Q. What’s the best thing about being a writer?
I love reading & writing more than anything else in the world, and so I feel I’m very lucky to spend my days doing what I love most.
Q. Tell us 5 words that best describe you?
Passionate, heartfelt, curious, restless, joyous.
Q. What tips would you give to an aspiring writer?
Write every day, write what you love to read, write from the heart, have faith in yourself and your story, and be brave.
Q. How many hours do you spend writing each week?
It depends whether I am writing or touring. If I’m at home, I write all day, every day, with breaks for eating. If I’m on tour, I’ll write in my diary most days, and will snatch moments to answer emails, to write my blog, and work in my notebook. I don’t have the time or the energy to write much on tour, sadly. Its exhausting!
Q. Tell us a little about your journey to publication. What prompted you to sit down and write your first story?
I began writing stories as soon as I could hold a pencil, and have never stopped since. Its been a part of my life for so long I can’t tell you what prompted me to start. I suspect it was because I loved books and stories so much.
Q. Do you work on several manuscripts at a time or just the one until it’s finished?
I like to only work on one project at a time, but sometimes they overlap – for instance, I’m writing a children’s novel at the moment, but had to take a day out to proofread an adult novel being published soon in the UK.
Q. If you could invite one author, dead or alive to dinner who would it be?
Always such a hard question to answer. Do I choose someone who would be a fascinating dinner companion, with witty conversation, or someone who has always intrigued me and who I’d like to question? Oscar Wilde or Emily Dickinson? Either would be interesting.
Q. If you could be any character from any book for a day who would you be and why?
I’d be Emilia, the heroine of my Chain of Charms series. She’s a wild gypsy girl, travelling the roads of 17th century England, singing and dancing for her supper, and having all kinds of adventures.
Q. What’s next from Kate Forsyth?
I’m working on a five book fantasy adventure series called ‘The Impossible Quest‘, about four children who must somehow find a unicorn horn, a dragon tooth, a griffin feather and a sea-serpent scale, if they are to awaken the sleeping heroes who could save their land from cruel invaders. I’m partway through Book 2 now.