After a twenty-plus-year career in the applied arts industry, including owning her own fashion and jewellery labels, Kathy decided to turn her creative skills to writing fiction.
Her first novel, Peak Hill, was a finalist in the Romance Writers of New Zealand Pacific Hearts Full Manuscript contest in 2016.
Kathy now squeezes full-time study for an advanced diploma in applied writing in around writing novels and short stories, teaching sewing and pattern making and being a wife and mother.
K A Servian on the web:
Piles of mess! Lots of ideas jotted down on pieces of paper and a photo of my son, Sam, as a baby
What motivates you to write?
I have ideas for stories constantly swimming around in my head and if I didn't write them down, I'd never sleep.
Share something about yourself no one else knows?
I'm never satisfied with anything I make or write.
What was your favorite scene to write?
I like to write scenes where there's loads of tension and the villian is being particularly horrible to the heroine (not sure what they says about me?), so any of the scenes where Carl (the villian) is showing his true colours were the most fun to write.
Tell us about your book…
'Throwing Light' is the story of Grace, a woman in her mid-thirties who has lost her way in life. Her ex-boyfriend, Tom turns up on her doorstep a week after the death of her mother and tries to rekindle their relationship, throwing her into a spin.
Then, just to add to her problems, a mysterious birth certificate she found while clearing out her mother's attic reveals that she is adopted..
With Tom's help, she goes in search of her birth parents. She finds her father, Ben quite easily, but her mother, Jane is more difficult to trace. Eventually, Grace discovers that Jane had a chequered past before she disappeared without a trace from an isolated small town in 1990.
Grace goes in search of Jane but finds that the residents of the small town have been keeping secrets for twenty-five years and one of them will do anything to ensure that those secrets are not revealed.
The book is written in two time periods with Grace's story running alongside Jane's.