Friday 19 May 2017

A little fun with Katy Johnson, author of The Silence

Katy Johnson, a fellow Crooked Cat author has a hot new release on the 8th June and so I jumped at the opportunity to ask her a few fun questions about writing and herself as a person. First, let’s find out about the Book!!

The Silence is a psychological/coming of age story:

Doctor Abby Fenton has a rewarding career, a loving family, an enviable lifestyle - and a secret that could destroy everything.

When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an idyllic Tuscan holiday home she is forced to confront the memories she has suppressed until now and relive the summer she spent at the villa in 1992.

A summer that ended in tragedy.

The nearer she gets to the truth the closer she comes to losing her sanity. In order to hold onto the people she loves most, she must make sure they never discover what she did. 

But the reappearance of someone else from that summer threatens to blow her secret wide open.

Oooh it sounds very exciting--I'm looking forward to reading it!! But before we launch into the opening, I'd like to hear a little bit more about you :).

Do you have any writing quirks and if so, what are they?

When I'm using my notebook I usually have a pen stuck behind my ear. People sometimes find this funny but it's really very practical. I use a notebook in the early stages of writing/plotting although I actually write on my laptop. My brain is best suited to cut and paste! I also use different notebooks for jotting down blog ideas, useful tips, things to look up etc. I love my notebooks!

If you knew that no-one would ever read your writing, would you or would you not still write and why? Be honest!

Yes I would still write. I did for decades without anyone knowing!

That's great--did you write anything that could be in one of your books now?

A lot of stuff I've written is now sitting in landfill on redundant devices which is just as well. I have lots of bit and pieces I might use somewhere one day - character traits, job descriptions, ways people meet, story openings and endings, lists of my favourite smells - you name it! And I have bits of novels I would love to finish one day if I ever get time.

That's great--lots of inspiration for you! f you were told you could either read or write, but not do both, which would you choose, and why?

I would write although I would really miss the reading and my ideas well would probably run dry at some point. I have to get the words out. It's something I've always done.

Yes me too--it's lovely, isn't it. Very cathartic. So what is your favourite word, and why?

Serendipity - I love the actual sound of the word as well as it's meaning. It makes me feel happy.

Nice!! Which weather inspires you most to write?

Interesting - I've written one book set in the snow and The Silence which is being published on 8th June is set over a stifling hot summer. As the temperature soars, so does the tension.

Or in romance novels, the passion ;) When and why was the last time you giggled uncontrollably?

In bed the other night - just one of those silly conversations you have when you're half asleep.

I love those kinda silly conversations that sets you off laughing, such good fun. We all need a bit of uncontrollable giggling!! What’s your favourite season, and why?

I love the spring - love to feel warmth returning and those colours bursting out: camellias, magnolias, cherry blossom.

And just for pure, adolescent fun, which superpower would you choose?

Telekinesis - moving things around using my mind like Matilda by Roald Dahl.

Ah nice--you could really have fun with that! 

Thanks so much for being here today, Katy, it's been lovely finding out some nice things about you. The very best of luck with The Silence, I can't wait to read it. 

Thank you for having me - I've really enjoyed being at Cait's Place!

The opening paragraph of The Silence

On those rare occasions when Abby allowed herself to think about Philippa, it was never as a pile of bones but as a girl of fourteen. A girl who was very much alive. A girl who could burp the National Anthem (well, the first couple of lines), hurl herself off rocks, catch scorpions with her bare hands, hold her breath until she fainted, and who always slept with one arm straight up in the air.

A girl who rolled her eyes and pulled faces behind people’s backs, and spurted her drink over everyone when she laughed. Being with Philippa meant laughing until you were sick, sharing your deepest, most thrilling secrets, keeping each other awake with disgusting jokes and gut-wrenching stories. And, of course, planning the perfect murder...

Come along to the online launch party on June 8th and find out more!

Buy the book at Amazon - The Silence

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