March 29, 2013

Casual Friday: Interview with Katie Sise

Hey m'lovelies!

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.

LOVE this color scheme ;)
In THE BOYFRIEND APP "super-smart, somewhat geeky" main character Audrey McCarthy decides she has to win the competition for the best app designed by a high schooler—and the $200,000 that comes with it, to pay for college. Audrey develops the "Boyfriend App", an app that pinpoints anyone's perfect match, and creating it brings her popularity, drama, and a good dose of suspense.

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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3. If you had a Writerly Snack App, to take care of all your writerly food needs, what would your snack of choice be? And would you like coffee or tea with that? 

Coffee! Always.
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
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? 


Brooks Benjamin said...

The Take-It-Back app.

That way every time I open my big mouth and say something I shouldn't say I can just use the app to erase it. It'd be like it never happened and I'd get a verbal do-over!

Jennifer DiGiorgio said...

The - you've had too much wine and shouldn't be tweeting app or even attempt editing. :) I guess you can call it the Bad Idea app.

Nicole Zoltack said...

The Query App - it would read and analyze your story and write your query for you!

Patti L Brown said...

I'd love an app that would allow me to selectively speed up and slow down time. That way I could fast-forward through awful work meetings and slow down through those special, never-want-to-forget-this moments. :)

Stacey Nash said...

The Cone of Silence App. It makes the phone stop ringing, the kids stop fighting and the neighbours stop mowing. For those times when a writer needs silence to daydream up the rest of a story plot.

Kathleen said...

The Thought-Word App

Basically, you think it, it shows up in a word file already typed=) It's good for writing anything, including grocery lists;-)

Anonymous said...

The 25-Hour App. For all those times I say "If only there was an extra hour in the day."

I loved this interview! The Writerly Snack App sounds very helpful. :)

tawney13 said...

The Bad Mood AP. Warn you of people in mad or angry moods. Beeps a warning to head the other way.

erica m. chapman said...

I loved this interview guys! So cute. The book sounds great, and I've added it to my goodreads list!! Can't wait to read it, sounds like something I'll love ;o)

Let's see. an App. How about the silencer APP, so I can silence anyone at anytime (including animals in the mornings)


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