I love a debut author and I love feeling like we can help people follow their dreams by reviewing and interviewing. Today we have another debut author to tell us a little about herself.
Hi Katie and welcome to Beauty and Lace.
What made you want to become an author?
Thanks so much for having me. Being an author wasn’t something I always intended on doing. I trained as an actor and although I have been lucky enough to regularly work in theatre and film, there is still a lot of downtime so writing was one of those avenues I could take that allowed me to be creative on my own terms.
Your debut novel is Could It Be You, can you tell us a little about it?
Sure, Could It Be You centres around Rachel Kane, a woman in her late twenties. She is an entrepreneur who owns her own beauty range business and is desperately trying to navigate her way through life since the very sudden split from her husband.
The novel begins the day before her first holiday as a singleton where she is the maid of honour at her best friend’s wedding in the South of France and from there takes Rachel on a journey where she has to face who and what is most important to her.
Where did the inspiration for the book come from?
I was inspired to write a character who was complicated and flawed in some way. I really wanted to write in this genre but I loved that Rachel was a character that kind of told it like it is and was quite truthful to herself.
Can you tell us a little about your journey to publication?
It always feels like an uphill endeavour to try and get your book out there for people to read. I was lucky that an independent publisher called Endeavour Press liked it immediately and fortunately the rest is history.
Who were your favourite authors growing up?
I remember reading Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar when I was sixteen and being completely immersed in it. I really loved poetry at school and was very much inspired by some of our most celebrated Irish poets like Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley and Eavan Boland.
Do you plot or allow the story to find its own rhythm?
I have a loose plot outline which I’m very flexible with and it is often changeable if I find the story is going in a different direction.
Are you working on anything new you can tell us about?
I am about to embark on the follow up novel to Could It Be You which I am setting in London. I am very excited about it.
Where is your favourite place to write?
I love to write where there is lots of natural sunlight, either outdoors or by a large window.
Do you have any writing habits or superstitions you can share with us?
I always map things out first with a pen and paper before I start typing a word.
What does being a woman mean to you?
My mom has always been and continues to be such a great example of what being a woman is. She is strong, hardworking and has the most incredible vigour for life.
Thanks for your time Katie and good luck with the release.