Good afternoon you Beauteous Bookworms. ^_^
The skies are grey, but my soul is shining. How are you all doing today?
Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Kate Fulford, author of Dark/Romantic-Comedy novel, In-laws and Outlaws.
1) So Kate, what led you to pursue a career in writing?
Writing is something I have always enjoyed, regardless of what I’m actually writing. Whether it’s essays, business reports, or product brochures, I’ve always loved structuring and shaping words to convey meaning. I worked as a copywriter for several years and good copy is precise, succinct, and has to get ideas across clearly and simply. I really enjoyed it, but it didn’t fulfil my need for creativity. Fiction writing brings together the practical skill of writing and creativity. I can’t imagine why anyone wants to do anything else.
2) Do you specialize in one particular genre, or multiple?
I am drawn to writing about independent, intelligent and capable women, but I don’t think I would like to confine myself to a genre. I would love to write a historical novel, and a murder mystery, and a ghost story, the list is endless. One thing I will always do though, is write with humour. I have a very distinctive authorial voice, and it just wants to find the humour in every situation because life is a serious business that needs to be leavened with a smile.
3) Who are your literary heroes/heroines?
Anyone who writes want they want to write regardless of whether it’s popular or what’s expected of them. I admire Hilary Mantel as she clearly writes from deep within herself and not to please anyone else. I have hated some of her books and loved others, but that doesn’t matter, she seems to be a writer driven from within rather than by any commercial imperative.
4) Which book has influenced you most in your life so far? Why do you feel this is?
The biggest influence has to have come from those books that I came across in my childhood. My mother used to read to me and my brother, often while sitting by the fire. Wind in the Willows, Winnie the Pooh, and Beatrix Potter were particular favourites. Once I could read on my own I moved on to The Chronicles of Narnia and the Little House on the Prairie series. It was my childhood experience of books that has influenced my whole reading and writing life.
5) Have you always loved literature?
Books were an integral part of family life, and were considered enormously important. Every birthday and Christmas, books would always be among the present haul. There were bookcases in every bedroom and in the sitting room. In my teens we lived in the middle of the countryside so I didn’t have easy access to a library. Luckily, my parents had always been voracious readers so I could pick all sorts of things off the shelves. I read Kingsley Amis, Graham Greene, H.E. Bates, Mrs Gaskell, Jane Austen, all the Hornblower novels and endless P.G. Wodehouse – the range was huge. And if I found a book too difficult I would simply put it back and return later when I had grown up a bit. So literature is part of my DNA.
6) If you could ‘ship’ (pair two fictional characters together romantically) two characters, who would they be?
What an intriguing question. I think James Bond needs an intelligent, capable woman to help him grow up, so Mary Poppins would be a good match, and with his public school background a nanny is probably just the ticket. Mr Bennet in Pride and Prejudice would certainly have been happier with a more intelligent wife, so a young Miss Marple might have been a better match than the silly woman he landed himself with. And Anna Karenina clearly had very poor judgement when it came to men and would have been far better off with Mark Darcy (especially as Bridget Jones made a bit of a mess of it after her happy ending) than with either her husband or Count Vronsky.
7) Growing up, which fictional character did you most admire, and why?
Probably the heroine of Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Harriet is feisty and independent and resourceful but she also has to face unpopularity when her notebook of observations is made public. I think that she taught me a lot about life, and how it could be quite difficult, even for a child. Also, she wasn’t in the least girly, and as a tomboy it was wonderful to realise I wasn’t odd, and there were lots more girls like me out there. And she wanted to be a writer.
8) If you could be shipwrecked on a desert island with just one fictional character, who would it be?
Robinson Crusoe, as he would be able to keep me alive or even help me to escape.
9) Do you prefer to write in a notebook or via computer/laptop, or using another method?
A laptop. I have a notebook for capturing ideas when I’m not at my keyboard, but I can only really write on a computer. It is a wonderful thing, it helps you sculpt words and sentences exactly how you want them. I can’t imagine why anyone would handwrite or use a typewriter now that computers have been invented. It’s like sticking with semaphore when there are phones available.
10) If you could give your younger self a message, what would it be?
Don’t worry so much, just keep doing the right thing and everything will turn out fine, unless it doesn’t of course, but there’s only so much you can do about it. And it’s never too late. Unless you’re actually on your deathbed, get on with whatever you want to do, whatever your age.
A Note From Kate:
To read a few pages of my book and to buy it visit – www.tinyurl.com/inlaws2018
To learn a little more about me and my writing visit
www.facebook.com/KateFulfordAuthor or https://twitter.com/kate_author .
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