I’m so excited to have Katy Evans with us this week! 😀 I finished reading Manwhore and LOVED it! I mean it when I say that I can’t wait for you all to read it!
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To get you excited as I am, we’re also offering a GIVEAWAY! Yep, YOU can win a paperback copy of Manwhore once it’s out! Keeping reading to find out how to enter.
To you joining us now, thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy the first part of our interview! Friday we’ll be posting the second half, where Katy talks more about her NEW series! Stay tuned! ❤
What’s a typical day like in the life of Katy Evans?
Hey Tiffany! Thanks so much for having me over today.
I start writing as soon as I wake up, always with a cup of tea or coffee. First I try to go through any emails or pressing things I need to do, then I write for a few hours straight, get lunch ready for the kids, and come back to my computer for another couple of hours during the afternoon. When I’m in the “flow” and can’t pull away from the book, I may write 12 hours straight. My husband knows when I’m “there” because I’m completely spaced-out and unable to lift my eyes from my screen, and I love that he knows me so well, he takes lunch into his own hands and drives the kids wherever they need to go so that I don’t miss the momentum. I’m truly lucky to be blessed with their support!
Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
It started when I was 12 and I picked up a Sweet Valley High book. From there, I moved to romance, then I started reading everything that I could. I’m in love with love stories though, and it was after reading my first few romances that I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. I desperately wanted to share with someone, anyone, the stories that had started popping up in my head, not even quieting when I went to sleep.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way, either growing up or as an adult?
I think every book I’ve read has marked me in little or small ways. I’m eternally grateful to all the authors I read when I started romance – Judith McNaught, Johanna Lindsey, Julie Garwood, Jude Deveraux, they completely made me fall in love with their stories, their writing, their heroes, their heroines. I cherish those authors and books to this day.
Do you remember the first thing you ever wrote?
Absolutely. It was a historical, THE EMERALD LADY, which contained all the rage at the time (I was 15): a red-haired, green-eyed vixen who was actually a highway robber. I didn’t make it past Chapter Three but I thought it was so good and it was so, very very bad! I’m so glad I kept trying.
What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Writers are lovers of words. Words hurt us. For a critique to be helpful, it needs to be well-thought out and more factual than simply a personal attack; personal attacks help no one.
The best compliments come in any way, shape or form, but I’m always touched when I hear from readers who take the time to reach out and tell you why or how much my stories connected with them. This connection with the readers, the fact that they allow themselves to connect with my books, is the best compliment of all. But truly, simply being read is something I’m so grateful for.
Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so, how do you get out of the funk?
When I feel blocked, I usually step back and leave the book for a few days, and when that doesn’t work, I reread it or ask an author friend to give it a read and help me pinpoint whatever is not working in the story. Usually a fresh perspective and a little distance help solving the problem; or at least “spotting” the problem causing the block so that you can go ahead and fix it.
What part of the writing process is the hardest for you, whether it’s the first draft, rewriting or editing?
The hardest part of the writing process usually comes at the beginning for me. The very start of the book. They need to be just right. You need to set up the story, the characters, their problems, their goals, and establish a clear connection with the reader. Why will he or she (the reader) care about this character? And why is it important that they keep reading? Sometimes, I’m in the middle of the story, when I realize that I’m not starting at the correct place. So I go back and rework it, just to make sure I have everything set up in place.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what do you listen to?
Music is definitely a must while I write. I always have a different playlist for each of my books. These are songs that somehow jumped at me and for some reason resonate with my story. I play my book’s playlist all through the writing of the book and I love that, when I’m done and I hear one of the songs, I’m instantly transported back to my people.
If you could describe the Manwhore series in 3 words what would they be?
Modern. Intense. Burning.
If you could go back and talk to “pre-writer” Katy, what would you tell her?
Be patient and persist, Katy. Keep on writing and keep on reading and above all, keep on trying. By the way, you are awesome. You SO are! 😀
Stay tuned for PART TWO of our interview
coming up this Friday, 3/20!
Grab your copy of the NEW series! 😀
(BOOK 1: Out 3/24) (BOOK 2: Pre-Order)
Check out the “REAL” series by Katy!
About the Author:
Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…