Guest Blog by Kate Brian/Kieran Scott!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
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)