Twilight Times Special Feature
Interview with Kate Saundby
Kate: "Absolutely. Especially cooking. I also enjoy decorating (my first husband and I remodeled five houses, but unfortunately we sold them almost as soon as I had them the way I wanted them.)"
Lida: "Do you feel you were creative, even as a child?"
Kate: "I was the daydreamer of all time, doodled constantly, and was always making up stories."
Lida: "Could you share with us the story behind the story? In other words, how did your writing life lead up to your first novel, The Wages of Justice?"
Kate: "Actually, I wrote non-fiction political news editorials, speeches, training presentations -- you name it -- for most of my adult life and came to fiction very late, in January 1996. All of my stories are inspired by actual events, and it was outrage over the OJ criminal trial and verdict coupled with a severe depression that prompted my first book The Wages of Justice."
Lida: "How did you prepare for the creation of your novel? How much research was necessary?"
Kate: "My own life was preparation enough for The Wages of Justice and my research is ongoing. Since it was about the legal system, I talked with attorneys and observed court procedures, which was easy enough because I was involved in a workman's compensation lawsuit at the time.
Lida: "What kind of reactions do people have to your writing?"
Kate: "They seem to like it and those who know me and my editorials are invariably surprised at how much humor it contains."
Lida: "Do you find anything difficult in the writing process, and if so, what?"
Kate: "To me, everything is difficult about the writing process. The first draft isn't so bad, but the polishing and reworking are something else. Editing is probably the hardest part."
Lida: "Do you currently have any writing projects?"
Kate: "Yes. I'm about a third of the way through a new time travel novel about a real figure from Joan of Arc's time."
Lida: "Is there anything else you'd like to add?"
Kate: "By using writing as an anti-depressant, I find myself in very good company. Piers Anthony does too, and he says if he's traveling and can't write, he gets extremely twitchy after about three days. Writing is something I do to satisfy my inner demon, who demands a blood sacrifice every day, so to speak. Too often, we get embroiled in the business aspects of placing and marketing our writing and forget that what we really are, first and foremost, are artists. Like a painting that needs to shown, our work needs to be read and to a true writer that is the most important thing.
Visit Kate Saundby's web page to learn more about her books.