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Guest Blog by Kate Brian/Kieran Scott!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

When I first checked out Elizabeth’s blog, I noticed that she has a handy little link on the side bar called “frequently asked questions” and I thought, “Huh. That is DEFINITELY something I should have.” Because people are always asking me the same question:

What’s the difference between writing a Kieran Scott book and a Kate Brian book?

It’s a tough question to answer. Because no matter what name the book is going to be published under, it’s still me, sitting here in my office, toiling away at the computer. It’s still my thoughts, my ideas, my words, my frustration, my glee. But when it comes down to it, there are some major differences.

First, there’s the practical. For the last few years I’ve been writing four “Kate Brian” books year—two Private and two Privilege. As you can imagine, they need to be written pretty quickly, so the first major difference is the deadlines. When I’m writing under Kate Brian, I’m normally writing a lot faster than when I write under Kieran Scott. It’s just a necessity. I always say it’s kind of like writing for television. You make it as good as you possibly can as fast as you possibly can and then move on to the next one. The good news is that, ever since college, I’ve noticed I work even better under pressure than I do when I have time to ruminate. (My spring semester sophomore year I had 15 credits, pledged a sorority, joined the choir, broke up with my boyfriend, and ended up with an A- average. Better than the semester before when I had no extra-curriculars and 12 credits. Go figure.) So maybe that’s why Private and Privilege are so popular—I’m good under deadlines!

Creatively there’s a bit of a difference, too. Lately, anyway. Private and Privilege are pretty dark books. There’s a lot of mystery, murder, backstabbing, kidnapping, blackmail, confusion. The books I write under my own name tend to be more light and happy. They still deal with real issues (popularity, friendship, dysfunctional family situations), but there’s not a lot of murder and mayhem. Or any, really. So when I sit down to write under the Kate Brian name, I have to ease myself into a whole other mindset. The mindset of a serial killer, or a girl who keeps getting stalked and having her friends murdered around her, yet still comes back for more. That’s not the easiest thing to wrap my brain around. But weirdly, it’s really fun.

In my new book (under Kieran Scott) She’s So Dead to Us, I was able to keep to my Kieran Scott lightness, but incorporate a little bit of the snarkiness I’ve honed working on the Kate Brian books. The book is about a town called Orchard Hill that has a seriously wealthy side and a much poorer side. Ally Ryan grew up on the wealthy side, but then, her freshman year, her dad loses all their money and some of her friends’ families’ money in a bad business deal. Her family has to move out of town, and the book picks up two years later when she and her mom move back to live on the poor side of town. The book is about how Ally fits in with her old friends (or doesn’t), and what it’s like to go from Have to Have-Not with no stops in between. Also, she falls in love with the incredibly hot guy, Jake Graydon, who is now living in her room in her old house. There’s a lot of will-they, won’t-they romance, a lot about the pressure our friends can put on us, and a lot of humor as well.

Whether you’re a Kieran Scott fan, a Kate Brian fan, or both, I hope you’ll check it out, because I think it’s go a lot of elements that will appeal to a lot of people --and I know Elizabeth Scott loved it. (from me: It's true! I read it, and then asked when the next book would come out. Okay, I begged. But how can you NOT? It's such a fun, fantastic book!)

Thanks for letting me guest blog, Elizabeth! (from me: Thank YOU, Kieran/Kate!!!)

And...to celebrate Kieran's guest blog, I'm running another contest, this time for a copy of She's So Dead To Us. To enter, all you have to do is have a US mailing address and leave a comment (and a way to get in touch with you!!) One winner will be chosen at random and notified the week of August 1st. (And don't forget to enter Kiernan's great contest, featuring LOADS of FREE books, which can be found here: http://kieran-scott.blogspot.com/2010/07/win-books-signed-by-seven-of-your.html)

13 Comments:

Blogger The Lovely Reader said...

Great post! This is something really interesting, the use of pen names. I've never heard an author talk a lot about it. Thanks for blogging about it!

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July 29, 2010 8:09 AM  
Blogger Bookworm1858 said...

Thanks for the insight about the different ways you write depending on the series; I can't imagine writing that fast under so much pressure but it works for you!

bookworm1858 AT hotmail DOT com

July 29, 2010 9:57 AM  
Blogger Miranda said...

I haven't read any of her books, but have been dying to! But, my boyfriend/parents gave me a monthly book budget because I was spending too much money on books when I was supposed to be using it for college groceries! I've been hoping her newest Kieran Scott book would come to my local library but it hasn't yet! But, this is another great way to get it!

July 29, 2010 10:58 AM  
Blogger mpyff said...

Thanks, Kieran! I have loved Private for years! They are awesome and I have to devour each new one in one sitting... There is no putting those books down... I think I've re-read the series at least twice to get my Reed fix. :) Am moving on to Kieran Scott books and am finding they have the same un-putdownableness that the Kate Brian books have... (I know it's not a REAL word...lol) So basically, you rock, whichever name you're writing under. Thanks for the great books!

mpyff@hotmail.com

July 29, 2010 11:23 AM  
Blogger Rose said...

Kate/Kieran
I love all your books!! =] You're the best. I'm so glad I found a great series and other books like this to read!

July 29, 2010 11:53 AM  
Blogger Robby said...

I have needed to read her books for a long time. I loved this post. :]

-Robby
robertfrancisauld@gmail.com

July 29, 2010 2:42 PM  
Blogger Jackie Noel said...

Truly a question I have always wondered! Either way, I love all of your books. And REALLY loved She's so Dead to Us!! Thanks for the guest post! Loved it! (Not entering, already own this fantastic book! :) )

July 29, 2010 5:07 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I love both the Kate Brian books and The Kieran Scott books, but I first discovered Kieran through an Emma Harrison romantic comedy. Great blog, I've always wondered about how and why authors use more than one pen name.

kelkerry@gmail.com

July 29, 2010 5:07 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

I'm a huge fan of both Kate Brian and Kieran Scott books =)

thebookcellar @ wi.rr.com

July 29, 2010 5:20 PM  
Blogger Tess said...

She's So Dead To Us sounds amazing. I can't wait to get my hands on it!

Tess--
lettucebeinsane@gmail.com

July 29, 2010 9:01 PM  
Blogger Elania said...

I adored The Private Series and am looking forward to She's so dead t ous.
-Elania
elaniarg@gmail.com

July 29, 2010 11:48 PM  
Blogger Hannah S. said...

I was curious about the whole name thing. Thanks for sharing, Kieran! Both my friend and I LOVE your books!!
Love, Hannah

xoxosweeet @ yahoo dot com

July 30, 2010 8:51 PM  
Blogger Erika Lynn said...

I really do like knowing why seperate names are used especially since i would prefer authors only write in one name, even if the books are really different
sportsDOTerikalynnATgmailDOTcom

July 31, 2010 11:29 PM  

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