Hello Katerina, thank you for coming on the blog today and sharing with us what has inspired your debut novel.
What’s your book about?
Ultimately the book is about Revenge
Who is the central character and what problem are they trying to solve?
That’s a hard question to answer. I have a few central characters but I’ll say that primarily the Police officers DS Miles and DS Grey are the centre of the story and they are trying to solve a series of gruesome murders.
What inspired the storyline to your novel?
I got inspiration from several places but I think it all started with a newspaper article I read about a girl who had committed suicide due to the police’s poor handling of some allegations she made.
How long did it take you to write?
From the very start to a finished product it was around two years, but there were long breaks in among that time.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I enjoyed exploring my characters and watching them evolve. I also enjoyed pushing myself; challenging myself to write outside of my comfort zone.
What did you research the most while writing this book?
Probably medieval torture methods. Some of it was so horrible I couldn’t even use it!
For those who have not discovered your novel, how would you describe it to them to get them interested?
It’s a crime thriller about people, and what it would take for a good person to do the most unthinkable things. That we all have it in us given the right circumstances – and that sometimes we would be right, too.
What’s a typical writing day like for you?
After I drop my kids off to school I come home and sit in front of the computer, or if I am at the early stage of a novel I may go to a café with a notepad and write there (less distractions!)
Who’s your favourite character arc of all time?
The Count of Monte Cristo – The ultimate tale of revenge.
Are you working on anything new at the moment?
Yes. I am working on a follow up to The Teacher.
Briefly tell me about how you got published?
I won a local competition to write the first paragraph of a book. This compelled me to finish a novel that I had already started writing as part of a writing group. After I had finished the book and edited it a few hundred times I sent the first 3 chapters to several agents with a cover letter, luckily within a week one got back to me, a week after that I was signed with an Agent. My agent sent off to several publishers and luckily again Avon books wanted to publish me.
What is the theme or take home message of your book?
Sometimes good people are forced to do bad things.
Thank you for your time.
REVIEW FOR THE TEACHER COMING SOON.