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Interview with Author Kate L. Mary


Book Blurb:

When eighteen-year-old Kara Jones gets into a car accident on the way home from college, she’s left with more than a few bruised ribs, a busted cell phone, and a totaled car. After a slip-up at the hospital, she’s shaken to discover that her family isn’t all it seems. And now her mother’s strange behavior and willingness to do anything to protect her secrets—including pulling Kara out of school—have Kara floundering in the dark.

Enter Derek Miller, a former classmate who’s dealing with family issues of his own. His nerdy charm is too much for Kara to resist, and she’s even more amazed when he agrees to help her dig into her mother’s past. Together they investigate her mother’s old friends and boyfriends, hoping to discover who Kara really is. Instead, they find disturbing connections to the dark history of Kent State University, and an ever expanding maze of mystery surrounding Kara’s birth.

As Kara and Derek chase secrets, she realizes he’s the only person she can trust. But as they get closer to the truth, the disturbing answers reveal a web of evil far darker and further reaching then they’d imagined, leaving Kara to wish she’d never asked the questions in the first place, and to wonder if some secrets are better left untold…


The bar is packed when we walk in. The girls who came with us fan out in different directions—probably on the prowl. Dex motions for us to follow him when he heads back through the crowd, and he stops in front of an overcrowded table where four guys and two girls are sharing a few baskets of fries and mozzarella sticks. There are about a dozen glasses on the table, most empty.

Dex introduces us, and I don’t miss the fact that he skips right over a girl with curly brown hair. She looks vaguely familiar, and her blue eyes snap back and forth between Derek and me. Is this Steph? I still don’t know who she is, but based on the way Derek is shuffling his feet I’d guess she’s his ex. Great. This trip may turn out to be a mistake.

Dex slaps Derek on the arm. “Drinks?”

Derek nods and gives me a quick—and very uncomfortable looking—smile before heading toward the bar with Dex. Leaving me alone. Normally I’m OK with people I don’t know, but the brunette’s icy eyes feel like lightning bolts at the moment.

“Take a seat,” a blond guy who Dex introduced as Mitch says, pulling out a chair.

I glance over my shoulder, but Derek is nowhere in sight, so I sit. The brunette is right across from me.

She holds out her hand. “Steph. Although, you probably should know that since we went to high school together—but I doubt you do.”

Mitch laughs. He curls his fingers into claws and makes a hissing sound at Steph. “Cat fight.”

I plaster a smile on my face and shake Steph’s hand. “You look familiar, but it was a big school. Did we have any classes together?”

Steph’s handshake is like a limp noodle. “Doubtful. I was in the AP classes.”

I want to roll my eyes. “So you and Derek dated?” Clearly, Derek isn’t going to tell me, but I doubt she’s going to have a problem putting it all out there.

Steph nods and tosses her brown hair over her shoulder. She’s cute. Kind of mousy-looking with that tiny nose and the way her mouth bunches up every time she talks to me, but she isn’t a dog. Damn. It’s not like I was hoping his ex would be covered in warts or anything, but would it be too much to ask that she put on a freshman fifty? Steph is tiny.

“So where are you going to college?” Mitch asks, probably to relive the tension.

“I was going to Ohio University.”

“You get kicked out?” Steph snaps.

“Nooo.” I stretch the word out as long as possible while all the words I want to fling at her bounce around in my head. “I was in a car accident on the way home from Christmas break. My mother decided taking a semester off would be a good idea.”

Mitch laughs. “I guess you didn’t agree.”

“Mostly because it was her way of trapping me. Somehow when my car crashed it broke open her closet full of skeletons. She wants to keep me around until I find it in my heart to forgive her for lying to me for eighteen years.”

Everyone stares at me like I just told them I tied Derek up in my red room of pain last night. I clamp my mouth shut and sit back. OK. Too much information for strangers, I guess.


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About Me:

Kate L. Mary is a stay-at-home mother of four and an Air Force wife. She spent most of her life in a small town just north of Dayton, Ohio where she and her husband met at the age of twelve. Since their marriage in 2002, they have lived in Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and California.

Kate enjoys any post-apocalyptic story – especially if zombies are involved – as long as there is a romantic twist to give the story hope. Kate prefers nerdy, non-traditional heroes that can make you laugh to hunky pieces of man-meat, and her love of wine and chocolate is legendary among her friends and family. She currently resides in Oklahoma with her husband and children.


Kate, Keep Calm and Answer These 18 Questions

1. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? I was born in Baltimore, MD, but spent most of my childhood in a small town just north of Dayton, Ohio.

2. Who is your favorite author? Jane Austen. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of reading Pride and Prejudice

3. What is your favorite book? Gone with the Wind. It was the first classic I read. I was 13 and it took me three months to get through the whole thing. I remember when I got close to the end, I stayed up until 3 o’clock in the morning so I could finish. It was a school night, but it was worth it.

4. What do you do when you are not writing? I’m always busy! There aren’t enough hours in the day. I have four kids, so I have laundry and housework and their activities to keep up with. Some days I barely sit down.

5. Do you have a day job as well? I’m a stay-at-home mom, so I guess it depends on who you ask. I say yes.

6. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Get involved in social media. I almost had a publisher pick up my zombie novel last year, but I didn’t have a social media presence, so they passed. It’s hard to find time to do a blog, but just getting on twitter and following other writers or agents really helps. I’ve met some great people that way too, and the writing community is so supportive.

7. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? A gift for sure. Everything that happens, even some of the difficult things I’ve gone, have helped me shape stories and characters. As a writer, I’m constantly getting ideas from little things that happen throughout the day.

8. Where do you write? Usually sitting on my couch with my computer in my lap.

9. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? With four kids, silence is rare. I must have gotten used to the noise, because now I have to have the TV on or music playing even when the kids are asleep.

10. What do you typically drink while writing? Coffee in the morning, Red wine at night

11. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? Time. There’s never enough of it.

12. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? The first book I wrote took me about 6 days. It was so rough and still isn’t in great condition. I’ve revised and edited and made so many changes to it, but I’m just not sure if it will ever get where I want it to be.

13. What has been the toughest criticism so far? I haven’t had a lot of criticism to be honest. The hardest part was submitting it to agents, get a full request and then hearing the “liked it, didn’t love it” rejection over and over again.

14. What has been the best compliment? The best compliment was getting my manuscript back from my critique partner for the first time and seeing how few comments she’d made. Usually when she sent my stuff back it was covered in red, but with Collision she had so few comments I knew I finally had a winner.

15. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Hmmm…There were probably a few small things that were inspired by real life. I doubt I’d ever be able to write something that didn’t. So much of my inspiration comes from daily life.

16. How did you come up with the title? The book starts off with my main character being in a car accident, but it also refers to the past and the present colliding.

 17. Will there be a sequel? Yes! There will be two more books. I’m currently working on the sequel and hope to have it done by the end of summer.
 18. What project are you working on now? So many things! I’m working with my editor on my zombie novel, Broken World, which will be out later this summer. I’m working on the sequel to Collision and revising another manuscript after some feedback from another editor, as well as revising a manuscript I want to submit. Then I have a dozen or so unfished projects. They’re all young adult or new adult, but my ideas are never-ending.
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