Hello Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! I took a week off from work and it was pure bliss. It was nice to be able to relax and spend time with family.
I am back with an author interview and giveaway! Do you remember the book review I did on, the book, Can You See Anything Now by Katherine James? Well, I was contacted by the author to do an interview! And not only that but giveaway two copies of her book! How amazing is that?!
If you missed the review, you can read it---> HERE
Here are the questions I asked Katherine. It was such a pleasure interviewing her!:
1. What inspired you to write Can You See Anything Now?
It was an image. Not what would happen in the novel so much, but something I saw while taking a walk in our neighborhood. There’s a lake down the hill from us with a swimming raft. I’d always wondered how someone could commit suicide by drowning. I mean the physical particulars of it. That image and my thoughts as I passed the lake became the first chapter of Can You See Anything Now?.
2. Mental illness is often shunned in today’s society and even in some churches. What made you decide to write about a difficult topic?
I think people are becoming more open about it. I may be wrong, but in my circles, it seems to be more accepted, which is good as long as we aren’t obsessing about it. I wrote about suicide because I wanted to write a character-driven novel and an attempted suicide definitely lends to a rich interior monologue. It’s hard to imagine a better scenario for providing what’s going on in a character’s head.
3. Who is your favorite character in the book and why?
Perhaps surprisingly, Miriam. Even though in the book she stays in the background, for the most part, putting her two cents in here and there, I wanted to write more about her. I have all these Ideas about where she comes from and what makes her who she is. In fact, I have a lot of notes about her stuck in drawers and places all over the house. If I get the opportunity to write another novel—about Trinity, she’ll be the protagonist.
4. When you started writing the book did you intend to end it the way it did, or did it just develop that way as you wrote the book?
It fascinates me that authors—wonderful ones—write so differently. Not just the craft of their writing but the process. Some start on page one and end on the last page, no skipping around. Others stick to an outline. I’m not sure if it’s true or not, but I read somewhere that John Irving writes back to front, an end to beginning. I have no idea how someone would do this. I’ve actually thought a lot about it and I have no idea.
I wrote the beginning chapters of the book first, but then when the characters were really beginning to form I began to think about how it would end. At that point, I went ahead and wrote the end. Only one page, the very end. Then I went back to writing the first part of the book with the ending in mind. I knew where I wanted to get to.
5. What does your family think of your book?
They like it! At least they tell me they like it—I’m pretty sure they do. Yes, I think they like it. I’m pretty sure they like it.
6. What was your hardest scene to write?
The hard scenes to write weren’t the dark or tragic scenes. They were the places where I had to write strictly in a linear way. I find that difficult; this happened, then that happened and so forth.
7. What is your favorite thing to do besides writing?
I love to paint, mostly portraits, although they aren’t all that good; I haven’t been practicing much. I love to move our furniture around and peruse Craigslist. I love to pray with my husband and talk about philosophy with him if I can understand it. If I don’t understand, I pretend. I just nod my head a lot.
8. Are you a morning person or evening person when it comes to writing?
Morning. Fresh, chipper, when I’m writing I don’t let the real world into my head until the afternoon.
9. Are you a coffee or tea drinker? If so, what is your favorite kind?
Coffee in the morning tea at night. I’m fairly reasonable as far as how I get my caffeine. Nothing too fancy.
10. What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
They aren’t underappreciated, but White Noise, by Don Dellilo and Lolita, by Nabokov. I suppose they’re underappreciated in that they aren’t talked about so much now. There’s such excellent new fiction out there, but I think I could talk about either of those novels for days. And write about them. If I had to write a dissertation on a book (and I never will) I’d probably write it on White Noise.
Now onto the giveaway!
- Must be 18 years or older
- Must reside within the U.S.
- Giveaway runs from December 27th - January 8th, 11:59 PM EST
Just enter your information in the giveaway box below and you will have a chance to win!
Thank you so much for entering the giveaway! It means a lot to me and Katherine! I hope you enjoyed the interview as well. I know I enjoyed reading all her answers.
Until next time!
Note: This is a sponsored giveaway. The 2 copies of the books will be provided by Paraclete Press.