I’m really excited to welcome author Catherine McKenzie to Peeking Between the Pages today. Her debut novel Spin is fantastic! (check out my review). I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from Catherine in the future. In the meantime Catherine is here with us today to share her thoughts on How her Ideas for her novel Spin came About…
The initial idea for Spin came to me in the fall of 2007. Certain young, female celebrities were going in and out of rehab and the paparazzi were going crazy. I read a story about one actress hooking up with someone while she was in rehab. Either a fellow patient or a staff member had leaked the story. I remember watching footage of a hoard of paparazzi sitting outside a rehabilitation center, hoping for a glimpse of her. I had a thought. “I wonder why no one’s ever followed a celebrity into rehab. Imagine the stuff they’d hear!” This was soon followed by another thought. “What a great idea for a book!”
That night I had trouble sleeping. Ideas were coming fast and furious. Why would any journalist accept this assignment? How would they get picked for it in the first place? OK, wait. What if the journalist kind of needed to be in rehab herself? But how would the magazine know that? What if she showed up drunk to a job interview, not for this job, but for a related job … etc. The next morning, I do what I always do when I get an idea for a book – write the ideas down in a computer file, and let them germinate. Some premises seem great but don’t lead anywhere. Others don’t seem big enough to fill a whole book. I can only tell after I spend a couple of months thinking about it, collecting pieces, stringing them together.
This one stuck. The ideas kept coming. All of my books contain a lot of music and cultural references, but I’d been wanting to take it to another level for a while. Really, I wanted to write a book that was a musical, if that makes any sense. I wanted to use music in a book the way it’s used in the movies. So the main character, Katie, became a music-writer, obsessed with music. I also wanted to explore our fascination with celebrities and how it seems OK to us, as a society, to know the personal details of strangers’ lives simply because they’re famous. Sounds serious, right? But I didn’t want to write a super-serious book. I wanted it to be funny, fun, but not so light that I skipped the whole point of the book.
And so. One day in early January, 2008, I sat down to write. Katie was speaking to me, loud and clear. Other characters appeared – some planned, some organic. I laughed, I struggled, I listened to a lot of music. Six months later I had a first draft. Four drafts later I had a book deal. And now it’s in your hands, gentle reader. Enjoy.
Thank you Catherine for sharing with us today! Best of luck to you in the future! Be sure to take a peek at Catherine’s website and check out the Browse Inside feature for Spin at HarperCollins Canada to learn more about the novel.
I have two copies of Spin to share with one of my lucky readers. One copy is courtesy of Diane and HarperCollins Canada (thank you!) and open to Canadian residents only! and the other is my very gently read copy and that’s open to everyone! What do you need to do to enter…
- For 1 entry leave me a comment with a way to contact you please. Please le me know if you are a Canadian entrant as you will be going on a separate list.
- For 2 entries follow my blog. Let me know in your comment if you already do.
- For 3 entries blog or tweet this giveaway to spread the word.
I will draw for the winners of this giveaway on Sunday, February 7, 2010. Good luck to all!
AGAIN PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE 1 COPY IS CANADA ONLY, THE OTHER IS OPEN WORLDWIDE!
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