August is Read a Romance month and I am so honored to be linked to this amazing month of blog posts thanks to Lori Foster! You can read Lori's post for Read a Romance Month here. Thank you, Lori! Make sure to check out the giveaway below!
I’m often asked why I write young adult fiction and sometimes the follow up question is “Why do you write romance?”
I’ll explain that I am a love story type of girl and that the first book that hooked me on reading was S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. While I loved the entire story, I always wished that Pony Boy and Cherry would have ended up together.
That’s me—I’m a sucker for the kiss at the end.
But if you want me to be truly honest—I write romance for a very personal reason.
When I was a teen, I faced some very tough circumstances. Some things are hardships that most of us have to endure as a rite of passage into adulthood. Other things, no one should have to face.
Books for me turned into a refuge, a place in the storm. I scoured through them, desperate to find some sort of shred of myself in these characters and I was almost manic in the desire to see that these characters survived—that there was hope.
I write love stories because I do crave the hope that is synonymous with romance, but I’m also writing the books that teen me needed.
I write books that show…
The guys worth falling in love with will open doors for you. They will respect you. They will call when they say and they will walk up to the front door because that’s what you asked them to do.
They will back off if you give the slightest indication that you aren’t ready for a kiss or ready to go further because they understand that it’s your body and not theirs.
Guys worth falling for are kind, especially in the small moments that matter. They pet the puppy even when they are allergic to dogs because it makes you smile. They miss their favorite team play a game because you need a shoulder to cry on. They are loyal and strong and have integrity.
No guy is perfect. Read any of my male characters and you’ll agree that they are flawed, but when they love, they love with their whole hearts. Do I write fiction? Yes. Do I believe that there are men as described above in the real world? Yes. I know this because I married one.
I write teen romance because it’s never too early for my own daughter to set the bar high of who she will be dating over the next couple of years and for when she decides to get serious and date someone for marriage. I want her to date and someday marry a man like her father. Someone who is loyal and strong, has integrity, and loves with his whole heart.
1 - Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did.
When I was a teen, I went down to a lake in central Kentucky. We drove the boat to the place my friends called “The Big Rock.” We anchored, swam over, climbed the rocks, and then jumped. It absolutely terrified me, but it was also extremely exciting! I used this experience for inspiration for a scene in my upcoming novel, Breaking the Rules (December 8, 2014).
2 - Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been telling stories in my head. I finally gained the courage to write my first one about six years ago. My first story was absolutely awful, but I loved writing so much that I tried again. I kept writing and learning the craft of writing. Eventually, I wrote Pushing the Limits, which is the first novel of mine that was published.
3 - Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)
As I mentioned in the blog post above, S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders changed my life. It was the first book I stayed up all night to read and it hooked me into reading.
Love a good YA romance? Here are some recommendations:
Simone Elkeles—I absolutely love the Perfect Chemistry series
Sabrina Elkins—Stir Me Up is a fantastic novel
Jennifer Armentrout—The White Hot Kiss series is just that—white hot!
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Katie was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, and BREAKING THE RULES and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT.