About Kate Larkindale:
Having spent a lifetime travelling the globe, Kate Larkindale settled in Wellington, New Zealand fifteen years ago. A film marketing executive and mother to two sons, she’s surprised she finds any time to write, but doesn’t sleep much. As a result, she can usually be found hanging out by the nearest espresso machine.
She is the author of contemporary YA novels The Sidewalk’s Regrets, An Unstill Life and Stumped along with several others that no one is allowed to see. Yet. She has also written one very bad historical romance, which will likely never see the light of day. She is working on several more YA novels that may or may not ever be finished.
Her short stories have appeared in Halfway Down The Stairs, A Fly in Amber, Daily Flash Anthology, The Barrier Islands Review, Everyday Fiction, Death Rattle, Drastic Measures, Cutlass & Musket and Residential Aliens, among others.
What inspires you to write?
I find inspiration all over the place – books I read, films I see, the newspaper. People are fascinating, and the things they do to themselves and one another make fantastic springboards for stories.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
There are so many of them! I love Janet Fitch and Hannah Moskowitz and Markus Zusack and Jandy Nelson and A.S. King and of course S. E. Hinton whose books made me want to be a writer.
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm a pantser. If I outline, which I have tried many times, I find I know what's going to happen in the book and then I don't need to write it. It's better for me to discover the story as I go.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters speak to me. I try not to talk back in public because I'd look crazy, but I listen to what they tell me and let them lead me through the story. They know what they want better than I do. Sometimes I want to tell them not to make stupid decisions, but you have to let them do it…
What advice would you give other writers?
Just write. Don't get tied up in worrying about publishing and whether what you're writing is good until you've finished writing. When you're writing, just write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wanted a publisher because the amount of responsibility and work that goes with self-publishing seemed really scary. But never say never….
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think people are always going to want to read. Not all people, but the ones who recognize and understand the difference between telling a story visually and in words will always want the experience of using their own imagination.
What genres do you write?: Young Adult
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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