Kate grew up in the wild and beautiful Devon countryside. After studying philosophy at Durham University and art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, she worked as an international art consultant. Kate was a finalist in ITV’s The People’s Authorcontest, and she has just been shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards. She is married to a pilot, and lives with her family in the Middle East, where she has just completed a MA in Creative Writing. Her debut novel ‘The Beauty Chorus’ was inspired by the many hours she spent on airfields in the UK, and the experiences of pilots in her family during WW2. Her second novel about the Spanish Civil War, ‘The Perfume Garden’, draws upon the years she lived in Spain, and was published in paperback in April 2013 by Atlantic.
1.What got you into writing? I’ve always written since childhood – I used to write love letters for friends to give their boyfriends on theschool bus! Then later I started writing short stories, and plays, and was first published in sixth form.But like a lot of writers I was (and am), a reader first.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you? The day starts early here at 5.30am – after the school run and a swim or the gym, I work through til lunchtime each day. In the evening I’ll read the latest WIP to see how the day’s work has gone and mark up changes for the morning.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? Touch wood, no. I think writing has a rhythm to it, and if you are reading and writing every day – not always at the same intensity – it keeps your creative muscles moving.
4.Are you a plotter/planner when it comes to writing a story? A bit of both – I like to know where a story begins and ends before starting out, and one or two key scenes that are just burning to be written. With hist fic there is a factual scaffold to any story – immovable dates and facts, that form a skeleton for the fiction. Beyond that, I love the exhilaration of the story and characters developing and surprising you as you go along.
5.What was the publishing process like for you,& any advise to aspiring authors? It’s been a long process. My advice is simply this – writers write. Join a writer’s circle, in real life or online. Read widely. Only send out work when it’s the very best it can be, and write from the heart not what you think the market wants.
6.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? Being shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year this year in the Epic category for ‘The Perfume Garden’ is a real honour, and a great thrill.
7.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? And any other books of yours, if you wish.‘The Perfume Garden’ was inspired by the years we lived in Spain – it’s the story of a family of women, and the effect the Spanish Civil War had on them. There’s a twin timeline between the 1930s and the present day, and the story draws on a lot of things that are close to my heart – the beauty of Valencia, photography and perfume.
If you’d like a free ‘taster’ ‘The Last Rose of Summer’ a short story prequel to The Perfume Garden is available free on Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords etchttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Kate-Lord-Brown/e/B004S0QPPM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
8.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? I have a young family, so the days are full! We live in the Middle East, so when it’s not 50 degrees plus in the summer, we’re outdoors a lot, swimming and cycling. I love art, photography, design, gardening – pretty much anything creative.
9.If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be & why? I’d love to trade places with Lee Miller for a week in Paris, in the 1920s when she worked with Man Ray – it was such an incredibly exciting, creative time, and she’s one of my heroes.
10.Do you have anything that you want to say to your readers? Just thank you – as a new writer, it’s still a great thrill to be published, and read, and I really appreciate it when people take the time to get in touch or leave a review online to share how they felt about the books. So – thanks and happy reading!