Katie is the author of YA dystopian novel Awaken, one of my favorite books of the year, and one of my favorite dystopians of ALL time! I can't wait for the release of the second book Middle Ground, which should be coming out around Fall 2012. If you haven't read Awaken yet, well then your missing out! If you want to check out my review for it just click here.
And now for the interview...
Born Bookish: Awaken is your first book, what does it feel like when you see it on store shelves?
I'm still ridiculously giddy when I see my book in stores. I usually do air kicks and give random strangers high-fives. I also just stare at the cover and think, WOW, that is so gorgeous! I absolutely love the cover. It's something you could frame.
Born Bookish: If you could be one of your characters, who would you be?
That's a great question. Well, I love Maddie and I'm madly in love with Justin, but I don't know that I'd want to be in either of their shoes at this point. I would have to say Clare. I really like her, she's genuine and refreshing. I would love to be in her position to watch how things in the story unfold.
Born Bookish: A lot of authors use music to help them get into the mindset of their characters. Is this something that helps you? If so what was the main song that inspired each of your books?
Music is a huge inspiration. I have the Awaken playlist up on my site: http://www.katiekacvinsky.com/inspiration.php As for the main songs, here you go:
- Awaken: Blessed, by Brett Dennen
- Middle Ground: Fake Empires, by The Nationals
Born Bookish: Which character was it easiest for you to write? Why?
It wasn't always easy, but I had the most fun writing Maddie. I loved looking at the world through her eyes because everything was so new and overwhelming. It was like rediscovering so many things I take for granted.
Born Bookish: Do you find it hard to throw obstacles in your characters way or make life difficult for them?
No, I actually like testing them. I don't think people are strong or wise or complex until they struggle. Sometimes it bugs me when I start reading a book and characters instantly start out strong and brave when there's nothing to back it up. In order for Maddie to gain confidence and strength, I need to test her limits. This will definitely be the case in Middle Ground.
Born Bookish: If you could have any superpower what would it be? Why?
Oh, this one is so tough. I would have to say teleport. I'm hoping that teleporting will soon be an app for iphones. Why would I want to teleport? So I can instantly go to Germany, London, Los Angeles, Paris, The Amazon, and, so I'll never be stuck in traffic again.
Born Bookish: You say on your website that you knew it would take more than one book to complete the story started in Awaken. Is the sequel Middle Ground going to wrap up that story or will there be more books in the future?
In my ideal world there will be a third book.
Born Bookish: Here at Born Bookish I have a segment called Breathtaking Book Covers where I post the cover image of a book that I think is stunning. Is there a book cover that has ever taken your breath away? If so, what book?
I remember the first time I saw Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater. I stopped and just traced the leaves with my fingers. I was entranced. I wasn't entranced with the story though, I never finished it, but the cover is amazing.
I'd like to give a great big THANK YOU to Katie for the awesome interview! Thanks Katie =)