Fun #Interview with Kateri Stanley, author of Forgive Me
Thank you to Kateri Stanley, author of Forgive Me, for kindly answering my questions and allowing me to share her responses with you today. Read on to discover her replies as well as more about her and her debut novel, ‘Forgive Me’.
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
This might sound a tad geeky but many years ago, I used to do online roleplaying on MySpace. (If you’re unsure what it is, you create a profile, it could be a character from a book, TV show or movie and you interact with others as that character. I know it might sound sad to some people, haha!) I was co-writing a story with someone and my character had been kidnapped. Cut a long story short, the scenes we were building inspired me. This interaction planted a seed in my mind and in 2015, I was on the train home from work when I thought about a man watching a woman from a tree outside her home. It was dark, erotic and emotional. Forgive Me originally began as a short story. I posted it on Wattpad (it had a different title back then) and readers loved it. I thought I was finished with the premise but the narrator (the man watching) wouldn’t leave me alone. So many drafts later, I published my debut novel!
What is your writing process?
I tend to have an idea in my head and I let it brew for a while. Then if I feel it has any potential, I grab a fresh notepad (my stories have their own separate notepads) and I jot the ideas down; this could be the situation, a character’s personality trait, a mini synopsis and I generally build from there.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
I use both. Pen and paper for plotting, research, ideas and editing (when I have a printer near me haha) and I use a laptop to write the drafts. I’m currently editing the second draft of my second novel via my ipad with a stylus (or my finger haha!) to make the corrections and then I transfer it to a Word document. It’s pretty nifty.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
Oooh that’s a hard one. I love all of them, they’re like my children. I’d have to say Susan ‘Stripe’ McLachlan, the female lead character from Forgive Me. When you meet her at the beginning of the novel, she’s been through some pretty bad stuff but she’s able to present herself in a professional manner when she’s working and she can take the piss out of herself too, despite what she’s been through. I adore how strong willed she is and that she uses her mind to explore the unspoken. She’s a very determined person however, this trait can get her into trouble sometimes…
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
I had the nickname ‘Stripe’ in my head since I was a teenager and it really suited her character. I tend to find names everywhere, chatting to people, baby name websites, gravestones etc. I’ve even found names for characters on the back of DVD covers!
I enjoyed reading your replies and learning more about your writing process, thank you!
Read on to discover more about Kateri and her book….
A secret video tape. A painful truth. A quest for revenge.
Investigative journalist, Susan ‘Stripe’ McLachlan, is constantly hounded by eager documentarians for interview requests about the Night Scrawler murders. One of the victims of the mysterious serial killer was a member of her own family, her father.
At the peak of her career, her services are sought by Isaac Payne who commissions her to write an article for his website. Usually, her projects delve into more uncomfortable, questionable topics, but there’s a deep, almost hauntingly familiar pull about her new client that intrigues her.
As she learns more about Isaac, Stripe digs up fresh secrets about the murders, arousing her suspicions. After an awkward confrontation, she wakes up in Isaac’s bed — with a chain around her ankle.
Isaac shows her harrowing footage on an old VHS tape. The contents hits close to home…closer than Stripe ever imagined. Now, she has to wrestle with her own moral compass and unpick the truth from the web of lies that turn into a crescendo where memories created from misery and suffering cannot be silenced.
Will Isaac ever lay the past to rest? And how will Stripe cope with the revelations that challenge everything she has ever known?
Kateri Stanley graduated from The Open University with a degree in Arts and Humanities and worked for the National Health Service for eight years. She started off writing fanfiction as a kid, moved to short stories, created some audio plays and eventually sat down to write her first novel. When she’s not writing, you can find her binge-watching films and TV shows, making tons of playlists and dabbling in the occasional video game. She currently resides in the West Midlands, United Kingdom with her partner, they are hoping to be cat parents.