January SST: The Possibility of Now by Kim Culbertson Guest Post + GIVEAWAY!!!

Posted January 17, 2016 by Nori in Giveaway, Street Team / 5 Comments

Welcome to the Sunday Street Team!!! I am pleased to have Kim Culbertson as one of January’s featured authors.

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Why did you write about perfectionism?

Whenever I go to author events, inevitably someone asks me which of my characters is most like me. I’ve written five books, including The Possibility of Now, and of all my characters, Mara is probably the most like me. She’s not me, I want to be clear about that, but I struggle with one of her defining character traits — her perfectionism.

My mom used to tell my teachers that she didn’t have to be hard on me because I was already the hardest on myself. And not in a good way. In a lay-awake-at-night-worrying- myself-sick sort of way. I’m not alone. I’ve been a high school teacher for eighteen years and I’ve seen more than my share of kids go through a system that increasingly piles on expectations, and whose parents often place extreme pressure on them to have a fully-formed adult sense of success even when they are quite young. But then the world shows them that their best sometimes isn’t enough to achieve these goals. For someone with perfectionist tendencies or any form of anxiety, it’s a vicious cycle that takes daily management to combat. Mara is my response to that system, to those students, and to my own challenges with trying to find a balance between wanting to do good work, but also giving ourselves a break once in awhile to enjoy the elusive “now.”

Perfection is overrated.

Ultimately, I’ve come to realize that it is our imperfections that are often the most interesting parts of us. I hope The Possibility of Now allows readers a look into the competitive side of our culture that fuels perfectionism and how it can cause problems. Obviously, there are many windows into this subject; this book is just one, and each person has to find a coping mechanism that works. For me, my sense of humor often saves me in situations that might have otherwise drowned me without it. So I also wanted to bring a sense of humor into the novel, offering a funny and wry side of Mara that I hope shines through the story.

About the Author:

Kim Culbertson is the author of Catch a Falling Star; Instructions for a Broken Heart, a Northern California Book Award winner; and Songs for a Teenage Nomad. When she’s not writing young adult novels, she teaches high school creative writing. Kim lives with her husband and their daughter in Northern California. For more about Kim, visit www.kimculbertson.com.

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5 responses to “January SST: The Possibility of Now by Kim Culbertson Guest Post + GIVEAWAY!!!

  1. I am also on the Sunday Street Team & I truly LOVED this book. I have two kids in high school and right now, this book resonates with me so much. My daughter goes to a school just like Mara’s in the book. The pressure to be perfect is soul-crushing.

  2. OMIGOSH. I’ve seen this cover around but I’ve never really bothered with it because I was like “oh look another cheesy contemporary hehe” but after reading the synopsis and this guest post, it seems like my kind of thing.

    I think it’s because it hits real, REAL close to home. Perfectionism, and being an over-achiever is always something I’ve prided myself on throughout the years. But now, in my junior year of high school, it’s just caused long nights, crying fests, and stress that shows on my face. I can’t wait to see the message that Mara learns in the book and hopefully it’ll resonate with me.

  3. Sarah Cone

    my oldest and I are a lot like how this author described herself; a perfectionist that gets anxiety when she feels she hasn’t done a good enough job and/or when obstacles appear or things don’t happen the way they’re supposed to.I certainly didn’t mean to pass that on to her, luckily mine has seemed to slightly relax as I’ve gotten older but I feel bad for my daughter and wish I could help her more.I swear I’m not a total hard a** though; I’ve always told all my kids that I don’t expect them to be perfect but I do expect them to try to their best and so far only the oldest has had a hard time with accepting that no one can be perfect all the time with everything. Anyway, thanks for reviewing this book. Once again, it isn’t one that I really would’ve paid much attention to had I just seen it on a shelf somewhere but now I think I’ll have to pick this up for my oldest….and possibly(and by possibly, I mean definitely) read it too. 😉

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