Thursday, November 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
"Baby Doll, I need you to listen to me! You're in danger. Whatever you do dont cross the river. Stay with your friends and they can't get you! You don't even know how special you are. I wish I could make you understand." I personally like this quote, said in Whitnee's fathers voice, because it is mysterious and intriguing. I am a sucker for mystery and if i heard my supposed dead father warn me not to do something through a dream, I would honestly be freaked out just like Whitnee. I like it because reading between the lines it holds a secret that has yet to be revealed and kept my mind guessing. This quote to me helped set up Whitnee's adventure overall.
So now its YOUR turn to scan through your book, and find what quotes YOU like. Why do you like it? Who said it? Do you think it holds any significance overall? Feel free to share your ideas and thoughts!!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
It's been a little more than a month since the release of Phantom Island:Wind and I just want to say congrats to Krissi. In this short amount of time she has already done eight author appearances in seven cities and she has four more events coming this summer. Phantom Island also reached #1 bestseller on Authorhouse.com. This is a major accomplishment in such a small amount of time and I'm sure we will continue to see many more as the word spreads about Phantom Island.
We have recently started a challenge to sell 10,000 copies of Phantom Island: Wind. Make sure to spread the word so we can reach our goal! Every person you tell is one more book sale! If we are all doing this together, we can get there.
Now I'm going to start our first blog discussion. That means that I'm going to post a subject that is relevant to Phantom Island and I want YOU to comment on the post and tell me what you think about it. Let me remind you that the comments are just opinions; no one is right or wrong and do NOT put down anyone's comment. You can say you agree or disagree, but either way, DON'T let it get out of hand. With that said, our first blog discussion IS....(drumroll ;) )
CALEB VS GABRIEL
Which guy do you think is right for Whitnee and why? Make sure to comment and let us know!
This first month for Phantom Island has been great. Thank you to everyone for your support and please keep spreading the word. Don't forget to check out http://www.krissidallas.com/ for more details and extras on the book. I hope everyone has an awesome summer!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Through The Portal With Krissi Dallas, part one. (Book questions)
What was the major inspiration for writing Phantom Island: Wind?
My work with teenagers first made me want to write a YA series - the show Lost comes into play on initial subject matter ideas - and the final inspiration for my main characters was definitely out of the very awesome, loyal, and close-knit relationship I have with my own two best friends, Melody and Sam.
What was the writing process like?
Soooo much fun! Every day was an adventure when I was writing Phantom. I would sometimes write in the dark well into the wee hours of the night. Then go to sleep, dream about it, wake up super early just to get back into it. Most of the morning was spent editing what I had written late. Then I had my personal quiet time, reading my Bible and praying. Then it was nap time until I got up again and wrote some more. When I was out and about during the day, I would just mull over where I was heading next, and I'd play my music loud until I felt empowered and inspired again!!
So most of the characters in the book are based on real-life people. Are there any characters that aren’t?
Oh, yes! I have yet to meet someone EXACTLY like Mr. Hottie-With-A-Naughty-Body Gabriel. (haha) He is a figment of my imagination even though I have known some people with his kind of intensity. Abrianna is also not based on anyone in particular I know ... in fact, most of the Island characters are not based on real life people, and I think that's because the Island is not like our world ... they have their own way of communicating and relating to each other. They even speak differently - more formally. (You'll notice that all I did was remove any contractions in their dialogue and it naturally formalized their voices.)
How did you come up with the idea to have the tribes correspond to the four elements?
The four elements have been a pop-culture interest for years and years. I started liking the idea of each element having to do with personality and I just kind of went from there. (My friends made fun of me at first, wondering if there would be any Captain Planet rings to go with the book..."When your powers combine... I am CAPTAIN PLANET!) LOL.
In the book, what movie was showing the night the kids transported?
Haven't thought this one through - something young and fun and family-friendly. If it were up to me, I'd pick a High School Musical movie. LOVE THEM!! :) Life should always be like that - where we bust out into song and dance whenever the moment strikes.
What store did Whitnee and Morgan shop at for their camp clothes?
Whitnee would definitely have shopped at AERO, for sure. LOL.
What starbucks drinks would each character have been drinking?
Great question - this actually comes out in the sequel... so I don't want to say exactly. But I will say in early manuscripts of Wind, Whitnee mentioned how she hates coffee (she's me, after all!), but loves tea. Morgan would like any kind of flavored coffee. And Caleb likes whatever he gets - as long as it's loaded up with sugar.
What position did Caleb play in football?
Wide receiver - I picture Caleb as a lean, fast runner.
What actor would you have play Gabriel?
AHHH! I haven't found him yet. I'm open to suggestions, though. I've had people mention anyone from Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian) to Channing Tatum (Step Up) to some other random guy I can't think of. He should be somewhat Italian-looking, I think... I don't know. We'll leave that to casting directors if Phantom ever makes the big screen!
This whole experience of writing the book must be exciting, what is the best part so far?
The best part is finding out how much people love the book!! Seriously, I am so overwhelmed by the reponses I've been getting from teens to adults to grandparents. It's crazy nuts (to quote my friend, Jaclyn.) But I have to say - I love knowing that other people are falling in love with my characters, too. It's not just me who loves them and is rooting for them.
The deep, personal questions will be up in a few days. Until then, live long and prosper(:
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
From the beginning Phantom Island indulges its reader with the drama of a teenage girl, Whitnee, trying to find who she really is along with the help of her two best friends Caleb and Morgan. The three best friends start their adventure at the summer camp where they met, but soon learn that this camp is more than just a home away from home. After a mysterious phenomenon, the three friends, along with two other campers, find themselves on the White Island. The five of them are immediately swept into the cultures of the Island's four main tribes: Aerodora, Hydrodora, Geodora and Pyradora. Like the characters in the book, Sharie, Sarah, Billy and I all found that we each have traits that match a different tribe. As the friends attempt to get back to the "Mainland" they encounter many obstacles and learn more than they thought they knew about each other along the way. I love a good mystery story (when I was younger, Nancy Drew was my hero)! The mystery in this story keeps you thinking and second guessing who should and should not be trusted. Throughout the novel I found myself contemplating the motives of each character's actions with Whitnee. Overall this book was very intriguing and a little Twilight Zone-ish (lol)! If you are into a balanced mixture of friendship, romance, mystery, and adventure, then you should definitely pick up this book. There is a little bit of something for everyone in Phantom Island.
- Sara (Geodorian), age 16
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Hi this is Billy. I'm very excited that Krissi Dallas's first book, Phantom Island:Wind, is about to come out. I am a huge fan of both the book and the author. Sarah, Sharie, and I recently did a video shoot for Krissi at a park where we portrayed the three main characters, Whitnee, Caleb, and Morgan. The characters are best friends, so it wasn't exactly hard to play the part since all three of us are best friends too. Sarah was Morgan, Sharie was Whitnee, and I was Caleb. As the day went on I began to realize how much I actually was like Caleb...
Since Caleb has two girls for best friends, he has to put up with all their girl talk and other things. As I was reading Phantom Island I was thinking, "wow if I was one character in this book I would be Caleb." I can really relate to him because Sharie and Sarah are my best friends and I don't know how many times I've heard them talk about what celebrity is hott, what new hairstyle they are going to get, or just random things teenage girls talk about. These conversations, although they are fun for girls, are not what a guy really wants to talk about or listen to. ;) There is a point in the book where Whitnee comments that Caleb won't always share his thoughts with her about girls. This is another thing about Caleb I can relate to because there have been a lot of situations where Sharie and Sarah have asked about my thoughts about girls and I don't always like to explain it to them because they don't really understand how guys think. Another reason why Caleb will not talk to Whitnee about other girls is because guys will not talk about other girls, ESPECIALLY to the girl they secretly like. Although it can be extremely weird or difficult, once you get around those weird talks and those situations where you just can't explain things...Having two girls as best friends is really not that bad. That is something both Caleb and I could tell you.
Below is my book review for Phantom Island, check it out!
I'm a huge fan of fiction – just never really been a mystery enthusiast. So when I was reading Krissi’s book, Phantom Island: Wind, I was very surprised to find myself completely engrossed in the mystery of the Island. Phantom Island is about three teenagers who, while at a summer camp, mysteriously disappear to the White Island where they attempt to befriend the natives. The mystery Krissi presents in Phantom Island will keep readers on their toes as they try and figure out who to trust (or not trust). The character I could relate to the most was Caleb, not only because he was the main male character, but also because most guys know how it feels to like a girl and risk rejection. I could really empathize with Caleb’s feelings for Whitnee. I could also relate to Caleb because I have two best friends who are girls. Phantom Island combines the genres of romance, mystery, fantasy, and sci-fi to make a very unique and intriguing novel which will certainly please all young adults.
~Billy - Pyradorian, Age 15
Well, thats all I've got for this post, make sure you keep checking back for more and also make sure to pre-order your copy of Phantom Island:Wind (check http://www.krissidallas.com/ for more details) coming out May 11, 2009!
So yesterday Billy, Sarah, and I helped Krissi film a trailer for the book. (Which will hopefully be up soon) Ironically enough, we seem to fit the description of the characters so it worked out perfectly. I was Whitnee, Sarah was Morgan, and Billy was Caleb. Although none of us are actually from the tribe we played, it still worked out. We filmed the video at the Trinity Park so the setting was perfect!
While we were filming part of it, I was walking on this big tree thing and I heard Sarah and Krissi whispering. As soon as I jumped down Sarah got up and started yelling about some animal she saw. Then we hear her scream, "Its a panther!" So we all went to look and it was just a harmless black house cat lol. This is an example of Sarah's overactive imagination! Needless to say, we have a pretty great inside joke now! :D
Saturday, March 28, 2009
This is the official fan club for Krissi Dallas. We will regularly post updates including exclusive inside-scoops straight from the author. Soon Krissi's author website will be up and I will post when the myspace page is up and running! Her first book, Phantom Island, comes out in May 2009 so be sure to check back for more information!
Below is a book review for the upcoming Phantom Island written by myself (Sarah). I do hope you enjoy:)
From an early age, I’ve enjoyed books more than television and movies. Not only did reading offer me a plethora of knowledge and an enlightened imagination, it also took me to different worlds where I thought anything was possible. Anyone like me who enjoys realistic story lines mixed with a little bit of magic and fantasy will be thrilled to read Phantom Island. From the minute Whitnee and her friends arrive at Camp Fusion to landing on the Island, you are dragged into a story of friendship, adventure, and a little bit of romance. The background of the Island is intriguing – I absolutely loved the four tribes and their connection to the four elements. I also loved the obvious personality attributes of each tribe and automatically related to the intellectual and musically-inclined Aerodorians. I could especially relate to Whitnee, whose love for her friends and thirst for finding herself are things I see in myself. The part of the story that appealed to me the most was the romance! I could totally feel Whitnee’s connection with her crush (without giving anything away) and it was a nice aspect of the story without becoming the main ordeal – which tends to happen in a lot of YA literature I read. I believe other teenagers would enjoy reading this book because it taps into the teenage mind. The adventure and mystery will also intrigue the minds of those who want something a little more complex. Overall, Phantom Island is a story that you never want to end. With all of the surprise twists and turns, it is enough to keep even the most bored reader at the edge of their seat!
~Sarah – Student (Founder of the Official Phantom Island Fan Club)
Aerodorian, Age 16
This is just so exciting, I have complete faith in this book!
Check back soon for more posts!