Interview with Kat Ainsley

What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean the most to me. People reading and enjoying my writing is the ultimate reward for doing what I love.
What are you working on next?
A follow up to Saudade- the next story chronologically with all of the characters returning and some new ones as well. It picks up immediately after Saudade so readers can see how things have changed...
Who are your favorite authors?
A hard question! I read everything from romance to mysteries to non-fiction. Any author who rights with honesty and authenticity and isn't afraid to present deeply flawed characters is appealing to me. My favourite poet is an easier question: Pablo Neruda. I love the way he pulls such intensity out of language and captures the intoxicating power of attraction and passion.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The people I love and also my crippling fear of disappointing those people. I don't ever want to live with regrets so I try and pack as much into every day as possible.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to cook. Lately I've been getting more experimental in the kitchen. I'm not much of a baker though... I have a really bad habit of ball-parking amounts. I also paint, play the violin poorly and love to listen to all kinds of music either in person or too loudly at home.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was some sort of pretty intense mystery about a stolen necklace found in a barn and slaves fleeing the Southern U.S. Social studies had a huge impact on my early writing!
What is your writing process?
Stories pop into my mind and become impossible to ignore. I become obsessed with my characters and what happens to them. My writing isn't particularly linear. More often than not, scenes come to me and I write them and then once I have a bunch of scenes I figure out what order they naturally fit into. In terms of the actual process, I always write everything in hand first. I have a passion for beautiful notebooks, so naturally, my drafts end up in stunning notebooks. My only real necessities are huge amounts of tea and coffee, chocolate, a notebook and a pen that doesn't die on me.
Describe your desk
I bounce between the West Coast and Toronto, so my desk is wherever I happen to be. Sometimes it's a coffee shop in the annex and sometimes it's my brothers pretentious hipster coffee shop in B.C. Regardless, my desk is always crazy and disorganized but it seems to work for me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the West Coast which had a huge impact on my writing. Setting is particularly important to me and the ocean seems to show up in whatever I'm writing. I spent some really important years in Toronto and this time has had a massive impact on my writing, not only in my style but in how I approach living and creating fiction in a city.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing as soon as I learned how to write. I've always had a crazy active imagination and writing was how I channelled that as a kid. I'm not much of a journal writer, but I have hundreds of notebooks filled with story ideas.
Published 2015-12-28.
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Books by This Author

Saudade
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,190. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery
Saudade is a gritty story of loss, love, and redemption. Saudade follows the tumultuous and passionate relationship between graduate student Charlotte Brennan and Jon Callaghan, the son of a notorious criminal, as they both fight to overcome their painful pasts and start over.