During the entire month of May I’m hosting a reverse blog tour. Rather than send y’all to other people’s blogs to read about me, which you already do if you’re a regular here, I’m introducing you to some amazing and talented authors from all walks of life and genres.

I’m so very excited to have Kate Larkindale on the site today. I’ve known Kate (online anyway) for many years and her feedback and support has been a cornerstone in my own writing and publishing process. Plus, Kate is wicked talented and writes some incredible stories. And she’s going to tell you the rest, so take it away, Kate!

Oh, wait! One more thing! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATE!

Kate Larkindale

Having spent a lifetime travelling the globe, Kate Larkindale is currently residing in Wellington, New Zealand.  A cinema manager, film reviewer and mother, she’s surprised she finds any time to write, but doesn’t sleep much.  As a result, she can usually be found near the espresso machine with a long black in hand.  Or later in the day, red wine which she likes almost too much.
Her short stories have appeared in Halfway Down The Stairs, A Fly in Amber, Daily Flash Anthology, The Barrier Islands Review, Everyday Fiction, Death Rattle, Drastic Measures, Cutlass & Musket and Residential Aliens, among others.
She has written seven contemporary YA novels, four of which other people are allowed to see.  She has also written one very bad historical romance.  She is currently working on a new YA novel, Stumped.  The interview below is withStumped’s main character, sixteen-year-old Ozzy Hellier.
You can follow Kate on Twitter @vampyr14 or on her blog http://katelarkindale.blogspot.com/
And here’s an interview with Ozzy.  I asked him to try and keep his mouth clean, but he’s not great at it.  I hope no one here is easily offended…..

Tell us about your favorite childhood memory. A game you played, a ritual you had with friends, or something else.
It’s pretty fucking stupid and corny, but one of my favorite memories about being a kid is sitting on the front steps of our house on those long, hot summer afternoons.  There are big trees all around the yard, and watching the shadows move while sucking on popsicles and dripping sugary water all over my bare legs is one of those memories that’ll never disappear.  Not like the steps. They’re gone now.  I was real sad about that when I first came home and saw what they’d done to the front of the house.

 Family first or friends?
Man, you know how to go right for the jugular don’t you?  A year ago I would’ve said friends. Now, well, it has to be family.  Sad, huh? 

What’s your least favorite task/chore/job duty?
That’s a tough one.  I don’t have a whole bunch of chores anymore.  Everything’s kind of a chore, you know? But the thing I hate the most at the moment is physical therapy.  My therapist’s a fucking sadist.  Especially when she has me on my prosthetics.  Those things hurt like you wouldn’t believe!  And she’s always forcing me to do one more set of whatever exercise she’s got me doing.  Just one more…

What’s your favorite desert?
My mom makes the most amazing chocolate mousse in the world.  I have no idea how she makes it so incredible, but it’s better than sex.  Well, that’s what Finn says, anyway.  How the fuck would I know?

If you could have any one thing in the entire world, what would it be?
Just look at me.  What do you think?  I want my legs back.  Duh.

Curious yet? Make sure you keep an eye on the publishing world for Kate, and if you’ve got any questions for her or Ozzy, ask away!