We have the author of Dark Days here today for an interview regarding about her publication journey and her YA debut novel, which a Amy Christine Parker, author of Gated, described as '...fast paced and tense with “ticking clock” chapters.'
Let us all welcome, Kate Ormand!
While you were in the process of writing this book, have you ever doubt yourself or second guess the reason why you are writing this story? If yes, how did you overcome those obstacles?
Yes. Quite often, actually. I’ve always been the same with anything I create, especially with painting and writing. But I think it’s so important to believe in your own work. It’s very easy for self-doubt to creep in. I always try to beat it back and focus on getting the book written, and worry about the next stage after that.
About Getting Published:
As an aspiring author, hearing about how authors got published is always fascinating and inspiring for me. So can you tell us your journey to publication? And what was the first thing you did or said after you got the news about the book deal?
I signed with my agent in September 2012 and we worked on the book together for a few months before sending out on submission to publishers. I got the offer from Sky Pony Press in February 2013 after a day at work. My agent had been trying to get hold of me all day, but I’m glad I didn’t see until I got home because I’m not sure I’d have been able to function properly for the rest of my shift! I sat on my bed and read through the email. I couldn’t reply right away because I was shaking. My dad was home that day, so I went downstairs and told him about it and sent an excited text to my partner, my mum, and my brothers, who all made a big fuss. Then, when I’d calmed down just a little, I told my agent YES! It was an amazing day!
About Being an Author:
Tell us what it's like to be a published author? What was your most favorite moment in this whole experience, aside from seeing and holding a physical copy of your book?
That was such an awesome moment. Other than that, I think being able to share the news with everybody – family, friends, and online – is a favourite memory. The support was overwhelming and just made it all the more special.
About the Book:
Just like superheroes, I think it's safe to say that books also has an origin story before they became what they are right now. It might started out as a thought, an experience, a dialogue you heard, a conversation with a friend, or an idea that has been plaguing your brain for quite sometime. So tell us, what's your book's origin story? And what made you decide to write it?
I remember picturing the clock, and the cyborg army marching on the sector. I don’t know exactly what triggered the thought, but it stuck and I knew I had to write it. I grabbed a notebook right away! I’m putting it down to a love of dystopian novels and action films.
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KATE ORMAND is a YA writer represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She recently graduated from university with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate is also a member of an online group of published writers and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise. You can see more about Kate and her writing by visiting her website (www.kateormand.wordpress.com) or on Twitter (@kateormand).