Today, I'm excited to welcome Katie Sise to Misfits! Katie is a New York City based author, jewelry designer and television host. Her first novel, THE BOYFRIEND APP, will be published by HarperCollins Balzer + Bray on April 30, 2013.
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Now I love the idea of geeky, romantic YA contemporary, especially when it's a girl who is kick-ass with computers. And in this digital world where there are apps for just about EVERYTHING except the really important stuff, I can see how a perfect match app would be, well, perfect!
Unfortunately, for us writers the perfect app isn't there yet. So as fun way to get to know Katie, in the vein of a "Boyfriend App" and with a little leeway...
Getting to App you, getting to App all about you!
1. One of the strengths of THE BOYFRIEND APP are the amazing characters. If you had a Charact-O-Mate App, for all your characterization needs and wants, for what would you use it?
I'd use it to help me get to know every character as well as I know my main character. I really do try to do that when I write! It's so easy to get to know the main character you're writing because you spend so much time in her head. With secondary characters, I often write a few pages from their perspective so I feel like I have a good handle on them. My background is in acting, and I learned to do that with the characters I played. It would be great if a charact-o-mate app did all that work for me!
2. If you had a Plot-o-Meter App, to pinpoint the strongest and the weakest points of your plotting, what would those strongest and weakest points be?
The hardest thing for me is plotting romance! If I had a Plot-o-Meter App, I'd use it to help with all romance aspects of a story. It takes so much work to get a romance right: you have to know when to pull back, when to have the characters seem like they're getting hot and heavy, when to have obstacles arise, when to put them together when the timing is just right...I could use a romance Plot-o-meter for every future book!
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Caramels. Never. Enough. Caramels.
4. If you could have a Time-Turner App, to take you back to the very start of writing THE BOYFRIEND APP, what would you want to tell your past self?
That is the best question--I wish I had that app! I'd tell myself to take a breath and relax, because the story would reveal itself. In the beginning, I got so worked up about how I was going to make the book work. You can't really do that when you're writing. You have to just let the characters go where they want to go.
5. Finally, if you had a Perfect Reads App, that pinpoints the five perfect books for YOU, which five books would it tell you to read?
NEVER LET ME GO by Kazuo Ishiguro
ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell
AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES by John Green
BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver
THE VELVETEEN RABBIT by Margery Williams
Ooh, great choices! I *definitely* need to read ELEANOR AND PARK :)
Bonus question: If you could have any kind of App in real life, any kind at all, what would it do and what would its name be?
Actually, your Time-Turner App sounded pretty good! I love the idea of being able to give yourself advice gleaned from the future...I think the closest thing I have to that is listening to my mom's advice. It's pretty wise and wonderful.
I love that! Thanks so much for joining us, Katie! <3
If you want to know more about Katie, visit her website here! Or add THE BOYFRIEND APP to Goodreads here!
Now a question for you, Misfiteers! If you could have *any* kind of App, what would you like to have?