Blogs

Hope

December 5, 2011 at 2:35 PMKatie McGarry

Book I'm currently reading: Miranda Kenneally's CATCHING JORDAN

 

This morning's running conditions: pouring rain and 50 degrees

Song placed on repeat while running: Dr. Dre featuring Eminem I Need a Doctor

Why I love the song: Because of the lyrics...

I told the world one day, I would pay it back

and...

Hope--I just need a ray of that

 

Hope.

It's one of my favorite words which is funny because there was a time in my life when I never believed in hope. In fact, it felt almost as forbidden as a curse.

Anyone who knows me well is aware that I wear the same jewelry day in and day out. One of the pieces is a silver ring with the word hope engraved in black.

When I wrote PUSHING THE LIMITS, I knew I wanted Echo and Noah to begin in a place of hopelessness and for the story to end on a note of hope. I accomplished the goal and I think that's why the story sold. Who doesn't want a sense of hope?

Hope.

It's why I went to speak to a group of fourteen-year-olds last week. As I related to the five different English classes, I never once thought at their age that I could be a published author. Why? Because no one ever told me that I could do it. Sure, I knew books were sold at bookstores and I was savvy enough to understand that someone somewhere was getting paid for writing those books, but never in a million years did I ever think I could be one of those people.

So I stood up in front of the students and told them what I wished someone would have told me: you can.

Hope.

At the end of a class, a student I was sure hadn't listened to me came up as his fellow classmates were filing out.

"You've got too much energy," he says.

"Yeah." I laughed. "I do."

"And you're spastic."

I laugh harder. "Yeah and that."

"So am I. Maybe I can be a writer too."

He left quickly and I wanted so badly to chase after him and say, "Yes, you can."

It feels good to give someone else hope.

 

 

Posted in:

Tags:

Story Beats

October 3, 2011 at 11:10 AMKatie McGarry

Today I'm blogging over on YA Fusion about the ninja technique of story beats. I also rap Green Eggs and Ham!

http://yafusion.blogspot.com

Posted in:

Tags:

Continuation of Pushing the Limits series!

August 1, 2011 at 10:16 AMKatie McGarry

I am thrilled to announce that Harlequin Teen has decided to continue the Pushing the Limits series by contracting me to write books 3 and 4. Here is the Publisher's Marketplace announcment:

Katie McGarry's CRASH INTO YOU, in which two teenagers, an anxiety-ridden daughter of a wealthy businessman and a street-smart guy raised by the foster care system, face their greatest fears and fall in love when their shared obsession with speed and drag racing creates a debt to a dangerous street hustler, again to Margo Lipschultz at Harlequin Teen, in a two-book deal, by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World).

Facebook Fan Page

June 9, 2011 at 4:10 PMKatie McGarry

Today is another milestone for me. I created my Facebook fan page.

This entire journey for me is surreal.  A year ago, I was querying agents. I had no idea that within a year, I would not only have turned in revisions to my editor for book one, but also my first draft of book 2.

Who could have ever known – I’m writing a series.

So long story short – go check out my Facebook fan page and if you’re feeling nice, I’d be thrilled if you “liked” me.

Here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Katie-McGarry/110067059083846#%21/pages/Katie-McGarry/110067059083846

 

Posted in:

Tags:

Vlogging - Beta Readers and Revisions

May 11, 2011 at 2:35 PMKatie McGarry

Pushing the Limits - Title Change

April 6, 2011 at 3:01 PMKatie McGarry

I am so excited to announce that my previously titled manuscript (Redefining Normal) is now titled Pushing the Limits. This title is absolutely perfect for this manuscript as I feel it best describes the relationship between Echo and Noah. The two are constantly pushing each other - demanding more from each other than what the other believes they are capable of. Thank you Harlequin Teen!

Remembering

January 10, 2011 at 1:05 PMKatie McGarry

Fourteen years ago, my best friend died.

Yesterday, the grief pulled me under as if she died that very moment. I felt like I was drowning. I couldn't write - couldn't find the muse too. I didn't want to watch TV. I didn't want to read a book. I didn't want to listen to music. I didn't want to play with my kids. I only wanted one thing...

To remember.

So I did. I called her mom - the woman who is like a mom to me - and I cried and I laughed and I cried some more. More importantly, I laughed. Laughter turned into a life preserver and suddenly - I wasn't drowning anymore. I wasn't really saved either. I hung onto the laughter while part of me stayed immersed in the grief. Part of me above the water line. Part of me treading water.

For years I treaded water. It was all I was capable of doing. Many people go through their entire lives never experiencing a friendship like the one I had with her. I'd known her since birth. I lost her at twenty.

It took me several years to pull myself up out of the water and finally rest. I let myself grieve when I need to and live the rest of my life at full capacity. My best friend, she would have wanted that. She lived a life full of laughter. I would only dishonor her if I didn't live life the same way.

I miss you my friend. There still isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you. There are still times I pick up the phone to call you. Today, I decided to pull myself out of the water and watch the sunset from dry land. I still miss you. It still hurts, but someday, I know, I'll see you again.

Posted in:

Tags:

Echo and Noah Sold!

January 1, 2011 at 12:52 PMKatie McGarry

I am very excited to announce that my wonderful agent, Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, sold Echo and Noah at auction to Margo Lipschultz at Harlequin Teen at auction! Right now we are looking at a Spring 2012 release date!

Posted in:

Tags: ,

Comments from the 2010 Lone Star Writing Competition

August 31, 2010 at 9:59 AMKatie McGarry

Redefining Normal is the highest scoring finalist in the 2010 Lone Star Writing Competition! I found out in October where the manuscript places after another round of judging. Here are some of the judges comments:

"Absolutely adored the opening! Smart. Witty. Definitely made me want to continue on."

"I have to admit, you surprised me. I didn't expect to give anyone a perfect score. However, after reading your story several times, to find flaws I had to be missing...I came up empty handed, and loving the story even more. You deserve it. Well done. I'll be watching for this one in print, hopefully sometime soon."

"I was instantly sucked into the story. Echo is such a strong character with such an engaging POV. I loved the way you integrated seeds of conflict in the opening without making it feel heavy with excess information. Really beautifully done."

"Both Echo and Noah come across as witty, complex, and so real. I like that you've given them the promise of common emotional ground, but kept them individuals. And I love that they don't instantly adore one another on sight. The characterization shines through their reflections, dialogue, and desires. So well done."

"I adore your voice. So clever. And the way humor is used as a defense mechanism brings a sense of lightness to the narrative and makes the weight of the conflict manageable for a reader looking for a pleasure read rather than be preached at. Really nicely handled."

"This fits beautifully (I keep wanting to use that word with your book!) with the YA genre. The teen POV feels authentic and the pace is rapid without feel rushed."

Posted in:

Tags:

Comments for Pacfic Northwest Writers Associations 2010 Literary Contest

July 3, 2010 at 11:10 AMKatie McGarry

I entered this contest because my fabulous critique partner double-dogged-dared me to enter. She fell in love with Noah and Echo and thought other people would too. Though I'm not sure of the category breakdowns, this years' contest had over 1,100 entries. I found out last month that Redefining Normal is one of nine finalist.  Here are some of the judges comments:

“The characters are admirable, flawed, conflicted, living extremely conflicted lives surrounded by people who don’t understand them or don’t care. The writing is gritty and real and funny, at times.”

“I look forward to finishing this story. I might even stay up past my bedtime.”

“I think you have rare ability to tell an engaging story, create characters that readers care about, and a wicked sense of humor to boot. A story like this, in the hands of a less talented writer, could become a club with which to beat in over the head, or be too heavy and humorless to read. Good work – I’ll be watching for this one.”

“Each characters dialogue defines their personality and role within the story, thus advancing its plot crisply, sharp tension, and suspense.”

“It is contemporary and relevant to teens in today’s world.”