Thanks for having me over Keziah – lovely to meet your readers.
What’s on top of your to-be-read pile?
I’m going to have to get a height permit for my TBR pile. And lights to warn low flying planes. I have an old fashioned preference for paperbacks. I like the smell of them. When they make ebooks that smell I’ll probably start liking them more.
At the top of my shelf are:
I Take You by Nikki Gemmel and Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
But they are balancing on books I bought months ago, still waiting for my attention. Letters to the End of Love (Yvette Walker), That Deadman Dance (Kim Scott); Currawong Creek (Jennifer Scoullar); and classics by Anais Nin, Kafka, Virginia Woolf to name but a few.
On my iPad:
Save the Cat by Blake Snyder; Blind Attraction by Eden Summers.
Also waiting are an eclectic collection – Tobsha Learner, Jane Austen, Annie Seaton, Cari Silverwood, Keziah Hill, Kate Morton, ML Stedman and Haruki Murakami. ( Keziah)
What do you feel when you contemplate your to-be-read pile?
Overwhelmed. One day someone will find me dead under a pile of unread books. I’m an incurable second hand book addict and love our annual Oxfam Book Sale at the local Senior Citizens centre. All books are $2 and I always spend $50-$70. Enough said.
How often do you exercise?
I HATE EXERCISE.
Having said that, I’ve been forced to the gym this year to rehabilitate my knee after a reconstruction 12 months ago. Three agonising times a week. I get up early, yawn and scowl my way through my program, then return home to complain about it on facebook, elated I don’t have to go back for 2 whole days.
Where was your last holiday?
Perth for the Romance Writers Conference. I loved the old buildings and quirky art on the streets and walls. We usually only holiday once a year, at the same time as everyone else. Crowds of noisy holiday makers isn’t my idea of relaxing, but my beloved is self employed and it’s difficult to take time away from regular jobs. This year Perth was a welcome respite from bum-crack beach, where we are headed in January.
What do you like to cook?
Cake. Especially Nigella Lawson cake. I have been known to cook chocolate gooey puddings late at night when I’m desperate for a fix. I love my kitchen. Our lounge is wasted space.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would that be?
I love our leafy suburban haven in Melbourne’s green wedge, although greedy developers are changing its picturesque vista to ugly Noddy town units with even uglier gardens.
If I moved I’d like to live somewhere romantic and green, not far from the sea. I’ve always loved northern New South Wales coast. The beaches are among the most beautiful in Australia. I’d say Tuscany or provincial France or Spain, but I’d have to learn a new language and my brain just can’t wrap itself around that. My Aussie accent is so strong I’m usually laughed at rather than understood.
What time of day do you write?
I took a redundancy package after 12 years in the public service this is my year to write. I’ve waited 30 years for a writing career to manifest and I’m not wasting a second of it. I make myself sit 10am – 3pm every day, no matter how dirty the house is, or how crap my writing is, muse present or not. I sometimes write in the middle of the night, when I can’t sleep. That stuff is really weird though.
What are the best and worst things about being a writer?
Best thing: Writing.
Worst thing: struggling to make a living and the threat of having to go back to paid employment hanging over my head. Oh, and eating. Can’t – stop – eating.
What was the last non-romance book you read?
The Engagement by Chloe Hooper. I’ve done a review which will appear on Lauren Murphy’s Australian Bookshelf next week.
I actually don’t read a lot of my own genre because I find it interferes too much with my writing. I read widely and try to aim for established authors who write above my skill level. It’s a great way to stimulate the muse, increase my vocab and learn craft in action.
What was the last movie you watched?
Harold and Maude. One of my top 5’s. It’s a black comedy about 18 year old Harold who fakes his own suicides and falls in love with 79 year old Maude who steals cars. The Cat Stevens soundtrack perfects it.
What are three words to describe your relationship with the world wide web?
I’ll do it in two. You win.
Windows or Mac?
Jury’s still out on that one.
Morning person or night person?
Definitely morning. Even middle of the night morning.
What’s the last sentence you wrote from your work in progress?
From Saint (working title):
“We are shadow and light, the turn of the moon, a landscape of stark and violent contrasts, held side by side in the palm of one hand and bound by love.”
Thanks Kate! Totally relate to the overwhelming tbr bookshelves. And I haven’t watched Harold and Maude in years. Must track it down.
Read The Yearning!
It’s 1978 in a country town and a dreamy fifteen year old girl’s world is turned upside down by the arrival of the substitute English teacher. Solomon Andrews is beautiful, inspiring and she wants him like nothing else she’s wanted in her short life.
Charismatic and unconventional, Solomon easily wins the hearts and minds of his third form English class. He notices the attention of one girl, his new neighbour, who has taken to watching him from her upstairs window. He assumes it a harmless teenage crush, until the erotic love notes begin to arrive.
Solomon knows he must resist, but her sensual words stir him. He has longings of his own, although they have nothing to do with love, or so he believes. One afternoon, as he stands reading her latest offering in his driveway, she turns up unannounced. And what happens next will torment them forever – in ways neither can imagine.
Read an extract here
Buy The Yearning:
Ebook: Amazon or iTunes
Print book: Target, Kmart, Myer, Collins, Dymocks, Big W, Eltham Bookshop and other independent bookshops and major airports.
Reading group questions here
Who is Kate?
Kate is a multi-published author who writes dark, sensual contemporary women’s fiction. She lives, writes and loves in Melbourne, juggling her strange, secret affairs with her male characters with her much loved partner and daughter and a menagerie of neurotic pets.
Kate holds a tertiary qualification in chemistry, half a diploma in naturopathy and a diploma in psychological astrology. Kate believes in living a passionate life and has ridden a camel through the Australian desert, fraternised with hippies in Nimbin, had a near birth experience and lived on nothing but porridge and a carrot for 3 days.