Saturday, April 2, 2016

2 Kristin Rae, author of WHAT YOU ALWAYS WANTED, on editors being made of awesome

WHAT YOU ALWAYS WANTED is the latest novel by Kristin Rae, and we're delighted to have her here to chat about writing.

Kristin, what did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?

I learned that while something may be hilarious and realistic in my world, it may be completely insane and too over the top for someone else. Editing this book was quite the journey, but the result is a much stronger book that should appeal to a wider audience. Moral of the story: editors are made of awesome.

How long or hard was your road to publication? How many books did you write before this one, and how many never got published?

I've written three completed manuscripts to date. The first one I pretty much knew should never see the light of day as soon as I finished it, so I jumped in to writing something else right away. The second one is WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN which I queried for about five months and then signed with the most amazing agent who sold my book three months later. It debuted in 2014 with Bloomsbury. And the third completed manuscript I've written is WHAT YOU ALWAYS WANTED, also with Bloomsbury! I'm very close to finishing up a couple other projects, so we'll see where they go.

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

I'm constantly trying to come up with a writing routine, but having a 1.5-year-old makes that a bit difficult. I do like to listen to music when I write. I have to either be unfamiliar with it if it has words, or it should be instrumental. I listen to a lot of movie scores, and that rain website. Sometimes both layered together. I used to meet up with author friend Joy Preble at Starbucks to write, but since having the baby I mostly write at home when she's napping.


What You Always Wanted by Kristin Rae
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Released 3/29/2016

If Only . . . he was the boy she's been dreaming of. The If Only line continues in this fun high school theater-themed romance!

Drama girl Maddie Brooks has always had high standards for guys. But she has yet to find one who can live up to the romantic, classic Hollywood heartthrobs, especially the dreamy song-and-dance man Gene Kelly. When Maddie begins to carpool with Jesse Morales, her new neighbor and star pitcher of the baseball team, she's struck by his wit, good looks, and love for his family--but a guy so into sports is definitely not her style. Then Maddie discovers that Jesse was raised as a dancer and still practices in the community theater dance studio to keep in shape. Perhaps her perfect dream guy exists after all! But when it becomes clear that baseball--not dance--is Jessie's passion, can Maddie find a way to let her dream guy go and appreciate the charms of the amazing guy in front of her?

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Lover of books, music, chocolate, and crafty things. My young adult contemporary debut WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN is out now, and WHAT YOU ALWAYS WANTED is coming March 29, 2016, both from Bloomsbury. Represented by Marietta Zacker of the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency.

Have you had a chance to read WHAT YOU ALWAYS WANTED yet? Have editors helped make your book stronger? Does the sound of rain help you write? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

Jocelyn, Shelly, Martina, Erin, Susan, Sam, Lindsey, Sarah, Sandra, Kristin, and Anisaa


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