Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Author Spotlight: Kat Rosenfield + Giveaway!

Kat Rosenfield was kind enough to stop by The Crazy Bookworm to take part in The Countdown to Halloween. Please welcome, Kat!

Kat Rosenfield

Kat Rosenfield was born and raised in Coxsackie, New York, and worked as a production assistant, publicist and copywriter in New York City before finding her niche in writing for teenagers. Her first novel, AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE, will be released by Dutton in July 2012.

When not writing fiction, she can be found contributing entertainment news and commentary to MTV's Hollywood Crush blog and lecturing on proper flirting techniques on Barnes & Noble's SparkLife.

The name of her hometown is not pronounced the way you think it is. Bio from

15 Questions with Kat Rosenfield

Describe yourself in 3 words

"Contents may explode."

When you're not writing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Writing is heavy-duty thinking, so I like to spend my downtime giving my brain a rest. Sometimes that means yoga; more often, it means horror movies and wine.

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gonewas such a hauntingly beautiful story. It had the perfect amount of romance and murderous suspense! Where did your inspiration for it come from?

In certain ways, I think the setting — this small town that has so much simmering resentment and tension under the surface— is where the story began. So much comes to pass in the book that would be impossible if not for it happening in this one, particular place, and I was fascinated by that idea. I started with that sense of place, and the image of a pale, broken body on this middle-of-nowhere road, and once I had that everything else began to just fall into place.

What was the writing process for this book like?

Ugh, long. I had no idea how to write fiction when I started AMELIA, or even that I wanted to write, period, so I was discovering a lot of things about myself as a writer at the same time as I was working on the first draft. It was a years-long process, and so laborious, and what I ended up with was all muddled and multiple-personality-disordered and just not good at all. Fortunately (although at the time, it didn't seem fortunate at all), I lost my job and found myself with nothing to do but work on the book, and things started to click and come together. I wrote almost every day and finished a major rewrite within a few months. I don't know if I could call that a process, though; it still felt very much like I was stabbing around in the dark with no idea what I was doing.

Amelia Anne is your debut novel. Describe your feelings when you learned it would be published.

Just imagine a grown woman squealing and running around in circles and hyperventilating until she passes out... and you'll be, like, one quarter of the way there.

Did you always want to write for the Young Adult Genre?

I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't even know what YA was at the time that I started working on AMELIA; I just happened to write a story that had a teenager as its main character. But I'm glad that this is where I ended up! It's where all the cool kids hang out.

What is one guilty pleasure that you have?

I'd like to say something smug and high-minded about how I never let myself feel guilty over anything that gives me pleasure, but... Cheetos. I don't know why I love them so much! They're so terrible! They're not even food!

Finish this sentence "I can't live without..."

...this large ribbon around my neck to keep my head from falling off. No! Don't touch it! Don't tou— *THUD*.

Bump in the Night

Name 3 things you're afraid of?

Clowns. Serial killers. Serial killers dressed as clowns.

What was your favourite halloween costume as a child?

In fourth or fifth grade, I went as the grim reaper. My mom made my costume from scratch and sewed black mesh into the hood, so I could see out, but to everyone else it looked like I had no face. It would have been terrifying if I hadn't also been four feet tall.

Your favourite Halloween treat?

Teeny tiny Reese's peanut butter cups.

You have to spend the night in a haunted house, but you can invite 3 people with you(fact or fiction, dead or alive) who would you invite?

Bruce Campbell (in case the house is infested with Evil Dead), Zelda Rubinstein (in case of poltergeists), and Casper the Friendly Ghost (in case all else fails and diplomacy is required.)

If you went Trick Or Treating this Halloween, what would you dress up as?

Honey Boo Boo.

Your favourite horror movie?

The Ring.

Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees?

Oooh, is this a dating game? Because I do love hockey players... but Freddy's pretty cute, too.

Thank you so much, Kat for stopping by!


Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone
Kat has been kind enough to offer One signed copy of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone!
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Must be 13 years of age or older
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Giveaway ends October 31st
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  1. I have wanted to read this one for a while. It sounds so awesome. Thanks!

    Lisa Jay

  2. Trying to imagine a grown woman squealing until she passes out. Too funny!

  3. Wow, I really wanted to read this but never could buy it because I'm a broke high schooler. Now I might have a chance! I've always devotedly read Auntie's advice on SparkLife, and have been so impressed with her collected, well written words. I can't wait to read her book (whether from a giveaway or when it finally reaches my library!)!!


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