Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Writers Like Us - Katie McGarry

Words can not express how crazy ecstatic I am to have KATIE McGARRY on the blog today! If you haven't read PUSHING THE LIMITS, what is wrong with–I mean, you totally should! Not only can Katie write some of the steamiest I-hate-you-now-shut-up-and-kiss-me scenes, she can also craft some heartbreaking characters.

**Make sure you congratulate Katie on her RITA nomination too!**

Her answers are below in bold. Let us know what makes Katie like you in the comments.

Katie on Writing
  • I've written five books, and three of them will see the light of day.
  • My favorite type of scene to write is a kissing scene! 
  • No matter how long I've been writing, I still have issues with overusing the same word in a scene. It takes me forever to edit a manuscript as a flip through a thesaurus! 
  • A typical comment from my critique partner is "are they wearing clothes in this scene because if so, you should describe it every once in a while."
  • The book I wished I wrote is The Outsiders. I love that book.
Katie on Getting Published
  • When I was querying, I felt defeated. I never thought my writing was good enough. 
  • The biggest mistake I ever made querying was not looking far enough on a website. I thought I had looked everywhere for a certain agent’s submission guidelines, but I had not noticed the scroll bar that indicated that I needed to scroll down. I submitted on what I hoped was right the procedure and the agent e-mailed back and told me I submitted improperly. 
  • When I got "The Call," my first thought was that this wasn’t happening. That I fell, hit my head, and was in a coma. 
  • When I saw my book sale in Publishers Marketplace, I became so emotional that I walked away from the computer. It was to much to take in.
Katie on Life Outside Writing
  • If I weren't a writer, I'd probably be a stay at home mom. It’s what I am now and I love every second of it!
  • Secretly, I'm terrified of cemeteries. I’d love to watch the Walking Dead, but I’m scared I’ll never sleep again if I do. 
  • Sometimes, when no one is around, I sing, which is a crime. I’m awful at singing!

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.


  1. How topical given Katie's nomination for a Rita award today! Congrats! http://www.rwa.org/p/bl/et/blogid=20&blogaid=364

    1. I just heard! I love it when interviews time up like that :) Congrats Katie!

  2. Congrats to Katie on her nomination!!! I haven't read this one yet but have heard good things :)

  3. Congrats on the Rita, Katie! :)

    I can completely relate to the wording choice issue. I frequently have thesaurus.com open while I'm writing for the same reasons. It's partly to blame for why it takes me so long to write a first draft! And as for querying, I've totally got the "my writing isn't good enough" thing going on too.

    Great interview, ladies!


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