Welcome to the seven hundred and fifth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with novelist Katalin Kennedy. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And see below for Katalin’s book giveaway.
Morgen: Hello, Katalin. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Katalin: Thank you so much, Morgen, for giving me the opportunity to discuss my second novel “Reconnecting” which was recently released by Baico Publishing, Ottawa, Canada in June 2015. I was born in Hungary and came to Canada as a child with my parents as refugees, following the Hungarian uprising in 1956. I spent most of my life in Ottawa, and worked in the Canadian Federal Government; after retirement, my husband and I moved to Cornwall – Ontario, not England. 🙂 As I considered how to reinvent myself in this new role, I realized I had always written. Writing gave me intense fulfilment. I was invited to write a column for a community newspaper “Seaway News” and I also began my first novel “The Women Gather” which was published in 2012.
Morgen: You’re very welcome, Katalin. What genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?
Katalin: My two published books are both fiction. I’m not sure where other work will lead me. I consider “The Women Gather” to be a Utopian fiction, rather than science fiction or fantasy. And “Reconnecting” I choose to call plausible fiction.
Katalin: I appreciate the feasibility of going the self-publishing route. I am grateful, however, that I was able to find Baico Publishing in Ottawa who published both my novels. President Raymond Coderre and Vice-President Stephanie Bertrand have been most supportive. They give new authors encouragement by having their work published.
Morgen: Are your books available as eBooks? How involved were you in that process? Do you read eBooks or is it paper all the way?
Katalin: I realize that eBook publishing is the current and future way of the publishing scene. I am an English Literature major and am still lingering in the desire to have my novels available in hard copy. I know the time is coming when I will need to explore the eBook method. I have to admit, I am nervous about copyright infringement and hacking possibility concerning this approach.
Morgen: Do you have a favourite of your books or characters? If any of your books were made into films, who would you have as the leading actor/s?
Katalin: Both my books are close to my heart, though quite different from each other. As for the characters, they are after all the off-spring of my inner self but with traits unique to them. I am rather fond of Lin Yao and Aideen in “The Women Gather” and Iris in “Reconnecting”.
Morgen: If your books were audiobooked, whom would you have as the narrator(s)?
Katalin: My mother has macular degeneration and I have therefore recorded both my novels on a digital machine, at her request. If I were given the privilege of having someone record professionally, I tend to think Emma Thompson would be super for “The Women Gather” and Meryl Streep for “Reconnecting”. Now isn’t that a lofty dream?
Morgen: Dreams can come true. Emma Thompson’s brilliant, as is Meryl Streep, but my favourite film is ‘Stranger than Fiction’ and Emma is one of a great cast. Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?
Katalin: I studied Canadian Literature at university and was mesmerized by the late Dorothy Livesay’s poetry as well as Margaret Atwood’s novels. Both these women have written throughout their lives, shifting their approaches as they matured both in age and
in their confidence, ideas and perspectives. I don’t know that either ‘shaped’ my writing; rather, I think they inspired me to stretch my thinking and accept a certain amount of self-belief that what I had to say was valid.
Morgen: Did you choose the titles / covers of your books?