It’s been way too long since we did an author interview!! Katie is the author of Could It Be You, which came out last month. This book totally sounds like my kind of book, since it’s about a woman going on a journey of self-actualization. Today, we interview Katie about herself and her new novel!
Could It Be You Synopsis
Could It Be You centres around Rachel Kane, a woman in her late twenties and an entrepreneur who owns her own beauty range business. She is desperately trying to navigate her way through life since the very sudden and heart wrenching split from her husband.
The story begins the day before her first holiday to the South of France as a singleton where she is the maid of honour at her best friend’s wedding and from there takes Rachel on a journey where she has to face who and what is most important to her.
An Interview with Katie Kirby
1. What was your favorite book growing up?
I loved Judy Blume books when I was young, they really resonated with me.
2. Who are a few of your favorite authors?
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Toni Morrison, Ann Patchett
3. Did you always know you wanted to write? If not, how did you become an author?
Writing was always something I could do when I wasn’t acting (which is my full time profession) and I always knew that I wanted to incorporate it into my life. It’s the perfect creative outlet.
4. What inspired, “Could It Be You?”?
I hadn’t written anything in a while and I wanted to get back into it after my first daughter was born. I wanted to write something lighter for a change so I stumbled upon this concept. What resonated most with me was writing the great friendships between these six characters.
5. Which book character do you most identify with (from any book)?
6. What are your hobbies?
I love to sew. When we lived in the UK, I had my own sewing room. It was a perfect escape to get away and be creative. I love to swim and play tennis but with two kids I hardly have the time nowadays.
7. What advice would you give to someone who wants to become an author?
My advice to anyone who wants to excel and achieve anything is persistence, persistence,persistence. You will know how much you want something by how long you persist at making it a success for yourself.
Thank you so much for the chat, Katie! We can’t wait to read your new novel! Congratulations!
*Picture and synopsis used with permission from the author*
As y’all know, I’ve been in an awful reading slump that has lasted for far too long (5 months, to be exact!). I was already feeling blue and listless when my Papa died suddenly two and a half weeks ago.
My flirtation with depression has turned into a full blown affair with soul-crushing sadness.
Needless to say, this hasn’t helped my reading focus any. I have picked up and discarded book after book after book. Some of them are actually really good, but none of them have held my interest.
Until I downloaded Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay.
THIS BOOK, you guys!
There’s pain, determination, failure, betrayal, triumph, peace, growth, and introspection. I LOVED it. Absolutely LOVED it!
The format is composed entirely of letters, which sounds strange, but was superbly done.
Sam is a twenty-something orphan who finds safety in her classic novels. She’s had a rough life, but found sanctuary in the words of Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, and William Shakespeare. The only thing is, she hides behind their works instead of living her own story.
A mysterious benefactor going by the name of Mr. Knightley offers Sam a full ride scholarship to Northwestern University’s uber exclusive graduate school of journalism. The only catch being that she must write him letters detailing all of the ins and out of her life at school. He will never reply, but this condition must be met in order to receive the money.
Reluctantly, Samantha agrees. And in letter after letter, she pours her heart, hopes, and fears. School is good for her- she’s stretched to find her own voice instead of stealing the voice of her favorite heroines. She learns what it is like to have a friend, and how to be one in return. She learns to love, even though the guy she’s with isn’t very loveable at times. And ultimately, she learns to face her past in order to live fully in her present.
When the identity of Mr. Knightley is revealed, the shock and betrayal she feels just might send her running back to hiding behind books instead of facing her feelings head on.
This book has one of the best character development arcs I have read in a very long time. Sam’s story felt real, her character was believable, and I was deeply invested in the outcome of her story.
You don’t need to be a lover of the classics in order to appreciate this book, although I’m sure familiarity with books that are referenced would heighten the reading experience. In fact, I would recommend this book to anyone considering fostering or adopting children. Witnessing the growth of Sam, and how her past greatly impacted nearly every facet of her life was eye-opening.
I’m a big fan of this book! Definitely add it to your Amazon Wish List, or consider checking it out at the library. It’s a good one!
Yay!!! I’m excited to share with you part of another Brook Cottage Books Book Tour and also for the opportunity to review a previously-read author whom I enjoyed! For a review of “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved,” click here. This book is part of a series titled “Mishaps in Millrise.” It’s a spin-off series from “Mishaps and Mistletoe” and part one is titled, “Little Acts of Love.” Make sure you scroll all the way to the end of this post for the giveaway!
Phoebe’s new role at work is keeping her busier than ever. Just as she’s finding her feet, however, new boss, Dixon, lands a bombshell: Hendry’s toy store is in dire financial straits and it’s up to him and Phoebe to save it. This isn’t exactly what she signed up for and she’s going to need all the help she can get. So it’s a pity that the only help she has comes in the form of Midnight, her purple-haired colleague who wouldn’t know an employee rule-book if it slapped her in the face…
At home, Jack’s brother, Archie, and their mum, Carol, seem determined to make Phoebe’s life hell, however hard she tries. And now Jack seems to have a new rival too: Adam Hendry, slick heir to the Hendry’s empire, who is making it very clear he’d like to involve Phoebe in a hostile takeover. Just how far will he go to get what he wants? (Synopsis used with permission as part of the book tour)
I was given a free copy of this book as part of the book tour. 4 out of 5 chickadees singing! I really enjoyed this book! Phoebe is enjoying her new job at the toy store, but then becomes stress about the pressure to increase sales and keep them in business! Meanwhile, Phoebe and Jack decide it’s time to meet each other’s parents. Jack meeting Phoebe’s parents goes okay, but Phoebe can tell immediately that Jack’s mother dislikes her because she isn’t his deceased wife, Rebecca (hence the title). In addition, Jack’s brother, Archie, starts living with them due to financial woes that he brought upon himself. This book is less lighthearted than the first one, but it deals with some serious, real-life relationship issues.
I love the character of Phoebe. She is incredibly sweet and kind, but not a pushover. Jack’s precious daughter, Maria, stole my heart. Midnight is the quirky, fun character that helps Phoebe break out of her shell. The kind of friend you didn’t know you needed until you met her. Jack is not as likeable in this book as in part one, but I think that’s the point. In relationships, there are going to be times when you aren’t sure you like the other person! He is a very realistic character, stressed by family problems and not always listening to sound advice. I could really relate to the relationship problems in this story. It will be interesting to see how they are addressed in the next book.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed this story and want to read more about Phoebe and Jack in the future! It kept my interest and I love the format of a novella for keeping things moving quickly! I feel invested in these characters and their relationships.