This week we had the privilege of interviewing Kate Moretti, a New York Times Bestselling Author who turned to writing after years spent as a scientist in the pharmaceutical industry.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I live in Pennsylvania with my husband and two little girls. I work in Big Pharma and in my spare time, I write. I shove writing into every crack of my life, nighttime, early morning, nap-time, lunchtime. I have two published novels, Thought I Knew You and Binds That Tie. I have a third ready for my agent, just waiting on some beta feedback. I’m at loose ends now.
If you could describe the storyline of your latest novel to someone in just a few sentences how would you entice someone to want to read it?
Binds That Tie is the story of a troubled marriage that is further tested when they accidentally murder a man and instead of calling the police, they hide the body. This story is about what that secret does to themselves and their relationship.
When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote a ton of short stories in high school and college but I never attempted anything longer. I was on maternity leave with my second child and I was restless. My daughter slept a lot. A friend confessed she wrote a novel, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. I sat down and wrote Thought I Knew You. I pantsed the first draft, and it was appropriately terrible.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy whatever phase of the process I’m not currently in. When I’m editing, I miss drafting. When I’m drafting, I can’t wait to be done so I can dive in and rip it all apart. Its like I’m never happy. Why do I do this again?
What is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Finishing something you are convinced sucks. At some point, you will always think it sucks. You have to have faith that it doesn’t and to just keep going. Muscle through it. Sit down, whether you are inspired or not, and write.
What inspires you to write?
Good writers. Raymond Carver’s use of language. Dennis Lehane’s expert plotting. Gillian Flynn’s ability to compel and keep you turning pages.
When working on a new novel, what is the first thing you do?
Everyone does something different, I think. You need a concept. You need your characters to have a base level want. You need to throw conflict at that want, enough conflict to keep a reader turning pages. Eventually, you should give let your character accomplish their goals, or at least have them change their mind in a way that makes sense. Once you have this figured out, organize all this conflict into an outline. Or not. Some people just write. That’s cool, too. Actually, that always amazes me.
Can you name a favourite book?
I can’t name a favorite book. I have about thirty favorite books! I can name a book that inspires me right now. It all depends on what I’m writing. For my third novel, it’s more psychological thriller than anything I’ve written. I’m rereading Rebecca. I read an amazing psychological thriller called The Next Time You See Me by Holly Goddard Jones a few weeks ago. Some wonderfully descriptive writing and great character development.
What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
Study your genre and just keep going. Don’t quit when it gets hard, and it will get hard, power through writer’s block, get your butt in a chair and type things. Even if it’s not the right things.
What are your plans for the future?
Write more books. Get better every time.
Where to find out more about Kate:
Kate’s latest novel, Binds That Tie can be found online at most book retailers. The amazon link is: Binds That Tie
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Kate for taking part in our Author of the Week Series.