Good Morning you B-E-A-Utiful Bookworms. ^_^
I hope you all had a terrific Easter Sunday.
Today, I have the honour of interviewing the talented Kate Murdoch, author of Historical Fantasy novel, Stone Circle.
We also shared a Guest Post with Kate Murdoch recently and would love for you to check it out using the link below. Exciting Guest Post with Kate Murdoch
Now then, fellow Bookworms- let’s dive into this exquisite interview.
It’s great to have you with us today Kate.
I’m fascinated by what makes fellow authors and bloggers tick.
Can you tell me what led you to pursue a career in writing?
It was quite unexpected. I was an artist, exhibiting for fourteen years. The drive to write again hit me quite suddenly in 2010: I wrote my first manuscript in eight months. It was a steep learning curve and the road to publication was long — I studied, joined a writers group and wrote short stories. Writing soon took over my life and became all consuming.
It sounds like it was a rather intense experience for you.
Is Historical Fantasy your main focus, genre-wise?
Not really. I consider myself primarily a historical fiction author, but in the case of Stone Circle, the plot and the time period lent itself to fantasy elements, along with the fact that I wanted to write about alchemy, which was such a mystical practice. I’m not averse to writing fantasy in the future though.
Alchemy certainly sounds like a fascinating topic.
What inspired you to choose Renaissance Italy for your book’s setting?
I was initially trying to find a period that was long ago, based on a dream I had. In the dream, an old man was passing on special knowledge to two young men, in a canoe. I needed the period to be culturally rich, and to have the possibility of someone teaching special practices. When I saw that alchemy was burgeoning during the Renaissance, it seemed the perfect time period.
Do you have any literary heroes/heroines?
Kate Grenville is an exceptional Australian author whose vivid descriptions and emotional intelligence are an inspiration. Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s lyricism, tender depictions of love and human frailty, and the richness of his settings have also shaped what I read and write.
Which book has influenced you most in your life so far?
Lilian’s Story, by Kate Grenville, about a woman whose life derails from upper middle class acceptability and normality. It was a story that made me think about how we view people. How there are many factors that shape circumstance and fate that are often inexplicable. It touched me deeply.
Can you remember the title of the first book you ever read?
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton was a childhood favourite, but I can’t remember if it was my first book. I loved escaping into its pages and had a lot of affection for the characters. Pure escapism.
[Please click on the book cover image to learn more about The Faraway Tree.]
Tell me Kate~ Do you prefer to write in a notebook, via laptop, or using another method?
I write on my laptop, but for notes, I jot things down on scraps of paper, or on my phone.
If there was one message you could give potential readers right now, what would it be?
My novels tend to explore the complexity of human motivations and morality —how actions are often the result of past experiences. The way different people view the same situation can be skewed by their past, affecting their perception.
Do you have any favourite quotes to leave our readers with?
“Everyone who tells a story tells it differently, just to remind us that everybody sees it differently. Some people say there are true things to be found, some people say all kinds of things can be proved. I don’t believe them. The only thing for certain is how complicated it all is, like string full of knots. It’s all there but hard to find the beginning and impossible to fathom the end. The best you can do is admire the cat’s cradle, and maybe knot it up a bit more.”
This is such a beautiful quote, Kate. I can fully appreciate why it is one of your favourites. ^_^
It’s been an absolute pleasure to speak with you Kate.
I wish you well and can’t wait to get started on Stone Circle.
If you’d like to learn more about Stone Circle, by Kate Murdoch, then please click on the book cover image provided below.
Thank you for joining us today. If you’d like to read Kate’s Guest Post, simply click on the link below: Exciting Guest Post with Kate Murdoch, Author of Stone Circle.