Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Author interview and giveaway with Kate Bowyer

Kate is the author of Isolation, the first in The Lost Angel series.

Here is what the blurb says:

Goodreads blurb: When Christian's grandmother begs a demon to take away her suffering and let her die, she unknowingly puts the life of her grandson in danger.
Soon after her death, terrible accidents start to happen around Christian and the unexplained bumps in the night now happen in the full glare of imagethe day with real consequences. These paranormal activities send his father to the local tavern every night and his mother to the mental ward.
Things outside of home are just as bad, for at school he's known as the freak with all the kids and teachers afraid of him. Christian's only companions are his Guardian Angel and a demon, but they're after just one thing.........his soul.
As he gets older his only thought is to escape these two powerful beings and to lead a normal life, but he can't do it alone. Then at one of his lowest points, Ariel walks into his life and gives him hope for the future.
The demon, not willing to give up the boys soul, plays out his final act leading Christian into a no win situation with someone he should have been able to trust the most.

Sounds like a must read!  

Let’s get to know Kate a little better.

Kate, when did you start writing? Technically my first book was done in second grade. My book was about a dog, I did all of the drawings, and it was horrible. My mother got my older sister to “help me” and I remember that she went through and put a bunch of “he said” and “she said” into my masterpiece, which I thought made the story terrible. I didn't start writing again until college.

What inspired you to write this book? I knew two things right away, I was looking to write a scary story and I wanted to write one with a Guardian Angel in it. But I also had this thought sitting in my head, why do bad things happen to good people? With those three things I came up with Isolation.

Did you listen to any music while writing your book? Most days I needed just good old fashioned quiet to write, but there were a few times that I went into Pandora and put on Gregorian Chants. If you read the book I bet you'll get a hankering for them also.

What kind of research did you have to do? I did a lot of research into both angels and demons; what people's beliefs are in them, and what their stories were in the bible. I also researched names for the main characters and some things about the Catholic church.

What is your next project? I'm currently writing book 2 in The Lost Angel Trilogy. After this series I already have plans for a dystopian book that I'll be diving into. I've actually had that idea for much longer than my current project.

What is the hardest thing about being an author? For me it's wanting to please everyone. I want every reader to enjoy themselves with my book. I'm a big reader and I know the sinking feeling I get when a book I'm reading just doesn't deliver like I want it to.

Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say? I've heard from some readers and it's very exciting for me. The most common things I hear is that they really liked the story, they thought the characters were strong, and they loved all the twists in it, especially how shocking the ending is.

What is in your own TBR pile? And do you read very much? My Goodreads TBR list is fairly large, but a few of the titles are, “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner, “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger and “The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb” by Melanie Benjamin.
I've been a big reader since 4th grade. I remember how magical it felt to go to the school's library and pick out a book that would whisk me far away. I even had an imaginary place where I'd always read. It was inspired by the “Secret Garden” and it was a cabin in the woods where all day long it drizzled outside while I'm inside next to a fire just reading and reading.

Where do you like to hang out when your on the web? That's easy I love twitter, there are just so many interesting people on it and I love the instant connections. I also love to hang out on Goodreads, I mean a place where people can chat about books all day long is just for me.

Author Bio: KATE BOWYER is a wife and mother who has written and published short stories, with Isolation: A Cursed Soul being her first full length novel. She lives with her family and two dogs in Idaho where she takes her inspiration from the haunted house she calls home, classic old time Hollywood horror movies and the attic that she sits and writes in.

My website: http://katebowyer.com
Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Isolation-Cursed-Angel-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B005HG6BGO/
Barnes&Noble Page: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/isolation-kate-bowyer/1104896843
International Sales: http://phibblebooks.com/isolation-a-cursed-soul-kate-bowyer.html

Kate is giveaway an eCopy of Isolation: A Cursed Soul to a lucky commenter. 

Just leave a message for Kate and I will draw a name on 29 November 2011.

Thank you so much for joining us today, Kate.  We wish you much success for the future.

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