Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker by Kat Spears! Today I have some information on this book, as well as an awesome guest post from the author!
The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker
Author: Kat Spears
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Synopsis: Luke Grayson’s life might as well be over when he’s sent to live with his Baptist pastor father in rural Tennessee after getting kicked out of his DC private school. His soulless stepmother is none too pleased to have him, and Luke’s bad boy status has done him no favors with his new principal or the local police chief. He’s also an easy target for Grant Parker, the local golden boy with a violent streak, who has the community of Ashland under his thumb and Luke directly in his crosshairs.
But things go topsy-turvy when, after a freak accident, Luke replaces Grant at the top of the social pyramid. This fish out of water has suddenly gone from social outcast to hero in a matter of twenty-four hours. For the students who have lived in fear of Grant all their lives, this is a welcome change. But Luke’s newfound fame comes with a price. Nobody knows the truth about what really happened to Grant Parker except for Luke, and the longer he keeps living the lie, the more like Grant he becomes.
Kat Spears returns with this explosive coming of age story that explores not only the labels put on us by society, but the labels we put on ourselves, and the work it takes to find out who we really are underneath all the lies.
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About the Author and Guest Post
KAT SPEARS has worked as a bartender, museum director, housekeeper, park ranger, business manager, and painter (not the artistic kind). She holds an M.A. in anthropology, which has helped to advance her bartending career. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her three freeloading kids. She is the author of Sway, Breakaway, and The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker.
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There are a lot of things that can get in the way when writing… What types of things do you like to do to help you avoid distractions while writing?
It was strange for me to discover that once I became an author and started writing books on a deadline, I stopped writing as much as I did when I just wrote as a hobby. I assumed that as a professional writer I would focus on writing every single day and would have structured times to write during the hours my kids are in school. I find that even though I write less often now, I keep most of what I write. I used to churn out hundreds and hundreds of pages that would make me cringe when I went back to read them later. I was producing a great quantity of words, but finding only a portion of it suitable to keep.
It is difficult for me to write a first draft and I have to struggle to maintain the discipline to get my books written in the time that my publishing schedule demands. I’m a fast writer. As long as I have some idea of what I want to happen in a story I can generate a thousand words in an hour pretty easily. But there’s no way I’m going to write for eight straight hours in a day. I did that one time, but it was such an unusual occurrence that I’ll never forget the day I generated 7,000 words in one single writing session. My maximum is usually about 4,000 words in a day. But then I might go a week without writing.
I am a very frequent editor. My writing and editing process happen simultaneously, which most people will tell you isn’t a great idea. But it works for me. By the time I finish writing a first draft I’ve probably also done 50 or more read-throughs of the work in progress. So, rather than being better at avoiding distractions or better at scheduling writing time, I use the time I do have much more effectively and efficiently. I produce very few wasted words and hardly ever throw out large segments of text unless I decide to change a story line completely.