Today I have author Katherine Longshore here, as part of my Class of 2K12 interview series! Katherine's debut novel, Gilt (more on the book below), is officially out as of yesterday! I must say that I have been extremely excited to read this one, since I adore historical fiction.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and any hobbies you have?
I'm pretty average, really. If I'm perfectly honest, I'm not the sort of person anyone would notice
right off the bat. But that works for me, because it gives me more opportunity to observe others. I
think observation can bring excellent details to your writing.
I've always had lots of interests, but some of my hobbies have had to be put on hold since
having kids and starting a writing career. I love to travel, spent most my twenties doing just
that, and make the most of every opportunity now that comes my way. I love outdoor activities,
hiking, canoeing, camping, stargazing. And when I need to take break when I'm writing, I bake.
What do you want readers to feel after reading your book?
I'd like for readers to feel that they understand the history of the Tudor era, if only just a little
bit. To get a sense that maybe people 450 years ago weren’t so very different from people today.
And I also like them to feel that it is possible to break away from the perceptions of others.
I like that you want your readers to see the connections between 'our' time and 'their' time. This is one of the reasons why I love historical fiction so much; because despite all of our advances in technology, we're still not very different from those who lived so long ago.
What was the hardest scene or chapter to write, and why?
First and last. It's the same with every book. I can't start without a first chapter but I never get it
right the first time. So I have to finish the book. But when I get to the end, even when I know
what's going to happen, the final pages are agony. And then I have to go back, and right the first
chapter again. And again. And again.
What has been the most rewarding part of having your book published?
There've been so many rewards, it’s difficult to think of just one. Getting to meet, and to
know, some incredible industry professionals. Having the opportunity to receive advice and
encouragement from an incisive and understanding editor. Validation.
But I have a feeling that the most rewarding part is yet to come. Speaking with readers from
my intended audience. Hearing that just one person has read and enjoyed my words. Those are
things that I think will truly rock my world.
And just for fun: Everyone has a bizarre hidden talent. Care to share yours?
I don't know how bizarre it is, I make a mean cappuccino. I put myself through college by
working at the coffee bar, and became a bit of a snob. To me, a true cappuccino is shot of strong,
creamy espresso, topped by thick, rich foam. I have a talent for foam.
Now THAT is a talent that I'm sure many people would like to have. :)
About Katherine Longshore
In the course of my life, I've worked as a dishwasher, lingerie seller, coffee barista, cake decorator, ship's steward, video rental clerk, freelance journalist, travel agent, waitress, contracts manager, bookseller and Montessori preschool teacher.
But in writing for teens, I've finally found my calling.
And through writing, I am able to encompass all my loves. Becoming a character made of words. Exploring new worlds. And living history. (source)
In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free--and love comes at the highest price of all.
When Kitty Tylney's best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII's heart and brings Kitty to court, she's thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat's shadow, Kitty's now caught between two men--the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat's meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.