Introducing Kat, Julie, and Vahini!

Hi everyone! Hope you guys have all enjoyed getting to know our newest additions. Now that we’ve introduced them all, we’re doing a quick series of mini-introductions of our older members in case new readers don’t know them so well. And as always, there’s a giveaway at the end!

Kat Zhang

Kat SquareKAT ZHANG is an avid traveler, and after a childhood spent living in one book after another, she now builds stories for other people to visit. An English major at Vanderbilt University, she spends her free time performing Spoken Word poetry, raiding local bookstores, and plotting where to travel next. What’s Left of Meabout a girl with two soulsis her first novel and will be released by HarperCollins on 9/18/2012. She is represented by Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong. You can read about her travels, literary and otherwise, on her website or check her out on Twitter.

What’s Left of Me

(Summary from HarperCollins UK. See HERE for US summary.)

Eva and Addie live in a world where everyone is born with two souls, but where only the dominant one is allowed to survive childhood. Fifteen years old, and closer even than twins, the girls are keeping Eva, the “second soul”, a secret. They know that it’s forbidden to be hybrid, but how could they ever be apart?

When a dramatic event reveals what really happens to hybrids if they are discovered, Eva and Addie face a dangerous fight for survival, neither wanting to be the one left behind…

1. What was the biggest challenge in writing What’s Left of Me?

The dual nature of the characters in What’s Left of Me was definitely a challenge—it’s not often that one has to struggle with correct pronoun use and such for a body inhabited by two people! Also, it took a lot of brainstorming to figure out how this phenomenon might work in a “real” world, and how the two souls would feel about one another and their body as a whole. These considerations meant that even some of the most mundane scenes took a lot of thinking through!

2. Mix me a literary cocktail! What elements would you include in your ideal book (i.e. 2 parts fantasy, 1 shot romance, and a twist of mystery!)

Hmm…Let’s see:

2 parts fabulous characters
1 part heart-pounding action
1 part romance
A shot of snark and wit
An infusion of beautiful, powerful writing<
garnish with a lovely cover

🙂

3. There’s a creeper at the pub! What book are you reading to avoid him?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower ;P

Julie Eshbaugh

JULIE ESHBAUGH used to have trouble staying in one spot. Having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City, Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Early on, Julie focused her artistic energies on filmmaking and online video. She made two short films and then spent several years producing an online video series for teens which received several honors from the Webbie Awards. Creating videos for teens led to writing novels for teens, and Julie has never looked back. You can find Julie on her personal blog, add her on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter.

1. What’s a typical writing day for you?

I try to write every day (emphasis on try!) If it’s a day during the work week, I’ll write when I come home from my day job. I carry a handheld recorder with me at all times, and I dictate ideas during the day so in the evening I do a lot of transcribing. If it’s the weekend, I’ll write a little bit in the morning, a little in the afternoon, a little in the evening, trying to work all my other obligations (like laundry, running errands…) into the breaks. I like to work with my laptop on a corner of the couch, but I often find myself retreating to the bedroom when I need to withdraw from all distractions.

2. Mix me a literary cocktail! What elements would you include in your ideal book?

I would say that my personal ideal book would contain 33% romance (I’m a sucker for a love story!) 33% action and suspense (I love to fear for my characters!) and 33% awesome world-building (I love to get lost in the world of a book, whether it’s fantasy/sci-fi, historical, or just a very convincing back-drop for a contemporary.)

3. What would YOU name your literary pub?

I think I would name it the Ink Drinker, since that’s how I feel when I’m reading a really great book… Gotta drink it in!

Vahini Naidoo

In addition to writing VAHINI NAIDOO has held several other glamorous jobs such as English tutor, bakery assistant, and check out chick. An Australian, Vahini graduated high school at the end of last year, shortly before getting a book deal and turning eighteen. She is now a freshman at the University of Sydney, pursuing a degree in the ever-so-practical Arts.

Fall to Pieces

Seventeen-year-old Ella Logan knows that Mark and Petal are lying about the night their friend, Amy killed herself. But Ella won’t let them bury the truth along with Amy’s body—she’ll do anything to unearth what they’re so desperate to keep secret. Even if it means a fake friendship with a new boy, who reeks of gunpowder and treachery. Even if it means throwing herself off bridges and into the face of deadly questions. Was Amy’s death really a suicide?

1. When you started writing Fall to Pieces, what was the inspiration behind it? A dream? A musical clip? Plain, old-fashioned brainstorming?

The inspiration behind Fall to Pieces is a bit of a strange mix. A teen diary contest, listening to Oasis’ “Champagne Supernova” on repeat, and the presence of a very shiny and pretty garden gnome in my bedroom all conspired to seed the original idea.

2. If you could spend the night at a pub with any 3 authors, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Christopher Marlowe, because I would like to discuss how he managed to be so hilariously witty and dirty in his writing at the same time. Also, because I would like him to introduce me to underworld mafia types and aristocrats at the same time (provided this is not the night where Marlowe’s getting his eye stabbed out and all. Ahem).

Oscar Wilde, because…It’s Oscar Wilde! Nothing would amuse me more than having him beside me making ironic comments and occasionally wandering off to corrupt some youth.

And last, but not least, Jane Austen, for the sheer irony of meeting with Jane Austen in a pub. She is definitely the author I would most love to shout shots for. Many, many shots—because seriously, who doesn’t want to hang out with a drunk Austen?

3. Pub Brawl!!!!! What weapon are you wielding?

A very sharp tongue.

To celebrate our REINTRODUCTIONS (yippee!), we’re giving away an ARC of the highly anticipated YA post-apocalyptic: Kristen Simmons’ Article 5 and a copy of Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.

And be sure to check back tomorrow for our final round of reintroductions and another giveaway. Plus—if you haven’t already—be sure to enter in all the other giveaways still running!


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Make sure to check back tomorrow for interviews with returning members Mandy Hubbard, Savannah J. Foley, Biljana Likic, and Sammy Bina—plus another giveaway! 

           

92 Responses to Introducing Kat, Julie, and Vahini!

  1. Jenelle R. Jan 18 2012 at 4:38 am #

    A fun, interesting plotline. No plotline, so story. 🙂 That’s what I think, anyway.

    • Vahini Jan 18 2012 at 9:29 am #

      Plotlines are pretty important! It’s nice when they’re twisty and turny, but still clear instead of muddling all over the place 🙂

  2. Amie Kaufman
    Amie Kaufman Jan 18 2012 at 5:46 am #

    Kat — oh, I SO hear you on having to work out the science of things you never expected to think about. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks doing that for my editor, and I’m pretty sure my brain has new circuits now…

    Julie — I LOVE the Ink Drinker! We so need an inky cocktail.

    Vahini — Firstly, I looooove Champagne Supernova, and secondly, next time I’m up in Sydney, I say we have a Pub Crawl Cocktail or two.

    • Vahini Jan 18 2012 at 9:32 am #

      Yay Champagne Supernova fans! I think it’s my favourite Oasis song 😀 And next time you’re in Sydney, or I’m in Melbourne, we should definitely have a Pub Crawl Cocktail or two!!!

    • Julie
      Julie Jan 18 2012 at 10:15 am #

      Yes! An inky cocktail! 🙂

    • Kat Zhang
      Kat Zhang Jan 18 2012 at 11:24 am #

      Hehehe! New circuits! I guess we all ought to thank our editors for making us smarter 🙂 (or at least making our books smarter!)

  3. Cassie Jan 18 2012 at 6:40 am #

    Kat: Your book sounds AMAZING! I honestly can’t wait to read it. And LOL at “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

    Julie: Nice name–the Ink Drinker. haha

    Vahini: Drunk Jane Austen? LOL! That’d be…fun to watch! I’m eager to read your novel as well. 😀

    • Julie
      Julie Jan 18 2012 at 10:16 am #

      Hey Cassie! Glad you like the name. 🙂

    • Kat Zhang
      Kat Zhang Jan 18 2012 at 11:25 am #

      Thanks, Cassie! 😀 And glad you appreciated the joke 😉

    • Vahini Jan 19 2012 at 12:01 am #

      Thank you! And I’m glad you agree that a drunk Austen would be hilarious to watch. I keep imagining her saying stuff like, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a gentlewoman in possession of six empty shot glasses has imbibed altogether too much…” hahaha, but I’m sure the reality would be far better.

  4. picyadri Jan 18 2012 at 7:04 am #

    Welcome Kat, Julie and Vahini! I enjoyed reading your interviews, and can’t wait for your books to come out!
    What’s Left Of Me sounds interesting and reminds me a little bit of The Host, so I can’t wait to read it!

    My literary cocktail would be made of a little adventure, mystery, flashbacks, but the most important ingredients are romance and beautiful prose. (So like The Daughter of Smoke and Bone really:)

    • Julie
      Julie Jan 18 2012 at 10:17 am #

      I like your literary cocktail recipe. Sounds like a great book! 😉

    • Kat Zhang
      Kat Zhang Jan 18 2012 at 11:28 am #

      Thank you, picyadri! Your cocktail recipe sounds fantastic. I’m looking forward to the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE sequel!

    • Vahini Jan 19 2012 at 12:02 am #

      Ooh, your recipe sounds fantastic!! I love flashbacks as a device and I haven’t read DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE yet, but I’ve ordered it and am impatiently waiting for it to arrive 🙂

  5. Brandon Scott Jan 18 2012 at 7:23 am #

    The chemistry between the characters, good, or bad. Well that and a really good, fast-paced plot. 😀

    • Kat Zhang
      Kat Zhang Jan 18 2012 at 11:29 am #

      Character chemistry is SO important, I think. Some of my favorite books and especially TV shows are ones where I would honestly watch the characters locked in a white room for the entire book/episode because they’re just so interesting and play opposite one another so well 🙂

    • Vahini Jan 19 2012 at 12:03 am #

      Character chemistry is so important! I think it often drives the plot, because it’s the source of so much tension. Fantastic key ingredient 🙂

  6. Jasmine Stairs Jan 18 2012 at 8:52 am #

    I can only have ONE important ingredient? But that’s not fair! So many things are vital; witty dialogue, pulse-pounding adventure, voice, believable characters…

    However, the thing (weirdly enough) which will make me absolutely into a rabid fangirl of joy is world-building. World-building that’s complex yet believable, and SHINY. So there’s that then.

    • Kat Zhang
      Kat Zhang Jan 18 2012 at 11:31 am #

      Hehe, you can name more than one if you like! 😀 I loove a meticulously crafted world, as well.

  7. Atheena C. Jan 18 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Ugh. One?=)) Romance and Action and Witty Dialogue would be great! But since only one… hmm.. romance 🙂

    • Vahini Jan 19 2012 at 12:05 am #

      A well-executed romance is always, always, always wonderful to read! And I am very particular to witty dialogue, myself, too 😀

  8. Erin Bowman
    Erin Bowman Jan 18 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Kat — I want your literary cocktail, stat. The cover garnish was a nice touch, too 🙂
    Julie — When the Ink Drinker is open for business, let me know. I am SO there.
    Vee — I love seeing the things that inspired your novel. So intriguing, especially that garden gnome!

    So happy to be on this lovely Pub(lishing) Crawl journey with you 🙂

    • Julie
      Julie Jan 18 2012 at 10:49 am #

      Hey Erin! Whether it’s at the Ink Drinker or another pub, we MUST get together for drinks one day. 🙂

    • Vahini Jan 19 2012 at 12:08 am #

      YAY for our Pub(lishing) Crawl journey! 😀 The gnome was just so pretty, I couldn’t resist working it into my manuscript!

      Also, totally crashing you and Julie’s drinks at the Ink Drinker!

  9. Katelyn Larson Jan 18 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Hmm, I’m torn between awesome world building and crazy adrenaline pumping action… I guess I’ll got with action 😉 If only because in a good pulse pounding story, I might end up so absorbed that I won’t even notice a lackluster world.

    • Vahini Jan 19 2012 at 12:09 am #

      Ooh, so true! Great action and narrative drive really can distract from so many other flaws 🙂

  10. Chele Jan 18 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Guuhhh, it’s crazy EPIC how so many of you are debuting this year! I’m looking forward to it ;D Welcome back, Kat, Julie and Vee! <3

    And main, not-to-be-left-out-EVER ingredient? Real, believable, AMAZING characters – not amazing as in they have to be the heroes, but amazing in that they make you adore them, good guy or bad. Plot and world-building are pretty important too, but it's always the characters who make me go from liking a book to loving it to OMGMUSTREREADNOW!

    • Vahini Jan 19 2012 at 12:11 am #

      Thank you!

      And I completely agree with you — I like plot and world building and all of the other stuff, but for me, characters make or break a book. And you’re right, they elevate a book from like to totally intensely mad love 😀

  11. Renae Jan 18 2012 at 11:18 am #

    It would probably have to be a tie between characterization and imagery. My tastes tend to run more toward literary fiction, so plot isn’t an imperative, but characters are. And even though I know it’s going out of “style” as it were, I’m a sucker for description, even the stuff that verges on purple prose.

    • Vahini Jan 19 2012 at 12:15 am #

      Characterisation is the most important thing for me, too! But I love, love, love beautiful and unique imagery as a reader — and as a writer, it’s often my greatest weakness. I’ll sometimes (often) sacrifice the story’s momentum to wax poetic to the point of it being purple. I always have to make crazy cuts to imagery when revising, haha.

  12. Zara Alexis Jan 18 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Zara’s Literary Cocktail:

    4 strong characters
    1 elusive protagonist
    3/4 true setting
    1 plot moving back and forth in time
    3 1/2 tsp. of tension
    1 shot of surprise
    a dash of romance to add sweetness
    a twist of drama (plus 4 squirts of harbouring resentment)
    a gallon of excellent, pure narrative
    a drizzle of lyrical prose
    1 creative title
    2 spell-checks
    3 proofs
    2 cover designs
    1 snazzy jacket
    100% recycled paper
    11 pt. Trebuchet MS
    1 editor (detail-oriented perfectionist preferred – avoid sloppy type)
    1 smooth-talking, ethical agent (must be collegial and business savvy)
    1 supportive publisher
    1 literary grant
    8 hours of quiet per day
    25 quarts of concentration
    100% creativity
    1 extra-patient partner/companion/husband/wife
    one million words of encouragement
    350-380 pages
    10 conversations with personal muse (articulate, wise)
    180 oz. of luck
    90% talent
    150% tenacity
    5000+ tweets
    1 international audience (receptive audience preferred)
    8 translations
    garnished with swag bookmarks, tote bags, buttons, key chains, and/or mugs
    4 book signings
    15 book clubs
    1 national tour
    5 giveaways packs
    1 black and white author photo
    1 60-word biography for back jacket flap
    1 renewable contract
    50% royalties
    1 CIP
    2 ISBNS (pre-ISBN 13 included)
    1 library catalogue
    50 years copyright
    a span of solitude
    an hour of self-doubt
    2 days of denial
    1 week of procrastination
    7 pills of anti-depressants
    A whole lot of guts (not to be confused with fish guts, but of the brave sort)
    Very little Glory
    Some Respect
    Even less Money
    Written with precision, humility, passion, and care.

    Stir well. Watch for froth.
    For sweeter taste, add either 1 Giller Prize or 1 Governor General’s Award.
    Chill with relief.
    Serve with dignity.

    Preparation time: 6 months
    Experience required: A lifetime
    Taste: Varies depending on reader
    Cost: Everything

    Available at:

    Random Drink House
    McClelland & Stewart Brothel
    Doubleday Shots
    E. Knopf Liquors
    HarperCollins Pub
    The Wobbling Penguin
    Thomas & Allen Brewery
    House of a Nancy
    The Pub(lishing) Crawl

    ***
    (c) Zara Alexis D. Garcia-Alvarez

    Thanks!
    Email: zgarcia(dot)alvarez(at)gmail(dot)com
    On Twitter: @ZaraAlexis

    • Kat Zhang
      Kat Zhang Jan 18 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      WOW! Amazing recipe, Zara 😀 I’m super impressed!

    • Erin Bowman
      Erin Bowman Jan 18 2012 at 12:36 pm #

      This recipe is EPIC. Well done, Zara 🙂 🙂

    • Vahini Jan 19 2012 at 12:15 am #

      OMG what a FANTASTIC recipe, Zara!!! Thanks for sharing it 🙂

  13. savannahjfoley Jan 18 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Julie, I will drink the ink with you! It’s the literary version of eating the worm, lol.

    • Julie
      Julie Jan 18 2012 at 11:54 am #

      Savannah, that’s it EXACTLY! 🙂

  14. elena Jan 18 2012 at 11:53 am #

    This is such a good question! I think the most important thing to me is beautiful prose. I really like a book that focuses strongly on its character and doesn’t make me wonder, “How did this ever get published?!”

    • Vahini Jan 19 2012 at 12:17 am #

      Beautiful prose is near the top of my list, too — just beneath character 🙂

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 6:19 am #

      I absolutely adore beautiful prose!!!!

  15. Jessica @ Book Sake Jan 18 2012 at 11:55 am #

    Wilde and Austen are great picks…Marlowe is an AMAZING pick!!!
    – Jessica @ Book Sake

    • Vahini Jan 19 2012 at 12:18 am #

      Oh, I know! I just want to invent a time machine and go back in time so I can steal Marlowe’s brain, or muse, or favourite inspirational beverage of choice. I’m such a fangirl for his work 😀

  16. Jessica @ Book Sake Jan 18 2012 at 11:57 am #

    If I were to make a literary cocktail the most important ingredient would be well disguised sarcasm…in the form of wit.
    – Jessica @ Book Sake

    • Julie
      Julie Jan 18 2012 at 12:22 pm #

      Jessica, I definitely love witty and sarcastic characters. Good choice!

  17. SarahS @ WondrousRea Jan 18 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    The most important ingredient would have to be romance & a action with a touch of Sarcasm!

    • Vahini Jan 19 2012 at 12:19 am #

      A touch of sarcasm is always a welcome addition 😀

  18. Jaime Morrow Jan 18 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Romance, beautiful prose, with a heaping helping of voice 🙂

    • Julie
      Julie Jan 18 2012 at 12:21 pm #

      Voice! A very crucial ingredient! Thanks Jaime. 🙂

    • Vahini Jan 19 2012 at 12:20 am #

      Voice is definitely super important!! I think it’s what makes the reading experience compelling in the first place — fantastic choice, Jaime! 🙂

  19. Kelly Mills Jan 18 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Witty dialogue, definitely. 🙂

    • Vahini Jan 19 2012 at 12:21 am #

      I love witty dialogue! If I could banter like my favourite literary heroines, I think I would die a very happy woman.

  20. Melissa Jan 18 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Plot lines are important and of course, a good sense of pacing, but my most important literary cocktail element would have to be a well-developed character and voice. Without those, a great plot will just fall apart or be less effective IMO.

    • Vahini Jan 19 2012 at 12:23 am #

      Totally agree! Without voice and character, for me, a great plot loses a lot of its effectiveness and the story a lot of its charm.

  21. Hannah Jan 18 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Plotline is definitely important. I like a little action and romance as well.

    • Julie
      Julie Jan 18 2012 at 1:41 pm #

      I am feeling the action and romance love! 🙂

  22. Yahong Jan 18 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Kat, I am so so excited to see how you wrote the dual perspective. Julie, the Ink Drinker is a genius name! Vee — “a very sharp tongue”. Why are you so witty? So smart? *aspires to be like her*

    As for the literary cocktail… hmm, I think I’d say character, just because of the power one can feel through a protag’s actions. And I’d like to add writing, because ever since Markus Zusak became known to me, that’s the one thing I search the hardest for. 🙂

    • Vahini Jan 19 2012 at 12:24 am #

      Haha, thank you! 🙂

      Character and prose are so important to me, and OMG I am such a fangirl for Markus Zusak! His prose is so amazingly beautiful and witty and heartfelt all at the same time. I want to eat it, haha.

  23. Rika Ashton Jan 18 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    @ Zara Alexis: WOW!!! Your recipe is amazing!

    For mine I would add a hint of super-badass, but redeemable villain with a handful of action and adventure and a heaping of romance. To complete, mix it up with many twists and turns.

    • Kat Zhang
      Kat Zhang Jan 20 2012 at 10:53 am #

      Ooh, a complex villain! That’s always great 😀

  24. Krispy Jan 18 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    I’m totally new here, so I loved the reintroductions! Thanks!

    Literary cocktail question is difficult, but I guess the most important ingredient for me would be fantastic characters. I can forgive a lackluster plot or purely functional prose if I love the characters. That said, I’m also a sucker for beautiful prose and witty dialogue. Mostly beautiful prose though. Gets me every time.

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 6:21 am #

      Beautiful prose gets ME every single time, too! It never fails to hook me.

  25. Marina Jan 18 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    Welcome back everyone!!

    My recepie:

    Two to four well thought out characters.
    A good dash of plot.
    Well written dialogue: mix in well and at leisure
    A dash of humor: mix well
    Two or three teaspoons of wit
    A sprinkle of romance
    One big adventure
    One epic story
    A good dash of emotion.

    Mix well.

    • Marina Jan 18 2012 at 7:26 pm #

      That’s *recipe

    • Kat Zhang
      Kat Zhang Jan 20 2012 at 10:53 am #

      Thanks, Marina! Your recipe sounds fantastic 😀 Love the teaspoons of wit 😉

  26. Alyssa Jan 18 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    Kat, your recipe has me drooling. 😉

    For me, it’s characters all the way. Awesome characters that I can care about is my main ingredient.

    • Kat Zhang
      Kat Zhang Jan 20 2012 at 10:54 am #

      Thanks, Alyssa! I do think wonderful characters are top of my must-have list 🙂

  27. Emily Brill-Holland Jan 18 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    My most important ingredient in a literary cocktail would be the one thing the author intends the reader to experience or take away from the book. That one emotion/feeling/understanding that is forever after associated with the book. 🙂 The reason that book was brought into *being* as opposed to just *existing*
    It’s a special ingredient, obviously. Unique to every cocktail, it can be anything in physicality (sea salt, dragon heartstring, spiderlace, a button) because it’s the belief behind the item that truly matters.

    …….I may have to go write a short story now. Excuse me 🙂
    Em

  28. Vivien Jan 18 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    plot. I have issues when there are a lot of holes.

  29. Meredith Anderson Jan 18 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    Hello again, girls! It’s so good to hear from you. We missed you!

    Kat, I so cannot wait to read your book. It sounds absolutely fantastic, not to mention I’m going to be thinking about all the hard work you did when I’m reading it. That does sound like a lot of complicated things to figure out, but exciting, too!

    Julie! you’re writing day sounds like mine. My “try” for writing at the very least winds up being around 200 words. But so far this year I’ve written at least that much, if not more every day! Horray for goals!

    Vahini, your book sounds so intriguing. I don’t know what I would do if that much mystery surrounded someone I loved. How far would I go? I love the premise and I can’t wait to read it.

    As for the most important part of my Literary Cocktail? Dialogue. If a story has stiff dialogue, it’s SO hard for me to believe it’s real. I have to feel like those conversations could actually take place. If it’s stiff and even just a little off kilter, it puts me off and I don’t feel like I can believe the story as much any more. So yay Dialogue!

    Mer
    <3

    • Kat Zhang
      Kat Zhang Jan 20 2012 at 10:51 am #

      It’s great to hear from you again, too, Meredith! So glad you’re looking forward to WHAT’S LEFT OF ME 😀

      As a great lover of dialogue, I totally agree with how important good dialogue is to a story!

  30. Hayley G Jan 18 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    ROMANCE is definitely the key ingredient in my literary cocktail. I cannot wait to read Article 5. It’s my WOW pick for this week! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Shari Green Jan 19 2012 at 12:20 am #

    So pleased to discover this blog! Looks great — I’m looking forward to scrolling back through the posts and getting to know everyone. 🙂

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 6:22 am #

      Awww, thanks Shari! We hope you like what you see 😀 And some of the giveaways from last week are still open, so be sure to enter them as well!

  32. Joan Jan 19 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    I can’t wait till Kat’s book comes out! You’re going to be a true published author!! *squeal*

  33. Melanie McCullough Jan 19 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    I have to agree with the commenter who said voice. If the writer fails to grab my attention with their voice I probably won’t stick around until the end.

    • Kat Zhang
      Kat Zhang Jan 20 2012 at 10:49 am #

      I’ll admit–I can put up with a ton of “bad” aspects of a book if there’s an amazing voice to pull me through! 🙂

  34. Caitlin Vanasse Jan 20 2012 at 1:52 am #

    As I’ve read more and more YA & MG the past years I’ve realized that pacing is actually really important for me. Good pacing can make or break a book I’m trying to read.

    Also can I jump on the ink drinker bandwagon? Sounds like a great place, pub or coffee house.

  35. Caitlin Vanasse Jan 20 2012 at 1:53 am #

    Sorry if this posts twice, I’m having difficulty posting tonight:

    As I’ve read more and more YA & MG the past years I’ve realized that pacing is actually really important for me. Good pacing can make or break a book I’m trying to read.

    Also can I jump on the Ink Drinker bandwagon? Sounds like a great place, pub or coffee house.

    • Kat Zhang
      Kat Zhang Jan 20 2012 at 10:48 am #

      Pacing is super important, right?? I love a book that has the “slow spots” and the action-packed spots spaced out just right so they amplify one another and the reader is never bored or too out-of-breath. 🙂

  36. Valia Jan 20 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    Im thinking Adveture & Romance, with a bit of Science fiction in the mix. That’s the perfect cocktail for me 🙂

  37. Leonicka Valcius Jan 21 2012 at 4:36 am #

    I’d be happy to have characters straight with a fantastic/historic settings as a chaser 🙂

  38. Stephanie Jan 21 2012 at 11:01 am #

    I have to admit I can put up with a lot, but I absolutely hate bad dialogue. If the dialogue is wrong it’s wrongness seeps out into everything else and ruins the book.

  39. Justine Jan 21 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    CHARACTERIZATION.

    If I don’t care about the people, I don’t care about their story.

  40. Lucy Jan 22 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Great characters, romance, action, and a well-paced story just about covers it for my literary cocktail.

  41. Kathleen Smith Jan 23 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    I think Kat’s book looks awesome, it reminds me a bit of the Host though. Literary cocktail? Readable prose.

    • Kat Zhang
      Kat Zhang Jan 25 2012 at 7:53 pm #

      Thanks, Kathleen! A number of people do seem to think of THE HOST upon reading the short synopsis for WHAT’S LEFT OF ME. Of course, as its writer, I think it and THE HOST are pretty different, but we’ll see what the reading public decides in September! 😀

  42. Brandon Scott Jan 25 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    I won… yay, I replied to the e-mail, but I’ve been told it isn’t working well lately, so I’m posting here to reassure myself that you got it. I sent you my mailing address… I was just wondering if you got my response e-mail… please let me know if you did.

    • Kat Zhang
      Kat Zhang Jan 25 2012 at 7:54 pm #

      We did indeed get your email and will be getting your books to you soon! Congrats!

  43. Iesha Jul 25 2013 at 8:44 am #

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