#Interview with Katherine Shaw, author of ‘Gloria’ #Giveaway #BlogTour
For my post on this blog tour, I’m very happy to share with you the responses of Katherine Shaw to my interview questions as well as more information about her and her book, Gloria. There’s also a rafflecopter giveaway associated with the tour . . . keep on reading to find out more!
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
I live on the bank of the Humber Estuary, and the first spark of inspiration for Gloria came when I was watching the ferries sailing through the water, heading for Rotterdam. I considered who might be on them, desperate to escape their old lives, and Gloria was born from there. Later, when the novel was still forming in my head, I saw a man and his young daughter walking along the riverbank, and they inspired the characters Elias and Iris, bringing the story together.
What is your writing process?
I’m a plotter, but I like to give myself room to be creative, or my inspiration will stall. I plan out the main beats of the story (including the ending!) right from the start, and then I aim to write approximately 10,000 words a month as a minimum. This keeps me motivated, even on the days where the creative juices aren’t quite flowing,
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
I plot on pen and paper, so I can let me creativity loose and scribble all over the page, but all the writing happens on my laptop.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
My favourite character from GLORIA has to be Meryl. Not only is she a caring mentor figure, but she’s also stylish, fierce and kick-ass. You don’t often see badass older women in stories, and I love her for that.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
I’m afraid I’m going to have to choose Meryl again! I could only dream of being as stylish and charismatic as she is when I’m her age, or at any age, really!
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
I hate to sound cheesy, but I tend to name my characters whatever feels right for them. I have to name them right from the start to be able to write their stories, and I could never be one of those writers who use a placeholder and then replace it at the end, it wouldn’t feel right. I do agonize a little bit when characters have different nationalities, and like to do some research to make sure they’re appropriately named for their background. Elias is a good example of this.
Thank you so much for answering my questions and allowing me to share your response, Katherine!
Read on to find out more about Gloria and its author and to have a chance to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway associated with this tour.
For all intents and purposes, Gloria Harrison has the perfect life: a rich husband, a beautiful home, and all the free time she needs to work on her art. And yet, she is deeply unhappy. Initially resigned to be pushed around by her snobbish, manipulative husband, Greg, she discovers a shocking truth about him she simply cannot ignore, and has to get out.
As Gloria’s world unravels around her, she has to team up with friends new and old to escape not only her husband’s clutches, but also the country, even if that means giving up everything.
Gloria must rediscover who she used to be and realise her true worth to finally free herself from Greg’s stranglehold forever, or risk losing the person she holds most dear in the world – her daughter.
Katherine Shaw is a multi-genre writer and self-confessed nerd from Yorkshire in the United Kingdom, spending most of her time dreaming up new characters or playing D&D. She has a passion for telling the stories of underdogs who must rise up to defeat the hardships they have been dealt in life, often with a focus on female protagonists. She is currently working on her debut novel Gloria, a contemporary domestic thriller launching in September this year, alongside several short story projects that are in the works. You can find out more at her website (www.katherineshawwrites.com), and she is always happy to chat on Twitter (@katheroony).
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