Interview by E. Fifield
Katelyn is a current ninth grader here at LakeVille Memorial High School with a sweet gentle manner and a quick sharp mind. Today, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing this young lady, about her new book that is being released today, called The Last Emerald.
Katelyn wrote the book as part NaNoWriMo, an annual event in which authors challenge themselves to write an entire novel in one month.
Here is the interview that was conducted today.
Is this the first time you’ve had something published?
“Yeah, it is.”
What made you decide to write a book?
“Mr. Petty brought it up to all of the English classes, and I’ve always liked to write. I had many story ideas and wrote them down. The one I ended up going with, just kind of stuck.”
Are you excited about the book being published and released?
“Yeah, I’m really excited.”
What is the story itself, what does it mean to you?
Well, it kind of became a piece of me after awhile. The characters just came to me, you kind of get to know them on your own terms and when I finished the book I was kind of sad. Because it was just over, and I don’t know if I’m going to write a sequel or not, but I did leave it on a cliff hanger, so maybe next year I will do another one.
Were you scared to have something you wrote published, and out in the public eye?
Yeah, I think I was. There wasn’t a lot of time to go through and edit it, so I know there are some mistakes. I don’t want anyone to be disappointed, or say it wasn’t a really good book. I’m just hoping everybody likes it.
Did anyone encourage you to work on this project?
Oh yeah, in the beginning it was my parents who encourage me to do the program and then it was my best friend who talked me through it, becauseshe likes to write too. We helped each other, she was going to be in the program too, but she didn’t end up finishing her book. We would have these long discussions, like about how the book is going to turn out and she really helped me through my writers block.
What do you think was the hardest challenge for writing this book?
Well, definitely doing the book in thirty days was not easy, I couldn’t really not type for one night or I would be 1,000 words behind. So it was a kind of thing were I would sit in front of my computer and have no idea what I was going to do, but it came through and it just happened I guess. Yeah, it was really difficult because I started to procrastinate; I only knew how the beginning and the end of the book was going to be. So I think the biggest challenge was thinking up plot twists and filling up the book.
Would you do this experience again?
Yes, I would like to and hopefully next time I write another book, I will certainly not be doing it in thirty days.
Did you like how the book finally came together at the end?
I think at the end I really like it. I learned a lot of new things and I just had to kind of go with it I guess.
Are there any personal experiences from your own life in the book?
No not really, like this is the first time I have ever finished a whole story. It was hard to start writing, but once I started it was hard to stop.
Who was it that was an influence for you to keep writing?
Oh definitely my mom, she would come up stairs to make sure I was still writing and not playing on my phone. Sometimes I would talk about my ideas with her before I would actually write them, to make sure they were good or not. I actually had to have my mom and dad help me with the process, because I didn’t finish reading the book when we first edited it, because I couldn’t critique myself like that. My parents had a big part in editing it, because it was a surprise for my grandparents for Christmas
Are you nervous about anyone from LakeVille reading your book?
Yes, I am because I don’t want to be judged, or hear any mean things about it. I’m scared people will think its bad, or not any good. But I think it’s good and I’m sure my friends will like to read it as well.
By writing this book, has it given you more confidence?
A little bit. Actually in my English class, we read our own stories out loud and give speeches. So that class already gave me the idea to start sharing my ideas with everybody.
Can you give us a little summary or description of the book without a spoiler alert?
This book is about two twins, Ally and Callie who both are different. Callie is the shy one; she doesn’t really hang out with many people except her best friend Clara. Clara drags Callie shopping to a mall on black Friday, well she buys a $ 2.9 million dollar ring, and so have she has get the money back. They find an advertisement to find an emerald in Columbia, so they fly to Columbia and they search for the emerald, while searching for it they find out interesting things about themselves and their relationship.
Any advice you like to share with other young people who would like to be authors one day?
Writing is a mental process that takes time, it’s a hard job. You have to spend a lot of time on it, and it can be a strain. Also, you definitely want to be organized, and prepared as much as you can.