Kate: Why I write.
The question of why I write has been swirling around my mind for some time. I mean, I know I enjoy it, but what exactly is it I like so much? The first thing that came to mind was that it just feels right, but that's not exactly the sort of answer you guys want now, is it? After a bit of thinking I realized it wasn't actually a hard question: I joke about the answers all the time!
1. The voices in my head tell me to. I'm serious! For as long as I can remember I've been a bit of a daydreamer. When I was younger I had quite an over-active imagination- we set traps for the bogeyman up a Norfolk pine in our yard and I was certain I was a Sailor Moon...I just didn't know it--and in my teens if I wasn't reading a book, I was thinking of my own storylines. I used to create scenarios in my mind, where I was the badass heroine, and of course I always got the guy. Now I'm putting those voices to good use, but now I'm giving someone else the starring role while I tell them what to do.
2. I'm a huge chicken, I'm not going to deny it, but that doesn't mean I'm not curious. As a writer, I can live vicariously through my characters and make them do all of the crazy stunts I'd never dream of attempting. No matter how cool it seems, I would never be trying my hand at base-jumping. That doesn't stop me wondering how it would feel though, from jumping off the cliff, until you released the chute and landed safely at the bottom...minus the complete and utter terror of course. On a smaller scale, I can also make my characters say things I could only dream of. I might like to think I'm a badass, but I don't have the guts to say most of the rubbish I come up with myself.
3. Writing makes me feel like I can achieve something. There's something exhilarating about typing "The End" at the bottom of seventy or eighty thousand words. Most people wouldn't dream of doing something like that for fun. And lets face it, in the long run a lot who do don't make it to the end anyway...it certainly surprised me the first time I did.
4. Lastly, and most importantly, I want to entertain people. I know I'm not perfect when it comes to the technical aspects of writing (thank goodness for my amazing editor,) but I'm hoping my stories are enough to make people happy. Books have always been a huge part of my life, and the idea that one day I might be able to recreate the feelings they've provided me in someone else drives me onward.
Thank you very much for allowing me to visit your blog, Donna. I hope you enjoy reading THE SPHINX PROJECT!
DONNA: Thank you Kate for visiting. I can't wait to read the novel! It looks great. I'll post a review when I finish. Good luck with the blog tour!
The Sphinx Project, The Chimaera Chronicles #1
Tuesday, February 28th 2012
Kate's just a Kiwi girl, making her way in the big old world. She pushes doors that say pull, tells people it's a long story when it's not, and is completely addicted to chocolate. Her début novel The Sphinx Project about a genetically engineered teen hits digital shelves February 28th, 2012.
A lifetime as a lab rat, or forever on the run? For Michaela it's not a hard decision.
Not many people can say their entire existence has been one big lab experiment: poked and prodded by scientists, genetically modified to be the best and endure the worst, subjected to daily tests and trials that would kill a normal human. All Michaela wants is her own life, to be able to go to school, flirt with boys, maybe eat ice cream now and then. So when the chance to escape finally comes, Michaela and her sister grab it, taking their friends with them. But they weren't the only ones to find their way out of those labs. Following close behind are another breed of creature, one that doesn't know the difference between right and wrong, who exist only to feed their own hunger. The appearance of a strange boy who seems too much like them to be a coincidence makes things even more confusing. But as the world begins to literally fall apart around them, Michaela must accept his help, especially when she could lose the very thing she holds dearest: her sister.
Available in paperback and ebook at Amazon, B&N, iTunes, and other sellers.
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