Friday, March 22, 2013

Interview with Kate Forsyth

Earlier this week I read the divine Bitter Greens, a beautiful historical novel/fairy tale retelling that captivated and seduced me. I'm thrilled to share my interview with Kate Forsyth; read on to learn more about her, her book, and what she does when she's not writing!

What was the plot of your very first piece of fiction?


When I was about five I wrote a story about a brother & sister who fell down a hole into fairyland. Then, when I was seven, I wrote my first novel. It was called 'Runaway' and told the story of a brother & sister who ran away from their mean aunt & uncle & had all sorts do adventures on their way to find their nice aunts. It was very reminiscent of Enid Blyton.

Do you have any writing rituals or routines?

I walk for an hour, then have a cup of tea, and read over what I wrote the day before. That's it.

Was Bitter Greens the original title of your book?

Yes, Bitter Greens was always my title. I can't write a book till I have its title.

As you were writing Bitter Greens, was there a particular scene or character that surprised you?

My main character, Charlotte-Rose de la Force, was never meant to be the main character! She insisted on being so. Once I began to write in her voice, she simply ran away with the story and all I could do is run with her.

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

I love to read, and to watch films, and cook, and garden, and spend time with my family & friends. Oh, and travel! I love to go to faraway places where stories might lurk.

Read any good books recently?

I read a lot, and I write reviews of everything I've loved on my blog & post them on to Goodreads, so feel free to follow me & see what I'm enjoying. A few recent loves: The Venetian Contract by Marina Fiorata; The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes; The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.

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My thanks to Ms. Forsyth for her time. You can learn more about her at her website. She can also be found online at her blog, and on Twitter and Facebook.

9 comments:

  1. Wow, it sure sounds like she was meant to be an author.

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  2. A great read, thank you Kate and Audra! I can see why she might not have wanted Charlotte-Rose to be the main character, her story is similar than any fairytale would be, but it does work very well.

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    1. I know -- Charlotte-Rose made the book for me -- I just fell in love with her from the first line!

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  3. I really want to read this one! I can't seem to find it here in the US though :(. I really hope to find it at some point because I have read nothing but AWESOME reviews of this book!

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    1. Colleen, it appears to be only avail via Amazon UK if you can stand the shipping cost -- I'm hoping for a US release soon because more people need to read this -- it's just marvelous!

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  4. I love the way some authors describe their characters as real...and how the story develops sometimes in ways that they had no control of...so cool to me :)

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  5. Loved this book, review up later. Couldn't keep it aside!

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  6. Great interview, I loved this book!

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  7. Lol, I love how the character ran away and made her story

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