Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Kate Moretti, author of the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling novel Thought I Knew You, stops by to talk about her new book, Binds That Tie.


Hi Kate! Welcome to Zigzag Timeline. Can you tell us about your background as an author?

Well, I have no formal training as a writer, unless you count writing scientific reports. But I wrote my first novel in 2011, which later became Thought I Knew You. I learned everything I know about writing from my editor, Michelle Rever.

“Binds That Tie,” a thriller, is quite different from your first book, “Though I Knew You,” which is contemporary romance. Why’d you change genres?

I don’t think I really did switch genres. Both Thought I Knew You and Binds That Tie have a female main character with an internal struggle. Thought I Knew You incorporated mystery elements (where is Greg?) while Binds That Tie did lean more towards a thriller. But neither book falls squarely in any one genre. I’ve never considered Thought I Knew You to be a true romance novel. There’s too much that doesn’t fit, nice and neat.

How have your fans from “Thought I Knew You” reacted to “Binds That Tie”?

So far the response is positive. I’ve had one person tell me they liked Thought I Knew You better because Binds was a bit too dark for them. I can appreciate that.

“Thought I Knew You” recently hit the New York Times Bestseller List. What’s it like in the stratosphere?

Surreal. I’m actually level headed about it. I think I write in a very popular genre and my tendency to cross into mystery or thriller, which are also popular genres, only helps. I think Thought I Knew You has an absolutely stunning cover, courtesy of Streetlight Graphics. I spent two years building an audience and collecting reviews. A sale and an ad sent it sailing. I’m not on any list anymore. I’m a flash in the pan, I tell ya. But it’s been a blast.

Among your characters in “Binds That Tie”, who's your favorite? Could you please describe him/her?

Oh they’re all terrible. I love Maggie. She’s such a mess. And she makes horrible decisions. She’s too used to being “bossed”: by her sister, her husband, her brother-in-law. She has no idea how to stand up for herself, until she eventually does. I might be the only one who cheered her on. Most people hate her.

What's your favorite scene from “Binds That Tie”? Could you please describe it?

There’s a flashback when Maggie at an amusement park and her mother is apart from the other mothers, because of how she dresses and her mannerisms. She’s not a motherly mom. Maggie wanders off and ends up in the funhouse, staring at herself in the mirror, trying to see if the funhouse will really make her, for the first time in her life, have fun. But all she wants to do is sleep. She hides in a janitor’s closet and takes a nap. When her mother finds her, she yells at her that they shut down the park and she was so humiliated. Maggie spent most of her childhood thinking the word “humiliated” meant “worried”. She had no idea it means “ashamed”.

To me, this typifies Maggie’s relationship with her family. It’s all about what she can do for them, or to them. None of them care about her.

What's your favorite part of writing? Plotting? Describing scenes? Dialogue?

When I’m plotting, I like drafting. When I’m drafting, I like editing. When I’m editing, I can’t wait to get back to plotting. I’m never satisfied. That being said, the part after the story is written when you get to go back and just add in characterization and flashbacks and random description? That part kicks a lot of ass.

If you were to switch genres again, what would you write?

Chick lit. Straight up girly nonsense.

What’s your experience with Red Adept Publishing been like?

I’ve had a great experience with Red Adept. Their editing is amazing, their covers rock. They are the best small publisher I know of. They pay for ads, they’re encouraging, they understand that it takes time to build a fan base. I would never go to another small publisher.

Did you ever surprise yourself when you were writing your book? Characters who took on lives of their own? Plot elements that took unexpected turns?

Always. That’s the best part. Miranda and Maggie were originally supposed to be best friends. They ruined that on their own, the jerks.

If you could co-write a book with anyone across time and space, including famous (or not-so-famous) dead authors, who would you want to write with?

I don’t know that I could co-write a book with anyone! Certainly no one famous. I have a wacky way of doing things. I’m erratic and unreliable. Whoever I picked would hate me, and I’d never want to do that. I prefer to use my writing skills to slyly duck interview questions.

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