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~Released: April 1st, 2015
~Publisher: Clean Reads
~Length: 222 Pages
~Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Clean Romance, Christian Fiction
Some people just naturally seem to have it all. Until five months ago, sixteen-year-old Rain Sawyer was one of those people. She had the perfect life, with a loving, wealthy family and a strong Christian faith, complete with popularity, sports, clubs, and good grades.
When one tragic incident shatters everything Rain thought she knew, she finds herself five hours away, starting over in a small town very different from her glamorous big-city life.
Armed with a different outlook on life – one that no longer includes her faith – she struggles to create a new identity for herself. Determined to keep her dark past as secret, she navigates through a new school year, a new town, and new relationships while trying to figure out who she wants to be.
From the time she was old enough to talk, Katy Newton Naas has been creating characters and telling stories. As a child, they sometimes got her into trouble. She knew she wanted to write books when she won a Young Author's competition as a second-grader for her short story titled, "The Grape Pie." (Don't let its tasty title fool you - it was actually a sad little tale!)
Katy devoured books as a child and young adult, always doing chores and odd jobs in order to make enough money to buy more of them. Though she continues to age, her true literature love is and has always been children's and young adult fiction.
Katy currently teaches middle school reading and high school English in southern Illinois, as well as children's church. She graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a bachelor's degree in English Education and a master's degree in Reading and Language Studies. She enjoys her life out in the country with her husband, her sweet and rowdy young son (soon to be SONS - her second little boy is due any day!), and all her four-legged kids: Shakespeare, Poe, Morgi, Cappy, Ana, and Gray.
She loves creating both realistic and futuristic stories about kids, tweens, and teens, and feels so fortunate to get to work with them every day as a teacher.
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What are you working on?
I am currently in the middle of three writing projects! I am working on a series of children’s chapter books about a rambunctious second-grade boy. I am also working on a middle grade novel called The Ugly One. And finally, I’m working on a new adult novel that I’m really excited about, but it’s still in the very early stages so it’s untitled at this point. Kind of an eclectic mix, I know, but I always have a variety of projects going!
How does your work differ from others in your genre?
Well, I have three novels out at this point – The Visitors, Healing Rain, and Guardian. The Visitors is a YA dystopian/science fiction/romance, available in ebook and paperback from Clean Reads. Healing Rain is a YA contemporary romance/inspirational ebook from Clean Reads. Guardian is a contemporary middle grade ebook, soon to be in paperback, also from Clean Reads. I also just signed a contract for my fourth book, another middle grade novel geared toward boy readers called Operation: Bully Renovation. All four of these books are very different from each other, which I believe is something that sets me apart as an author. I don’t really fit into one genre/niche as an author – I just write what I love, no matter the age group/subject matter.
Why do you write what you write?
I have been a writer my whole life. It’s a passion. Children’s and young adult literature is and has always been what I love. I think my love for working with young people compels me to write for them as well.
How does your writing process work?
I wouldn’t say I have one magical formula for writing a novel. Writing BC – Before Child – was much easier! I get an idea, and then create a rough outline for a story in my head. I develop my main characters, picturing them as I imagine what their personalities will become. Then, I just start writing. Some days I write more than others, but I would guess that I average about ten pages a day, on good days. Of course, with a full-time job and a family, there are many days that I don’t reach that goal! I have to do most of my writing when my boys are asleep, either during mid-day naps or at night when they goes to bed. You will often find us in my recliner – one of them sprawled across my lap asleep, me leaning over him and typing away on my computer. Once I complete a novel, I usually step away from it for a few weeks. I then go back and read it again, editing for any mistakes changing any scenes that feel weak. Sometimes this means cutting out entire chapters and rewriting them, so the editing process can take a few weeks as well.
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