Welcome to another wonderful Blog Tour by Neverland Blog Tours. As much as I love books, enjoy reading them, and revel in their stories, there are only so many pages a girl can turn at one time. Which is why some of my stops are content. The best ones are Q&A's with the authors.
Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…
Harriet Lang had the perfect life, so she's left reeling when everything is taken from her in one fell swoop. Suddenly, Harriet learns her beautiful farmhouse in the Cotswolds is double-mortgaged, her husband Richard’s been unceremoniously fired—and he’s become a little too close to his young, sexy assistant.
Harriet moves into Willoughby Close with her three children, trying to hold her head up high. With the help of her neighbor and newfound friend Ellie Matthews, Harriet starts to rebuild her life--but dipping a toe in the dating pool feels strange and meanwhile her children are struggling in different ways. She wonders if starting over is really possible...
Then Willoughby Close begins to weave its healing magic on both her and her children, and Harriet begins to see a way forward. She even starts to date sexy local vet Tom Roberts--but when Richard reappears in her life, wanting to make amends, Harriet must make the painful decision about how much of the past can be forgiven—and what kind of future she is fighting for.
Hi Kate, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Thanks for having me here! I’m an American ex-pat who currently lives in Wales with my husband and five children. I have a background in teaching, and I’ve been writing romance and women’s fiction for fifteen years.
1. Which writers inspire you?
So many! I love Gillian Bradshaw for her thorough historical research, and
2. So, what have you written?
I started out as a playwright in university, and then when I had children I began to write short stories for women’s magazines such as Women’s Weekly and The People’s Friend. After that I branched out into writing series romance for Mills & Boon, and from there I stretched myself to write women’s fiction and historical novels for a variety of publishers—Penguin, Tule, Lion Fiction, and HQStories.
(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
3. Where can we buy or see them? (* include American, European and any other relevant links. Free, free promotions or prices can be included)
All my books are available on Amazon if you search for Kate Hewitt or Katharine Swartz, or through my website to other retailers, www.kate-hewitt.com
4. Give us an insight into your main character in Find Me at Willoughby Close. What does he/she do that is so special?
The heroine of the book, Harriet Lang, is someone who smugly thought she had it all——the house, the money, the marriage—and then she lost everything and had to start over, making her question all she thought she knew was true. I wrote this book at a time when I had to start over myself—my husband lost his job, we lost our house, and had to move, so Harriet’s emotional journey was very poignant to me.
5. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I’d like to see Emma Stone playing Ellie Matthews in Meet Me at Willoughby Close.
6. How much research do you do?
I tend to do more research for my historical novels, because it is important to me to get the details right. For contemporary novels, I tend to research smaller points—designer brands, what you would need to know for a job interview in marketing, and house prices were all things I researched for this book!
7. When did you decide to become a writer?
I have always written something, since I was a child, whether it was stories, bad poetry, articles for the school newspaper, or plays. When I was staying at home with my children I started to pursue a career in writing more seriously, and I have been able to call myself a full-time professional writer for ten years.
8. Why do you write?
I write because I have to! I cannot imagine not writing; my husband is able to tell when I haven’t written anything for a few days, because I start to feel grumpy. I love connecting stories to readers, but even if no one read my books I think I would still have to write them.
9. Where do the your ideas come from?
Anywhere and everywhere—a snippet of conversation, a story in the news, a picture. Everything has the seed for a story if you look for it.
10. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I work from a chapter by chapter outline but am also flexible about deviating from it as the story takes hold.
11. Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I loveto read in a variety of genres—Gillian Bradshaw for mystery, Liane Moriarty and Charity Norman for women’s fiction, Sarah Morgan and Dani Collins for romance are some authors I enjoy, but there are so many!
12. For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I like to go between the two. With a paperback book I feel like I own and know the book more, because I am continually seeing the cover and title as I read.
13. What is your favourite quote?
‘We love because He first loved us’ -1 John 4:19 is my favorite Bible verse.
14. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t worry what people think of you, because it really doesn’t matter. Take more risks, and always act in love.
15. Advice to aspiring writers?
The most basic one is to write and to keep writing, because that is the only way you get better—and the only way you will ever get published!
Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of over 40 books of women's fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England's Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.
She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women's fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.
Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.acumbrianlife.blogspot.co.uk.