Please welcome author of Pushing the Limits to the blog today. If you haven't already read Katie's awesome debut, you should really get to it. It's one that's not to be missed!
Read on to find out all about Katie's path to publication, her next novel, and how long she's planning to stick around the Pushing the Limits world she's created. Added bonus - readers in the US & Canada can enter to win a copy of Pushing the Limits with thanks to Media Masters.
Can you tell me what inspired you to write Pushing the Limits and also give me a quick rundown of your path to publication?
I was actually writing another book when I stumbled across the voice of Echo. When my character broke out into “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood” then later wished she would spontaneously combust, I knew I had found someone new…someone whose wit made me laugh, but whose hurt made me ache.
I write love stories so I free wrote for awhile in order to find the perfect guy for Echo—that one person who could help her with her pain. This person was Noah.
I wrote Pushing the Limits in late 2009/early 2010. I began querying agents in the late spring and signed with Kevan Lyon in early fall. We sold Pushing the Limits to Harlequin Teen several weeks later.
What is your favourite quote and/or scene from Pushing the Limits?
Echo and Noah playing pool is definitely one of my favorite scenes. I absolutely adore their banter, the sexual tension, and how Echo blows Noah out of the water with her pool playing capabilities. Of course, Noah edges unbelievably close to Echo, places his hands on her body, and…well…you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens next.:)
I loved the romance between Noah and Echo in Pushing the Limits which resulted in some pretty hot scenes! What are some of your all time favourite literary romances?
I love anything by Simone Elkeles. Jennifer Echols is always a favorite. I’m also pretty fond of a certain guy in Bethany Griffin’s Masque of the Red Death.
I know that there’s so much more to Noah than those perfect abs of his, but, just for fun, what actor would you like to see cast as Noah for a movie version of Pushing the Limits?
I’ll be honest, I’ve never been able to pick anyone to play Noah, but it is so much fun to see who my readers think should play him.
Beth was one of the characters I wanted to know more about while reading Pushing the Limits, so I was very happy to hear that your next book, Dare You To tells Beth’s story. What can we expect from that one?
Beth. What can I say? She was a very emotional character for me to write. She’s tough as nails, but she buries inside of her a ton of hurt. In Dare You To you can expect romance, old wounds resurfacing, humor, action, and a lot of kissing.
Beyond Dare You To are you planning to explore the Pushing the Limits universe further or will you be moving on to something entirely new?
I’ve been contracted for four books with Harlequin Teen and I plan on hanging out in the Pushing the Limits universe for awhile.
What are your favourite debut novels of 2012 so far and what debuts are you excited to read in 2013?
I loved Kristen Simmons’ Article 5 and I’m excited for Liz Fichera’s Hooked.
What book are you currently reading?
I just finished Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter and loved it!
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