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Today I’m on the ‘Summer Season on the Seafront’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but b
About the Author :
Katie Ginger lives in the South East of England, by the sea, and apart from holidays to very hot places where you can sit by a pool and drink cocktails as big your head, she wouldn’t really want to be anywhere else. Summer Season on the Seafront is Katie’s second novel. Her debut novel The Little Theatre on the Seafront was shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year award. She is also the author of some cosy mystery short stories. Katie loves making her characters either fall in love, or killing them off – it depends on her mood!
When she’s not writing, Katie spends her time drinking gin, or with her husband, trying to keep alive her two children: Ellie, who believes everything in life should be done as a musical number from a West End show; and Sam, who is basically a monkey with a boy’s face. And there’s also their adorable King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit (yes, he is named after the crisps!).
For more about Katie you can visit her website, find her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.
The Greenley Players are back practicing their Shakespeare and, as usual, things aren’t going to plan.
Sarah Powell is fed up with her sad single status and when her estranged father walks back into her life things get even worse. Can dishy doctor Finn MacDonald mend her broken heart and help her figure things out?
TV star, Nate Hardy’s career is going from strength to strength until his performance is interrupted and he has to flee the West End to hide away in Greenley. Will he ever get his career back on track or will Sarah and the rest of Greenley’s madcap residents capture his heart forever?
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Hi! Thank you so much for having me on your blog!
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Okay, well, I’m Katie and I live in the south east of England with my hubby, kids and dog, Wotsit. I actually got back into creative writing after being redundant from my job in the heritage industry. I had some success with short stories but it wasn’t until I lost my cousin to cancer when he was 25 that I decided to really try and get a book deal. I learned that we can’t afford to waste time while we’re on this planet, you don’t know what’s around the corner, so I decided to try and get my novel published.
In July 2017, HQ Digital were doing a Twitter pitch and luckily, they liked my pitch and got in touch. After submitting the full manuscript I was offered a two-book deal in January 2018.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Little Women is one of my faves and a book I really remember as a child. My daughter is now at the age where she’s reading a lot of Roald Dahl and that’s lovely to see. She has my copy of the BFG and its lovely to pass those things on.
Is there an writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Great question! To be honest there are so many!
I’d love to ask Jenny Colgan how she comes up with such fabulous characters. Even though they’re flawed you always want her MC’s to be your best friend!
I’d love to ask MC Beaton how she comes up with her plots and how she describes things so well. She never just relies on saying a characters hair or eye colour. Her descriptions are so original and impactful, and you can picture them straight away!
There are so many I could go on and on!
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I’m a huge PG Wodehouse fan so would love to have a proper English tea with Jeeves and Wooster. I’m sure some kind of adventure would follow with lots of mischief!
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I always make a cup of coffee before I start and if things aren’t going well I’ll add whippy cream and a syrup! Other than that I just like to knuckle down as I right while the kids are at school so my time is limited.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Ha! No, they don’t! I don’t base my characters on people I know. My ideas can come from anywhere! Sometimes it’s a conversation, an event, a dream, a building! Honestly, it’s everything and anything. Sometimes they don’t go anywhere and other times the story writes itself as it all comes together. (That doesn’t happen all the time though!)
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Plotter through and through! I start off with a notebook for general musings about an idea and noting plot ideas, then once I’ve got a plot and an idea fully formed I transfer everything to a spreadsheet (I know that sounds super sad!).
I’ll always keep the notebook for things I need to change as I write the rough first draft. And I always make a note of characters physical descriptions! Otherwise they end up changing eye colour half way through!
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Do: Write! You won’t get better or figure out what you’re good/bad at unless you do.
Do: Make friends with other writers.
Do: Remember that every time you doubt yourself, every single writer in the world ever has done the same thing. And does all the time. Do not give up!
Don’t: Let yourself become isolated! Share your passion so you stay in love with it.
Don’t: Forget that the books you read and love weren’t written like that the first time! Every book goes through multiple drafts. Basically, don’t worry if your first attempts are rubbish – that’s what editing is for!
Don’t: Give up! If it’s what you want, you might have to work hard for it, but it won’t come any other way.
What are your futureplans as an author?
I just want to keep writing! I love writing in this genre and love the way it touches on the hardest things in life while making you smile and feel positive at the end of it. I’ll be pitching some new ideas to my editor soon, so cross your fingers for me!
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Here’s a little extract from the end of Chapter Two where Nate is talking to his agent, Robin.
Robin sighed heavily. ‘We just need you out of the way for a week or two until they find something else to write about, which they undoubtedly will.’
‘So what exactly do you want me to do?’ Nate pressed the heel of his hand into his forehead.
‘Get in the car that’s waiting – it’s taking you to stay with an old friend of mine in a little seaside town where the press won’t bother you.’
Nate moved to the open window and closed it. The stage door was busier than usual, probably stacked full of reporters pushing past the fans who had paid good money to see the show and hoped for a quick photo or autograph with the cast. ‘And where’s that?’ he asked, unconvinced this plan would work.
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Katie Ginger.
The Magic of Wor(l)ds
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