Meet the Newbies: Katie Kennedy

Meet the Newbies

Welcome to today’s stop on Meet the Newbies!! I am excited to be hosting Katie Kennedy, the author of  Learning to Swear in America which releases on July 5!! Katie’s book is actually up next on my TBR, and I have been very excited to start it!

Katie’s Yearbook Entry!

Author Most Likely to Destroy the World

Nickname: Crash
First Day of School: July 5, 2016
Homeroom: Bloomsbury
Grade: YA
Extracurricular Activities: President, Antimatter Club; cross country, track, basketball, and volleyball
Favorite Class:Advanced Astrophysics for the Socially Impaired
Favorite Quote/Motto: “Do what is right, though the world should perish.” -Immanuel Kant

My Q&A With Katie!

I figured that since this is called “Meet the Newbies”, it might be fun to go ahead and actually MEET you! But when I was coming up with questions, I thought about how being an author was really just one part of the bigger picture. With that in mind, I want to ask some questions about things that make you you.

As a  Teen

What was your high school experience like?

We moved after my sophomore year from a smaller town that I loved to a somewhat larger place. It was okay, but I didn’t find good friends very fast and wound up graduating a semester early just because I could.

If you had the chance to go back and do it again, what would you change?

I was required to take chorus and I’m a terrible singer, so I lip synched my way through. If I could do it over, I’d sing as loudly as I could, and transfer the misery from myself to the people around me. 😀 I’ll bet that would have gotten the administration to change the must-take-chorus policy, too.

Shannon’s Sidenote: This plan is basically genius

As an Author

What has been the most exciting part of the process so far? The most rewarding?

It’s been incredibly fun to get to know other debut authors and share the ups, downs, and general wackiness of the publishing process.

What do you wish you knew before you started this adventure?
I think maybe it’s good that I didn’t know much when I started.

Shannon’s Sidenote: I definitely agree! 


As an Everyday Woman

What are a few things you simply cannot get through the day without?

Chocolate. We’re being honest, right?

Shannon’s Sidenote: Honesty is always the best policy, especially when it comes to chocolate 😉 

Describe the absolute perfect day for you- sky’s the limit!  

A perfect day is one when the writing’s going well, and I also have time with my family. But if the sky’s really the limit, I’ll add in that the dog doesn’t bark all day, and somebody else makes dinner. Yes, I dream big.

Shannon’s Sidenote: If you don’t mind sending the chef over to my house when he/she is done at yours… ?

As a  Reader

What book has made the most impact on your life (in any way, really) and how?

Our son was diagnosed with cancer when he was one, and I stopped reading. That was an incredibly busy, tumultuous period, and a few years later I still hadn’t started reading again. My mom grabbed me after church one week, thrust a Lee Child thriller into my hand, and said, “You have got to read this.” I did, and was hooked—and started reading again. I started writing shortly after that.

Is there a book that you could read over and over again and never get tired of?

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s TEAM OF RIVALS.

Book & Author Info!

Meet the Newbies: Katie Kennedy Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on July 5th 2016
Pages: 352

Brimming with humor and one-of-a-kind characters, this end-of-the world novel will grab hold of Andrew Smith and Rainbow Rowell fans.

An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been called to NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. He knows how to stop the asteroid: his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize--if there's ever another Nobel prize awarded. But Yuri's 17, and having a hard time making older, stodgy physicists listen to him. Then he meets Dovie, who lives like a normal teenager, oblivious to the impending doom. Being with her, on the adventures she plans when he's not at NASA, Yuri catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world and save a life worth living.

Prepare to laugh, cry, cringe, and have your mind burst open with questions of the universe.

About Katie Kennedy

Katie Kennedy is a college history instructor. She used to teach in a fire station. When the alarm rang, the entire class jumped up and ran out of the room. She became an LPN in order to write more accurate medical scenes. She has been lost in Moscow, and rousted by the KGB for sitting in Red Square to eat her ice cream. She has been bitten by a fish.

Katie lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with her husband, daughter, and son, in a town with a million bats. LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA comes out in Spring, 2016, from Bloomsbury.

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Who else is super excited to read Katie’s debut!? Has anyone been lucky enough to do so already? 

Posted June 19, 2016 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Meet the Newbies / 10 Comments

10 responses to “Meet the Newbies: Katie Kennedy

  1. sam

    That interview was quite fun, and I am really excited to read this book. I LOVE science (used to teach chem/phys/astronomy), and think it is fabulous when science can be shared with the masses.

  2. danielle hammelef

    I love that this author is from da UP, eh! I’m a MTU grad and spend many summers as a kid just absorbing the UP and never touching a TV or radio. Thanks for letting us get to meet you!

  3. what a fun interview here!!! I hear ya about not having to cook—its why I wouldn’t mind marrying a chef one day cause than I wouldn’t have to worry about that hehe

  4. I really liked reading those answers. 🙂 And that’s a pretty cool title! It probably IS better not to know much about publishing before attempting to publish a book. 😀 And I would also appreciate that chef. 😀

  5. Elle

    Great interview! This sounds like a wonderful book and that yearbook superlative fits so well with the book (although it’s a bit worrying). Can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  6. Agus Z

    This sounds like a great book! I love is about science, it sounds really interesting and enterteining. Loved the interview! It was really fun. And… I can’t get through the day without chocolate too LOL

  7. OMG, this sounds super exciting! I really wish I could get my hands on it! The interview is lovely! I’m craving for some chocolate now!
    I’m just really hyper after reading this so forgive my excessive use of exclamation marks 😛

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