Interview with Phoebe Kitanidis

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. Fortunately I am alone in this.
What do you read for pleasure?
I always read maniacally in my genre -- for example, currently I'm reading 4-5 New Adult books a week. Beyond research though, I tend to read non-fiction primarily. Horticulture, cooking, biology, psychology, oral history, memoir.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
But by far my favorite way of getting a new book recommendation is to Tweet my request for one.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first real book book I ever read all by myself was The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White. Up until that point, reading was a chore parents and teachers forced me to do. After Swan, I was hooked.
How do you approach cover design?
I used to see covers primarily as a work of art, but now I see them as a sales tool and -- most importantly -- a signal, of genre and category and even tone. Put another way: I used to wish everyone would love my cover. Now I want my cover to turn off most people, but to appeal to readers of my specific subgenre.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Platform and device agnostic. I own a Kindle but am as likely to read on my iPhone or even my MacBook Air.
Describe your desk
The Fortress of Deskitude has a flowing, curved design and zero clutter on its ample surface. Right now it's holding just my computer stuff, plus the drink my husband just made me. (But if I open the door it will soon have two cats on it as well.)
What's the story behind your latest book?
RESCUED is a romance about two young people who meet while doing animal rescue work. I've been wanting to write a New Adult book since I first heard the term years ago, and the subject of animal rescue volunteering is close to my heart. My own partner and I have certainly bonded over our shared passion for helping cats and kittens.
What are you working on next?
I'm collaborating on a mythological YA series with a writer I met through Romance Writers of America. I'm very excited about this project and my very talented co-author! (Also, RWA is amazing... if you write anything with romantic elements at all, go join them.)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The cat song.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In my garden, covered in mud.
Published 2015-04-16.
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