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Friday, February 7, 2014

Cover Reveal & Interview with Christie Cote, author of Rain

Taylor Sullivan took her life for granted until she received news that would change her life forever. In a state of denial she met Kyle, who didn’t end up being what she expected. She wasn’t able to escape her new reality, but with his friendship, just maybe she could survive it.

Release Date is Tuesday May 6, 2014

Christie Cote resides in Vermont with her Husband and their dog. When she isn’t reading, writing, or dreaming up her next story, she can be found shooting targets with her bow, drawing or baking.

Rain is her first book.

Christie writes Young Adult Realistic Fiction, Fiction, and New Adult novels.

I also have an interview I did with Christie, and I'm super excited to share that with you!  Keep reading!

Hey Christie!  How’s it going?
Awesome, I’m really happy to be featured on your blog today. How are you?
I'm doing pretty good!  Hey, it's Friday, right?

So you have a new release, Rain.  If you were talking to a stranger who had no idea what the book was about, and you had less than one minute – what would you tell them?

Rain isn’t released quite yet but will be this year. Rain is about a teenage girl named Taylor. She received news that changed her life drastically, and she realized that she had taken everything for granted, like so many others do. In the beginning, she was in denial, and she met Kyle who recently graduated, and moved in with his dad across the street from her. She hadn’t been ready to talk about what she found out, but she ended up telling him everything. It was easy because he was a stranger, but he won’t be for much longer.

What (or who) is the inspiration for your main characters, Taylor and Kyle?

Subconsciously Taylor Swift inspired Taylor a little, but that wasn’t exactly intended. Otherwise I didn’t have any inspirations; I just saw a scene with Taylor and went with it. I’m not consciously aware of having a particular inspiration for Kyle.

Did you have an outline or any sort of plan when you started writing Rain, or are you more of a “let’s see where the story takes us” author?

No, I did not have an outline, I hate outlines. I start with an image and just see where it takes me. Sometimes I have some ideas of what will happen, and with this book I had future scenes pop into my head, screaming for attention. I wrote them, and saved them in a separate document until I got to the point in the story where they belonged.

The funny is that when I started this story in my fiction writing class last January I never expected this to be the first book I finished. I had wanted to work on an end of the world themed novel (Blood Red Sky), but my teacher’s definition of fiction writing was realistic fiction writing.

Now that you have a published book, do you have any advice for other new authors who are trying to get published?
I’m not traditionally publishing, so I can’t give advice there. For self-publishing, be ready for a lot of self-promoting and marketing. It is a lot of work, but the end result is very rewarding.

A lot of authors participate in tours, guest posts, interviews (ha!) and just a ton of promo.  How do you feel about that, are you ready?
I was a book review blogger before I wrote this book, so I know about all of these options, and have hosted quite a few on my blog. Now that I am the author sending requests to do these posts, I’m realizing just how much work it is. I think all of these things are great resources for promotion and marketing, and I’m very thankful for these resources since I am self-publishing. I think blogging first helped me prepare for it.

What is one thing you didn’t expect from either being an author, or publishing a book – were there any unexpected surprises?
Since I’m still in the early stages, not really yet, but I’m sure there will be. I did have a few people that I don’t know added Breaking Pointe and Rain onto their TBR list on Goodreads, which was pretty cool.

If you could have… let’s say 10 million dollars, what is the first thing you would do?

After screaming and bouncing round like a crazy person, I would buy a house.

I see you have two other releases coming up, Breaking Pointe, and Blood Red Sky.  Are these books related to Rain or standalone?  Do you have any news you’d like to share about them?

Rain was intended to be a standalone, but I do plan to write a book in Kyle’s perspective because there is a lot that the reader doesn’t know about him in Rain. He definitely has his own story to tell. Breaking Pointe, and Blood Red Sky are both separate standalones as of now. I haven’t finished Blood Red Sky yet, but it could end up being a start of a series. I participated in National Novel Writing Month for the first time November, 2013, and Breaking Pointe was the book I wrote in that month. It is a revenge themed New Adult book. I’m sharing the blurbs for both books below, and both can be added on Goodreads.

Blood Red Sky Blub: Kaylie couldn’t wait to turn 18, so she could be an adult and do whatever she wanted. Now all she wants is to go back in time and be with her family and live by their rules.The world around her is engulfed in blood and fire, an image she would never forget even if it ceased to exist. With another life to protect, she has to fight for them both to survive in a world that now has no rules.

Breaking Pointe Blurb: Liv Foster lived and breathed ballet. She grew up training, and perfecting each move with hope to be a professional ballerina until her love of ballet was stolen from her. One night was all it took for her to become their prey, changing everything she believed in.This time she isn’t the prey…THEY ARE

If you had to recommend a book or two to a friend – and not your own books, what would you recommend?
I highly recommend Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, and all of her books. I’m a bit obsessed with her, and she has a very inspiring story, a self-published author herself.
Oooh!  I had that one on my TBR already!  So glad to hear it's awesome!

So… what’s next?!?!
I’m going to finish editing Rain, and then release it for the world to read, and then move on to editing Breaking Pointe. After that, I will get back to Blood Red Sky, which I’m really excited about.

It’s been great chatting with you.  I can’t wait to see (and be a part of) the cover reveal… which is actually in this post LOL. Thanks for stopping by!!
It has been great chatting with you as well. Thank you for having me! I hope you like the cover and look forward to stopping by your blog again in the future.