Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Interview with Katie Kennedy!




About the book:
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Title: Learning to Swear in America
Author: Katie Kennedy
Release Date: July 5, 2016 
Publisher: Bloomsbury 

Brimming with humor and one-of-a-kind characters, this end-of-the world novel will grab hold of Andrew Smith and Rainbow Rowell fans.

An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been called to NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. He knows how to stop the asteroid: his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize--if there's ever another Nobel prize awarded. But Yuri's 17, and having a hard time making older, stodgy physicists listen to him. Then he meets Dovie, who lives like a normal teenager, oblivious to the impending doom. Being with her, on the adventures she plans when he's not at NASA, Yuri catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world and save a life worth living.

Prepare to laugh, cry, cringe, and have your mind burst open with questions of the universe.
 


Now let's get on to the interview! Brimming with humor and one-of-a-kind characters, this end-of-the world novel will grab hold of Andrew Smith and Rainbow Rowell fans.

An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been called to NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. He knows how to stop the asteroid: his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize--if there's ever another Nobel prize awarded. But Yuri's 17, and having a hard time making older, stodgy physicists listen to him. Then he meets Dovie, who lives like a normal teenager, oblivious to the impending doom. Being with her, on the adventures she plans when he's not at NASA, Yuri catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world and save a life worth living.

Prepare to laugh, cry, cringe, and have your mind burst open with questions of the universe.
 




Now let's get on to the interview!



  1. Why did you aspire to be a writer?
For me it’s about story, and the need to tell stories. I don’t need to wear black turtlenecks and haunt coffee shops, or whatever the popular perception of a writer is. But I do perceive the world in narrative form—stories are how I make sense of the world, and how I communicate. So writing novels is a natural outgrowth of that.


  1. Do you plan to write more books?
Yes! I have a second book set for release in 2017, also from Bloomsbury. It’s called WHAT GOES UP. It has different characters than LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA, but it’s also a contemp/sci fi mash up and is fairly similar in tone.


  1. What was your favorite part of the writing process?
I don’t like starting books, but there’s a sweet spot at about 70-100 pages when you realize you know your characters now, and with any luck you’ve figured out what your book is about. And then the drafting gets easier and maybe faster.


  1. Did you get to help design the book cover?
No, thank goodness! I would be the world’s worst cover artist, both for lack of artistry and lack of sense. My publisher was great about conferring with me, but the artist is entirely responsible for the cover—and did a great job!


  1. What was your favorite snack while writing the book?
I have developed an addiction to Hershey’s dark chocolate kisses. I have a bag hidden in my desk.


  1. Did you base any of the characters off people you know in real life, or off literary characters?
Yes. My MC, Yuri, bears some resemblance to the MC of the first book I wrote, which was an adult thriller. And Dovie’s parents are based on my aunt and uncle. They’re even wackier in real life! Oh, and the high school principal is real.


  1. What’s your favorite book?
That’s an impossible question! The answer to that will change constantly, but today it’s P.D. Eastman’s GO, DOG, GO!


  1. If you could have dinner with three favorite literary characters, who would you have dinner with?
I’d like to have dinner with Rapunzel, because she’s lonely, Oliver Twist, because he’s hungry, and Gandalf, because Gandalf.  


  1. Which character in a novel most resembles you, and why?
Probably Lennon from LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA, because he’s a real smart aleck.


  1. If there was a book about your life, what would it be called and why?

OH, IT’S LATER THAN I THOUGHT!: TALES OF A PROCRASTINATOR. Self-explanatory.


About the author:
Katie Kennedy
Katie Kennedy is a college history instructor. She used to teach in a fire station. When the alarm rang, the entire class jumped up and ran out of the room. She became an LPN in order to write more accurate medical scenes. She has been lost in Moscow, and rousted by the KGB for sitting in Red Square to eat her ice cream. She has been bitten by a fish.

Katie lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with her husband, daughter, and son, in a town with a million bats. LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA comes out July 5, 2016, from Bloomsbury.




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2 comments:

  1. This sounds good! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I just think it would be a great read.thanks for sharing

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