Good day everyone! Today My Bookshelf welcomes Kate Hinderer, author of The Emerald Isle! She and her book are on a virtual blog tour from July 16 to August 31 and My Bookshelf is honoured to be included! The Emerald Isle has a lot to offer so I felt you just have to meet this amazing author. Here she is:
Who is your greatest influence in your writing? Is it odd if I answer my parents for this one? They aren’t writers at all, in fact initially they didn’t want me to pursue this path. A journalism major – gasp! But for better or worse, as I craft a story and then write the book I always envision them reading it. I want them to be proud of the work instead of embarrassed that their daughter writes YA novels. There are times when I’ll tweak a scene or conversation with that in mind – I think it makes my writing better as a result.
If there were one book you wish you had written, what would it be and why? Just one? I could list a dozen… The Hunger Games, My Name is Asher Lev, Wuthering Heights. But if I really had to pick one I would say A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle. It has everything I love in a book – romance, family, love, life, death, friendship, tears and laughs.
What was your favorite book as a child? I feverishly read the entire Nancy Drew series, which was followed by the Wizard of Oz series. I loved the mystery of Nancy Drew and the magical made-up place of Oz.
Did you always aspire to being a writer? Yes! I started writing short stories and novels featuring my friends in Victorian England as early as 7th grade. The love of writing firmly implanted itself within my by high school. At that point I restarted the school paper and typed out my first novel attempt. It was called A Single Yellow Rose and I thought it was brilliant. When I went off to college and my family moved houses I threw it out. I now wish I had saved it to at least show me how far I’ve come. I’m sure it was horrible.
If you have traveled, what is your favorite destination and why? I’m a huge fan of traveling. I having had much of a chance in the last couple years but I would have to say Rome is, so far, my favorite city to visit. I’ve been there three times so far and there is just something so magically wonderful about the place. I’m toying with a story idea that would take place there – a little When In Rome and Monte Carlo style story. We’ll see if that pans out onto the page.
Where is your favorite place to read? Oddly enough, I don’t think I have one. I don’t have a lot of free time, so I read when ever there is a moment of downtime. Thankfully I carry my iPhone with the Kindle app with me everywhere so I can dive into a book any time I have a few minutes. Ultimately, I’d love the chance to curl up on a coach in front of a warm fire while it snows outside and lose myself in a book. Maybe that will happen this winter.
What do you like to read? Young Adult. Young adult everything. I think something happened to me, because I often feel like the perpetual 16-year-old; well minus the awkwardness and angsty feel. Still I am in my late twenties and still love watching teen movies and reading teen books. In the YA category I tend to like things that are more contemporary. I like some paranormal, but I like it to seem at least slightly realistic. I suppose I want my ‘creatures’ to have some human qualities too.
Ideally, I’d love to see the second book of the Fascination Island series out around the New Year and a contemporary YA book out next spring. We’ll see how all of that goes with my other freelance projects and my upcoming move halfway across the country.You can grab your own copy of the book at http://www.amazon.com/Emerald-Isle-Fascination-Island-ebook/dp/B008LG78XW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343598186&sr=8-1&keywords=kate+hinderer (Amazon), http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-emerald-isle-kate-hinderer/1112112881?ean=2940014610056 (Barnes & Noble), and https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/179434 (Smashwords).