Questions about me
Who's your agent?
The lovely Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong
Can you read my manuscript/short story and tell me what you think?
Unfortunately, I can't. Just about all my free time has been eaten up lately. I do, however, still offer critiques from time to time in auctions for charity or such. If I am ever offering something like this, I will be sure to blog/tweet about it. If you are running an auction for a charity and would like me to donate a critique, please let me know!
When did you start writing What's Left of Me/how long did it take you to write the book/get an agent/sell the trilogy?
I started writing What's Left of Me the winter of my senior year of high school. The first draft took me a little more than a year. Then I revised for a few months and, after querying about 2 months, signed with Emmanuelle. I revised with her for about 6 more months, and then we went on submission to publishers and announced the deal with HarperCollins about a month after that
How old were you when you sold the Hybrid Chronicles?
I was 19.
I'm doing a book report on you/your books. Can I email you with more questions?
I'm tickled whenever I get emails saying someone's doing a book report about me. It's pretty awesome. Thanks for thinking I'm cool enough to write a report about. You're certainly very welcome to email me any questions you might have, but please try to not base your entire report on my answers. I say this because I sometimes get rather behind on my emails, and I may not reply in time--and then your report will be late!
If you google "Kat Zhang interviews," you'll come across a great many interviews I've done online. Some of those might be helpful in writing your report.
Rest assured, I do reply to all emails I receive (eventually). If you write me and don't get a reply, I either didn't get your email for some reason, or I wasn't able to email you back. I have had a few cases in the past where I couldn't reply to a school-hosted email (i.e. email@example.com) because of the strict privacy regulations set by your school. So keep that in mind if your email is like that
What about snail mail?
I reply to snail mail, too! However, it takes me even longer, because snail mail sometimes takes months to reach me. Say you mail me via my Scholastic mail address. Scholastic then forwards your letter to HarperCollins, who then forwards it to me. I've gotten letters in June that were originally sent in March.
Questions about the Hybrid Chronicles
Is What's Left of Me set in the future? Because how did we get to have two souls in the future?
No, but it’s a common misconception because the book is often labeled “dystopia.” While What’s Left of Me does have dystopian elements (oppressive government, etc), the book is set in an alternate version of the 21st century. People have just always been born with two souls in this world. It’s explained more in the books, I promise.
When will What's Left of Me/Once We Were/Echoes of Us be released?
The entire trilogy is now out in the United States. What’s Left of Me released 2012, Once We Were released 2013, and the final book, Echoes of Us, came out in 2014.
I live in a country where the series hasn’t been published yet, and I really want a copy!
You can check the Books page to see if the trilogy has been sold in your country. Sometimes, the books do show up in countries not on that list, too. I’m not sure how that happens, but distribution policies are complicated...
However, if you can’t find the book in your country (and you’re okay with reading the series in English/Spanish/Italian/German/Chinese/French/etc), Book Depository ships free to a TON of countries (and often has pretty awesome sales, too).
Is there going to be a movie?
I do have a film agent, but as of right now, there aren't plans to make a movie. I guess we'll have to just keep passing around the books, instead 😉
You didn’t answer my question :(
Sorry! Please email it to me.
If your question is a general writing/publishing question (how do I get an agent? How do you feel about present tense? How many words can a YA book be? Etc), or something non-spoiler-y about my books, consider using my ask box on Tumblr.
That way, other people can benefit, and in the future, I can direct people to that post!