Today’s featured debut author is Kate Evangelista, who has written a young adult paranormal romance titled Taste. Welcome, Kate!
Name of book: Taste
Book genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Date published: April 30, 2012
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
What is your day job? I actually don’t have a day job. I write full time. *smiles*
What is your book about? Taste is about a girl who breaks the one rule in her ultra-exclusive private school to discover a dying ancient race living beneath the school.
Why did you want to write this book? The characters wouldn’t stop speaking until I did.
What would you say is the most challenging part of writing a book? The editing. If you don’t love the editing process, it can be a difficult road to walk.
Did you conduct any kind of research in order to write this book? Most of the research I did for the book had to do with the science aspect of the story and a bit about the Caucasus Mountain Range which is where Barinkoff Academy is located.
What motivates you to write? Writing is so much fun. Being able to communicate with the characters in my head and letting them tell their stories. Plus, the unlimited possibilities when plotting becomes a joy to me.
Did you experience writer’s block? I usually write a chapter a day. I start a novel at the beginning of the month so by the end of the month I have approximately thirty chapters that make up one completed novel. For me, this technique prevents writer’s block because I’m not forcing myself to keep writing. When I finish a chapter, I usually call it a day.
How long did it take you to write this book? The first draft took about six months to write, but from first draft to publication, it took about five years.
Tell me about the publishing process. Was it easier or more difficult than you thought it would be? It wasn’t one or the other. There are challenges, as with anything you set your mind to accomplish, but I find the hardest part would be all the waiting you have to do. I think most new writers don’t understand the scope of all the waiting involved and the amount of patience it takes until they’re actually there. I certainly didn’t.
What would you say is the biggest misconception about writing a book? That it’s easy. As my professor once told me: Anyone who’s literate can write, but not everyone can write well.
What was your favorite aspect of the writing process for this book? I love getting to discover the Zhamvy world through the eyes of Dray, Demitri, and Luka. The intricacies of their society is so fascinating to me.
What tools/methods have you employed to promote your book? What advice would you give to writers regarding promotion? The best advice I can give is the advice the marketing director of CMP gave me which is: reviews help sell books. And it’s very true. There is no better way to let people know about your book than through reviews by readers.
How has life changed for you since the publication of your book? I became even hungrier to write. Now that I know my books can get published, I want to write down all the stories in my head and share them with the world.
Do you find yourself obsessively checking sales stats? I give myself a minute every morning to check. After that I leave it alone until the next morning.
Do you plan on writing another book? I actually just finished a contemporary romance with a paranormal twist, which goes straight to my editor. At the same time, I’m currently editing two trilogies for two different publishing houses.
My favorite last question: Oprah once famously said that there is no such thing as luck, without preparation and a moment of opportunity. Would you agree or disagree with regard to your own success as a writer? Being a big fan of Oprah, I would definitely agree. You can wish to be someone, but if you don’t work at it, nothing will happen. It’s like wanting fruit. You can’t just sit under a tree and wait for it to fall. If you want fruit, you have to go out and get it.