Kate Karyus Quinn’s new novel, Another Little Piece, just came out yesterday, and she answered a few of my questions about the novel (described as Stephen King meets Pretty Little Liars-I am so there), and more. Please welcome Kate to the blog!
Your first novel, Another Little Piece, just came out! Will you tell us a bit about it?
It’s about a girl named Annaliese, who is last seen screaming and covered in blood, and then she disappears. A year later she is found, hundreds of miles from home with no memory of who she is or where she has been. The one thing she suspects, though, is that she is not really Annalisese and that she might in fact be some kind of monster.
You have degrees in Theatre and Television and Film Production. What made you decide to write a novel? Was there anything in particular that inspired Another Little Piece?
I have always loved writing. I actually wrote my first book in third grade. Then in middle school I fell in love with theatre. My plan for undergrad was to be theatre and English major, but it was difficult to balance both and English fell onto the back burner. Then I decided to pursue my MFA in film and television, because that medium is really geared towards being a writer/director, and I really thought that would be a wonderful combo. And it was, however, it wasn’t a perfect combo for me. Writing was my first and true love, and when I came back to it after film school it just felt right.
Another Little Piece is suspense with some supernatural/horror elements. What did you enjoy most about writing it?
I really love creating different characters and exploring the relationships between them. Plot is just something for the characters to do and to give them something to talk about. I really enjoyed writing the relationship between Annaliese and the mom, and the relationship between Annaliese and Dex.
I have to ask…how did you celebrate when you found out Another Little Piece had sold?
I was a little too stunned to celebrate at first. But a few weeks after the sale, when nobody jumped out and screamed “gotcha!” I bought myself a pair of leather riding boots as a sort of congratulatory gift for myself.
What are a few of the biggest influences on your writing (authors, novels, other)?
Books, TV, and movies are all big influences on my writer. I am a pop culture junkie and will follow the plots of shows that I don’t want to watch, but still want to know what happens. For example, I watched the first few episodes of Breaking Bad before deciding it was too depressing, but I still follow recaps online because I want to know what happens to those characters. I also love movies love movies like RUN LOLA RUN, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and American Splendor. All of these play with the traditional narrative structure in ways I find really intriguing, but do it without sacrificing heart (unlike a movie like Memento which I find incredibly clever but doesn’t really make me care about the fate of any of the characters). And finally books. I read voraciously everything I can get my hands on.
I honestly can’t even begin to name all the books that have influenced me, because really everything I’ve read has influenced me in one way or another.
If you could experience one book again for the very first time, which one would it be?
Oh wow. Hmmm… I do actually re-read books occasionally and because I have such a crap memory, I often feel like I am reading the book for the very first time again.
When you’re not busy at work on your next project, how do you like to spend your free time?
Well I have a 6 year old son and 3 year old daughter so they keep me pretty busy. I also really enjoy cooking and am a devotee of America’s Test Kitchen.
What’s next for you?
I am right now working on edits for my next book with HarperTeen. (DON’T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME will be out in 2014.
About ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE:
The spine-tingling horror of Stephen King meets an eerie mystery worthy of Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series in Kate Karyus Quinn’s haunting debut.
On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.
A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.
Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese’s fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.