I recently read and reviewed Kathryn’s latest novel Search for the Truth and really enjoyed it (you can read my review here) so I was thrilled when Kathryn agreed to be interviewed for my blog.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself
I’m wife to a man who asked me to marry him just before Red Dwarf started on the television, then told me to be quiet – we’d talk about it after the programme finished. I’m mum to two teenage boys who found me embarrassing enough before I started writing romantic fiction. I try to keep fit by running (jogging I should say), swimming and tennis. I love fish and chips, champagne and Jenson Button.
How did you first come to be a writer?
My love of reading led to a desire to see if I could write, too. I made it a New Year Resolution to write a book and it was one resolution I actually stuck to. It was a children’s book (and yes, only my own children ever read it) but after that I got the bug and started to write what I enjoyed reading. Contemporary romance.
Describe your journey to publication
After my children’s book bombed I wrote a brilliant romance and sent it proudly off to agents. Sadly the brilliance was vastly overstated and the rejections flooded in. I kept writing though, which is the important part, and joined the RNA New Writers’ Scheme. It was the critique I received from them that made the difference. I submitted the revised manuscript to Choc Lit and to my utter delight, it was accepted. One day I’m going to dust off that first novel and, when I’ve stopped cringing, I’m going to re-write it.
What is your writing routine?
Exercise, tea and toast, write until the boys come home from school, with a few wanderings into the kitchen for further sustenance. I dive into Twitter whenever I’m stuck on something, enjoying the diversion and the break usually helps to unstick me. Several days a week I work as a medical writer, though the routine is the same.
I know that you used to work in the pharmaceutical industry and your knowledge shines through in Search for the Truth, but what about your other books? Where do you get your inspiration from?
It is always my hero who inspires me. An actor, a character in a book/film, a sports star … something will usually act as a trigger to make me think yes, that’s what I want in my hero. I also enjoy variety in my men (I should clarify, my fictional men) so I try and make my next hero different from my previous one – it makes the writing more interesting. Then I just need a heroine who will stand up to him, and a plot that will bring them together.
Search for the Truth is your latest novel. For those who haven’t yet read it, please tell us a little about it
Search for the Truth is about corporate corruption, lies and deception and their consequences. But it’s first and foremost a love story. Tess, an undercover journalist, joins Helix pharmaceuticals because she’s convinced their new cancer drug was the cause of her mother’s death. In between trying to dig out the truth on whether the company hid any damning safety data, she has to work for the magnetic, dynamic head of research and development, Jim Knight. And that’s when the real story starts.
Do you have a writing project on the go at the moment? Can you tell us anything about it?
I’m about to start editing my next book, due out in the first half of next year. The hero is a racing car driver – I did tell you I loved Jenson Button!
What else do you do connected with your books?
My husband has told me the answer to this question is that I apparently married my very own handsome hero?!
Which novelists do you admire?
I admire any writer who can publish book after book and retain a really high standard. I can tell you, it’s far more difficult than it looks! My absolute favourite writer, the one who inspired me, is Nora Roberts.
What’s your favourite book that you’ve read over the last year?
Yes, it has to be Nora’s The Liar.
How can people connect with you on social media?
Facebook: Kathryn Freeman (author)