I loved The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon.
No, I really wanted to be a musician but I have zero musical talent so I let that dream go.
I think when anyone writes a book, they have something to say. That’s what inspires my stories—I have a question I’m working through, or an idea I feel strongly about. It inspires the backbone of my story and the rest builds from there.
Honestly, the hardest thing was writing a retelling. It was the first time I have worked on a story that has already been outlined. I thought that would make it easier since I already had a pace to follow, but it actually made it harder to break away from the outline and go in my own direction.
My favorite scene to write was the scarface scene at the party, where CeCe comes up with a list of witty one-liners to make fun of her scar. That was the first scene I wrote in the book (it’s also my favorite scene in the play and the movie).
I usually need to be drinking coffee. 😀
I love to hike, listen to music, go to the beach with my kids, and drink coffee with friends.
I can’t share specifics yet, but I’m working on another YA novel.
It’s a story about accepting yourself for who you are, instead of changing yourself in order to be accepted. I think that is incredibly difficult to do, especially in high school when there’s so much pressure to fit in.
Don’t Kiss the Messenger comes out on April 10th! I would be honored if you choose to read my book. I think you’ll like it. 😀
Her books have been nominated for YALSA awards, and First Comes Love was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her screenplay, A HIGH NOTE, was a semifinalist in the Austin Screenplay Competition. She lives in beautiful Ashland, Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Superior, with her husband, two kids, and a very high-energy dog. To find out more about Katie and her books, check out her website: www.katieraybooks.wordpress.com