Interview with Author Kait Nolan + Giveaway

Filed in Giveaways , Interview , Kait Nolan , The Latin Lover Posted on September 5, 2011 @ 6:00 am 18 comments

Today I am very happy to welcome to Book Lovers Inc. an author whose adult story has enchanted me with her vivid storytelling and original worldbuilding, so when I heard that she decided to take a paranormal spin on Little Red Riding Hood and give us an urban fantasy retelling of it, I was excited and curious. And now, having read Red, I am happy to tell you about it and its wonderful author: Kait Nolan! So read on to learn more about Kait and her stories and there is also a giveaway waiting for you at the end! 

Hi Kait, welcome to Book Lovers Inc! Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Kait: I am a grade A, 24-carat, control freak, workaholic, dog lover, food blogger, and Scrabble champion.

Stella: Describe a typical day of writing? Are you a planner or pantser?
Kait: 100% planner. I’m an incredibly busy woman, and I have to cram writing in around all the other non-negotiables in my life, so pantsing is incredibly inefficient. I plan the whole book out, work out the kinks of where the story is going in the outline phase, and generally what I’m left with is a novel that’s ready to go after a bit of polishing.
Stella: What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover?
Kait: I think real book lovers are the ones who relate everything in life back to something they read, who spend hours of their days lost in stories (which can apply to writers too), and would rather read than do almost anything else.
Stella: You are a self-published, indie author. Can you tell us what that means in practice? And all the extra work that is on your shoulders? How do you organize yourself with your day job(s)?
Kait: It means being a perfectionist. It means hiring out or trading for those services you can’t (or shouldn’t) do yourself—like cover design and editing. It means being brutally honest with yourself about the quality of your work and finding others who will do the same and will tell you it’s not ready if it isn’t. It means learning how to DIY things like formatting. It means asking for help and giving back to the indie community who answers. And it means treating your writing like what it is—a business—and managing it accordingly.
Stella: Why did you decide to write paranormal romance/urban fantasy stories? What is the appeal?

Kait: I don’t much like real life. It’s boring. I certainly don’t want to write or read about more of the same. It’s way more fun to take myself out of the daily grind and into worlds with fantastical characters and places and things. Plus it gives me way more entertaining day dream fodder during staff meetings.
Stella: Did you always enjoy the paranormal genre, what started it?
Kait: My love of the paranormal started when I was 12 years old and found L.J. Smith, the only YA author I could tolerate when I was a young adult. YA as a genre barely existed back then, so when I ran out of her stuff, I began writing my own.
Stella: You pen the Mirus series where two novellas (Forsaken by Shadow and Devil’s Eye) and a free short story (Blindsight) have already been released. Can you summarize your Mirus series for us twitterstyle (140 characters or less)?
Kait: Paranormal beings exist, among us, around us. Their strictest rule: keep the secret. What happens when some decide that’s not enough?
Stella: Could you also tell us about your latest release Red, which is a full length YA novel in twitterstyle ?  Kait: Red fell in love with the Wolf. It ended badly. Now a new generation has a chance to rewrite the story…if they live that long.

Stella: What can we expect of Red?
Kait: Rich, fast-paced story with vivid action, sweetly sensual romance, and a heroine who starts strong and gets kick-ass.
Stella: Now can you tell us 3 reasons why people should read Red?
Kait: 1. Kick butt heroine
2. Loads of action and adventure
3. Vivid story-telling
Stella: Do you plan on writing a sequel to Red and show how “they lived happily ever after” (with all the additional adventures and difficulties)?
Kait: Red was written as a stand-alone. There’s no planned sequel, though I’ve learned never to say never to my characters!
Stella: What shall we expect from you, what is next on your schedule?
Kait: I haven’t 100% settled on my next project, but I’m leaning toward the next novel in my Mirus series.
Stella: Do you enjoy paranormal movies/TV shows? If yes, which ones are your favourites?
Kait: Love em! Favorites include Supernatural (I love me some Dean), Eureka, Warehouse 13, and Fringe.
Stella: Do you have a favourite supernatural species? Or which one do you find the most exciting right now?
Kait: I’ve always had a thing for werewolves/wolf-shifters. I don’t know why. Something about them seems like they’d be the ultimate in faithful. And I guess I really love that they aren’t polished and suave like vamps usually are. They’re rough around the edges.
Stella: If you had a magic power, what would you like to be able to do?
Kait: Control time. If I could manipulate time, I’d be able to schedule a daily nap every afternoon, and actually be able to get everything done, while still making time for RELAXING!
Stella: Can you share with us some little secret trivia, something that not many people know about you?
Kait: As a young writer (when I was a tween), I had an entire notebook of character profiles…for horses.
You can catch up with Kait at her blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.
Her debut YA paranormal, Red, is currently available from Smashwords, Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Barnes and Noble, the iBookstore, and All Romance EBooks.


Kait has generously offered an ebook copy of her latest release Red to one lucky commenter!

All you have to do is leave a comment or question for Kait or answer this question:If you could read a paranormal or urban fantasy retelling of any of your childhood fairy tales, which one would you like to read?

 (You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).

This giveaway is open worldwide!

Giveaway ends on 17 September and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • Aurian September 5, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Thanks for the interview ladies, I enjoyed reading it, and am very curious about Red. A kick-ass heroine? Instead of a young girl getting eaten by a wolf?

    My favourite fairytale, hmm. I always love a good Cinderella story.

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  • Margay September 5, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Sleeping Beauty – I think there's more to that story than we've been told!


  • Audra September 5, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I like me some DEAN also—-
    My favorite fairy tale to be retold would be Sleeping Beauty also, thanks for the great interview and the great story of Red- I can't wait to read it

  • debbie September 5, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I would say the little matchstick girl.

  • Supru September 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Awesome interview!!
    I think my fairy tale would be Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs *big, big grin*

  • Jen B. September 5, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I just read a great review of Red. I sounds like my type of book. I love the Mercy series from Patrica Briggs. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Red.

  • Linda September 5, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    1. Kick butt heroine
    2. Loads of action and adventure
    3. Vivid story-telling

    That works for me! I'm convinced … now i just need to WIN this giveaway. 🙂

    I like Beauty and the Beast for a storyline/plot

  • Tore September 6, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I would like to have a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Please enter me in contest.

  • Kait Nolan September 6, 2011 at 9:12 am

    @ Aurian I like all the Cinderella stories where Cindy has more gumption than the original—Ever After and Ella Enchanted are faves.

    @Margay @ Audra LOVE Sleeping Beauty!

    @debbie Little matchstick girl. That’s one that would never have entered my mind for a retelling. Could be interesting!

    @ Supru Have you seen Snow White: A Tale of Terror with Sigourney Weaver? Amazing version.

    @Jen B. Mercy is a major fave heroine of mine.

    @Linda @Tore Have you tried out Beastly by Alex Flinn? I haven’t read it yet, but it’s supposed to be a nifty adaptation of that story.

    Thanks for stopping by y'all!

  • Coreena McBurnie September 12, 2011 at 11:09 am

    This sounds like a great book! I love kick butt heroines.
    A fairy tale I would love to see retold… any of the Aesops fables would be interesting.
    coreenamcburnie at gmail dot com

  • Michelle September 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway! I have always wondered what Hansel and Gretel would be like if it were paranormalized!

    mictsu613 AT gmail DOT com

  • Na September 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    A paranormal twist of Little Red Riding Hood would be pretty cool. She can be a shapeshifter heself.

    Cambonified {at} yahoo {dot} com

  • kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews September 13, 2011 at 8:49 am

    It would be Cinderella – last one with a twist I read was Ember by betiie Sharp, and it was amazing 🙂
    Thank you for this giveaway!
    impy80 at hotmail dot com

  • Mary September 13, 2011 at 9:48 am

    For some reason I love retelling's of snow white. I like when it has twist and new ways to look at it.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway.

    mary_reiss @

  • Julie September 13, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Awesome interview! I would also love to win a copy of Red 🙂
    The story I would like to see with a paranormal twist is Rapunzel!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  • JenM September 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I enjoyed the interview. I don't read much YA but this sounds different from the usual stuff and I lovethat it's not a series. I never get tired of Beauty and theBeast stories. Luckily there are a fair number of those in UF.
    Jen at delux dot com

  • Mare/TommyGirl September 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Cool interview. I'd be interested to see if someone could do a cool retelling of Rumplestiltskin – that could be very cool.

    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Aydrea September 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Hmm for a fairy tale retelling I would pick Thumbelina or Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, those could be fun! lol!

    Anyway I have heard great things about Red, can't wait to read it! Also I love Supernatural (& Dean) as well, yay for other fans of the show!

    danceislove27 At gmail DoT com

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