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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34 responses

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

    November 25, 2013 at 7:13 am

    • I’m sorry you couldn’t bring a dragon along. Maybe next time?

      November 26, 2013 at 4:54 am

  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.

    November 25, 2013 at 10:36 am

    • 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

      November 26, 2013 at 4:55 am

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


      November 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm

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

    November 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    • Glad you’re enjoying them, Ruth. 🙂 So fun getting little insights into the group.

      November 26, 2013 at 4:56 am

  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.

    November 25, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    • Kate is hereby deemed *waves magic sword* WIPerial Accumulator of Stockings! *thwack* I’d be careful about leaving them out for her, though. She takes her duty very seriously and sometimes is, shall we say, a tad overenthusiastic.

      November 26, 2013 at 4:59 am

      • Hmmm… You may be right. I suppose I should just stick to putting traps anywhere a WIPerial Accumulator of Socks might wish to strike.

        November 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      • WIPerial is such a cool word if I do say so myself.

        November 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      • Most definitely. 🙂

        November 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      • *steals socks off of your feet*

        November 26, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      • Hmm . . . is there a draft in here?

        November 27, 2013 at 5:02 am

    • You know, I WAS just collecting and wearing socks that I bought at the store, but now that you’ve challenged me, I believe I may have found my true calling as a sock-stealing supervillain.

      Where WILL I find time to fit that into my busy schedule?

      November 26, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      • Erp! My bad…

        It’s okay, really. You don’t have to take that as a challenge. I did say “if” after all. Then again, Kathi already gave you an official title… Nuts. Guess I fumbled that one good.

        November 26, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      • No take-backs! I’m already designing my costume.

        November 26, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      • Phooey.

        November 26, 2013 at 8:05 pm

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

    November 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    • Thanks. 🙂 Yes, quirky. That about sums up this group doesn’t it? There are other words, but they give me evil looks when I call them that. Hee, hee.

      November 27, 2013 at 5:00 am

      • Quirky in the best possible way. Honest. 😀

        November 27, 2013 at 2:36 pm

  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?

    November 27, 2013 at 3:03 am

    • Hey, Alana, did you get your interview e-mail? Just wondering. *cough* 😉 No pressure. *cough*

      November 27, 2013 at 5:02 am

      • I did, I meant to mention it in my WIP. I want to be involved so feel free to cough my wa again if you don’t get it by next Wednesday.

        November 28, 2013 at 8:38 am

      • 🙂

        November 28, 2013 at 8:43 am

    • Sorry I didn’t reply to this comment… I was knocked out by some sort of noxious fumes. O.o

      December 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      • Monkeys, where’s the air freshener?

        December 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      • *cough*

        December 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm

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

    November 27, 2013 at 3:26 am

    • I know! I loved her final thought!

      November 27, 2013 at 4:11 am

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  9. Jae

    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. 😉

    November 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm

  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.

    November 27, 2013 at 8:43 pm

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