Friday, June 19, 2015

Chatting with Katherine Garbera

Katherine Garbera Revealed

What do you love most about being a writer?
It’s hard to pick just one thing that I love about writing.  From the beginning I’ve always enjoyed making up story worlds and the people who inhabit them.  I love delving into the depths of the characters and exploring their fears and deepest hurts and then using love to fix them.

What is a typical day in your life?
My typical day is not very exciting!  I get up at six and do some social media stuff while drinking a cup of coffee in bed.  Then I do email and updates for an hour, do the morning school run and come back to settle in and write.  I aim for a chapter a day and write in three sessions—one scene each. I take a break for lunch.  Godiva (my sweet miniature dachshund) and I go for a walk and then I come back to clean up my pages.  It’s time for business calls with editors, agents and other authors and then the afternoon school run.

Where do you get your inspiration from for your writing?
I get my ideas from everything.  I love reading newspapers and online news blogs.  I’m a news junkie!  When I see a story that sparks an idea I print it out and add it to my idea file.  I also love to read magazines and often find inspiration for characters in them.

Who is the most interesting person you have ever met and why?
It has to be Lauren (Betty) Bacall.  I was lucky enough to meet her at a cocktail party and could have listened to her smoky voice for hours.  She had a lot of fascinating stories and I felt lucky to get to hear them.

What are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading Cry Love by Eve Gaddy.  It’s a gritty romantic suspense.  I love it!

What genre do you like to read?
Every one!  Seriously my only criteria for reading a book is that I has sound interesting and be written in an engaging way. 

What is your favorite book?
My favorite book of all time is THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL by Baroness Orczy.  It’s a romantic adventure and I just adore it.

What do you love to do to unwind and relax?
Spending time with my family relaxes me.  I’m also known to head to the kitchen and start baking when I get stressed.  There is something so therapeutic in making chocolate chip cookies and then eating them! 

USA Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera is a two-time Maggie winner who has written more than 60 books. A Florida native who grew up to travel the globe, Katherine now makes her home in the Midlands of the UK with her husband, two children and a very spoiled miniature dachshund.  Her latest release is Carrying a King’s Child

Twitter: @katheringarbera


Elaine Everest said...

Many thanks for visiting the blog, Katherine.xx

Katherine Garbera said...

Thanks for having me, Elaine! :)

dstoutholcomb said...

great Q&A!

Lizzie Lamb said...

Kathy, I love the Scarlet Pimpernel, too. So romantic and full of page turning adventure. The Leicester Chapter is happy to count you among the membership, you are always full of good tips and advice for other writers. Your talks on how the American market works are always insightful. Hope to see you very soon.

Margaret Kaine said...

Oh, the Scarlet Pimpernel, how that takes me back. Super blog Katherine.

Unknown said...

Great blog, Kathy!

June Kearns said...

Your work schedule is a great example to lots of us, Kathy! You're always ready to help and support, too.

Anonymous said...

Great interview Kathy. Always interesting to know how other writers think and work. I read my mother's copy of the Scarlet Pimpernel when I was quite young. As you say, an un-put-down-able romantic adventure, and it aroused a curiosity in me about the French Revolution and that period in European history and its consequences which I still have today. And all from what's essentially a rollicking romance. xMags Cullingford - I have to add my name because I think I shall only be allowed to post as Anonymous.