Author Interview with Kate Karyus Quinn


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don't you forget about meWelcome to Gardnerville.

A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.

There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.

Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.




About the author:


Kate Karyus Quinn is an avid reader and menthol chapstick addict. She has lived in California and Tennessee, but recently made the move back to her hometown of Buffalo, New York, with her husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would… build character. Another Little Piece is her first novel.


Author Interview:

Random facts:

I have four sisters and no brothers. I love to sing. Even though I live in a cold climate (Buffalo, NY area) I don’t ski or enjoy any other cold weather activities… except sitting under a pile of blankets with a book. That counts, right?

Best movie you’ve watched recently? Austenland. Pitch Perfect. Captain America 2: Winter Soldier

Favorite all time song? Just one? Umm… “It’s A Hard Knock Life” from Annie. Okay, I don’t think I actually have a favorite song, but I do enjoy the heck out of that one.

Celebrity crush? Okay, so I don’t really fall for celebrities, but rather the fictional characters that they play. So take for example Christian Bale. Now, I know you think I’m gonna say Batman, but no. He was a little humorless to be honest. So yeah, the Christian Bale character I fell for is from much further in the past – in fact if you saw this movie when it was first released it was almost certainly on VHS. And that character was Jack in Newsies. OMG when he sings “Santa Fe”… I just can’t. And a more recent character crush is Danny Castellano from the Mindy Project. I think this Buzzfeed ( listicle covers pretty much all the reasons and especially the dance. Yeah, the dance. So clearly, I have a thing for dudes who dance and sing. …And who are fictional. You know what? II’m okay with that.

Favorite takeout? Sushi (usually from Wegmans)

Favorite TV show? Mad Men

Top 3 authors who inspire you? Jandy Nelson (I just read an ARC of her new book, I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, and OMG it was soo soo good. It seriously just wrecked me in the best possible way.), Melina Marchetta, and E. Lockhart.

Favorite book to movie adaptation? This is a cheat because I haven’t read the book, but I love THE ENGLISH PATIENT movie. I actually a copy of the book somewhere in my house and plan to get around to reading it someday, at which point I will almost certainly be like, “Auugh the book was still better!!!”

Most memorable book signing? My first one, on the release day of ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE, my debut novel. All my friends and family came to the party, and to have everyone there and so supportive meant so much to me.

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Can you tell us about your book, Don’t You Forget About Me in 20 words or less? In a town of secrets, Skylar stop forgetting and finally figure out what happened to her older sister.

What was your inspiration behind Don’t You Forget About Me? Pffft. Who knows. Seriously. I have no idea where this idea came from. It sort of grew from one scene and then spread outwards from there.

You write standalones instead of series. Is there a reason for that or do you intend to do a series later on? I would love to do a series someday for sure. Right now, all my ideas just seem to lend themselves to a story that’s contained in one book.

Your books have a really spooky quality to them. Do you ever freak yourself out while writing? I haven’t yet. But I think that’s because I am so inside of the character.

What was your favorite scene to write in DYFAM? The opening scene where the main character’s sister leads a bunch of her classmates to the old train bridge.

Hardest scene to edit out? The end was so difficult to get right. I rewrote that a whole bunch of times.

Do you have a favorite quote from the book? “Without another word he counts seven pills and places them in the hollow at the center of my palm. For a moment I stare down at them sadly, wondering why I’d wanted them so badly. Thinking I should throw them back in his face. They take away sorrow, they take away pain, and they leave great gaping holes in my life. “You’ll only remember the good times.” That had been Elton’s promise nearly four years ago when he’d pressed the pill into my hand. Had it all been a lie? Did the pills take the good with the bad? Or is there just not that much good left to be remembered, after all the bad bad has been whittled away?”

Are you currently working on anything else that you can tell us about? I just signed the contract for my third book with HarperTeen coming in early 2016, right now titled DOWN WITH THE SHINE. It has moonshine, wishes, a dead best friend, and a serial killer father. Sooo… I’m definitely sticking with the dark YA thing.

What is the best book you’ve read recently? Just two days ago I read THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS by Sarah Ockler and that was just fantastic. I love reading contemporary YA like this book, with romance and realistic family issues and a main character with a really terrific and believable voice. I highly recommend this book.

What is currently in your TBR pile? The next book on my to-be-read list is Justina Ireland’s PROMISE OF SHADOWS. I am super excited for that one. I also have THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO on my bedside table cause I have heard SO MANY good things about that.