Thursday, July 26, 2012

Review & Interview: Kat Fight by Dina Silver

Dina Silver is a writer, red wine drinker, cheese fry lover, and future cat hoarder.  She currently lives with her family in suburban Chicago.  Inspired by how she met her husband, Kat Fight is Dina's second novel.

Q. At the end of your novel you mentioned that you were in a similar situation as the main character, Kat, was; did you find it easier or harder to write about Kat's story?

I found it pretty easy because let's be honest, it's pretty simple to create drama and make stuff up. It was fun taking my own experiences and exaggerating them to make them more interesting and dramatic.

Q. Out of your two novels, which one is your absolute favorite, "Kat Fight" or "One Pink Line"?

This is a great, but tough question. Tough because they're so different. I had a lot of fun writing Kat Fight, because I was really going for the humor factor. There are some chapters in there that still make me laugh, even though I've read them thirty times. Yet, One Pink Line is just such a wonderfully poignant love story, and probably appeals more to where I am in my life. It's really hard to choose!

Q. If "Kat Fight" were to be made into a movie, who would you cast as Kat, Marc, Ryan, Julie, and Adam?

First of all, nothing would make me happier, because I began writing Kat Fight as a screenplay. Here's who I've pictured in those roles: Kat - Anna Kendrick, Julie - Rachelle Lefevre, Marc - Ryan Kwanten, Ryan - Chris Pine (same as Ethan in OPL :) ) and Adam - Brian Gallivan (google him, he's hysterical)

Q. What is the most rewarding thing about writing, for you?  What is the most challenging part?

Most rewarding is hearing from strangers, from all over the world, how much they loved what I wrote. It floors me every time I get a random email from someone saying how much they enjoyed my book. Most challenging is just trying to keep up with the writing, marketing, networking, etc. It's overwhelming at times, but I love it.

Q. What are you currently reading?

Fifty Shades book three, although it's taking me FOREVER

Q. Is writing something you've always wanted to do, or did it take awhile for you to develop a love for it?

I've been a writer for many years, and have always wanted to write novels.

Q. Are you more confident about "Kat Fight" than you were about "One Pink Line"?

I'm so anxious about Kat Fight because, like I mentioned, it's different than OPL. My goal with Kat Fight was to create a true romantic comedy, and nothing is harder than writing comedy. I've had a few people read it and really enjoy it, so I feel good about it, but my confidence is still on the fence at this point.

Q. How do you deal with negative feedback about your novel?

It's difficult, I'm not going to lie, but deep down, I think I'm a hard person to offend. If people leave intelligent, thoughtful comments that are negative or constructive, then I'm truly grateful. If people leave bratty, thoughtless, mean-spirited comments, then I really can't let them get to me. 

Q. What are you currently working on?

Third book! Can't give too much away yet ;)

Q. What is your advice to aspiring authors?

Learn how to market yourself (yes, you can learn it), and make it your priority.

Title:  Kat Fight
Author:  Dina Silver
Genre:  Chick Lit
Publisher:  Createspace
Release Date:  June 14, 2012
File Size/Pages:  241 pgs
Source:  CLP Blog Tour

My Rating
:  5/5

Summary:  Readers everywhere will revel in this sharp-witted, well-meaning whirlwind in author Dina Silver’s hilarious new novel, Kat Fight. In her quest for love, Kat makes every wrong turn, juggling two men, one best friend, and her own deeply confused heart’s desires. Kat Porter is a consummate romantic, eager for her chance to find love and commitment. But after her boyfriend of four years, Marc, begins to grow apathetic and sends her calls straight to voicemail one too many times, Kat finally musters the courage to confront her so-called sweetheart, who seems more interested in dodging her than courting her. Though she’s no fan of ultimatums, Kat is at the end of her considerable wits, and lobs a massive one his way, completely confident that he'll make the right decision when faced with losing her. He doesn't. With radio silence from Marc, Kat’s lifelong dream of finding a husband and forging a family is decidedly on the skids. That’s when her childhood friend Julie steps in, forcing Kat on a blind date to help her move beyond the break-up. Not only does Kat botch the setup, she instead finds herself in hot pursuit of Julie’s love interest, Ryan Sullivan. A man who, in addition to literally taking her breath away, is the living, breathing personification of everything Kat wants in a husband. Can Kat connect with the man of her dreams without hurting two of the people she cares most about? At the same time, she must also contend with the quips of her beloved catty coworker Adam, her bi-polar boss Brooke, and a string of comic, unpredictable plot twists. All the while, Kat’s cheeky perspective and generous heart will leave readers adoring every moment of her journey while chuckling and cheering for the ever cute, razor-sharp Kat as she fights to land the love of a lifetime.

Review:  Kat is a 26-year-old woman who has just given her boyfriend, Marc Nolan, of four years the boot.  She basically tells him if he can't get his act together then he should lose her number and he does just that.  In the midst of it all, she is set up on a date by her best friend, Julie, with a guy named Pete.  Not only does the date end horrifically, but Kat finds out that she has the hots for Ryan, Julie's love interest; just when she thinks that things couldn't get anymore hectic, they become very hectic.  I absolutely loved this book and thought it was magnificent.  I think every woman should read this book; it has the right amount of drama balanced with romance and comedy.  There were so many elements that I enjoyed about this book; I loved that this novel was loosely based on the author's life, I loved how down to earth Kat was, and I loved that Dina Silver included ten fun facts about the book, at the end.  Aside from Kat, my favorite character in the book was Adam, her co-worker; the relationship between Kat and Adam is remarkable.  My new mission is to find someone exactly like Adam.  Overall, I think this book is great and it should NOT be passed up!!!

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Samantha said...

So glad you loved it !

Carole said...

I was wondering whether you would be happy to put up a link in my monthly series called “Books You Love”. There is already quite a nice collection of books that can go on our reading lists. Here is the link Books You Loved July Edition

Josie Ann said...

Hi Carole, I'd be happy to post it for you!!

Carole said...

thanks for linking in to Books You Loved. There will be a new edition around 9 august which you could contribute to.