Author Kat Zhang made a stellar debut with her book, What’s Left of Me, the first of the series, The Hybrid Chronicles. She wrote the first draft of the book when she was in her senior year of high school. Exclusive to Faze, Zhang spills her thoughts on the process.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Eva and Addie started out as two souls conjoined in one body, much like everyone else. As they grew older however, they found that one soul is not fading as is the standard in the society. Zhang creates a beautiful masterpiece about two souls fighting to stay together, despite the severe punishments.
Any hints about what we can expect in the sequel?
Hmm…I don’t want to give too much away, but I can say that the sequel will be bigger in scope! And yes, Eva will take more control of her body.
What is the hardest thing about having a career as an author?
My career as an author is just beginning, so my answer might change as time passes! Right now, though, I’d say the hardest thing is really one’s own expectations. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I want everything to be just right–including my books! It’s taken time to let myself relax a bit and realize that as long as I do my very best with each story and improve from story to story, everything’s heading in the right direction. I don’t think that’s something that’s limited to a career as an author, though!
If someone were to ask your advice about how to get published, what would tell them?
Write, and keep writing! I decided I wanted to be a published author when I was 12, but I didn’t actually finish a novel until I was 17. I did improve on my writing a ton in those 5 years in between, but finishing a novel made a huge difference. Also, it’s good to do research about the publishing process and the business overall. There are great books on the subject, but there’s a lot to be found on the internet, as well. A lot of writers keep blogs, and they can be very helpful!
To learn more about Kat Zhang’s novels, check out her website.