Kate Karyus Quinn
I've written before about how I never meant to write a scary book, and yet somehow my debut young adult novel ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE has been classified by HarperTeen as literary horror. On one hand, I get it. There is some scary stuff that happens in this book. Some of it is even bloody. But on the other hand, how did super-squeamish, chickeny little me write a seriously creepy book? I mean seriously, I want to know - how exactly did that happen? Well, I think that it's finally time I go back to the beginning and try to get a handle on this.
So, as usual, it all began with an idea that I fell in love with and I was all
Of course, I should have had some misgivings because this idea that started it all was about a girl who sees a boy she thinks is cute, and then wants to take a bite out of him. Literally.
She isn't a vampire, though. Not a zombie either. She's just a girl who's incredibly hungry,
But not for crabby patties. She was hungry for something a little scarier that that.
So I was still in love with my idea...
But I was also confused.
Because, this idea seemed a little bit scary. And me and scary - we were definitely not friends. How did I know this? Well, from scary in its scariest form - movies. Now some people are like this after watching a horror film:
But for me, you first have to practically force me to watch anything scary.
And then, I began to remind myself:
But that never works. I try to be brave, or at least bluff it out...
But later that night, when I'm trying to sleep - I can't.
Then I hear a noise downstairs, and don't know whether to defend myself...
I usually end up choosing: ALL OF THE ABOVE.
Cause let's face it, there's scary stuff out there.
Monsters under the bed.
Super scary clowns.
Really pissed off girls with supernatural powers.
The bad guy(s) from Scream.
Urban legends that seem like they could be true.
And whatever these tiny little demons are:
So yeah, I was just gonna let that idea go and write something a little less scary. Except... it wouldn't let me go.
Cause thinking of all that scary stuff had left me stuck with this picture of a girl covered in blood.
The girl in blood tied into the girl who wanted to take a bite out of the boy. I didn't know how, but I knew they were related somehow.
And just like that, I was in love with my idea once more.
So, I did what only sane person could do. I became friends with the monsters that I was most frightened of.
And I think it's worked out pretty well.
PS. For people who are not too into the scary stuff here is some kissing - cause there's some of that in the ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE as well.
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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.
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Kate Karyus Quinn has two college degrees - a BFA in Theatre from Niagara University and an MFA in Film and Television Production from Chapman University. In addition, her short romantic fiction pieces have been published in Woman’s World magazine.
After growing up in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY, Kate left her hometown for Southern California and film school. After finishing her degree, she moved with her husband to Knoxville, Tennessee. However, just recently she made the move back home, with her husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would... build character.
Kate is first and foremost an avid reader and unapologetic booknerd. Although, she mostly reads YA and romance, she often samples different genres in her constant search for the next great read.
Kate is represented by Alexandra Machinist of Janklow and Nesbit. Her book, ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE, will be published by HarperTeen in Summer 2013.