Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Author's Angels Blog Tour: Taste

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:

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 beneathBarinkoffAcademy.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.

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 

And be sure to stop by these other participating blogs: 

January 7">My Library in the Making

January 8">Read Your Writes Book Reviews

January 9">The Readers Roundtable Young & the Restless

January 10">Fade Into Fantasy">The Solitary Bookworm">My Life With Boys and Books">Storey Book Reviews

January 11

January 12">Moosubi Reviews!  

January 13">Smardy Pants Book Blog

January 14">The Reflections of a Bookworm  

January 15">My Life Beyond Labels">Dizneeee's World of Books  

January 16">Reality Bites! Let's Get Lost!">Shh Moms Reading

And don't forget the contest!!!! :) 


  1. Thank you so much for participating in the tour! *hugs*

  2. My pleasure Kate :) thanks for writing such an awesome book!!

  3. Thanks so much for the follow :) hope you like the blog <3