This week for me (Katy) as a reader has been one of the best weeks I've had in a while. I have been off work, it's been half term here in the UK, so I took some time and all I did was just read, as well as being with my family. I wanted to be just be a reader aside from my blogging activities live my passion. A few of my book buddies recommend Bright Side to me. I was apprehensive to start because of the subject matter of the books but I jumped in with both feet! What I didn't expect was to be floored by the characters and story line that took a hold of my every emotion. I breathed and LOVED every syllable of both Bright Side and Gus. I fell in love with everything they resembled ~ Friendship, living, loving each other and loving what we are given, the moments, embrace life and enjoy the people around us. I can't recommend these reads enough they touched my heart and everyone should take a chance on them.
Then I talked to Kim and found out how humble, caring and lovely she is so we wanted to share with you a little bit about her and how she got the inspiration to write Kate, Gus and the gang.
I started writing Bright Side because I want to write a story about the most believably positive woman I could. Kate is the person I want to be when I grow up. And Gus. My dude. When I finished writing Bright Side I thought I was done with the story. But I couldn't get Gus (the dude) out of my head. The rest is history.
2. Music is important to you to write, does that come from a period of your life or someone, and have you any favourites?
Music is everything to me. It fuels my life. It inspires me in all things, but especially writing. It's pure emotion and that feeds directly into my books. I always liked music growing up, but I remember when I was in eighth grade I was at my friend Bob's house. He played "Close To Me" by The Cure for me and it was like an epiphany. I fell in love with music that day and I never looked back. My favorite band is Sunset Sons. LOVE THEM!
3. Do you think Kate and Scout would get on?
I have no doubt Kate and Scout would be the best of friends. I love them both.
4. How did you take the aftermath of releasing Gus?
Gus's release was like nothing I've ever experienced (or could ever imagine) in my life. Intense, insane, heartwarming, surreal - there's really not a perfect word to describe it. It was all of those things and more. I'm still reeling a week later. The outpouring of love and support from readers fills my heart. It's been absolutely beautiful.
5. What do you do to relax?
Relax? What's that? Wink, I don't get much down time. I love to read and in the summer I like to ride my bike.
6. We were wondering if you have any other plans for Keller and if not how do you see his future?
I'm happy with the way Gus ended for everyone. Never say never, but I don't see another book for Keller at this point. I like to think he's exactly where he needs to be to raise Stella to be the lovely woman I have no doubt she'll blossom into. Keller is a great guy. A lot of love for him.
7. What kind of books do you read? Can you tell us a favourite maybe?
I read a bit of everything. The past few years New Adult is my favorite though. Colleen Hoover, John Green, and Rainbow Rowell are my favorite authors and have been for some time. I admire and adore them. I also read Seth King's The Summer Remains a few months ago and that book hit me like nothing else has in a long time. Beautifully written. He's a favorite, too.
8. Do you have any favourite movies?
My favorite movie is Sixteen Candles. I've loved that movie FOREVER. Jake Ryan has my heart and always will.
9. Is there a person (famous or personal) that you have looked up to & made you think about life and where you are today?
There are a lot of people I look up to and admire for different reasons. I'm a firm believer that the people in our lives are there for a reason, to help us become the person we are meant to be. With that being said, Colleen Hoover is my hero. Not only is she a kickass author, but more importantly she's just an amazing human being. Her kindness and generosity knows no limits. She inspires me to be better in all ways.
10. What made you write such unconventional heroines and simple rather than a billionaire story for example?
Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a simple, simple girl. It makes life easier and forces me to focus on what's important. I like to write characters I can relate to, otherwise they wouldn't be believable. Don't get me wrong, I love to read about people I can't necessarily relate to, but I don't have the imagination to pull off writing them myself. So I keep it simple. Because simple is my mantra.
11. Gus was such a free spirit and had a heart of Gold what inspired you to write about him was there a source?
Gus is my fantasy dude. Pure and simple. From his job, to his appearance, to his personality. Fantasy. Dude.
12. What's your favourite food?
Food = tacos. Drink = coffee.
13. Is there a particular place where you go to write??
I sit in bed with my laptop and write 99% of the time. It's the only place I feel comfortable writing where I can really get out of my head and into my character's. I have to write when no one else is around, I can't be creative when there are distractions.
14. How did you begin your journey of being an author? What is your first book (published or not)?
I always wanted to write a book but didn't start writing until I was in my mid-thirties. That book, All of It, took four years to write. Months would go by where I didn't touch it. It wasn't a priority, but it was fun to play around with here and there. I had no idea what I was doing (still don't really). Somehow I managed to publish it. And by then my love of writing came on strong and I started Bright Side. That book was my heart and everything I loved poured onto paper. I discovered what putting your soul into words felt like. And it feels amazing. There's nothing else I would rather do than write.
15. If you weren't a writer what would you rather be?
I'm actually an accountant who writes. I work Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in oil and gas accounting and write on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I always thought I'd make a decent high school English teacher (like Keller) but I never finished college, so that didn't exactly work out.
16. If you have to choose one character of your books to be who would you choose?
Easy. Kate. She's my hero.
17. What is the ONE book you would carry with you all the time as your "bible"?
My favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye. I've lost count of how many times I've read it over the years. It's the first book I ever read cover to cover in high school. (I hated reading back then.) It's the first book that sparked something inside me that I found relatable. It's a timeless book and gets better every time I read it.
18. And lastly what's up next for you?
I've started a new project. It's top secret at the moment - don't want to jinx myself by telling anyone about it. We'll see where it goes.
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