Flash Question Session---> Author Kate Cowan

Flash Question Session
Author Kate Cowan

1. What inspired you to write your books?
A lot of things inspired me to write my books. I'd always been a creative kid, drawing and thinking up little stories but never writing them down. Finally, I knew I needed to get those little stories out of my head - and ended up combining them into one big story. The whole thing really worked, all of the little ideas flowing together enough that it kept my attention while I was writing. A lot of inspiration also comes from art, both mine and others. A picture's worth a thousand words, right? That's a lot of words when you think about all of the beautiful art out there. A lot of words that really needed written down.

2. Where do you get your ideas for writing?
Everywhere! Everything that exists has a story, and the most fun stories are the ones you don't know. Then, you get to make them up.

3. If you if could meet any of your own characters, who would it be?
Adriane, without a doubt. She's really kickass, really tough, and quiet. I think she's be really cool to meet, and she was definitely the most fun to write. Which is kind of strange, seeing as she's not the main character and Garden of Eden isn't about her. I mean, I would love to meet Eden, but I'm not sure we would get along perchance she were real. I think Adriane has a lot more going on- and knows a lot more- than you'd think.

4. What would be your advice to aspiring authors?
Don't try too hard to be like someone else when you write. One persons style may not work for another - you have to be yourself. Also, don't give up. If it seems like what your writing isn't making sense, just take a step back and let it sit for a while - but then go back to it!! You'll never get anything written if you never write.

5. How personal is your writing?
Hm. That's hard. I think it's personal - my writing is like my baby. But, does it reflect anything I've ever lived through, then the answer is no. Im almost happy about that! Eden, Will and everyone else in the book go through a lot of hard times.

6. What weird thing do you do?
I do a lot of writing in the back of my car, when someone else is driving. On my laptop, mostly. I don't know what it is about the car, but writing comes easiest in there. Also, I like turkey bacon and peanut butter. It's not writing related but its so good.

7. Are you a pantser writer or an outline plotter?
I'm very much NOT an outline writer. When i was writing Garden of Eden, I didn't know where the hell it was going. They were just words forming a story of their own. Since I finished Garden of Eden though, I've got more of a storyline formed in my head, but I wouldn't call it an outline. It's more of a rough sketch before I actually form something coherent.

8. What do you do to help you write? Do you down the energy drinks? Eat junk food? Run around the house to get the inspiration going? Blast the tunes? Do tell.
Music!!! I find if I can't find the right soundtrack, my writing is dead and lifeless. For Garden of Eden, I listened to almost 100% Evanescence, with a little 30 seconds to mars in there. I don't know why music plays such a big part in my writing, because about 10 minutes in I usually just zone out and don't really hear any of it. But if it's not there, writing usually isn't an option.

9. Your office: Home, Starbucks, dining room table?
Couch. Or living room chair. Or back of a car. Not at a Desk chair, or a kitchen chair - those are not comfortable enough. Also, pajamas are a plus. Or track pants...

10. Where can we stalk you online?

Facebook!! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Garden-of-Eden/358692730813481
Deviantart, http://brennan18.deviantart.com/