Author Interview and Giveaway – Katie Klein

Happy Valentine’s Day!

On this day of ceKatie Kleinlebrating love and all that romance has to offer (and spending money on delicious chocolate and beautiful flowers), we want to introduce you to a self-proclaimed “die-hard romantic”.

Katie Klein is the author of several books including Cross My Heart which we read, loved and reviewed (see the review here). 

We were excited to learn more about this great author and her wonderful books…and we know you will be to!


And once you finish reading the interview, don’t forget to enter to WIN an e-copy of Katie’s book Cross My Heart!!

And the Winner is……Jasmine!
Congratulations!  We know you’ll enjoy your book!!

Let’s talk about Cross My Heart.  What was the most difficult part of this book to write?  What was the easiest?
The hardest part was the beginning, I think. I had to re-work the first few chapters over and over and over again, and I actually deleted A LOT of the “extraneous” to try to get Parker and Jaden’s story started as quickly as possible. I wanted to jump right in and show people that these are the two characters you need to be watching, but at the same time give some background info. It was a fine line, and it took forever to “get it right” (whatever that means).  The easiest parts? The fight scenes. Jaden and Parker’s chemistry felt so natural to me, and    the arguments between them just flew from my fingertips. The library scene (Mr. Darcy is a narcissist) and the fight after school (after the fight with Blake) were two of my favorite scenes.

Do you have a favorite character from Cross My Heart, or one that spoke to you more personally or more clearly as you were writing?
I love Parker and Jaden, obviously, but I also really loved Phillip and Daniel. If I had older brothers, these are the two I’d want. I love how Daniel steps in and takes over as the “father figure,” since Jaden’s dad is such a workaholic, but I also love how Phillip is always there to lighten the mood. I felt really connected to them as I was writing. It’s weird to say, but they’re very real to me—I fully expect to run into them at the grocery store one day.

Tell us a little bit about your other books – Guardian & Vendetta.  How do they differ from Cross My Heart? How does Genesis differ from Jaden?
The Guardian and Vendetta are both urban fantasies, so while they’re set in the real world (like Cross My Heart), there’s an angel vs demon conflict going on. I think Cross My Heart is slower, and more character-driven, and The Guardian and Vendetta are more action-packed and faster-paced, especially Vendetta. Poor Genesis doesn’t stand a chance.  Jaden and Genesis are complete opposites. Jaden is focused, and (for the most part) knows where she’s going and what she’s doing. Genesis has no idea. She’s poor, she has no plans for the future, and, when she falls for her Guardian angel, she finds herself trapped in this epic battle between good and evil. Over the course of the books (including the third, which will be released soon), Genesis is struggling to find out who she is and what she can offer the world.  While Jaden is largely in control of her life, there are a lot of outside forces screwing with Genesis. It’s going to take a lot to get Genesis to the point where she realizes that who she is and what she does matters.

You are a self-proclaimed die-hard romantic.  How does that affect your writing?  Does it make it easier or harder?
Yes! I love a good weepy drama and romantic comedy, and they definitely affect my writing. For starters, I’m going to write the kind of story I would want to read, and that means a few laughs, some potential tears, and some “sigh out loud” and/or *squee* moments. I think the best thing we can do as writers is to draw the reader into the story, and I try really hard to write my biggest or most important scenes with as much emotion as possible. In a way, it makes it easier, because I know what I’m looking for in a scene. If I want to cry, or if I’m squealing on the inside as I’m writing, I know that, most likely, my reader will, too. It’s also harder in some ways, because readers have expectations. I try really hard to follow through with my promises and give them a story that takes them away from the world for a few hours.

Have you always envisioned yourself becoming an author?
Yeah, deep down I think I always knew I wanted to be a writer, but it wasn’t until I was in college that I realized I could do it for a living. Growing up, though, I loved making up stories (read: telling lies) and entertaining people (read: creating a lot of unnecessary drama). I wrote in notebooks in high school, brainstorming story ideas and character names. Most of these were “damsel in distress” stories, complete with a handsome prince. Not much has changed, really, except now my “damsels” can usually hold their own. 🙂

Are you working on something new at the moment?  If so, any ideas about when we can expect to see it?
Right now I’m working on the final book in The Guardian series. I left Genesis in a *really* bad place after Vendetta, so I’ve spent the last few months trying to fix things for her, to see if she gets a happily ever after (whatever that means). I also have a short story coming out in February, in the In His Eyes anthology. It’s Carter and Genesis’s car accident told from Seth’s point of view.  I also have an idea for a new YA contemporary (romance, of course!) that I’d like to start working on this year.

Where do you write?  Do you have certain rituals you follow?
I don’t have too many rituals, really. I try to write whenever I get a chance. Right now that’s usually between 11pm-1am on weeknights, and on weekends. I usually write in my office, but sometimes I’ll take my laptop to the bedroom. Chocolate helps, and milk. There’s quite a bit of chaos in my house at any given time, so I put the earbuds in and listen to my writing station on Pandora. It’s hard for me to listen to music with words, so my playlist includes a lot of movie scores. My fav. composers include: Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Alexandre Desplat, and Carter Burwell.

Rapid fire:

  • Tea or coffee – Tea
  • Rock or country – Rock
  • Dog or cat – Dog
  • Chocolate or vanilla – Chocolate
  • Mountains or the beach – The Beach
  • Hardcover, softcover or ebook – All of the above
  • Parker or Seth (lol…you don’t have to answer this one…unless you want to) – (lol) I can’t decide! I love them both—for a lot of the same reasons, actually. 🙂

Thanks for joining us Katie…and thanks for your candid answers.  We look forward to reading more of your books!

Giveaway – Cross My Heart (e-book)

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Posted February 14, 2012 by Ana in Author Interviews, Favorite Authors, Inteviews / 0 Comments

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