Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 was an intense writing year for me.

It started with the completion of Relish

The second book in the Vicious Feast series was challenging to write. It was like pulling teeth. Why? Because I was walking with Dakota and the pain she was going through at Luka’s betrayal in the previous book. I wanted to give the both of them the ending they deserve. Make sure to pre-order it on Amazon now for .99c before the release because the price will go up.

After Relish came ChasingHeartbeats

At the time, I was extremely into Andrew Smith and male narrated novels. I wanted to write a romance but coming from the male POV. At the same time, I wanted to write a humorous novel. It’s sports-themed and does have slight magic realism. In retrospect, as I write this post, I realize I was trying to do too much with this novel. *laughs*

This year also brought the release of Til Death and my first book signing

This is a bittersweet moment for me. Til Death is an important lesson in my writing life which I will carry into the next novels I will write in this series. This book is not my proudest moment, but it is still a part of me. It did bring about my first book signing. A total surreal moment. Interacting with the readers, seeing their faces, signing their books was a beautiful memory I will always cherish.

Writing these two books in a month (two weeks per book) was definitely a divine moment. To this day, I don’t know how I even did it without my fingers falling off. This is where I find my writing sweet spot.

If you’ve read all my books… First, thank you! Second, you’ll know that romance is always woven into the story. Warning! and Disclaimer: are my first attempts at full on contemporary romance. It was both scary and exhilarating.

Warning! being chosen as part of the third list was a defining moment in my writing career. I finally made it to New York. My journey may have been a meandering path, but I got there eventually. This solidifies the idea that if you work hard enough and continue to believe your dreams will come true. To be a part of such a wonderful community is an honor, and I look forward to a long relationship with Swoon Reads and Macmillan.

Finally joining Wattpad

I realized that there are stories I want to write that might not find a home right away, but I still want to share it with all of you. This is the reason why I joined Wattpad. I wanted a place to showcase novels that enables me to update on a weekly basis. This actually reinvigorated my writing and reinforced my sense of discipline.

Editing during the Holidays

Just when I thought I was running on fumes, I found the strength to edit over the holidays. How? Because my editor is amazing. Her editorial letter was so beautifully written that it inspired me to start working on editing Warning!

I can definitely write here that I’m enjoying the edits. There will be new scenes. New chapters. And brand new surprises coming in Didi’s and Caleb’s story. I can’t wait to share the finished product with all of you.

That is my writing year in a nutshell. There were disappointing lows and amazing highs, such is life. Ending the year writing a new chapter for Warning! gives me hope for another exciting writing year. I look forward to sharing all my new stories with all of you, starting with the release of Relish on January 12, 2015.

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Kate Evangelista is a young adult writer, creative writing teacher, and a mother to six rambunctious cats. Born in the Philippines, she attended college in De La Salle University – Manila and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Literature and a Master’s in Creative Writing. She got her start in publishing with small presses like the now-defunct Crescent Moon Press until she moved on to medium presses like Entangled Teen and eventually being selected as part of Swoon Reads’ third season of authors. Her debut novel, TASTE, even became an Amazon bestseller. Her latest novel, THE BOYFRIEND BRACKET (Swoon Reads, 2018), was well-received by NPR and is now in the running for a movie adaptation with the A&E Network. She is represented by Jemiscoe Chambers-Black at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
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