Interview with Kate Lord Brown

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth is still the best way to discover new work - I get a lot of recommendations through other writers and readers on Twitter and Facebook.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was still at school when my first story was published - I wrote one draft on a manual typewriter and sent it off to a local newspaper's competition. It would be great to say that all publication was that easy.
What is your writing process?
I write historical fiction, so the novels take years of research. Each of them has begun with a spark of inspiration, a question that burns and won't let go. The writing itself comes quickly by the time I sit down to write.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Like a lot of writers I was a reader first, and I still read far more than I write. The first story I remember reading was 1001 Nights. I had been forbidden to read it because it was too 'advanced' and they heavy, yellow cloth bound book had been put on the top of my wardrobe - needless to say I was dying to read the stories, and used to clamber up, get the book down and read a few pages before putting it back up again. I remember loving the book. This is a great parenting tip by the way - if there's a book you'd love your children to read, tell them they can't then hide it just within climbing distance.
How do you approach cover design?
I studied art, design and art history, so I love this part of the process. In conventional publishing, authors get little or no say on their covers, so with epublishing I really enjoyed the chance to work with photo libraries to find the perfect image.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
There are always too many books and not enough bookshelves in our home. If I had to name only five: James Salter, Light Years; Lampedusa, The Leopard; Francoise Sagan, Bonjour Tristesse; Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins; Bachelard, Poetics of Space. Why? Four of them I read and re-read, one of them I read this summer and just loved.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything from poetry to literary fiction, tabloids to The Times - inspiration is everywhere.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on Kindle, ipad, phone - but I'm a dinosaur who still prefers real books
Describe your desk
An oasis in the corner of the living room, often with a cat on the printer and a pug sleeping underneath
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in an isolated spot between the moors in Devon. It was beautiful, and wild, and I'm sure both the loveliness of the countryside and the way I had to entertain myself nurtured my imagination
What's the story behind your latest book?
'The Perfume Garden' was inspired by the years I lived in the orange groves near Valencia, and my interest in the Spanish Civil War. It's inspired both by the history of the place, and my love of many things - Spain, perfume and family life. The story on Smashwords, 'The Last Rose of Summer', introduces you to the characters, and I hope you'll enjoy it.
Published 2013-09-08.
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Books by This Author

The Last Rose of Summer - a Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 9,800. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A new short story from the author of THE PERFUME GARDEN and THE BEAUTY CHORUS. Midsummer’s night, the Festival of San Juan, and the beautiful Valencian coast is ablaze with fire. Liberty meets John, the love of her life, there. She hopes that together they will discover the truth about the Villa del Valle, an abandoned house that holds the key to her past, and her daughter's future.