I started writing stories in third grade, but it wasn't until well after I graduated from college and was working in the entertainment industry that I realized I was still fascinated by the process of creating worlds and characters. I started sort of offhandedly working on a book, but gave that one up after 100 pages of nothing happening. Then I started writing "Bad Girls Don't Die." On a trip, I randomly happened to grab a paperback of Stephen King's "On Writing," and that's when it hit me that I wanted to finish the book... although it was much later that I set about getting it published.
How did you come up with the title?
What books have influenced your life most?
Kathleen Norris' "The Cloister Walk" has influenced my state of mind; Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" has influenced how I eat; Stephen King's "On Writing" made me a writer (by making me write); and countless works of fiction, notably anything by Jane Austen, "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand, and the YA writing I read when I was a YA--Paula Danziger especially.
What’s the most positive comment a reader has said about your book?
Almost everything I've read has been wonderful. Even the criticism is thoughtful and well presented. I find myself able to understand where reviewers are coming from, because they really do invest themselves in the book.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?
Great question! I would love to build a career with a fanbase and readership that knows and likes the characters I write and is always happy to see a new book of mine on the shelves.
I'd love for people to check out my website and read some of the supplemental materials I've put together. I'm quite proud (maybe a little too proud) of my "author commentary", which is a list of my little inside jokes and notes throughout the book. There are also materials for book clubs. I hope some of those things help people to connect with the material even more.
And also, a very warm thank you to anyone who takes time out of their life to read my book. It's such an honor. You have no idea!
Thanks so much for having me as a guest!
For more information about Katie Alender and her books, check out her website here.