A Day in the Life of Katie Ray - Don't Kiss the Messenger (+GIVEAWAY)

A Day in My Life as a Writer

**Disclaimer—My fictional worlds are MUCH more interesting than my real one**

I grab a writing outfit, usually off of my floor, consisting of: stretchy jeans, a gray hoodie, a stocking cap and Uggs

I listen to my latest playlists and drink lots of coffee at my usual morning writing spot: The Black Cat Coffee Shop in Ashland, WI 

I step out of my world and inside my character’s life. I get lost in their thoughts and this can last for hours. If I’m lucky, my characters take over my entire writing process and write the words for me. 

I go on walks for inspiration (if I’m really ambitious, I go for a run).

I go home, sweep the kitchen floor, and contemplate plot pacing. I cook a quesadilla and convince myself that sour cream and cheese are really good for me and that corn is an essential super food. Sometimes I go out for more coffee. Did I mention I like coffee?

I have about an hour left before I have to pick my daughter up from pre-school. I try to knock out another three or four pages of writing. 

And there you have it! In my experience, being a writer isn’t so much about being interesting or fabulous in the real world; we prefer to stand out in our fictional worlds. I hope you enjoy the fictional world I created in Don’t Kiss the Messenger. It’s a modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac. Read it! You’ll love it. :)

Katie Ray (also known by her previous author name, Katie Kacvinsky) writes teen and new adult fiction novels. Her books have been nominated for YALSA awards, and First Comes Love was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her screenplay, A High Note, was a semifinalist in the Austin Screenplay Competition in 2015. She currently lives in Ashland, Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and a slightly insane dog.

by Katie Ray
Publication Date: April 10, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
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For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry Potter had one on his forehead and people still liked him.

CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett is blindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate.

Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett. CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway—she’s a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately, the more messages she sends and the more they run into each other, the more she realizes there’s plenty in his head, from food to literature. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl…

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book involves one fiercely scarred girl who wants the new guy in town, the new guy who thinks he wants the new girl, and the new girl who really isn’t sure what she wants, and the misunderstanding that brings them all together. You’ll laugh, you’ll swoon, you’ll fall in love.


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April 11, 2017 – The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Spotlight
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April 12, 2017 – Sasha Says – Review
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April 13, 2017 – What Is That Book About – Spotlight
April 13, 2017 – between books – Review
April 13, 2017 – Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile – Review
April 13, 2017 – thinking to inking – Interview
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