Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Fabulous Kieran Scott!

I'm so honored to be able to interview this triple threat of an author (super-sweet, extremely prolific, and totally gorgeous)! For those of you who are currently residing under a rock and don't know who Kieran is, let me give you a brief introduction. Kieran is the author of over 100 books including, JINGLE BOY, GEEK MAGNET, and the NON-BLONDE CHEERLEADER Series. She also pens the extremely popular Private and Privilege series and other titles under the pseudonym Kate Brian. Oh yeah, she also writes books under the pseudonym Emma Harrison (Snow Queens coming out Jan 2010, don't you love that title?). I forgot to ask her if she feels the need to wear a name tag each day to remember who she is!

I wanted to find out more about the woman behind all those names so I threw some fun questions.

Steph: When did you start writing and how did you get your start?

Kieran: I wrote one half of a YA romance novel when I was a sophomore in high school. Shockingly the lead female was based on me and the lead male was based on this senior football player/photographer I was in love with. I think I got bored with it right around the time he asked one of my friends to the prom . . . . But oh, my actual career? Sorry. Right. I started out as an editor and one of my editor friends needed writers for a YA romance series she was working on. I wrote an outline and two sample chapters and got the job. The book was called Trust Me and it came out in on my 24th birthday, which was pretty cool. The rest is history.
(Kieran's extremely cool 24th birthday present)
Steph: Can you explain a little bit to our readers about the difference between writing a novel under your own name and writing under a pseudonym for a book packaging company?

Kieran: When I write a novel under my own name, it’s truly mine. My idea, my story, all me from start to finish (with some very insightful comments by my very insightful agent and editor). Writing for a book packager is a bit more like writing for TV. Because the books come out so fast, I plot them out with my editors and we all know where we’re going at least four books ahead of time. I do all the actual writing of the novels, but there’s a lot more help in the plotting/planning stages.

Steph: How many books have you written in total?

Kieran: Honestly, I stopped counting at a hundred. I’ve done a lot of ghost writing, quiz books, TV tie-in novels and biographies under several different names. These days, though, it’s just Kieran Scott, Kate Brian and Emma Harrison. Which is still a lot, I guess!
(That means that Kieran writes 10+ books a year! I'm fairly certain she subsists on Red Bull.)

Steph: Which cover is your favorite?

Kieran: I’ve always liked the Jingle Boy cover, which is funny since it’s probably my least-known novel. I also like the original hardcover art for A Non-Blonde Cheerleader in Love. Annisa jumping against an open sky. So cute!

(Kieran has some of the most adorable covers!)

Steph:Which of your characters do you feel mirrors you the most?
Kieran: KJ Miller of Geek Magnet is my most personal character. I had an alcoholic father just like she does and I felt trapped by my friends and family and their perception of me when I was in school. But luckily, like KJ, I found some people who took the time to understand me and support me and make me laugh. On some days I have a bit of Reed Brennan’s sarcastic outlook. On others I have Annisa Gobrowski’s positivity. Depends, probably, on how much sleep I’ve gotten the night before.

Steph: What author would YOU go completely fan-girl over?

Kieran: I would probably dissolve into a puddle if I met Sophie Kinsella or Maeve Binchy or Barbara Kingsolver. And I actually did drool a bit when I met Michael Chabon. Also, I think I scared Megan McCafferty when we first met. I believe the quote was. “I worship your writing!” Does that even make sense?

Steph: Did you attend a private school like Easton(the private school in the Private series)?

Kieran: No. Public school girl all the way. Although, like Reed, I was on the lower income side at a very high income school. My friends drove BMWs and had summer houses and ski houses and boats and horses. I had a Schwinn ten speed and two summer jobs at a time.

Steph: How were your summers as a teen spent?

Kieran: See above. :)I worked as a camp counselor, in a dry cleaner, at a Haagen Dazs, at a movie theater . . . And I did get to go to the beach a lot because I had friends with shore houses. (See above.) I remember having lots of sunburns and singing really loudly with the radio in the car. And pool parties. People were always having pool parties. Wow. I didn’t realize until this moment how much I miss pool parties . . . .
(I'll take two hundred scoops of chocolate peanut butter, please.)
Steph: Who is your biggest celebrity crush?

Kieran: Right now it’s definitely Taylor Kitsch aka Tim Riggins of Friday Night Lights. Chris Pine and James Marsden come in a close second and third. Huge crushes of the past include Michael Vartan, Taye Diggs, Matthew McConnaughey, Michael Hutchence and River Phoenix.

(James, Taylor, and Chris. Kieran also has exceptional taste!)

Steph: You are stranded on a desert island. What CD, DVD, candy, drink, food and comfort item do you take?

Kieran: CD: When The Pawn . . . by Fiona Apple
DVD: While You Were Sleeping. Wait! The Princess Bride. No . . .While You Were Sleeping. Can I have two?
CANDY: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
DRINK: Trader Joe’s Mango Lemonade
FOOD: Mom’s spaghetti and meat sauce
COMFORT ITEM: My husband? Okay, okay, if I can’t take a human . . . my huge Winnie the Pooh. He can be a pillow and give a good hug.
(Everybody needs a Pooh)
Steph: Are you an only child or do you have siblings? Do you think this affected your writing?

Kieran: I have an older brother and a younger sister. Both have definitely inspired characters in my novels, but I won’t tell you who, because they’d probably kill me. My older brother had a lot more freedom than me because he was older and a boy, and my younger sister got a lot more stuff than I did because she was the baby. Consequently, I think I heard the word “no” more than either of them did, which made me both A) bitter and B) responsible. The bitterness informs some of my writing. The responsibility helps me get stuff done!

Steph: Fictional Character Death Match
Noelle Lange vs. Blair Waldorf
Who is your money on?

Kieran: Are you kidding? Noelle would kick Blair’s butt! The girl tied one character to a pole and took out another with a lacrosse stick. Plus she’s an accomplished athlete, schemer AND know-it-all, whereas Blair only has the schemer part down. Now if they were competing in some kind of shopping event, I may have to put my money on Blair.

Steph: Do you ever get recognized in public? And if so, have you ever had any crazy fan moments?

Kieran: Only once was I recognized, and it was at BEA, so people were on the lookout. And once, at a signing, I had a girl threaten to kill herself if I didn’t bring Thomas Pearson back. There was a second there when I thought she was serious and that freaked me out more than a bit. (Yikes!)
Steph: What would you do if you weren’t an author?

Kieran: I’d probably teach English. That’s what I always thought I’d end up doing. Actually, I used to think I’d write for magazines, but I tried it and it was not for me. I’d rather make stuff up than report facts. I also love to bake and cook, so I might go to culinary school and give a career in food a whirl. Ooh! Or maybe I could be a pilates instructor! Wait. I’m having too much fun with this question. Next!
(Rachael better pray that Kieran sticks with writing or she could be in trouble!)

Steph: You can trade places with a celebrity for a week. Who would you pick?

Kieran: I would LOVE to know what Oprah Winfrey’s life is actually like. Or Michelle Obama’s. But I would also love to be someone really movie-star glamorous and cool like Kate Winslet or Cameron Diaz.

(Hmmm...#2 on the Forbes Celebrity Power List or make out with Jason Patric for money?? I would actually have a hard time deciding. )

Steph: Do you wish that some of today’s technology had been available when you were a teen?

Kieran: I wish I’d had access to the internet when writing papers, but I’m glad I didn’t have texting and facebook and twitter and all that because I never would have gotten anything else done.

Steph: Which of your books would you most like to see made into a movie and who would you cast as the main characters?

Kieran: Definitely I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader. It’s just so near and dear to my heart and I think the characters and action would translate so well on screen. Demi Lovato would be a perfect Annisa and I’m thinking Cody Linley for Daniel.

(Perfect casting!)

I want to thank Kieran for being an honorary bee today! If you want to find out more about Kieran, you can check her out here, and here, I also want to thank our readers by giving away four of Kieran's books, Geek Magnet, I Was A Non-Blonde Cheerleader, Brunettes Strike Back, and A Non-Blonde Cheerleader in Love. To be entered, just leave a comment telling us if you are a non-blonde cheerleader, a geek magnet, a boycotter of all things Christmas, or none of the above!



Jessica Burkhart said...

So fun! I'm a total geek magnet, which is cool with me. :) I'm in awe of how prolific Kieran is and I'd have a def fan girl moment if I met her, LOL.

Great interview, Buzz Girls!

TinaFerraro said...

Wonderful interview! Wonderful giveaway! And I'll jump in with Geek Magnet as my answer, especially since I am married to a scientist...

Summer said...

This was an excellent interview! I remember Kieran Scott from Love Stories. Yes, when I was a teenagers I read them all the time. I probably read that Trust Me one. I loved them! I can't believe she's written so many books. Way cool. These interviews are way rocking!

Liyana said...

I'm all three! Brunette, love the geeks especially when they love me back, and a boycotter of Christmas only because we don't really celebrate it that much. ):

Kate at Read This Book! said...

OMG at the girl threaten to kill herself. I would freak out if I were you Kieran! xD Luckily she was joking. And Noelle vs Blair? I am totally betting on Noelle!

I would say I am a geek magnet! Geeky guys seem to always look at me... kind of freaky!

I really enjoyed the interview. =)

Me said...

Such a hilarious interview, Steph and Kieran! (Of course, both are hilarious individually, so together it's like a perfect storm of hilarity.) I will I had that productivity gene. Well, I think I have it, I just need the contracts and deadlines to activate it! =)

Breanna said...

I think I'm definitely a geek magnet! I think that's the only thing out of those choices that I'd want to be anyway! haha

Loved the interview! Kieran sounds awesome and her books do as well. :)


GirlwiththeBraids said...

In school, I was a geek magnet. Sometimes it was a burden but others ... I just liked getting love notes and teddy bears, no matter how uncomfortable. :)


Llehn said...

I am a geek magnet!!! All my friends are geeks!!!

Babycat said...

I'm a geek magnet, for some reason they just find me. Which is cool with me smart guys are totally more intresting than hot guys. After a while the hottness factor wears off and your left with a guy who can't talk about anything except football. Trust me I've been there done that and moved on. with the geek you can have conversations you never thought you ever have before and experience different opinions and expand your horizons.

Good luck everyone and have a great weekend.

Erica said...

I'm a bit of all three.
I'm such a spoil sport, but I dont like al the Christmasy stuff like songs, I'm a brunette, and geek magnet :)

The Golfing Librarian said...

I'll play this one safe and say I'm none of the above. Cheerleading isn't my thing, I can get a bit geeky when talking about conputers, and I definately don't boycott Christmas!!!

Katie said...

Hmm..I'd have to say that I'm a geek magnet!

MarjoleinBookBlog said...

Lovely and fun interview! I love the books by Kieran Scott/Kate Brian. Let's see. I think I am a little mix:
* Geek Magnet: yeps, I am. Proud Geek Magnet!
* non blonde cheerleader: too. In high school I was in a dance team.And I always cheer my friends up when they need it, and also a non blonde!
*Boycotter of all things Christmas:
well, lets say that I am just nog a big big Christmas fan. I don't hate it, but I absolutely don't mind if its over. *exception for fun family dinners !
*Beside this all..I am just a big Kieran Scott book fan!

Meredith said...

First off, great interview.

I think that I am a non-blonde cheerleader. Minus the cheerleader. Hahahaa. Although, get me at a sporting event with friends and I go crazy...

I love Kieran's books, she is such a fantastic writer!

I have the first and last book in the non-blonde cheerleader series. And every time I go to the store to get the second one, they never have it... hint, hint.

~Meredith F.
rosesaremyfavorite at hotmail dot com

Yan said...

total geek magnet. I should bottle this scent ;P

Heather Davis said...

Great interview! I can't belive how prolific she is. *jealous!*


Sydney said...

She's so sweet! I love Kieran! I don't think I'd be any of those . . . I had a guy describe me as an intriguing, anti-social bookworm. Does that count?

Cara King said...

No matter how many times I run a magnet over my hand, I can't seem to get iron filings to stick to I'm half a geek magnet, i.e. I'm a non-magnetized geek.


Sam said...

I am totally a non-blonde cheerleader. I was a cheerleader in High School but I wasn't like the rest of the girls on my squad. I liked cheering for the basketball team because I liked watching the sport more than I wanted to Miss Center of Attention. I loved being a cheerleader though, and I put all of my effort into.

Anonymous said...

I am a proud geek magnet!

Kathleen said...

I am definitely a geek magnet! I love Kieran Scott's book; I just found out a couple weeks ago that she also writes as Kate Brian, so I have to check those ones out too. Thanks for the interview! :)

P.S. I love that Demi and Cody are the perfect Annisa and Daniel! I love both of them; I wish there was a movie and they got the parts!

Diana Marie said...

Great interview! Wow I didn't know she wrote under all of those names, I'm a big fan of Tourist Trap:)I was always wondering when another Emma Harrison book will be published. Overall a Big fan of all of her books!

I would say I'm a geek magnet ... nothing wrong with that;)

~Ritamc~ said...

Nice interview. me, I'm a non-blonde cheerleader. I loved the way she used descriptive language, and the character Annisa relates to me a lot. =) we both have brown hair, love the sun, are very active, etc. I hope there will be more to the series!!!

Anonymous said...

She is such a talented writer!!

xoxox Brittany

Sara said...

Great interview!
Well, I'm not a geek magnet and not a cheerleader, but I'm non-blonde! :)


Mena said...

I've never heard of her before, but I really want to read some of her work now! Thanks so much for this blog and helping me learn about new great authors!! :)

Amanda Villagómez said...

Those are such fun covers.

PoetryInMotion said...

I'm definitely a non-blonde cheerleader, and from NJ too! It's funny that Jingle Boy is her least known work, since that's actually the first book I ever found by her.

And I really hope they make a non-blonde cheerleader movie someday :)

nisha said...

I'm a total geek magnet, too! I loved this interview. Thank you so much for posting it! It's so awesome to hear about Kieran. Makes me want to go and pick out some of her other books other than Geek Magnet!


L said...

I'm a geek magnet and I'm proud. It's better than not being a magnet at all.