (team work, perseverance, trust, self-confidence, dealing with difficult people, listening to authorities, putting aside his desires for the team goal, etc.) spilled over to his life at home, school, and with his friends. My younger son, a more cerebral-type, shows up in many of the other characters.
Click here for Kris Yankee’s website to learn more about her books.