Interview With WIPpeteer Kate Sparkes

What better way to begin the week than with another WIPpeteer Interview? Today I welcome the mesmerizing Kate Sparkes all the way in from *closes eyes and throws dart at Map of the World* Newfoundland.

Kate Sparkes and  . . . friend.

Kate Sparkes and . . . friend.

Land of the puffin. *squints at notes* I’m sorry, that says hand over the muffin. Oh, muffins, here you go, Kate, have a lovely  . . . um . . . *mumble, mumble* muffin. Can I get you anything to drink with that?

kls: No? Oh. *tucks vial back in pocket* Okay, then, first things first, tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you?

KS: I am Kate Sparkes in most places, Kathleen to my family, and… well, my other identities are a secret to all but a select few. I’m a writer, a reader, a master procrastinator, a collector of socks –

kls: Hey, is that where all my odd socks are disappearing to?

KS:  — ah . . . nope. I’m also a wife, and a mom. Terrible housekeeper, C+ cook, F- gardener. Wait, is F- a thing? Seeds tremble when I approach the rack at the store every spring.

kls: Let’s talk WIPpeteers for a moment. What drew you to the WIPpeteers?

KS: Is it bad that I can’t remember whose blog I was following when I saw they were doing it?

kls: Well, it’s not good but it’s not atrocious.

KS: I remember that it looked like a lot of fun, and the atmosphere was so welcoming. The initiation ceremony was painful, of course, and I’m still having flashbacks from whatever was in the punch, but still. Good times.

kls: Ah, yes, the Initiation Punch. *licks lips* Yummy stuff, that. So, what WIP(s) have you been sharing with our readers?

KS: I’ve shared from my YA Fantasy novels Bound (completed, awaiting edits)

kls: Everybody should add Bound to their future TBR list. Can’t wait for it to make its debut.

KS: and Torn (revisions in progress), and from my as-yet incomplete urban vampire goof-off project, Resurrection. Annnd one story I started for a week when I had nothing to contribute. That was fun.

kls: What’s your favorite part of WIPpet Wednesday?

KS: Honestly? Getting comments is super fun. But I also love seeing what other people are working on, especially when I’m totally drawn into a story by a tiny bit of text and I wish I could read more. It’s like seeing into people’s brains, in a not-gross way.

kls: Seeing people’s brains? Um, okay. Sure. Outside of WW, what project(s) are you currently working on?

KS: There’s life outside of WIPpet Wednesdays?

kls: Yeah, that was kind of a silly question, wasn’t it? Time for some horn-blowing. Tell our readers what you have out there, where to find it, what’s coming next, and where to connect with you.

KS: I have… drumroll, please… NOTHING OUT THERE! Yaaaaay! But I hope to have a novel ready for release in late spring, and another when I can afford editing for it. But people can always connect with me at my blog, Disregard the Prologue, or on Twitter @kate_sparkes.

kls: Lightning round!


Coffee or tea?   Tea! No, coffee! No, tea! Is it NaNoWriMo time? Then coffee. Otherwise, usually tea.

Rock or country?   Rock.

City, country, or seaside?   Seaside! I’m going to be so sad when we move and I can’t see the ocean from my house.

Favorite color?   Green

Favorite pastime besides penning fantastic tales?   There’s life outside of penning fantastic tales?  Reading.  I like to hang out with my family, and I enjoy customizing My Little Pony toys and Monster High dolls. I’m kind of an introvert.

kls: Nothing wrong with being an introvert. I think most writers are. Well, I think that’s all I have. Thanks so much for stopping by and for joining in the craziness that is WIPpet Wednesdays. Anything else you’d like to share? Any final thoughts?

KS: Final thoughts sounds so ominous. If I refuse to give them, can I live forever?

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  1. Thanks for a fun interview! And for keeping the flying monkeys penned up. Those guys freak me out.

  2. Another great interview! For some reason, now I’m picturing Kate on a shambling walk hollering, “Brains!” But she ate the muffin (I assume) so that’s good.

    • Muffins are always good around here, it’s the water you have to watch out for. Or, wait, is it the air? No. That’s good. Water’s good. I know there’s something here you need to watch out for.

      Oh. It might be me. Mwahahahahaha

    • I said “seeing into” brains, not eating them. Although, now that you mention it…


  3. These interviews are so much fun. Thanks for doing them, Kathi!

  4. O.o Collector of socks? Kate, why are you collecting socks? Dd you get that free download, too? the one about what to do with old socks? Or is one of your secret identities the Sock Goblin? If you’re the Sock Goblin, I have just one word to say to you: Traps. That’s right. There are traps in my dryer. And my drawers. And the box I use to keep socks in because I don’t want to bother sorting them. In fact, keep your grubby little sock goblin hands away from my house. … On second thought, I have a bunch of old unmatched baby socks. Would you like those? I can leave them out for you next time you come around, if you like.

  5. Another delightful interview. These are fun to read, quirky and personable. 🙂

  6. Kate, if you’re going to steal socks off someone’s feet, it shouldn’t be Regi’s. Consider yourself warned… She has adorably cute (and talented) feet, but have you SMELLED those babies?

  7. Another great interview and a great final thought from Kate ‘can I live forever?’

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  9. Don’t mess with Kate and her puffins, just sayin’. And let’s be honest Kate, if you ‘could’ look into people’s brains in a gross way without it being invasive or hurting, you probably would. 😉

  10. Oh… boy! Two of you (sock-stealing supervillians, that is)!

    My son steals most of my socks… especially the ones with bright colors and cool patterns and pictures. And now I find out that a fellow writer and story-teller may also be a member of this secret sock-stealing syndicate? When will the terror end?

    Unless you are using them to make softer nests for the puffins…. I can forgive nearly anything for the puffins.

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