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An Interview With Katie Martin, Hysteria 2015 Finalist

An interview with Katie Martin, Hysteria 2015 finalist

Katie describes herself as a writer, reader, mother, lawyer and lover of all things literary. Shortlisted for 2015 and a prodigious drinker of strong coffee. What’s not to like about that 🙂

The Katie Martin Interview

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

I’ve never eaten a burger.

Are the names of your characters important to you?

Not really. I use the name generator function in Scrivener. As long as a name is age, gender, background and nationality appropriate, I’m fine with it.

How did you choose a title for your book?

I tried everything. Appropriate quotations and idioms. Shakespeare. It didn’t work. In the end the title of my current novel, WOMAN, 23, came to me when I was trying to drill down to the basics: “It’s about a woman. She’s 23…”. Bingo. Also, though I love Gone Girl and Girl on the Train as much as the next person, there are a lot of “girl” titles kicking around out there – maybe it’s time we let girls grow up…

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

Other than the lack of money, the suspicious mind and the obsessive eavesdropping?

Do you think there is any elitism attached to the different genres of books, both in the fiction and non-fiction worlds?

Absolutely. But good and bad writing knows no genre boundaries and the prose is 90% of it for me – if it’s not well-written it doesn’t matter what genre it is, I don’t want to read it. Even if the plot rocks.

What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

Finishing it. The endings of novels are so often disappointing.

How do you remain sane while working?

Sanity is overrated.

What is the best excuse you have ever come up with for missing a deadline?

I don’t think I’ve ever missed a deadline…

What has been the best experience you have ever had in your life?

Looking at my daughter and realising “I did that”.  I realise it most days, which is nice.

Are you jealous of other writers?

Of their prose, definitely. That ache of wishing I had come up with this or that perfect sentence never gets any easier.

Where do you find your inspiration?

The Metro, mostly. I keep clippings that inspire or prompt me. On that basis I have at least another 100+ novels to write – I’m 40 already, do you think it’s doable?

What is the book that you wished you had written?

Middlemarch, because it’s the best book ever written. Fifty Shades of Grey, for mercenary reasons.

Are there any habits you wish you didn’t have?

Obsessive-compulsive googling.

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