Welcome to the first every Sunday Street Team post!!! I am pleased to feature Katherine Locke as one of April’s featured authors.
Ready to step back to the barre with Zed and Aly? Get a cup of tea and follow the links!
Add on Goodreads! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22663595-second-position
Don’t forget! You can check out the prequel novella TURNING POINTE at Carina Press right here: http://carinapress.com/blog/free-reads/ See Zed when he danced, how they got together, and what happened years before SECOND POSITION starts!
Can you tell us about yourself?
Sure! I’m not sure what exactly is interesting but let’s see! I went to Allegheny College and got my degree in Political Science so no, you don’t have to be a writing or English major to publish a book! Now I live in Philadelphia. I have quite a few cats so you’ll see me tweet about them a lot. They’re totally the reason I can’t work at home. They’re terribly mischievous and very lucky I love them. I’m not a dancer, despite writing a dance book, but I grew up horseback riding which is another elite sport with its own host of dramas.
Are there any people that influenced your writing style and/or started your desire to write?
Good question! Growing up, Madeleine L’Engle’s A WRINKLE IN TIME was one of my favorite books and I think that really made me want to tell my own stories so I usually point to that one. Stylistically, not really…like many writers, I experimented with style and voice for many books before I finally found my style and voice.
Even with Second Position, it took a little bit. I started the book in 2009 and it was YA and about musicians. I abandoned it very quickly and thought I’d never look at it again. And then almost two years ago, it felt like the right time to examine that. Basically everything changed—I deleted the last lines of the original draft during line edits!—but I finally found the style and voice I liked.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
ANOTHER good question! Hm. Okay, two books. I deeply admire Katja Millay’s THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY. That book is so, so beautiful. I just want to drown in it. And I am in awe of Steve Brezenoff’s stunning YA novel BROOKLYN, BURNING. It’s my life mission to get everyone to read that book, to be honest.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what type of music?
I do! I cannot write without some background noise of some sort but I really prefer to write to music with lyrics (unlike many writers.) I listen to a large variety of music but you can hear some of my Second Position playlist here! http://8tracks.com/katherine-leah1/something-fragile-doesn-t-have-to-be-fleeting
What’s your favorite food? Curious minds want to know… 😉
I’m more of a salty/savory person. I love popcorn, Goldfish, and pretzels as snacks while writing. And as meal-non-writing-food, I love Mexican food. I grew up in a town with a huge migrant population and a lot of really good traditional Mexican food and it spoiled me for life.
On days when you are not reading or writing, what are you doing?
When I’m working at my day job (currently, I’m nannying but that changes in a few months!), I am basically working and tweeting. I try to read on my commutes but sometimes I just need to nap 😉 I also have foster cats so I’m usually working with them and trying to get them adopted!
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
This is such a good question that I should be better prepared for but I don’t know of an actress that could play Aly. I know of dancers! So maybe, like they did for Center Stage, they’d use dancers with acting talent? In which case, there’s a couple at the New York City Ballet who could totally play Aly and Zed. Tiler Peck (she’d have to dye her hair, alas) and her husband Robert Fairchild, who, like Aly and Zed in the book, were friends before they began dating and knew each other for years.
What is the craziest thing in real life that inspired you for a scene in your book?
Oooh! While it’s not a scene, Zed and Aly mention a time they snuck onto fairgrounds at night together. I definitely did that with two of my best friends.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional print books?
It’s a mix! I still buy most of my young adult books in physical format but I buy almost all of my romance, nonfiction, and SFF books in ebooks now.
Do you have any tips for budding writers?
Don’t give up, even if you think the story’s not making sense. It took me MANY dead ends to end up with a book I finished, and then MANY terrible but complete books before I wrote one that was publishable. You will not write a perfect book in your first draft. That’s okay. Your first draft is allowed to be a TOTAL DISASTER. (There was a stalker in the first draft of Second Position! There isn’t anymore! Thank god.) First drafts are like dumping the puzzle pieces onto the table to see what you have. Revisions are where you put the puzzle together. Find good critique partners and learn to take criticism. And learn! Be a sponge.
About the Author:
Katherine Locke lives and writes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she’s ruled by her feline overlords and her addiction to chai lattes. Her dayjobs always vary, but in the past she’s worked in nuclear weapons abolition activism, lead poisoning prevention and education, and food safety programs at a mushroom farm. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, and when she’s not reading, she’s tweeting about reading and writing. She likes her heroes boyish and her heroines with dirty mouths. She secretly believes most books are fairytales in disguise. Her debut novel, SECOND POSITION, arrives in April 2015 from Carina Press.
Katherine has also been generous to donate a $25 Modcloth gift card to ONE lucky winner!