Another day, another awesome author stopping by Fresh Start September! Today we have an interview with another debut author Kat Zhang! Her debut book, What’s Left Of Me came out earlier this week and is the first of The Hybrid Chronicles! Let’s find out a little bit more about the book:
September 18th 2012 (US/Can) and September 27th 2012 (UK)
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I should not exist. But I do.
Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .
For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.
It sounds so original and unique, I can’t wait to read it! Now for our interview with Kat, where you can find out more about editing the book, where she got her idea, and travelling!
What has been the most difficult part of the journey to getting your books published?
Honestly, I think the beginning was the hardest. Just finishing that first draft and getting it ready to query was the hardest, because at that point, you really don’t know anything for certain. You don’t have an agent. You certainly don’t have a book deal. You don’t even have a finished manuscript! You’re working so terribly hard on something that might never come to be, and that can be scary.
Every journey to the release date is different, how long did it take for you to write, edit and rewrite your novel before it became the piece of work it is today?
I started writing What’s Left of Me the winter of my senior year of high school. The first draft took me a little more than a year. Then I revised for a few months and, after querying about 2 months, signed with my agent, Emmanuelle Morgen. I revised with her for a few more months, and then we went on submission to publishers and announced the deal with HarperCollins about a month after that! Then there were two more rounds of edits with my editor before we got into the nitty-gritty line edits and copy edits.
Having a character who has two souls is very interesting, where did that idea come from?
I got to thinking one day about the little “voice” we talk about a lot–the sort of inner monologue everyone has. What if that voice was a whole other person? What if they were stuck inside your body and couldn’t control it, and couldn’t communicate with anyone but you? That’s how the idea for Eva came about, and the rest of the story built around her and her situation
What point of view is What’s Left of Me written in?
It’s 1st person from Eva’s POV
Since you enjoy traveling, what has been your favourite place you’ve travelled to so far?
Oh, it’s impossible to pick! My favorite part of traveling is seeing things I haven’t seen before and learning things I didn’t know before, so any place I’m going next is my new favorite
Do you prefer spending your time on the beach or holed up inside with a good book/notepad?
I just got back from the beach, so for the moment, I’m all for holing up with a good book and a notepad, but I’m sure once school gets back into full swing, I’ll be yearning for that beach again!
Thanks for having me over for the interview!
Thank you Kat, for participating in Fresh Start September and letting us bring you this interview! We hope you all enjoy What’s Left Of Me and if you have read it, please know what you think!
As a bonus part of the event, we are giving everyone a chance to win some prizes donated by our wonderful participants and ourselves! The prizes include:
- 2 winners of Strange Chemistry ARC packs, each pack including a copy of Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings, The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke AND Katya’s World by Jonathan L Howard (courtesy of Strange Chemistry)
- 1 winner of an eBook of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris (courtesy of Entangled Publishing)
- 1 winner of an paperback of Speechless by Hannah Harrington (courtesy of Harlequin) – US/CAN ONLY
- 1 winner of a hardcover copy of 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues (courtesy of the author) – US ONLY, enter here
- 3 winners of a book of your choice from any that has been featured in Fresh Start September (each courtesy of the hosts)
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