#BIR2010 – Book Giveaway: Adversary by Kate Kaynak + Interview (Open Internationally)

Welcome to Author Kate Kaynak!

Kate was born and raised in New Jersey, but was able to escape. Her degree from Yale says she was a psych major, but her true course of study was YPMB (Yale Precision Marching Band)

After serving a five-year sentence in graduate school, Kate started teaching psychology around the world for the University of Maryland.

While in Izmir, Turkey, she started up a conversation with a handsome stranger in an airport. She ended up marrying him.

They now live in New Hampshire with their three preschool-aged kids, where Kate enjoys reading, writing, and fighting crime with her amazing superpowers.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
A satellite phone, a boat, and a GPS. I like being able to solve problems, and I’m not the kind of professor who can make a radio out of a couple of coconuts.

What is one book everyone should read?
Other than mine? I’d say Harry Potter.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
That would depend on my superpowers, of course! But I’d be upset if it ended in “girl,” like Supergirl or Batgirl, especially if my male counterpart had a name that ended in “man.”

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Remote viewing would be pretty useful. My husband loses his keys and stuff a lot, and it would be nice to know what my kids are doing when they’re out of my sight.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Something half-melted in the chocolate family, like Phish Food or Fenway Fudge.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Weirdly, I LOVE Bird’s Eye garlic chicken pasta. I microwave a bowlful 4-5 mornings a week. Yeah, I know, it’s bizarre.

What’s your favorite music genre? Favorite artist? Song?
I have eclectic musical tastes but lately I’ve been loving Muse and Jed Whedon. The Gary Jules version of “Mad World” has more than 1000 plays on my iTunes–it partially inspired Minder.

Is there anything you need in order to write? (i.e., chocolate, quiet, music)
I can’t write around my kids (5-year-old twins and a 4-year-old), so I need them to be sleeping or with a sitter or something.

Night owl, or early bird?
Night owl. It takes two cups of Jet Fuel coffee just to get me conscious enough to get the kids dressed, fed, and to school on time.

One food you would never eat?
Anything ever served on “Fear Factor.” Seriously–ick.

Pet Peeves?
Paper towels or toilet paper hung underhand.

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms…without peanuts. Peanuts just take up space that could be better occupied by chocolate.

Favorite Cartoon?
“The Simpsons,” and anything ever made by Pixar.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be, male or female, doesn’t matter and why?
Athena. She was both smart (goddess of wisdom) and tough (a warrior goddess).

How do you react to a bad review?
I argue with it inside my head, send a gracious “thank you for reviewing” email, and make sure that they’re not on the ARC list for the next book, since I’m not a masochist.

If you could be a paranormal creature, what would you choose to be?
Were-Bear. It would explain away my natural grumpiness in the mornings.

What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?
“The Princess Bride.” Any other answer is…(wait for it)…inconceivable!

What do you do when you are in-between books?
I catch up on my reading. I can’t read other people’s work when I’m writing a first draft; it messes with my writing voice.

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
I have a comfy, overstuffed chaise lounge in my grandmother’s old study that is fantastic.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Minder’s filled with danger, fighting for justice, and true love…with telepathy.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world…which would it be?
Can I pick my own? I’d love to hang out at Ganzfield. If that’s not an option, though, I’d love to go to Hogwarts…as long as I’m not a muggle or a squib, that is.

What is your dream cast for your book?
I’ve only cast a few people, because once I see an actor as a character, I can’t see anyone else playing him or her. James Pickens, Jr. (Chief Webber from “Grey’s Anatomy”) would be PERFECT for Dr. Williamson, and Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert on the “Vampire Diaries”) would do an AMAZING job as Trevor.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I had a bunch, but I’d single out Robert’s The Girl with the Silver Eyes from middle school and Card’s Ender’s Game from high school.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
I have a playlist of favorites that I listen to when I’m writing, but to narrow it down…I think that Regina Spektor’s “Fidelity” is a great theme song for Maddie, and I see a montage of a Fireball game every time I hear Scissor Sister’s “Fire with Fire.”

What is your favorite quote?
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

If you were a superhero what would your kryptonite be?
If I told you, I’d have to kill you.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
The Bride is Registered at Barnes and Noble.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Good chocolate, a glass of Reisling, and a bubble bath after the kids are asleep. *sigh*

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I went to Yale; I have a Ph.D., and…I love American Idol. It’s the top listing on my Tivo. It’s just not going to be the same without Simon, though.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
See the “guilty pleasure” listed above. 🙂

Write a haiku about your book.
(BTW, this is the best interview question ever).

Don’t mess with minders.
Some can kill you with a thought.
Maddie loves Trevor.

Adversary by Kate Kaynak:
The second book of the Ganzfield series. Things are more dangerous than they seem at Ganzfield, and not everyone will survive. Does Maddie have what it takes? See what happens next in the sequel to Minder.

Giveaway Details:
Kate is offering signed copy of Adversary, sent to a U.S. address, or an unsigned copy sent Internationally (if the book depository ships to your country).

Last day to enter is 12/16/10

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