Saturday, February 14, 2015

0 Kate Kae Myers, author of INHERIT MIDNIGHT, on improving your skills by writing more

What scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?

All the wild action scenes were crazy fun to write. However, without giving too much away, my favorite scenes are when Avery reads a series of secret letters written to her. There’s a lot of personal emotion invested in those quiet scenes, and in some ways they feel the most powerful.

How long did you work on INHERIT MIDNIGHT?

I’m kind of a feast-or-famine writer. I’ll go months without writing, but once the story hits and the ideas start coming, I’m obsessed. I wrote INHERIT MIDNIGHT in about two and half months.

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

My road to publication was rough, full of pot holes and what sometimes felt like land mines. I started writing my first book at age 19 and it was fairly awful—though of course I didn’t know it at the time. But I kept at it, trying many different genres over the years and even having a few books published by both a major publishing house and a couple of smaller presses (under a different name than I now use). Eventually I sorted through all my unpublished manuscripts, including that first one I wrote at 19, and destroyed around 1,500 pages of unwanted writing. Although those works weren’t good enough to be published, I also realized they helped me learn the craft of writing and that the more I continued to write, the more my skill as a storyteller would improve.

Was there an AHA! moment along your road to publication where something suddenly sank in and you felt you had the key to writing a novel? What was it?

Yes, that definitely happened to me, but it involved genre. It was the moment I realized that I had been “writing in the wrong place” for a long time. I’d been creating novels for adults when what I needed to do was write Young Adult books. Once that realization hit, I had a long talk with my agent and we parted on good terms, since she didn’t handle submissions for the YA market. After that I dove into writing main characters who were teens and for the first time it felt like I could breathe. Telling stories for girls like Jocelyn and Avery was what I should have been doing all along. After that, I found a new agent—a perfect fit for me as she loved THE VANISHING GAME—and after that everything started falling into place.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

Keep pressing forward. The more you write, the more your skill will increase. It’s like the runner who hits the wall, pushes beyond, and suddenly they feel like they’re flying. That sort of exhilaration can happen to you too, and when it does you know that the writing has changed you and it’s something you have to keep doing.


Inherit Midnight
by Kate Kae Myers
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Released 2/10/2015

The Competition:

Outlandishly wealthy Grandmother VanDemere has decided to leave her vast fortune to the family member who proves him or herself worthiest-by solving puzzles and riddles on a whirlwind race around the globe, from the mines of Venezuela to the castles of Scotland. There will be eight competitors, three continents . . . and a prize worth millions.

The Players:

Seventeen-year-old Avery is the black sheep of the VanDemere clan, the ostracized illegitimate daughter. Finally, she has a chance to prove herself . . . and to discover the truth about her long-lost mother.

Marshall might be Avery's uncle, but there's no love lost between the two of them. He's her main competition, and he'll do anything to win-including betray his own children.

Riley is the handsome son of Grandmother VanDemere's lawyer. As the game progresses, Avery falls hard for Riley. Suddenly, losing the game might mean losing him, too.

As the competition takes treacherous turns, it becomes clear there can only be one victor. Who can Avery truly trust? And is winning worth her life?

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Kate Kae Myers lives with her family in Boise, Idaho where she works for a local school district as a sign language interpreter. She invites you to visit her website where you can find her full bio, read a sample chapter from her book, THE VANISHING GAME, follow her blog, and download Jack's clues.

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