Discover Katie McGarry

Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 978-0373210497
"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise."

Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins?
His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?"
No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

Katie was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Her YA novel, Pushing the Limits, will debut with Harlequin Teen on July 31, 2012.
ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
KATIE: Not nearly as much as I’d like. I do try to read every day after I tuck my kiddos into bed. Sometimes my deadlines don’t always let me have as much time as I’d like. I love it though when I come across a story that sweeps me up and makes me forget that I have work to do.

ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
KATIE: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I obsessively carried that book around with me all the time. Even in third grade I was hoping that Calvin would kiss Meg.

ANGI: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
KATIE: Sleeping Beauty. It’s such an epic story. The heroine is cursed at birth, she’s hidden until she turns sixteen, and in the one moment everyone lets their guard down she succumbs to the curse. The love story is amazing. A prince who would fight a dragon for the girl he loves? That’s definitely swoon worthy.

ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
KATIE: Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb. Mild manner pet platypus at home; crime fighting platypus the moment he escapes to his secret lair. 

ANGI: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?
KATIE:  Available on my website.    
ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
KATIE: I’m addicted to the sound of my children laughing. Even if I’m in the foulest mood on the planet, their laughter causes me to become calm and eventually smile.

ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
KATIE: I wrote a story in elementary school about how I hid the fact that I had chicken pox from my mother for an entire afternoon/evening because I knew as soon as she found out that she’d put me in bed. The story was quite autobiographical.

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
KATIE: Casablanca. I adore Humphrey Bogart’s tough façade when underneath he is a man hurting because he lost the woman he loved. As much as he denies his love for Elsie, he continues to make decisions that will ensure her happiness.

ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
KATIE: Dr. Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb. I know, I know. I answered already using that show, but it seriously cracks me up. Occasionally Dr. Doofenshmirtz talks about his horribly tragic backstory that has caused him to become the villain. How can you not love a villain who uses the phrase horribly tragic backstory?

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: On your website it states: “I hope one day someone will read my book so much that the cover falls off.” What’s the first scene in PUSHING THE LIMITS (without spoilers) that you think readers will dogear?
KATIE’S GOTTA ANSWER: The scene at a party where Echo and Noah end up outside alone. The two share a short exchange and right as Noah is about to leave he backs Echo up against a wall in order to wish her a happy birthday. He leans in to kiss her and…well…you’ll need to read the book to find out the rest.

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UP NEXT: My next story, Dare You To, is scheduled to be released in 2013. The story follows Beth, a secondary character from Pushing the Limits.

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Was your first kiss in high school from the good or bad boy?


  1. Welcome to GLIAS, Katie.

    Funny thing about that question of yours... see, I adults--especially my parents--thought Matt was definitely the bad boy. He was a SR and I was a fish. He actually taught me to kiss...we'd practice for hours (hehe). But he's the only boy I ever dated who didn't try anything else (including the preacher's son!).

    Bad Boy? Good Boy? Perfect hero at the time!

  2. Can you believe, I was never kissed in high school? Now how sad is that. LOL. But I made up for it later on. I met my husband on a blind date and on the second date he asked me to marry him. We've been married 38 years. Even though he rode into my life on a motorcycle, he was definitely a good boy.

  3. Brenda - i believe because i was never kissed in high school too T_T

  4. My first high school kiss was with the bad boy. I chased after him in eigth grade and he finally came around in high school. It didn't last long though because he was the bad boy and I was the good girl. ;^) I love Phineas and Ferb and can understand why you selected Perry and the Dr.

  5. Hi everyone!

    Angi--my parents thought the first guy I kissed was the bad boy too, but he really wasn't.

    Thanks everyone for your comments!