Hi guys! I had the pleasure to share you an interview I had with Kat Zhang, author of the upcoming young-adult dystopia novel, What's Left of Me! I'm thrilled to welcome her here since I just recently finished her book and I really enjoyed it (see my review here). And its even more thrilling to find out that she's only a year older than me and she's written such an amazing story and sold it to a very known publishing company! Amazing huh? So there, check out my interview with her below!
Title: What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles #1)
Author: Kat Zhang
Release Date: September 18th 2012
1. The originality of the book was one of the things I think made What’s Left of Me really good. How did you come up with the idea of Hybrids in this book?
I came up with the concept of hybrids when I started thinking about that little voice everyone has in the back of their head, and how sometimes in movies and such, it's portrayed as this whole other voice, and what if that voice were really another person, and what if they were stuck inside your body but couldn't actually control it...? Everything developed from that idea :)
2. Did you have a hard time writing the relationship between Addie and Eva?
Not really, actually. It took some thinking over, of course, but on the whole, their relationship came pretty naturally to me. I've always been interested in writing about sibling relationships, and Addie and Eva are even more than siblings--they're absolutely tied to each other. It was a really interesting situation to explore.
3. What are the challenges you encountered during writing your book?
The dual nature of the characters in WHAT'S LEFT OF ME was definitely a challenge--it's not often that one has to struggle with correct pronoun use and such for a body inhabited by two people! These considerations meant that even some of the most mundane scenes took a lot of thinking through.
4. Which of the characters were the most difficult to create? Which is your favorite character or the one you can relate to the most?
It did take me a little bit to really get a grasp on Addie as a character and as a voice. She's in a complicated spot, and I had to figure out just where she was coming from and how she felt about the different aspects of her life.
It's hard to say which character I related to the most, but one of my favorite characters to write is actually Dr. Lyanne.
5. How many books will there be for The Hybrid Chronicles series?
There will be three :)
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A big thank you to Kat Zhang for having this interview. So there, be sure to add What's Left of Me on you tbr lists. If your looking for something really original and utterly captivating, I highly recommend this book. You can check out my review here.