August 21, 2015

Blog Tour Interview & Giveaway: Finding Center by Katherine Locke!

Finding Center by Katherine Locke
New Adult, Contemporary Romance
District Ballet Company #2
Expected Publication: August 17th, 2015

Zed and ballet are my two greatest loves.

But a tragic accident ripped them from Aly's life six years ago and it took all her strength to get them back. She’s had a long road to recovery and has returned, dancing full-time for The District Ballet Company and carrying Zed’s child. But Aly is slipping. Each day becomes a fight to keep her career from crumbling under the weight of younger talent, the scrutiny of the public eye, and the limitations of her ever-changing body. A fight she fears she’s losing.

I’m scared Aly is broken to her core.

Zed recognizes signs, but he doesn’t know how to fix her. The accident left him with his own demons, and while he wants nothing more than to take care of Aly, it’s getting harder the further she spirals. When Aly’s life is threatened and Zed’s injuries prevent him from saving her, he’s never felt so useless, so afraid he is no longer capable of being the man Aly and their child needs.

With new life comes new hope. And with their fractured lives already hanging by a thread, Aly and Zed must discover if they have what it takes—both together and apart—to rebuild and carry on.



About the Author

Katherine Locke lives and writes in a very small town outside of Philadelphia, where she’s ruled by her feline overlords and her addiction to chai lattes. She writes about that which she cannot do: ballet, time travel, and magic. When she’s not writing, she’s probably tweeting. She not-so-secretly believes most stories are fairy tales in disguise. She can be found online at and on Twitter: @bibliogato.


Interview with Katherine

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your latest/upcoming release.
I’m Katherine Locke and I write both New Adult romance and Young Adult novels. Finding Center is my second book and it’s the sequel to Second Position (there’s also a free prequel novella called Turning Pointe). Finding Center is about what comes after the Happily Ever After, that love and life together is a work in progress and it’s not always smooth sailing. It’s more banter, a little more sexy, and a little more dance than Second Position, plus some new and fantastic characters I enjoyed writing!

2. What's the one piece of technology you can't live without? 
My computer. I mean, I really love my phone too but I can leave my phone behind. I feel naked without my laptop with me at all times. It’s a bit of a problem!

3. If you could choose one book cover to put on your wall as a poster, what would it be? 
Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour. That cover is stunning. It’s soft, romantic, elusive, hopeful…everything that book is.

4. What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?
Is it wrong to say tweeting? Because that’s probably the most honest answer. I also spend a lot of time on Pinterest, tumblr, and rolling around on the floor with my cats.

5. How much of the characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
Zed and Aly each have a little bit of me in them. Because Aly shares some of my mental illnesses and has the same hair color as me, people assume she is me. But I’m probably more like Zed, in both personality and in my sense of humor.

6. What is your favorite holiday?
Pesach, also known as Passover, a Jewish holiday telling the story of the Exodus. I love the story, I love the music, I love the food, I love the rituals…everything about Pesach is my favorite.

7. What is your favorite book of all time that you can reread a hundred times, and it still feels like the first time?
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle and I find that Fire by Kristin Cashore also works like this for me.

8. What scene was your favorite to write?
The second chapter. That’s all I can say ;)

9. What scene was the hardest for you to write?
Opening chapters are always, always the hardest for me to write. This one was no different!

10. How different would you say the final version of [book titles], is from the first draft?
MASSIVELY DIFFERENT. This was a hard book to write. My first draft ended at 40,000 words (PS that is not NA/romance book length) and I freaked out about it. Full on tears, crying in Barnes & Noble that I had run out of book to write. My CP and writing friend Steve helped me replot it and I added about 30,000 words in the next draft. Then I cut about 10,000 and added a new 10,000 before I turned it in. And when I got my edit letter, two of the three subplots I had added to the book in that second draft needed to be cut. The core of the story stayed the same, but the book itself changed a great deal. I think maybe 15-20,000 words remain from that first draft. So less than a third of the book survived the drafting/revision/editing process.

This is or That
Cat or Dog? Cats.
Ice cream or Sorbet? Sorbet
Heels or flats? Flats. I fall down. A lot.
Knives or sword? I’d love to say sword but I have no upper body strength. Knives
Coffee or Tea? Tea because I drink a lot of chai tea lattes.
Iced tea or hot tea? Depends on the weather!
Snow or rain? Snow
Movies at home or Movie Theater? Home!
Soda or Juice? I should say juice but…Soda.
Twitter or Facebook? Oh, Twitter, by a long shot.
Actual book or eReader? Both! I read most of my NA and romance on my ereader but I still like most of my Young Adult books in physical form.
Actual book or Audiobook? I’m only just getting into the audiobook thing but I’m liking it. Still better at reading words on the page than listening though so physical book!
Spring or Summer? Spring
Fall or winter? Winter? Except I hate being cold? But I think winter.
Long Sleeves or Short Sleeves? Short
Young Adult or New Adult? I can’t choose!
Vampires or Werewolves? I don’t do fangs. But I do like Rhiannon Held’s SILVER series so…werewolves.
Ghost or Zombies? Zombies.
Action movies or Chick flicks? Both. <= cheater
Horror movies or Mystery movies? Mystery.
Mountain views or Ocean views? Mountains

Great interview - Thanks Katherine!


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