Blog Tour: Q&A with Kate SeRine

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Hello, my lovelies!!! Today we get to be a stop on the blog tour for Kate SeRine’s third Transplanted Tales Novel, ALONG CAME A SPIDER. If you’re not reading these, you should definitely get them on your TBR list, pronto. Traditional fairy tales, recreated in the best, non-traditional way!! LOVE those kinds of stories!! And apparently LOTS of others do, too… considering RED (Transplanted Tales, #1) won an RWA sponsored National Readers Choice Award a few weeks ago!! CONGRATS to Kate for such a fantastic accomplishment!!

Big thank you to Kate for taking a bit of time to answer some “get to know you” questions for us. (Despite our spam box do-si-do, lol!) Check out some fun facts about her below, and then enter to win an awesome package of books, $, & swag!!!

Kate-SeRineThank you so much for taking a few minutes to answer some questions for us.

Thanks for having me by for a chat! It’s always a pleasure.

1) When you write, do you prefer quiet, or do you listen to music? If you like music playing, what is your preferred genre? Do certain characters have their own personal “soundtrack”?

I need music, no question! I like to listen to pretty much every style of music but tend to gravitate toward hard rock and alt rock as a general rule. That said, if there’s a certain tone I’m going for in my writing, I’ll put on something that helps set the mood. If I’m writing a battle scene, then I guarantee the bass is thumpin’.

2) Where do you write? In an office, at the dining room table, at a local coffeeshop? Do you prefer to write alone or with a group? If you write with a group, do you also read/critique each other’s work?

I tend to write curled up with my laptop in a big comfy chair in our living room. I don’t do well writing with a group of people because I need to be “in the zone”. But I have a great group of writer friends who I can call or email if I need to bounce some ideas around.

3) How do you prepare for release day? Are you calm and focused, or do you get stressed? Do you like to make promotional appearances or stay at home to watch lists and numbers?Along-Came-A-Spider-eBook1

I wish I could say I prepared for a release day, but as they always take place during the week, it’s usually pretty crazy. I still work full-time at a day job, so I’m usually at the office and can’t really monitor what’s going on or enjoy the fun that goes along with releasing a novel. One of these days I’m going to learn to take the day off and just soak it in! LOL I do typically have some sort of blog guest post, review, etc. scheduled for that day, however. And the other writers I know are always there to help me celebrate online.

4) What was your favorite Halloween costume (or other costume party costume)?

Oh, wow… I love Halloween!!! I don’t really dress up much anymore, but probably one of my favorites from when I was a kid was when I dressed up like an alien. I had a huge green blow-up thing on my head and everything. It was great! I’ve always been a nerd that way. 😉

5) If you could go anywhere on vacation (and not interfere with your deadlines), where would you go, and what 3 items (besides food and clothes) would you bring with you?

I’d go to the UK and do a month-long tour. I’ve never been and have always dreamed of going. Aside from food, clothing, and my family, I’d bring my phone (can’t get along without it these days), my iPad (for catching up on my reading), and a journal for recording all my experiences. I’m still old-school in that I do a lot of writing by hand.

6) What song best describes your life? If you can’t think of one, who would you want to write/perform a song just for you?

The circus theme pretty much fits my life… I’m always juggling about ten million things at once! If I was going to have a theme song composed for me, though, I’d probably ask Apocalyptica to do it. LOVE their music!

7) If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would be it and what would you do all day?

RED-final-ebook7Hmm… That’s a tough one! I’d love to do a “girl’s night” with my heroines – Tess “Red” Little, Lavender Seelie, and Trish Muffet, just hanging out and chatting. They’re definitely gals I’d be friends with.

8) What world record would you love to set for the Guinness Book of World Records? (Remember, they take ALL KINDS of interesting talents into account. Some world records include *fastest 100m sprint, barefoot, on ice = 17.35 secs… *fastest pumpkin carving of a face = 24.03 secs… *longest distance pogo stick jumping = 23.11 miles)

I’ve honestly never thought about that! Once upon a time, I might’ve said fastest diaper changer. When my kids were little, I was a pro! Now? Probably something having to do with multitasking!

9) If you could have one word removed from the English language, from all dictionaries and out of everyone’s vocabulary, what would it be, and why? If you could ADD one word, what would it be?

“Vacay” is the one I’d remove. That one drives me crazy.

I’d add “sucktacular”. Sometimes it just says it all…

10) What is one thing about you that your friends know and you would love your readers to know as well. Or… if you’re in a giving mood… what is one story that your friends LOVE to talk you into telling that you don’t generally volunteer?

My life is full of crazy stories. I’m one of those people that things just happen to, particularly when I’m traveling. My honeymoon was kind of a disaster (really long story), so when my husband and I celebrated our first anniversary, we decided to just go to Chicago for a few days—it’s somewhere close to home and is a city we love. But when we pulled up to the hotel, we found it surrounded by federal agents and had to sit in line to wait our turn for them to come around and inspect our car for bombs, etc. (We found out later that there was a major convention going on there with prominent world leaders and so the hotel had been identified as a potential target for terrorists.) As we’re sitting there waiting, my husband turns to me and says, “You know… I had normal vacations before I married you.”

And it’s true. Poor guy. At least he can say vacationing with me is never boring! 

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I hope this was something different, and that you had fun telling us a little more about yourself. Congratulations on all your successes, and good luck with all you have planned for the future!

Thanks so much! And thanks again for having me by. This was a lot of fun!!

If you’d like to check out the rest of the stops on the ALONG CAME A SPIDER tour, you can click the image at the top of this post. Kate’s doing lots of other Q&A’s and fun guest posts. Now… WHO WANTS TO WIN SOME TRANSPLANTED TALES GOODIES???

WordPress doesn’t let me post the actual rafflecopter widget, but clicking the link below will take you to the contest 🙂

Good Luck everyone!!

Click Here For Chances To Win Transplanted Tales Books, A $50 Giftcard, And Swag!!

4 Comments

  1. Comment by Kate SeRine (@KateSeRine):

    Thanks again for inviting me by for a chat! 🙂

  2. Comment by hcollins1:

    Love this series so far!! I kind of started backward starting with Along Came a Spider but once I started it Red was right behind. Hope to get the chance to read The Better To See You this weekend!!! =)

  3. Comment by Kate SeRine (@KateSeRine):

    Thanks so much! I’m glad you’re enjoying the series! 🙂

  4. Comment by evamillien:

    Thanks for sharing the great interview and the giveaway. I read Along Came a Spider and I loved it. I am getting the 1st 2 as soon as I can and I am looking forward to future Transplanted Tears. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do. evamillien at gmail dot com

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