Kate, thanks for agreeing to do this interview. It's great to have you here!
Thanks, Nas, it’s wonderful to be here and to connect with readers. And to talk about writing, which I love to do!
Well, sometimes all the juggling seems to get in the way of creativity! Ideas tend to fall in my head from the sky. That might sound strange, but generally I’ll just be walking along or folding laundry and a ‘what if...’ idea will suddenly pop into my brain. Getting from that moment to a whole manuscript though is something else entirely--a lot of pain, effort, complaining, and rewriting--but it’s worth it.
What do you love most about being a writer?
Do you write under a pen name? If so what was the motivation to use one?
Yes, I do, mainly because I was advised that my own last name might not sell as well as Hewitt. My first name is Katharine, and I go by Katie in real life so Kate isn’t too far off! Hewitt is my grandmother’s maiden name.
Where do you write? Home office. Coffee shop etc.
Generally at home, at my desk in the dining room, with my two year old toddling around.
Do you have a favorite locale or setting for your novels? What is it and why is it your favorite?
Whatever the setting, I like to really bring it to life in my stories. I especially like to write about places I’ve actually been, and after spending two wonderful weeks on a remote Greek island when I was in college, I think Greece is probably my favorite setting.
Which of the books you have written is your favorite?
Any meal without children present! I have low standards in real life!
What is your all-time favorite romantic movie?
What is your all-time favorite romantic song or composition?
My husband and I love Danny’s Song by Loggins & Messina. The chorus could be the story of our life:
Even though we ain’t got money,
I’m so in love with you, honey,
Everything will bring a chain of love
In the morning, when I rise,
You bring a tear of joy to my eyes,
And tell me everything is going to be all right.
What is the most romantic gesture or gift you have received?
My husband bought me a really sexy underwear set when I was nine months pregnant and felt like a whale. Unfortunately they didn’t fit, but his thoughtfulness was so touching.
How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship?
Spending time together, and realizing that a lot of life is maintenance and work, but you can still enjoy it all along the way!
What tip would you give your readers to make their lives more romantic?
Listen to each other. I think really listening without checking your email or scanning the news headlines (guilty!) is such a talent. You can really tell when someone is fully focused on you.
Where is the most romantic place you’ve ever traveled?
Paris, but I went by myself. I really want to go again with my husband!
Tell us something about yourself people may not expect or know.
I’m sure there are a lot of things! But here is one: I’m afraid of deep water. I went snorkeling in Hawaii in the deep ocean when I was young and had a complete panic attack. Now I have a pretty deep-seated fear of swimming in the ocean. Ironically, we’re moving next month to a coastal town in England! So maybe I’ll conquer my fear...
To finish up, do you have any advice/handy tips/craft skills you'd like to share with unpublished authors?
NOW TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK….
Thanks for sharing your insights about writing and some fun facts about your life, Kate, it's been a honor having you here.
The goodness doesn't end there though, folks. Kate has generously brought a copy of The Undoing of De Luca for one lucky person.