Kate Evangelista is an indie published writer who studied literature before moving on to study creative writing further on the graduate level. Read her interview below to find out why you should break curfew and read this novel!
Dare to break curfew
1. Tell us about Taste.
Taste is the story of a girl who breaks curfew to find out something else happens after sundown at her school. But I think one blogger put it better than I could. Here is what she said about Taste: Taste is a reworking of the zombie mythology in a medieval setting complete with swords, corsets, a deadly virus and a government conspiracy. Throw in some smouldering-hot boys, sexual tension, a mad scientist and a hidden city, and you have one unputdownable novel.
2. What inspires your writing?
Everything and anything. I believe that if you keep yourself open, anything can inspire you: a song, a fluttering butterfly, a great cup of coffee. The difference is, when you get inspired, what will you do about it? Once that inspiration comes, run with it before you lose it. That’s what I do. 🙂
3. Can you talk about your writing process?
When I’m starting a new novel, I start at the beginning of the month. Like, right now, I’m writing something new. I started Sept 1, and I’m writing a chapter a day until by the end of September I will have thirty chapters and a completed novel.
4. Any editing tips?
Having critique partners is invaluable to the process. Having someone give you suggestions on how to make the story better can give you perspective because as writers we can be really close to the material and we can’t see the different avenues you can take with the story. And staying away from the story for at least a week helps bring you back with fresh eyes.
5. What do you love most about the writing industry? What do you dislike?
I love knowing there are people all over the world reading the stories that were once in my head. I love connecting with those readers. Love or hate my stories, I’m happy that someone took the time to read my work. What I don’t like? All the waiting. There’s lots of waiting when it comes to the writing industry.
6. Do you have any other books or new releases that you would wish to talk about?
My second book, the first of a trilogy, called REAPING ME SOFTLY will be released in October by Omnific Publishing. Watch out for that one!
7. If you could share one tip you learned with self-published and traditionally published authors who share the same dream of being a successful author what would it be?
I would say make connections. Connect with bloggers. They really help spread the word and are the nicest, most supportive people. I realized word of mouth is really what helps sell novels, so having a support system that would recommend your books to their friends and family is fantastic.
8. If you could describe your writing in three words what you say?
Full of romance. *giggles*
9. Tell us about the protagonist of Taste?
Phoenix is a quirky character. It’s either you will really like her spunk or you will think she’s annoying. But I respect her journey and the decisions she’s made along the way. I may not agree with her all the time, but she’s her own character and I like that.
10. If you had to live alone on an island with the antagonist of your novel for the rest of your life, how would you cope?
I would probably go all Hunger Games on that character. It’s going to be survival of the fittest.
11. Bonus (Answer if you desire) Why should readers go out and get your novel today?
Everyone should grab their copy of Taste today because it’s a different take on a familiar genre. Taste is definitely a novel you need to try. I dare you to break curfew!
I would like to take this moment to thank Law Reigns for inviting me to hang out with all of you today. I had so much fun. I hope everyone goes and grabs their copy of Taste today.
Get to know Miss. Kate Evangelista
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.