Welcome to The Cover Contessa's stop on This Summer blog tour!Release date: July 9, 2014
Publisher: Carina UK
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Before college, before responsibilities, Hadley Beauman and best friend Lily are determined to have a summer to remember. There will be all the usual dramas - ex-boyfriends who don't seem to know what 'ex' means, pesky younger brothers with unrequited crushes, but what Hadley didn't anticipate was the out-of-the-blue return of the seriously hot boy-next-door, Will Carson. The boy who broke her heart when he skipped town two years ago.
Will may have shot up a foot and filled out (oh yes), but inside he carries the weight of guilt - for leaving, for coming back... Now he's just passing through to tie up loose ends but it's clear the old chemistry still crackles between him and Hadley. Trouble is, it's built on two years of lies...
This summer might just be the best time of their lives, but is Hadley ready for everything to change - again?
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Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
Writing was something I always did. I never really thought I would be a published writer until a few years ago when I realized I could do it while having a full-time job. It’s a part of me and it always will be.
How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
It depends on the book. The last two books in The Life After trilogy took about six (extremely hectic) months to write; while This Summer took about 5 months to write. I mostly work best on deadline so whenever that happens to be is how long I give myself.
How do you come up with themes for your stories?
Themes are usually one of the last things that come to me when writing a novel. I usually come up with a situation or a character and as I explore the world and come up with a proper shape to the story do the themes fall into place.
Do you have a schedule of when you write?
That would make it a lot easier sometimes! But no, I don’t have a set schedule. I do like to write in the morning after I wake up, I find the most creativity in those wee hours.
How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
Since writing has always been a part of my life I do make time for it every day. The balance comes when I’m on deadline and sometimes chores and relaxation take a back seat.
What elements do you think make a great story line?
I think a hook and relate-able characters make great story lines.
What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
I think editing is the hardest. Taking suggestions from my editor while keeping my vision of the story can sometimes be difficult.
How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?
I’ve written many unfinished stories that will never see the light of day, but so far I’ve published 4. They all are my favorites in their own way.
Do you have a favorite character?
Of all the books I’d say Maggie (from The Life After trilogy) is my favorite. Mostly because she’s been with me the longest.
Where do you write?
I write in my office at my house.
When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took?
I tried the tradition route with querying agents but I found my home with Carina UK in 2013 and I haven’t looked back.
Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?
Those in my family who have read it all have different views. Mostly positive but it’s very interesting to see what parts stick out to them most.
What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
I don’t have any hobbies outside of writing but I do love to read and immerse myself in tv series’ and movies.
What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?
Read a lot and write a lot. Reading can give you inspiration on how a story is structured and by writing a lot you get practice.
What is your favorite book? favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write?
Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such?
This past year I’ve been so lucky to meet many new people to help with my stories. I have a critique group that I meet with once a month to discuss our work and I have a writing group who is a great sounding board as well.
Are you working on anything now?
At the moment I am working on a Christmas novella taking place after ‘This Summer’.
Thanks so much for being here today, Katlyn!
Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.
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