Kara has a BA in English/Secondary Education from Stony Brook University. She loves New Girl, sushi, and puppets that say rude things. It’s her dream to own a bakery someday.
Kara was inspired to start writing in part by her grandmother giving her Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and in part by her father’s bizarre antics, such as blow-drying his car. Her father looked like Borat in the 80′s.
Kara lives on Long Island with a Chihuahua named Izzy and a kitten named Felix. Her favorite authors are Gillian Flynn, Stephanie Perkins, and Janet Evanovich. She writes full-time, both on the PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL series and for Warner Brothers Television. She is the writer and co-executive producer of Ladyballs, a dramedy in development at The CW.
Hi, Kara, thanks so much for stopping by!
Can you tell us about Prep School Confidential in 5 words or less?
Expelled rebel solves a mystery.
What inspired you to write Prep School Confidential?
I’ve always loved crime fiction– novels, Law & Order, etc. After several failed attempts to write an adult mystery, I combined my love of crime procedurals with my love for YA.
Most books that surround any type of school have some type of paranormal aspect to them. Why did you choose not to go that route?
I’ve never tried my hand at a paranormal novel. I don’t read a lot in that genre, so I don’t think I’d be very good at writing in it! I do think the boarding school atmosphere lends itself to paranormal goings-on (Harry Potter, House of Night) but I always wanted the story to be firmly contemporary.
Anthony Vs. Brent. How’s that going to play out in the next book?
I don’t want to spoil anything! But I will say that both guys will be back, and there will be much more romance than in the first book. Also, a hint: If you were disappointed by the end of book 1, you will get what you want in book 2!
Speaking of the next book, do you have any juicy details for readers?
Okay, so out of this list of characters, Anne gets hot and heavy with one, gets into a fight with one, goes to one for help, and yells at another on a staircase.
The ending of the book heavily focuses on Matthew Weaver. Is the second book going to be mostly about him?
Yes, Anne will be focusing on solving the mystery of what happened to Matt.
I thought I knew who the murderer was from like the very beginning of the book. I was wrong /= Did you originally know what was going to take place or did it just sort of come to you as you were writing?
Oh, now I really want to know who you thought did it! I knew whodunnit when I started writing. But as I got deeper into the story, a whole new backstory for Isabella started to emerge about why this person killed her.
I swore that Alexis was going to turn into Anne’s helper by the end of the book. Can we expect to see any emotional moments or turning points from her in the future….or is she just forever going to be a bitch?
You have psychic powers! Anne will always dislike Alexis, but I will say that she winds up needing her in book 2.
What is the best book that you’ve read recently?
Oh, I have to pick just one? I really, really loved Amanda Knox’s memoir, WAITING TO BE HEARD, even though it’s non-fiction. I thought it was fascinating look at the Italian legal system and inside prison life there.
What is currently in your TBR pile?
DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin and A GAME OF THRONES by George R. R. Martin.
This or That Questions:
Paranormal or Dystopia? Dystopia
Catching Fire movie or TMI movie? Catching Fire!
Sweet or Savory? Sweet
Cake or Pie? Cake
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
East Coast or West Coast? East
Gossip Girl or 90210? I’ve actually never watched either, but I enjoyed the Gossip Girl Books
Chuck and Blaire or Serena and Dan? Serena and Dan, since Chuck and Blaire never happened in the books.
Ebooks or Hardcopies? Hardcopies
Harry or Ron? Ron
Chinese or Thai? Thai