Today I have the privilege to be part of the blog tour for the fantastic book Taste, by Kate Evangelista. In case you are not familiar with it, here is a little blurb to wet your appetite:
I have to tell you when I started this book I had no clue what to expect. What I found was a original and captivating take on "zombies" and a book I could not put down. At times it feels like there is no original ideas coming around on the YA front, but Taste proves that all wrong.
The "zombies" in this case are ancient race of super humans known as the Zhamvy. They survive off the flesh of humans. But in a twist of fate centuries before, the hunting of humans was forbidden and a synthetic replacement developed. A replacement that is slowly killing off their race. When Phoenix stumbles upon the "night students"accidentally she is placed in a perilous predicament, where she is the key to their survival. This book captivated me, I loved it from the first page and I was seriously, in no way, a zombie fan. But I am a Zhamvy fan.
That is why I am so excited to present you the following interview I was privileged enough to have with Kate. We talked a little about writing, fitting it all in, and where her inspiration lies. Hope you enjoy it:
Me: Where do you find your inspiration?
Kate: Anywhere and everywhere. A line from a song. A scene from a movie. A butterfly fluttering from flower to flower. My philosophy is if you keep yourself open to anything everything can inspire you. The important part is what you do after inspiration strikes. Do you run with it or do you sit on it and never do anything?
Me: As a writer and a mom, I find it hard to focus on my writing when I have such a hectic schedule. Do you schedule in time for your writing and if you do how do you keep to that schedule?
Kate: In grade school and high school, we lived a regimented life. We had a schedule. As a writer, I implement the same technique. I give myself the morning to answer emails and connect via my different social networks. Then after lunch, usually from 1pm to 5pm, I concentrate on writing. Sometimes, life gets in the way and I can’t follow this schedule on a daily basis. So, what I do when this happens, is that I try to sneak in as much writing as I can throughout the day. If I find myself waiting for someone or something, I’d write. If I get a break from whatever I’m doing, I’d write. Having a smartphone helps since I can put notes together. A pen and a small notebook works just as well too.
Me: This story has some real original elements. Is it hard to keep a "zombie" story fresh, when there are so many of them out there.
Kate: I try not to worry about being original. I let the characters in my head dictate where the story goes. I believe that originality comes with you writing the story. No one person can tell the same story even if they witnessed the same event. There’s always some elaboration or deduction to what actually happened. So, since you’re the writer, the mere fact that you’re writing the story makes it already original. The most important thing is to write what you love. Write what you would want to read. That certainly counts to being original.
Me: Are you more a planner or a fly by the seat of your pants kind of girl? :)
Kate: I take it a chapter at a time. The characters dictate the story. I let them tell me what’s happening and I type it onto the page. My characters refer to me as a glorified typist. *laughs*
Thank you so much for letting me hangout on your blog today. I had so much fun answering your questions. And to the readers, thank you so much for stopping by. Make sure to join the giveaway before you leave. :)
When Kate Evangelista 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.
Well there you have it. You can find out more about Kate on her website :: www.kateevangelista.com
You can follow her on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kate-Evangelista/165693410143202
And be sure to stop by these other participating blogs:
http://mylibraryinthemaking.blogspot.com/">My Library in the Making
http://www.readyourwrites.blogspot.com/">Read Your Writes Book Reviews
http://www.therevolvingbookcase.blogspot.com/">The Revolving Bookcase
http://www.therevolvingbookcase.blogspot.com/">A Dream Within A Dream
http://youngandtherestless.thereadersroundtable.com/">The Readers Roundtable Young & the Restless
http://whatsonthebookshelf-jen.blogspot.com/">What's On the Bookshelf
http://fadeintofantasy.com/">Fade Into Fantasy
http://thesolitarybookworm.com/">The Solitary Bookworm
http://www.beccab8.blogspot.com/">My Life With Boys and Books
http://www.storeybookreviews.com/">Storey Book Reviews
http://www.book-whisperer.blogspot.com/">The Book Whisperer
http://bookbitchesblog.wordpress.com/">Book Bitches Blog
http://heart-breaking-reviews.blogspot.com/">Heart Braking Reviews
http://openthepage.blogspot.com/">Open the Page
http://purpleshadowhunter.blogspot.com/">Just Me,Myself,and I
http://smardy-pants.blogspot.com/">Smardy Pants Book Blog
http://sugarandspiceandeverythingnaughty.blogspot.com/">Sugar and Spice Book Reviews
http://reflectivebookworm.blogspot.com/">The Reflections of a Bookworm
http://mylifebeyondlabels.com/">My Life Beyond Labels
http://dizneeeesworldofbooks.blogspot.com/">Dizneeee's World of Books
http://realitybites-letsgetlost.blogspot.com/">Reality Bites! Let's Get Lost!
http://shhmomsreading.com/">Shh Moms Reading