24 thoughts on “Author interview no.214 with novelist Kate Long

  1. Quillers says:

    Lovely interview! I always love finding out about Kate’s throught processes when she’s writing and I’m very much looking forward to the new book. No one writes about families in the way Kate does.


  2. womagwriter says:

    What a great interview. I was especially interested to hear how much Kate plots – so many writers just fly by the seat of their pants and make the whole process sound very mysterious. It’s refreshing to hear of someone who approaches it more scientifically, as it were.

    I’m so looking forward to reading Before She Was Mine!


  3. Kathryn says:

    Great interview. I’ve read all Kate Long’s novels, I’m a big fan, and I’m really looking forward to reading Before She Was Mine. Also, delighted to hear of a sequel to The Bad Mother’s Handbook. How exciting!


  4. fran says:

    I’m another fan! Kate’s love of writing shines through this interview. I’m intrigued with the 50 questions for the characters. Did you develop these yourself, Kate? I love the fact that Kate is passionate about families and voles 🙂 Looking forward to the latest novel.


  5. Dan Purdue says:

    Some very interesting responses there, Morgen. I’m impressed by the amount of planning Kate does – I never have the patience to fill out one of those Q&A sheets about a character but I can see how they’d help a writer get a fix on one of there creations.

    I ‘met’ Kate, very briefly, in the dying days of the BBC’s “Get Writing” website. It’s great to see her doing so well.

    I enjoyed reading The Bad Mother’s Handbook – I guess I’m not exactly target audience, but I appreciate a well-told tale!


  6. katelong says:

    Fran, there are versions of character questionnaires all over the internet, but I had mine from novelist Jeremy Sheldon who I co-tutored an Arvon course with a few years back. I’m not sure whether he came up with it himself or adapted it from elsewhere. I like the fact it has some unexpected questions – eg not just “Who was the first person your character kissed?” but “Who was the second?”.

    Dan, nice to see a GW face again! Were you writing about a zoo, or did I dream that? What are you up to these days?


  7. morgenbailey says:

    Dan, I’m sure, will reply himself, but he’s doing rather well, including being shortlisted on the H.E. Bates 2010 Short Story Competition (head judge last year was Sue Moorcroft – this year’s is Katie Fforde) with my favourite story of the 50 I judged ‘The Bus Driver Who Stopped And Then Didn’t’. I’m so glad it made the top 10 and is now in the anthology so I get to read it again! 🙂


  8. Dan Purdue says:

    Thank you both!

    I’m impressed, Kate. You’re right – my story on GW used a zoo as a metaphor for the closure of the website. That’s one hell of a memory you’ve got there; GW must have shut up shop six years ago now? What a scary thought.

    You said some very encouraging and constructive things about that story and it certainly helped build my confidence when I was just starting out with fiction, so thanks again for that – it made a huge difference to me.

    If you’ve visited the blog, you’ll probably already know that my focus has mainly been on short stories, but I’m intending to concentrate on getting a novel finished next year. Fingers crossed!


    • katelong says:

      It was a good piece, Dan, that’s why I remember it. And I’m glad to hear I helped in a small way.

      I really enjoyed your story on YouTube. Perhaps you should release a downloadable audio collection?


  9. Jeannie B says:

    Great interview, and I’m so impressed with Kate’s thoroughness in getting to know her characters. It shows in the end result – it’s not a genre I generally read, but I can always rely on Kate’s books to be enjoyable reading.

    Nice to be reminded of GW, too, and the lovely people who contributed there.


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