Thursday, June 11, 2009

Author Interview: Katie Alender

Katie Alender is the author of Bad Girls Don't Die which was released in April 09. Without further ado, I present Katie Alender!

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
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?
The title was actually a bit of a joke. The original title was "The Girl Least Likely," which the folks at Hyperion were lukewarm on. They basically felt it was a good title for a different book, and that this book needed something that conveyed the spooky elements. I had no idea that people would respond so well to what was basically a joke created out of my sense of frustration over not being able to come up with anything.

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 was the hardest part of writing Bad Girls Don’t Die?
Every time there was a change, it seemed to trickle down through the whole story. So if one character said ABC instead of XYZ, then I had to go through the whole book to make sure that XYZ was gone. I tried very hard to make the mystery layered, which made it a lot of work to revise. But it was rewarding!

What’s the most positive comment a reader has said about your book?
Well, someone on Twitter said it was her favorite book of all time, which is amazing to read. But in general, I get the warm fuzzies when I read people's reactions to Alexis. Readers are totally reading her the way I hoped they would--not as a bad girl, but as a good girl who got stuck in a bad pattern.

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?
I'm an avid quilter. I love to make quilts for babies and dogs. I also like hanging out with my husband and friends. We're very west coast--we do a lot of hanging out!

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.

Is there any additional information that you would like to share with the readers?
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!


Thanks Katie!

For more information about Katie Alender and her books, check out her website here.

47 comments:

NotNessie said...

I haven't read the book yet, but when I do I'll be sure to check out the author's commentary. Great interview!

Jessica said...

Haven't read it yet either, but it does sound pretty interesting. Interview was awesome, btw.

Kate said...

Great author interview. I really want to read "Bad Girls Don't Die".

P.S.
You have some blog awards:
http://anotherbookblogwhore.blogspot.com/2009/05/blog-awards-yay.html

Eli said...

Great interview! I've only heard good things about her book. :)

~The Book Pixie said...

Awesome interview! I can't wait to read her book! Oh, I got a surprise for ya at my blog.
http://thebookpixie.blogspot.com/2009/06/thanks.html

:D
~Briana

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Definitely a good interview. I really really really want to read this one. It sounds amazing and Katie seems super nice. I'll have to check out her website now.

-Lauren

Taschima Cullen said...

Good Interview ^^
Im having a contest for Lisa Mantchev's debut novel called Eyes like Stars, you should check it out ^^

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kim said...

Great review! I'm going to have to check out Bad Girls don't die now too :)

Genevieve said...

You got an award on my blog!
http://caprubia.blogspot.com/2009/04/awards-time.html

Ashley said...

How cute! Quilts for dogs! Great interview.

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

I love how she came up with the name, I like the first pick too, btw! Great interview! Always so interesting!

Dottie :)

tetewa said...

I'm always looking for new authors to read, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

Alexa said...

Great interview. I haven't read Bad Girls Don't Die yet but I hear it's awesome. I look forward to reading more of Kate's books!

bridget3420 said...

I would like to read this.

purplg8r said...

Great interview...I like that the title was kind of a joke!

MJ said...

Great interview. I've always wanted to learn to quilt!

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Kaitlyn said...

Great interview.
I really want to red this book now.
:]

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Great interview! You ask some really good questions and I cannot wait to read this book sometime.

Amber
sammyjones57(at)hotmail(dot)com

Valorie said...

I read "On Writing" and love it. While, of course, a person needs to make a style of their own and discover what works for them, it always helps to have a few suggestions to get started.

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

Ashley said...

Oooh she's a fan of Stephen King huh?

jennilovevirgo said...

Great interview! This book looks great, can't wait to read it.

Anonymous said...

I haven't read the book but I will very soon! Sounds great!
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Wendy said...

I love to quilt too LOL

Its funny how you came up with the title of the book from a joke. Great title btw :)

Awesome interview!!

Brittany said...

I'm glad that you asked her how she came up with the title because I was wondering myself. It's such an odd phrase.

Rabid Fox said...

I wasn't very keen on looking for this book or adding it to my wish list, but this interview is one of the things that's turned me around. Nicely done.

Kristen said...

That's so funny about the title - wanting that edge so that it spells out supernatural elements. I do like the title as it is now though. :)

Kimberly B. said...

This sounds like a great book, and the author's commentary must be a real kick! I can't wait to read it!

MandyK said...

Ha thats funny, The name was meant to be a joke. =) Nice interview

Julie said...

Sounds like a good book, I visited the authors website after reading the interview and I'm even more interested in reading it now!

cheers,
Julie

Max Brown said...

The book sounds awesome - it sounds like there was a lot of work put into it. It never occurred to me that little changes could be so much work to make. I really really REALLY want to read this.

Thanks!
Max.

Book Spot said...

That was a really geat interivew--I loved the questions and the answers and learned a lot about Katie Alender :D

Melissa said...

Thanks for introducing us to this author, I'm going to check out her website!

Cindy said...

Awesome! Looks like it could be fun!

Cindy said...

Great interview, loved the questions!

Jacqueline C said...

Great interview! I love reading about debut authors.

LoveMyCoffee said...

I love finding a new author! You quilt and write, I am so jealous. I would love to be able to do both.

Polo.Pony said...

Thanks for the great interview! "Bad Girls Don't Die" sounds like a great book, I'm looking forward to reading it! I also love to quilt!!

Marie said...

I really liked Cloister Walk also -- great book. I really enjoyed this interview!

Kristi said...

This book has been in my TBR pile since I first saw it on someone's blog. The author sounds like a very warm, fun person! I look forward to reading this book soon!

Bei said...

i heard about this book and didn't know anything about the author, so thanks for this interview!

donnas said...

Great interview. Thanks for doing it.

military76brat said...

Wow Great Interview! Makes me really wish I had a copy of any of her books to read! Thanks for giving me another author to check out!

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Charlotte said...

I'm looking forward to reading this one.....and I love the cover!

charlotteslibrary at gmail dot com

Dani said...

Great Interview.

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xdaisyx said...

I haven't read it yet. I am glad she decided on Bad Girls Dont die, it just sounds better than the other title.



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emily said...

i havent read the book yet, but this is s great interview.
its always cool to hear when an author was plannin rto write at a young age, and sucessfully do it!

Kytaira said...

*not as a bad girl, but as a good girl who got stuck in a bad pattern*. Sounds like a really interesting book to read and a hard one to write! I will need to check out you website since I love the little extras that help me connect with the books a little more. Those little pieces of background and trivia. Thanks!

lynda98662 @ yahoo.com

 

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