Meet the Author of WARNING! YOU MIGHT FALL IN LOVE WITH ME, Kate Evangelista!
Meet the third of our four new authors, Kate Evangelista! The title says it all: Warning! You Might Fall in Love With Me is a delightful summer romance full of fabulous parties and light-hearted humor that we couldn’t help but swoon over. Here’s a short message from Kate, and be sure to check out her Q&A below to find out what makes her so swoonworthy. If you want to know more about Kate, check out her website at www.kateevangelista.com or follow her on Twitter @KateEvangelista.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I started writing in high school because my English teacher made everyone write a short story as a class requirement. Completely changed my life. I would sit in front of my father’s electric typewriter and churn out badly written love stories. Then I would bind the pages together and bring them to school. My classmates would pass them around and start reading. Even the girls who were bullying me read my stories. How crazy was that?
Was that the time I knew I wanted to be a writer? No. I actually wanted to be a doctor. I only started seeing writing as a potential career and not just a hobby after two teaching jobs and one desk job. I realized I would rather live my life doing something I loved than just surviving doing something because I had to. Not a way to live. That was five years ago. I took several risks and many of them paid off. I’ve never been happier.
How did you come up with the idea for Warning?
The idea for Warning came to me during one of my after dinner walks. I had this sudden image of a surfer boy floating in the water on his board thinking about his future when he spots a girl falling off a cliff. He saves her and their lives change forever. I didn’t immediately write the story since I was busy with other writing projects. Good thing too because when I did start writing Warning, the story had changed into what it is today. The girl is still falling off the cliff, sure, but the boy is no longer a surfer.
How long did it take you to write Warning? What is your process?
Two weeks. Yes, two. I just got back from a writing conference and was eager to try out the new techniques I’d learned. I dusted off my Warning idea and sat down. That was August 2014 — the first time I wrote two chapters a day because I would usually just write one. I wrote the second book, Disclaimer: I Like Boys, shortly after then continued on to Jackson’s and Natasha’s story called Yield. Let Me Love You. Three books in two months nearly killed me, but it was so worth it. Something in me asked to push and push until I finished Didi’s and Caleb’s and everyone else’s story. Edited Warning like a madwoman, got it as clean as I could the whole of September, and then submitted it to Swoon.
If you could spend one day inside any literary world with any literary character, where and who would it be?
If I had one day to spend in a literary world it would be in Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas with Jack Devlin, who I consider my number one book boyfriend. If you haven’t read this book, you should.
What is your playlist for Warning?
The entire Maroon 5 Overexposed album. But if there is one song that perfectly describes Didi’s and Caleb’s story, it would be Love Somebody by Maroon 5, which is track 6 in the album. Read Warning then listen to the song. You’ll see what I mean.
Which character do you relate to most, if any in Warning?
I think that would be Didi. I know the feeling of the high that comes from creating. There are days when I’m moody. There are days when I’m confident. And then there are days when I’m so shy I can’t even look people in the eye. When she’s attending all those parties with Caleb I wish I could be her: confident, charming, and can hold her own. I usually just stand in a corner waiting for the time I could go home. *laughs*
What makes you swoon?
Sweet nothings. Simple acts of kindness. A scruffy jaw. Bright eyes. A sexy grin. Oh, and abs.