Welcome to this week’s Blog Ring of Power guest, Kate Evangelista. When Kate was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master’s courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she has four completed Young Adult novels.
Author Website: www.kateevangelista.com
Don’t miss the rest of her Blog Ring of Power interview at:
Part 1 @ Terri Bruce on Wednesday, March 20
Part 3 @ Emily LaBonte - Friday, March 22
Part 4 @ Sandra Ulbrich Almazon – Monday, March 25
Part 5 @ Dean C. Rich - Tuesday, March 26
PART 2: THE WRITING LIFE
What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? Do you use pen and paper or computer? Work at home or at the library/Starbucks, etc. I love writing after lunch. The mornings are usually for answering emails and connecting. I write directly on Elvis (my Netbook). Right now, I love writing using interchanging points of view between my main characters. Once I finish two chapters, I usually call it a day. But when I’m particularly inspired, I go for more than two chapters.
How do you balance writing with other aspects of your life? That’s one of the things I love about being a writer. I can write anywhere so long as I have my smartphone or Elvis with me. When anyone in my family needs me, like driving my mother somewhere, I know that I’m not tied to regular office hours. Writing gives me a lot of freedom.
How much time per day do you spend on your writing? The whole afternoon, usually from 1pm to around 5pm. But sometimes, right before I sleep, an idea or scene pops up and I just have to get it down, so I type it on my phone.
Other than your family, what has been your greatest source of support? My fellow authors and critique partners. There’s nothing like a community of writers to lean on that also knows what you’re going through. When you’re freaking out, they are there to ease your mind. When you want to share a triumph, they are there too. It’s an awesome sense of security.
How do you deal with rejection and/or negative reviews? One of the most important parts of being a writer for me is having people read my work. Getting good or bad reviews is part of the process. So long as they took the time to read what I’ve written, I’m a happy camper.
What format is your book(s) available in (print, e-book, audio book, etc.)? Print and ebook
Please let us know where your readers can stalk you:
TASTE: At Barinkoff Academy, there’s only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.
When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.
Find Taste on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13484226-taste
Crescent Moon Press: http://crescentmoonpress.com/books/Taste.html
REAPING ME SOFTLY: Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she’s learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she’s had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clark, is a Reaper.
At last they have something in common, but that doesn’t mean life is getting any easier. All while facing merciless bullying from the most powerful girl in school, Arianne’s world is turned upside down after Niko accidentally reaps the soul of someone she loves. This sends them both into a spiral that threatens to end Arianne’s life. But will Niko break his own Reaper’s code to save her? And what would the consequences be if he did?
Find Reaping Me Softly :
Reaping Me Softly: http://www.amazon.com/Reaping-Me-Softly-ebook/dp/B009YHPQFE/
Smashwords: None that I know of. *laughs*
Reaping Me Softly: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reaping-me-softly-kate-evangelista/1113005064?ean=9781623429119
The Book Depository
Reaping Me Softly: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Reaping-Me-Softly-Kate-Evangelista/9781623429119