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.


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

  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.

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

  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!

    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!

  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 cool to me :)

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

  6. Great interview, I loved this book!

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