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Hi Everyone! Thanks so much for your kind words and support here, on Twitter, and on Facebook. I'm so touched. It's all my friends and family that are helping me get through this difficult time. Anna Li and I are doing pretty good. We're alike in that we don't want to sit around moping. We're starting to find our routine without Rudy. For me, the house feels so different and quiet without him there. I know eventually it'll become the new normal. I'm back to work and am finding that keeping busy really helps get through something like this.

Rudy paid all the bills and handled our investments. He kept things in good order and I've been able to figure most of it out already. I feel a lot better knowing where all our savings are and seeing that I can handle all the finances.

Hopefully in the next week, I should be back to blogging. Thanks so much for your patience and support.

 So I have some winners to announce.

The winner of BURN OUT is Joanne Fritz!

The winner of FAERY SWAP is Donea Lee!

And the winner of ELLE is Nicole!

Congrats! E-mail me your addresses so I can send you your books. Please e-mail me by the end of Wednesday or I'll have to pick another winner.

Today I’m excited to have debut author Katherine Ewell here to share about her YA thriller DEAR KILLER that released on April 1, 2014. This was a fascinating story about Kit, who has been a serial killer since she was nine. This is really different from anything I’ve ever read. I found it pretty fascinating to be inside Kit’s head because sometimes she is a cold and calculated killer and other times she’s a sympathetic teen. It’s a book that really leaves you thinking.

Here’s a blurb from Goodreads:

Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.

Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.

But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

Katherine Ewell’s Dear Killer is a sinister psychological thriller that explores the thin line between good and evil, and the messiness of that inevitable moment when life contradicts everything you believe.

Hi Katherine. Thanks so much for joining me.

1. Tell us about yourself and how you became a writer.

I’ve been writing since I was about thirteen—before that, I was a huge reader, so the progression from reader to writer only made sense. Once I started writing, I couldn’t really stop! It’s a bit of an addiction, really.

2. I think a lot of writers feel that way. I’m dying to know where you got the idea for your story because it is so different from other books.

It came from a little bit of a weird place… I was binge-watching Castle at the same time I was writing an essay about moral philosophy in Watchmen, so the two of them just sort of came together in this psychological thriller about murder. I don’t remember the exact moment of synthesis, but that’s definitely where it came from.

3. I used to watch Castle. Maybe I should start again though I don’t have much time for TV. Kit is one of the most complex characters I’ve met. Sometimes she’s so cold and distant and other times you can’t help sympathizing with her, especially because of her terrible family life. Share a bit about her character development. Was it hard being so in her head while you were writing this?

When I started writing Dear Killer, I didn’t really know where Kit was headed. I learned a lot about her as
I actually wrote, and I discovered her as she came to life word by word. Sometimes it really was hard being inside her head—her thoughts are so dark, as are her moods and actions (obviously), and it could sometimes be a lot to handle!

4. Yes, I’m not sure I could have hung out with her as long as it would take to write her story. You picked London as the setting of your story. Why? And what research did you have to do to get your setting right?

I had visited London twice before I started writing, and I knew as soon as the story came into my head that it was the place my story had to be set. It had a lot to do with the ambiance—the dull greyness of the city, paired with its historical beauty, seemed to me to echo the melancholy within Kit and the feeling I wanted to portray through my writing. I had to do a lot of Google map searching to figure out the distance between things—i.e. how long would it take this character to get here? Is this walk-able or not? I wanted everything to feel as real as possible.

5. That’s great how you made such a conscious decision on your setting. I know you wrote this while you were in high school. I’m amazed you had time for it with the heavy demands of high school. What was your writing process like and how long did it take to write and revise DEAR KILLER?

It took me about 2-3 months total to write the first draft, and about 3 months to revise it. I usually wrote at night after I’d finished all my schoolwork, usually with a nice cup of tea, wrapped in blankets. It was a great way to de-stress, usually, after a long day.

6. That’s pretty amazing. My daughter is up until 11:30 with homework. No way could she write after that. I’m impressed.Share about your road to publication.

My road to publication started in 2011, when I was a semifinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Competition in the YA category. I found my agent through that contest and a mutual friend. That particular book never got published, but luckily, I wrote Dear Killer afterwards, and that did get published!

7. Fantastic road to publication story. What are you doing to market your book and how are you juggling it with college?

I’m doing a bunch of interviews and appearances, which you can find news of on my writer pages! I’m juggling it with college through lack of sleep…but what can you do?

8. Hate to tell you but it doesn’t get better once you’re out of college and working. At least not for me. What are you working on now?

I don’t really like talking about what I’m writing, but I am writing! You’ll see…

Thanks for sharing all your advice, Katherine. You can find Katherine at:


Katherine and I are offering an e-book giveaway of DEAR KILLER. To enter, all you need to do is be a follower (just click the follow button if you’re not a follower) and leave a comment through April 19th. I’ll announce the winner on April 21st. If your e-mail is not on your Google Profile, please leave it in the comments.

If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry. You must be 13 or older to enter. International entries are welcome.

Here’s what’s coming up:

Next Monday I’m interviewing debut author Emma Pass and giving away a copy of her YA dystopian, ACID. I’ve been looking forward to this book since I heard about it almost two years ago. It released in the UK and Europe last year and was finally released here in March.

Next Wednesday I have a guest post conversation with debut author Skila Brown and her agent Tina Wexler about revising. There will be a giveaway of Skila’s MG book in verse CAMINAR inspired by the civil war in Guatemala. And Tina Wexler is offering a query critique too!

The following Monday I’m interviewing debut author Alexandra Duncan and giving away a copy of SALVAGE, a YA sci-fi story with fantastic world building and a contemporary feel.

And don’t forget Casey’s Agent Spotlights.

Hope to see you on Monday!


Beth said...

I'm glad things are okay for you, Natalie. It's going to be a long process, but being surrounded by the support of friends and family is a great first step.

No need to enter me in the contest because I'm not reading e-books. But congratulations on Katherine on finishing what sounds like a very challenging book!

Kristin Lenz said...

Good morning, Natalie. I'm glad you're finding some comfort in your normal routine. Be good to yourself and take care.

Wow, a teen serial killer - what a scary premise. Congrats to Kit - I'm so impressed she wrote this in high school and had the courage to enter a major contest - way to put yourself out there. Please save the giveaway for someone else this time - I'm not reading e-books yet either.

Old Kitty said...

Awww Natalie. I've just caught up with the news about your dearest, Rudy. I am so so sorry. Sending you tons of support hugs over the ether.

Good luck to Katherine! Dear Killer sounds ever so disturbing (in a fascinating way!) and am totally thrilled for her! Take care

Karen Lange said...

Natalie, you'll be in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself, okay?

Thanks for the intro to Katherine. Wishing her all the best. I'll pass on the giveaway for now,

Christine Rains said...

I'm glad you're finding your routine again, Natalie.

Wonderful interview. The book sounds fantastic! Good luck to Katherine.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm sorry, Natalie. It's good to hear you are keeping busy. The grieving process just takes time.

I used to be able to write late at night, but I just tire too fast now.

Angela Brown said...

Hugs to you and Anna Li, Natalie. And I really enjoyed this interview. I always gain some new nugget of knowledge when I read these.

cleemckenzie said...

This is a tough time and we're all with you and your family.

Thanks for the interview with Katherine. It was great to read about her publishing journey.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Natalie, just take it one day at a time. My heart goes out to you.

Joanne R. Fritz said...

Thanks, Natalie. I'm thrilled to win BURN OUT. But there's absolutely no rush with mailing the book. Do what you need to do first as you work your way toward a new normal. My thoughts are with you and Anna Li.

Katherine's book really does sound different. And I'm impressed as heck that she's only in college. Also, I've lived in London, so I really should read this. But let someone else win.

Stephen Tremp said...

It's great to meet Katherine and best wishes to her and Dear Killer. I did a lot of writing in high school and still have the short stories in a box somewhere in the garage. I should look for them. Might be a short story or something bigger I could work on.

Jemi Fraser said...

Keeping busy does help - hope you're all coping and healing *hugs*

This sounds like a fascinating story - unique concept! I can't imagine writing in a real setting - such a lot of research! :)

Unknown said...

Katherine's book sounds quite provocative! Wishing her much success. :)

Natalie - I'm glad to hear you and your daughter are coping. Please forgive my slow replies. A-Z is kicking my butt! :O

Kim Van Sickler said...

A serial killer from age 9?!?! That got me to sit up and take notice! Congrats on the book, Katherine! Natalie, I am glad you have Anna Li still at home with you so you can go through this difficult time supporting each other. Having other family to help is a blessing. Take care my lovely.

mshatch said...

Now that's a book I'd love to win! I'd be a little nervous writing from such a dark place but it sounds fantastic.

Kelly Steel said...

Wonderful interview. The book sounds fantastic! Congratulations to Katherine.

Anonymous said...

Natalie...yes on you two finding your way to the new normal. I am pretty sure your Rudy would be awfully proud of you.

And...oh my on where the idea for Dear Killer came from. That alone makes me want to read it! Congrats and seeing your book out in the world...got a copy for my Kindle and am looking forward to the read!

Rachna Chhabria said...

I am glad that you are finding your way around Natalie. Sending lots of healing hugs your way. Take your time to get back to blogging. And take care of your health.

Dear Killer sounds great, you know Natalie, it has been my dream to write a murder mystery or a thriller. I am not sure if I can write one.

Leslie S. Rose said...

Congrats to Katherine. Love the premise to Dear Killer. You've inspired me to catch up on Castle! Natalie - sending good vibes your way.

Krysten Lindsay Hager said...

Sending you prayers and goof wishes, Natalie!

That is very interesting about the amazon contest and the road to publication!

pandas4vic said...

Natalie - Praying for you and sending healing thoughts your way.
Katherine - Fascinating interview! You are truly amazing...writing and doing school work too! Best of luck to you!
Please do not enter me in the contest....I do not read e-books either.

Unknown said...

I love books about serial killers and this one sounds especially fascinating. I'm an email follower of your blog: michelle_willms at yahoo dot com.

I'm glad to hear you and your family are continuing with some of your activities. Whatever you can do helps. Take breaks when needed and don't feel guilty about them. We are all thinking about you.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you're doing better and are receiving support during this difficult time. We are all here for you.

Congrats to the winners.

Dear Killer sounds like an amazing read.

Kel said...

I'm glad to hear you and your daughter are doing well. :)

Thank you for taking the time to offer another giveaway! I've been looking forward to this title for some time.

Email: bookedtiltuesday (at) gmail (dot) com

Mart Ramirez said...

Oh, Natalie. I had no idea! I just sent you a private note. You both are in my heart and prayers.

And you still made time for an interview. Such a beautiful soul you are. Sending you my love!!

Anonymous said...

This book sounds so incredibly exciting!

Crystal Collier said...

High five to addicted writers!

Natalie, I hadn't heard. I'm so sorry and sending prayers your way. You are loved, my friend.

Stina said...

I'm glad you hear you're doing well, Natalie. *hugs*

This would be a challenging book to write! Love the premise!!!

Casey B. said...

I'm happy you're doing better Natalie. It takes time but you'll get there:)

I would love to win Dear Killer! It sounds amazing. Here's my email: cjbergman1(at)gmail(dot)com


Jocelyn Rish said...

Sending warm thoughts to you and Anna Li.

Dear Killer sounds like an awesome read, and I'm so impressed that Katherine is so focused at such a young age.

Carina Olsen said...

Great interview you guys :D I think Dear Killer sounds awesome. I would love to be able to win an ecopy of it. <3 thank you so much for the chance :)

Laura Pauling said...

I can imagine this book was hard to write but sometimes it's challenge to write someone/something so different! :) Congrats!

Mary Preston said...

DEAR KILLER sounds most thrilling. Thank you for the wonderful post.


Carrie Butler said...

I know I'm late hearing about this, but I am so sorry for your loss! I'll be praying for you and Anna Li.

DMS said...

I am glad you and your daughter have each other for support.

Congratulations to all the giveaway winners. Also, Dear Killer sounds like an intense read. Great to learn more about the author.

Thanks for sharing. ;)

Natasha said...

Dear Killer sounds like an amazing read!!
Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

David P. King said...

Congratulations on your release, Katherine! This book sounds like it will give "I Am Not a Serial Killer" and run for its money. :)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

A serial killer from the age of NINE?
Daring, bold, and disturbing. I am headed over to take a look on Goodreads right now!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Congrats to Katherine!