Interview with Kathy Deale

Describe your desk
Cluttered! I am constantly writing memos and notes, as I need to remind myself of things. Now, what was I saying?...Ah yes! I try to create a relaxed, creative space. One day, when I grow up, I will have an decadently antique drop-front writing desk, in order to stimulate the creative juices.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very small town in South Africa, which didn't provide much in the way of entertainment - I suppose that's why I used to devour books! Additionally, I like to think that it gave me a better perspective on what family and community should be.
When did you first start writing?
Uhm, that 's a tough one! I 'doodled' from an early age, but I only took the plunge in my early twenties.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A dash of intrigue, a pinch of romance, and a whole lot of action! I haven't decided on a title yet (I can be very indecisive), but Amy and Luke are sure to provide you with a bit of distraction.
Neither are your typical heroes (or should that be hero/heroine?), and will have to jog a jagged path to love, but the ride is sure to be entertaining.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Any Lincoln Rhyme thriller by Jeffery Deaver,
2. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner,
3. Anything by Kathy Love!,
4. The collected works of Edgar Allan Poe, by Edgar Allan Poe, and
5. Fairytales.

I love mystery novels, but the added depth of a bit of romance tends to blow my mind. Okay, firstly, how hot is LIncoln Rhyme? I mean, he can't move his body, but he is still a brilliant detective - I adore his stories, because he provides me with inspiration. I was introduced to William Faulkner whilst I was studying at university, and, while I was skeptical, it grew on me - thank you, Professor de Lange! Kathy Love is an amazing author because she has a quirky way of writing, and I tend to laugh throughout most of her characters' escapades. EDGAR ALLAN POE - need I say more?
And lastly; fairytales - I loved fairytales as a child, and I have to admit, I still do! There is always a hidden message in a fairytale and I love dissecting every bit of text to find the deeper meaning.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Uhm, I think it's probably putting my wicked fantasies out in the world, and allowing readers to slip away from their troubles, even if it's just for a while.
What are you working on next?
My next effort is a supernatural bit of fluff, focusing on the legend of nephilim (the offspring created between humans and angels) and the forbidden love between seemingly different people.
Who are your favorite authors?
Haven't we been through this question yet? [shrugs dramatically] I love Jeffery Deaver, and Edgar Allan Poe, and just recently I've been on a Hannah Howell binge.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love studying people and I can spend hours simply looking at how we behave and think and act, and I OBVIOUSLY love reading and researching obscure historical or mythological facts. But my favourite past-time would be spending time with my husband, no matter what we do, as long as we can be together.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually Google a title I saw or I snoop around websites until I find something that intrigues me
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Gosh yes, it was a disaster! I had very little idea of how to structure a story, and even today, I still struggle to get the images I see in my head down on paper.
What is your writing process?
Process? What process?
Published 2015-12-17.
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