Tuesday, June 19, 2018

0 Kate Evangelista, author of THE BOYFRIEND BRACKET, on the the pleasures of writing on an inclined pillow

We're happy to have Kate Evangelista here to tell us more about her latest novel, THE BOYFRIEND BRACKET.

Kate, what was your inspiration for writing THE BOYFRIEND BRACKET?

Almost immediately, I knew I wanted to infuse TBB with my Filipino roots. This is why Stella is half-Filipino. I grew up in a culture where having an older brother means that you have to deal with his protectiveness. I'm that way with my younger brother. It's an older sibling imperative, I think, to be protective. The thing is, in TBB, Camron definitely takes it to a whole new level with Stella.

What do you hope readers will take away from THE BOYFRIEND BRACKET?

That, at the end of the day, family is important, but we shouldn't let them keep us from expressing our love for someone. Stella and Will kept their relationship secret to spare Camron from getting hurt. I often wonder what would have happened if they had been honest from the very beginning. But, then again, there wouldn't be a book. *laughs*

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

My writing ritual changes depending on the book I'm working on. For TBB, I discovered the pleasures of an inclined pillow and a darkened room. It was so calming. I could really immerse myself in the story. I would probably use the same ritual for my next book.


The Boyfriend Bracket
by Kate Evangelista
Swoon Reads
Released 6/19/2018

Stella has had a hopeless crush on Will, her older brother's best friend FOREVER, but now that Cam and Will have graduated and are going off to college, this year is her chance to really strike out on her own. Without her overprotective brother and his sidekick around to distract her, she can focus on having all the typical high school experiences that she's always dreamed of―starting with finding a boyfriend! With the help of her best friend, Franklin, she comes up with the perfect plan to have a boyfriend by Christmas: The Boyfriend Bracket.

Or it seems like the perfect plan . . . right up until Will starts showing up again. How is she supposed to find the perfect boyfriend when none of her dates measure up to the one boy she can never have?

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When Kate Evangelista, author of No Love Allowed and No Holding Back, was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University - Manila with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently, she writes full-time and is based in the Philippines. 


Have you had a chance to read THE BOYFRIEND BRACKET yet? Do you infuse your novels with your cultural roots? What techniques do you have for immersing yourself in your story? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Jocelyn, Halli, Martina, Charlotte, Anisaa, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, Emily, and Lori Ann

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