Kate Frost has wanted to be an author ever since she wrote her first novel during the long months she spent off school following open heart surgery when she was seven. The novel was called London’s Burning and was a time travel story set during the Great Fire of London.
Over the years Kate has worked in a cinema, a bookshop, a factory and at NHS Direct. She’s also worked as ground staff at Edgebaston Tennis Tournament, as a Virgin Vie consultant and as a Supporting Artist in the films Vanity Fair, King Arthur and The Duchess. Kate has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and has also taught lifewriting to Creative Writing undergraduates there. She has had articles and short stories published in The London Magazine, New Welsh Review and QWF.
Kate lives in the UK with her husband, their baby son and their dog.
What inspires you to write?
Everything. Writing is something I’ve always done since I was seven years old. It’s usually a certain place that inspires a story. My debut novel, The Butterfly Storm was inspired by my time spent in Greece, and the children’s novels I’m currently working on, The Time-Shift Trilogy, were inspired by a visit to Warwick Castle in the heart of England.
Tell us about your writing process.
Before embarking on a novel I buy a new notebook and use it to outline the story, although it’s more about ideas for certain scenes or themes within a novel rather than what exactly will happen. I don’t tend to know the ending before starting to write, so in that sense I’m a ‘seat of the pants writer’ as I like to see where the characters and story will take me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Edit, then edit some more! Also, once you’ve finished the first draft (or even the third or fourth) leave it alone for as long as possible – no reading, no tinkering with it for weeks, if not a few months. When you go back to it you’ll be able to look at it with a fresh pair of eyes and really understand what works and what doesn’t.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After receiving very positive rejections from five agents who read the whole novel, plus getting incredibly close to having a publisher interested in it (but they weren’t publishing any further novels for the foreseeable future), I decided to go it alone and haven’t looked back. As a new author interested in obtaining a traditional publishing deal I would say go for it – even if it doesn’t work out you may be lucky enough to have gained some invaluable advice from agents and/or publishers. Self-publishing offers creative freedom and no delay in getting your book out to the reading public, however, take your time to make your book as good as it can be before hitting publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s a bright future, particularly for independent authors, although it’s hard work and there’s a huge amount of competition, which is only going to get tougher as more and more writers opt to self-publish.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Contemporary women’s fiction, contemporary romance, literary fiction, children’s fiction
What formats are your books in?
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