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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Author Interview & Giveaway w/ Kate Kaynak!

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Hey Everyone! Let’s give a warm welcome to Paranormal Y.A. Author Kate Kaynak!

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When did you first start writing?

I did a bunch of short pieces in high school and college. I didn't complete my first novel until 2007, and I didn't finish my first GOOD novel until 2009.

Have you always enjoyed the Paranormal?

Very much. I read Willo Davis Roberts' The Girl with the Silver Eyes when I was in middle school, and it blew me away. After that, I got into everything from high fantasy to Anne Rice to Stephen King.

Why writing Paranormal YA?

Both paranormal and young adult books have endless possibilities and strong emotions. I love writing characters who have the potential to do amazingMinder things!

Were there any Books, Movies or Writers that have inspired you?

Actually, Minder started as a thought experiment. I'd recently finished the Twilight saga and the Sookie Stackhouse books. Both have telepathic characters who can only fall in love with someone whose thoughts they can't read. Lucky for them, they met people like that. But what if that wasn't an option? I started thinking about what kind of person a telepath could fall in love with...and who could be in a relationship with someone who always knew what they were thinking.


Favorite Paranormal themed Movie?

Ghostbusters is probably the funniest paranormal movie ever. I don't care that it's older than CDs; it's still hilarious. As for more recent ones, I've enjoyed the Harry Potters, especially #3 on, since they got darker.

Favorite Paranormal themed TV Show?

Of all time? Either Buffy the Vampire Slayer or X-Files. Currently? Vampire Diaries, but mostly because Stephen R. McQueen (Jeremy) would be PERFECT to play Trevor in the movie of Minder.

Favorite Paranormal themed Book?

Just one? Nope--can't do it. Card's Seventh Son/Alvin Maker stuff; Rice's Vampire Lestat; Maguire's Wicked; Marr's Wicked Lovely; Cahore'sGraceling; Carriger's Soulless; Rowling's Harry Potters, of course; King's The Stand; Harper's Nice Girls series; McMann's Wake books; Stiefvater's Shiver and Linger (although Forever is TAKING forever to come out!); Mead's Vampire Academy, especially Blood Promise; Garcia & Stohl's Beautiful Creatures; Caine's Morganville Vampires series, Meyers' Twilight saga, and Armentrout's forthcoming Half-Blood.

Favorite Author?

J.K. Rowling. I'd pay money just to read her shopping list, which of course would be on parchment and contain amazing ingredients only found in Diagon Alley.

31GDhQecTWL Favorite Genre that is NOT your own?

Sci-fi, high fantasy, or (non-YA) paranormal romance. I also love a gripping narrative non-fiction like Krakauer's Into Thin Air.

Favorite one of your books?

Everything just came together for Adversary. I really love how it turned out, right down to little details like the McFee backstory.

Who is your favorite of your own characters?

I love writing from Maddie's point-of-view, and I have a major book-crush on Trevor, but Drew's the one who cracks me up.

Which was the hardest to write?

I'm a plotter, and I don't start writing until I have pages of notes and character sheets. However, Dr. Williamson took the longest to come to life as a character. In my early notes, the head of Ganzfield was a MacGonagall-esque, stern, older woman, but I wasn't thrilled with the dynamics she created. Then, two years ago, I shared a cab with a guy in New York, and we got into a conversation. By the time we arrived at Penn Station, I knew I'd shared a cab with Dr. Williamson.

What would you be if not a writer?

What? I can't be a writer anymore? Did they pass a law?

Actually, I've been a college professor, a corporate trainer, and a mom of three kids under age two (they're 5, 5, and 4 now). I'll always be a writer--even if I have to do something else to pay the bills. It's not a career choice; it's a part of my personality. I'd simply be a writer who wasn't writing.

If you could be a Paranormal Being, who would you be?

I think I'd like to be a were-bear. People would be more forgiving of my morning, pre-coffee grumpiness if they knew I could maul them.

If you could meet any Paranormal Character out there, who would you like to meet?

Depends on what kind of meeting--I hope it's not in a dark alley. Hmm, other than my own characters, I guess I'd love to hang out with Alice Cullen.


Coffee or Tea? Coffee.

Up or Down? Up.

Virtual or Real? Real.

Right or Left? Left.legacy

Day or Night? Day.

Here or There? There.

Sooner or Later? Later.

Light or Dark? Dark.

Fast or Slow? Fast.

Vampires or Werewolves? Werewolves.

Angels or Demons? Angels.

Reading or Writing? Both!

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

I love when the characters have become so vivid in my mind that they just say and do things, and my job is simply to take dictation.

What is your least favorite part?

Actually, my least favorite part was writing the very first scene of Minder. It's a terrifying attack seen from inside the intended victim's head. I knew it had to happen that way to make the rest of the story come alive, but I still get shaky hands when I read it.

8883123 The Ganzfield Series in your own words?

Having special abilities isn't as much fun as you'd think...but there are some fringe benefits.

Any plans for more Books in the series?

There will be at least six in all; I've nearly finished the draft of #5, and I have notes for #6. I think I may do a seventh from Seth's point-of-view, as well.

What is coming up next for you?

After I finish the sixth Ganzfield book, I have notes for a book that takes place at Yale (my alma mater) with a character who talks to ghosts.

What are you working on right now?

Ganzfield book #5: Operative.

Do you have any advice or tip to those like me that want to become a published Author someday?

Revise, revise, revise. Then get feedback from appropriate readers--other writers and/or people who are in your target demographic--and then revise some more. Seek out honest, tough critiques, since "It's great!" doesn't give you any directions for improvements. Read your manuscript aloud. And always remember that what's in your head and what's on the page may not bear a lot of resemblance to one another.

Anything you would like to say to your fans out there?

Thank you! It still amazes me that other people like to hang out with my imaginary friends.

Thank you so much for being here!

My pleasure. Take care!


Find Kate Kaynak Online:

Website | Ganzfield Website 

Twitter | Blog | Goodreads

Buy Kate’s Books:

Amazon US | Barnes & Noble


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45 Responses so far.

  1. Looks like a great book!

  2. Looks like a great book!

  3. Your books sounds interesting! I'll check them out! Thanks for interviewing and sharing. :D

    *Not entering, just commenting.

  4. Alexa says:

    I have been seeing this book on all the blogs. It sounds like a good one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Riv Re says:

    Tell me where you found a place to buy JK Rowling's shopping list! I'll be there in a flash!

  6. Kulsuma says:

    This series sounds so fantastic and unique. I'd love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Cool contest! The first one was great.

  8. Great interview!!

    Jeremy actually would be perfect for how I pictured Trevor too :)

  9. Stephany says:

    I love how the "quick questions" actually are pretty meaningful. Nice choices.
    What she said about the first chapter of Minder makes me want to read it even more!!

  10. Orchid says:

    Great interview. Sounds like an interesting series, plus the covers are cool. ^_^

  11. That was an awesome interview!
    Thanks so much for hosting it!!
    This series has been in my wishlist ever since it came out!!!

    Bwahahaha,a were-bear, huh? Interesting... I'm sorry people criticize her for being grumpy in the morning! lol
    And yes Steven is ideal for the part!!

    I follow on GFC, NB, Email, twitter (both you and Kate)
    I like the page on FB and I am a GR friend :)



  12. jc says:

    Were-bear? Hmm, don't mind being one too, lol! Thanks for the interview and the lovely giveaway.


  13. Jenny says:

    Loved this interview, her answers had me laughing out loud, especially the were-bear morning grumpiness/mauling comment. Hilarious. And I'm with her on Ghostbusters, I love that movie! Thanks for the giveaway Larissa!

  14. aryan says:

    I'm reading a fairly interesting book right now, and I was just wondering what is some nice, calming, relaxing music I can play in the background that doesn't really distract me, if this helps the book I'm reading is InkHeart.


  15. What a lovely interview. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway! This series looks really interesting.

  16. Kristen says:

    I loved Minder! Kate is great isn't she lol I would love to get my hands on Advesary!

    Great interview she is so sweet

    My Bloody Fairy Tale

  17. Brooke says:

    I had never heard of this series. I am sooo excited to check it out! Thanks for another great interview!

  18. Jade says:

    Although it's Kate's least favourite part, the beginning of Minder already seems interesting. I'm already gunning to find that whole series, especially after reading this interview. Loved it all :)
    Thank you for this chance, Larissa!


  19. Tore says:

    Looks like a really good book. Tore923@aol.com

  20. Carol M says:

    This sounds good! I'm looking forward to reading it!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  21. Looks like a really intriguing book!

  22. -petit says:

    I didn't read her books yet, but i'm gonna read just because she loves Wake, Shiver and J. K Rowling :P hahahaha
    Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  23. Vivien says:

    Great post. I plan on reading this series soon.

  24. another great book to look forward to...thanks.

  25. mariska says:

    I haven't heard about this book before. thanks for introducing me to a new for me author :)

  26. would love to read this !


    looks awesome!



  27. Asenath says:

    She likes Ghostbusters. WIN!


  28. Great interview, I liked the little survey section, reminded of all the surveys my friends used to email me in high school :)

    Kate1485 at hotmail.com

  29. Jinky says:

    Thanks for the chance.

    gfc & twitter follower, & added points

    ldsmomo0f03 at yahoo dot com

  30. Avery says:

    Yay for team Angels!

  31. Julie says:

    This sounds like an interesting series. I would like to read it.

  32. Andrea I says:

    This sounds like an interesting series. I'm amazed that you were able to write with three young children.


  33. I loooove where Kate got the idea for minder. It surely is something to ponder about :)

    Thank, Larissa for the awesome giveaway!

    Btw: yay for Team Angels, boo for Team Werewolves, but then yay again for choosing to hang out with Alice Cullen - that's like a triple plus! LOL

  34. I can't wait to read it ..I added this series to my wishlist :)

  35. It took a lot less time to load your page today!! YEAH!! Hugs etc!

    nedsped at verizon dot net

  36. Everbody loves Vampire Diaries! And lol! I once suggested to my blogmates to name our blog The Teal Werepenguins. Were-beings are OSUM! Nice interview!

  37. dor says:

    This sounds so good. Enjoyed the interview. I love both vamps and werewolves. How can you choose? :)

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  38. I love Ghostbusters too, Kate - a classic! lol

  39. I love being introduced to a new series! The premise is awesome, and I'm excited to read the books.



  40. Aleetha says:

    Nice interview. The book seems interesting.I'd love to read it

  41. Marcie says:

    Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!!

  42. Brooke says:

    I've been meaning to read Minder and now I want to even more! I enjoyed the interview, and thanks for the giveaway!

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