Saturday, June 2, 2012

Interview: Kimberly Pauley, author of Cat Girl's Day Off + HUGE PRIZE PACK Giveaway (INT)

I'm absolutely delighted to be joined today by the phenomenal Kimberly Pauley, author of the absolutely fantastic YA contemporary novel (with tiny elements of paranormal), Cat Girl's Day Off.
If you missed my review of Cat Girl's Day Off click here, or simply scroll down a bit (it's the post below this one).

1. Welcome to Bookish Kimberly! Thank you so much for being one of the guests during the Contemporary Fiction Month feature! Could you start by telling us a little bit about yourself?

Thanks for having me! Well, I’m the author of three funny YA books for teens and I live in London with my husband and son (we moved here last year from the US). I majored in English in college and have always loved writing—I still have all my journals from when I was a teen!

2. You recently published YA novel, Cat Girl's Day Off, has made a huge impression on me! It was all kinds of adorable and meaningful, and I had a wonderful time following Natalie's adventures! Could you tell us who or what inspired you to write it?

It started with the simple idea of a teen who had a super power that they thought was stupid and kind of blossomed from there. I love cats (it seems most writers do) and also Ferris Bueller. Once all those things got smooshed together, the story was born!

3. Could you share with us your favourite quote from Cat Girl's Day Off?

Ohhh, that’s hard. Do you mean like one of the quotes that head up each chapter? If those, I’d probably have to go with one of the Heinlein ones (since he’s one of my favorite authors of all time). Maybe this one: “Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.” If you mean one of the bits that I wrote…hmm…that’s even harder!

4. What would you say is the most important quality your characters possess? 

A sense of humor. Or, well, maybe the ability to learn and grow. That sounds good, doesn’t it?

5. Have you always wanted to be a writer? At what point in your life did you decide that writing is something you want to do?

Always! I always wrote. Even when I had boring, awful, terrible corporate jobs, I still wrote. It’s hard to pinpoint a decision point, but I guess you could say when I quit my corporate job back in 2005 to write full time would be it.

6. Did you have any funny/crazy fan moments yet? (If so, please do share!) 

They’re all fun! Perhaps the time I was doing a presentation somewhere and one girl was so excited she was literally struck speechless and kept making owl-ish noises every time she tried to say something to me. That was just totally adorable.

7. How do you approach writing a new novel? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A little of both. I do outline, but I don’t do so extensively. I can’t go completely off the top of my head though (I never finish the book that way), so I guess I’m more of a plotter.

8. What's next in line for you? Are you working on a new book now?

I’m a little up in the air right now. I’ve got another book completed that my agent has out right now. I was working on a new book…but I might be switching to work on a different new book…can’t really say any more yet. Hopefully news on that soon! But suffice it to say that there are always at least 2 books going on in my head at any given time.

9. Which three of your favourite contemporary books would you recommend everybody to read?

Hourglass by Myra McEntire (love Myra), the Skullduggery Pleasant books (if you’re a bit bloodthirsty), or anything by Marlene Perez (love Marlene too!).

10. If your book had a soundtrack to accompany it, what songs would be on it?

I hadn’t really thought about a Cat Girl soundtrack! The other book I have finished (Ask Me) has a definite soundtrack (each chapter has a “theme” song), but I didn’t really have any music in mind with Cat Girl. I’d probably have to pick some fun cat-related tunes like “Love Cats” by the Cure and things like that. Would love to hear people’s suggestions! There are a couple of songs mentioned in the book (like “Born this Way” by Lady Gaga—it’s Oscar’s ringtone on Nat’s phone), so I guess that would be included too.

12. Do you have a favourite contemporary fiction character/couple? 

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Wow, I feel like I should be able to say yes to that, but I really don’t have a favourite! (and I just typed favorite the UK way there, which kind of hurt my fingers…I live in the UK now, but I still am not used to all the “extra” vowels). Oh, wait, I do have an odd favorite couple…from Neal Shusterman’s books (Everlost, Everwild, and Everfound): Allie the Outcast and Mikey McGill (formerly the Monstrous McGill). Truly an odd couple, but I like them together. I haven’t read the third book yet and the second one ended with a serious cliffhanger, so I’ve got to pick it up and find out what happened!

Kimberly, thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to join us here today! I LOVED Cat Girl's Day Off and wish everyone would take the time to read it and find out for themselves how absolutely wonderful a book it is! Looking forward to reading your next book!

About the author:

KIMBERLY PAULEY is the author of the award-winning Sucks to Be Me, which was honored on the YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list. The sequel, Still Sucks to Be Me, was listed on the VOYA Best Science Fiction Fantasy List of 2010. Born in California, she has lived everywhere from Florida to Chicago and has now gone international to live in London with her husband (a numbers man) and the cutest little boy on any continent (The Max). She wrote Cat Girl’s Day Off because she wanted to share what cats really think with the world. 

For more information about Kimberly and her books, visit her online at

Together with Bonnie from Words At Home and Asheley from Into The Hall Of Books we are hosting a fantabulous giveaway blast! Kimberly Pauley has offered to giveaway a wonderful prize-pack to one of out International readers! 
Here's what you can win:

- A copy of Cat Girl's Day Off
- Signed Bookplates
-and a T-SHIRT of your choice from Kimberly's store (you can pick anything from here: 

Contest is open WORLD WIDE
Ends: June 30th

There are plenty of extra entries, so knock yourself out.
For 25 bonus entries into the giveaway, complete the SCAVENGER HUNT (details below)

Cat Girl's Day Off Scavenger Hunt! 

Hidden in our reviews of Cat Girl's Day Off are three magic words (one in each review) that create a magic sentence that unlocks the bonus +25 entries for everyone who can figure it out and put it together. The magic words are in bright pink -> like this one and here's where you can find them:

First word: Hidden in Evie's review of Cat Girl's Day Off (click here)
Second word: Hidden in Asheley's review of Cat Girl's Day Off (click here - will be posted on June 8th)
Third word: Hidden in Bonnie's review of Cat Girl's Day Off (click here - will be posted on June 14th)

Find out what the mystery sentence is to gain +25 bonus entries into our WICKED AWESOME giveaway! 

Enter through RAFFLECOPTER below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This Interview + Giveaway was posted as part of the Contemporary Fiction Month feature. Click on the picture for full schedule.


Amy said...

This book sounds really fun. I haven't heard of it before now. Great interview. I love a book with characters who have a great sense of humor. Love the funny fan moment. That must have been adorable.

Randi M said...

Great interview! Haha, I love the extra vowels in British English. ;) I'm definitely looking forward to this book; EPIC giveaway! I always appreciate seeing chracter growth when I read - very important!

Shelver506 said...

Am I the only one with LOLspeak running through my head? Because it would be very embarrassing if I was...

Thalia Anderson said...

Thanks so much! (: I hadn't heard of this book, but it looks quite interesting!

Jen said...

This interview was awesome! What's really great is that i heard of this great book and i can't wait to read it!!:)

Hannah said...

This is such a fun month! Never heard of this book! Looks FABULOUS! Want to read it now! :D

roxanne s. sukhan said...

I've got LOLspeak on the brain too!

Aleksandra said...

Great interview!

I love both Allie & Mikey as a couple, and loved the trilogy, so what are you waiting for, read Everfound now :)

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!!

Filia Oktarina said...

Great interview. I haven't heard of it before. This book sounds fun, i want read this book :)

Veronika said...

I enjoyed this interview so much! great read! I'm hearing about this book the first time, but now it's on my TBR list! I've never read a contemporary book with a cat before(I love cats so much!! *.*, so I'm dying to read it!

Kris @Imaginary Reads said...

Great interview. The quotation “Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.” from Cat Girl's Day Off is fantastic. I hadn't heard of this novel before, and now I want to go read it!

Pooja. S said...

I love cats and Ferris Bueller too, so this sounds like a GREAT book! Amazing interview and thanks so much for the giveaway :)

Jaime Lester said...

I really enjoyed reading Kimberly Pauley's interview. She seems like a genuinely nice, down to earth, funny gal. That is my kind of person. And I think that a main character should definitely be funny. That is one of the first things I look for and it draws me into a story. The ability to learn and grow is also a nice trait to have! Thanks for this interview. The book sounds great.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Cats are great. I love the prizes for this giveaway. Kimberly Pauley's interview was fun and interesting. First I'm hearing of this book but it probably won;t be the last.

roro said...

Great interview. I haven't heard of it before. This book sounds fun,

Nicky Smith said...

Thanks for the interview and giveaway! Any winnings will be added to my classroom library for my students and me to enjoy.

Aline Tobing said...

Cute interview :) This is the first time I ever hear about the book and the author, but it sounds great :) Already add it to my TBR and wish list ^0^

Madalina said...

Great interview :). The books seems funny and cute. The cover is lovely.

bookworm105 said...

Really want to read this. Ever since i saw the cover and the title i had to read it! Great interview! =D

All the Ups and Downs said...

Wow, great interview. This book sounds really good. I so want to read it =) x

Nancye said...

I enjoyed reading this interview. Thanks for the giveaway!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Astri Nasthasia Videlia said...

Really nice Interview... Happy to know this Author and Her book... I'll put iton My read list after this...

Than's for the Giveaway...

Steph said...

This sounds like such a fun read! Thanks for putting it on my radar & for the awesome giveaway!

Danielle B! said...

I <3 cats! I really like the tees, they're so cute!

Suz said...

This book looks fun and perfect for the summer! I love cats so that helps :) Thanks for this awesome giveaway - I would love to win!

Suz Reads

IngaSilberg said...

I think it is so wonderful, that you are organizing a month of contemporary literature. It's awsome! Thank you so much for this post and all the others, too!
Great work!

GFC inga
Me and Reading

»мσяgαиα« said...

Superb interview. Very interesting!
Thanks for this opportunity. It 'a wonderful giveaway.
Good luck to all ^^

FireStarBooks said...

WOW! Wonderful interview! Thank you for the giveaway! I am just getting into contemporary, this is so exciting!

terluon said...

Seems like a great book, this one. Nice interview! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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