Next up is on the blog tour for Gloria, and I’d thrilled to bring you an author Q&A with Katherine Shaw. Firstly here’s all the details on the book as usual and there’s a giveaway at the bottom! Good luck!
about the book
Author: Katherine Shaw
Genre: Contemporary Domestic Thriller
Estimated page count: 300
Formats available: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Arteminion Books (8 Sept. 2021)
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
For all intents and purposes, Gloria Harrison has the perfect life: a rich husband, a beautiful home, and all the free time she needs to work on her art. And yet, she is deeply unhappy. Initially resigned to be pushed around by her snobbish, manipulative husband, Greg, she discovers a shocking truth about him she simply cannot ignore, and has to get out.
As Gloria’s world unravels around her, she has to team up with friends new and old to escape not only her husband’s clutches, but also the country, even if that means giving up everything.
Gloria must rediscover who she used to be and realise her true worth to finally free herself from Greg’s stranglehold forever, or risk losing the person she holds most dear in the world – her daughter.
q&a with katherine shaw
Thriller, SFF and contemporary
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m a multi-genre author of both long and short fiction, specialising in thrillers, dark fantasy, soft sci-fi and contemporary. I was born and bred in Yorkshire in the UK, and I now live with my husband, cat and tortoise in a small fisherman’s cottage on the bank of the Humber Estuary, a few miles outside of Hull.
What inspired you to start writing?
It might sound cheesy, but I’ve wanted to write for as long as I can remember. Even as a little girl I wrote stories, poems and even plays to entertain myself, and as I grew up I dreamed of being a published author.
How many books have you written and published?
GLORIA is my first published novel, but I have had short stories published online and am contributing to three anthologies currently: In the Wake of the Kraken from Skullgate Media, a collection of pirate short stories which launched August 31st, and two others I can’t reveal at the moment, unfortunately!
How do you choose the names of your characters?
For the majority of them, I come up with something on the spot which seems to fit them. Sometimes, if they have an unusual background or heritage, I will do some research to make sure their name is suitable for their age, nationality, etc. I could never be one of the writers who puts placeholders in and names their characters later, I have to know their names from the start!
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Hmm, that’s a tricky one! I would have to say Meryl – she may be an older woman, but she’s clever, resourceful and level-headed. I’m sure she’d make sure we survived.
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
George Orwell, and my favourite book of his is 1984. It may be bleak, but it’s gripping, shocking and incredibly smart. It feels as relevant today as it ever did, and I think everyone would benefit from reading it.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
I remember writing plays in my notebooks back in primary school which starred all of my school friends. We never acted them out – in fact, I don’t think I ever showed them to anyone!
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
I’m a chemist by training, and have a day job as a Research and Development Manager in the consumer healthcare sector.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
If at all possible, as cliché as it might be, I’d want to travel back in time and prevent the rise of Hitler.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would like to speak to my grandma, Janet, who passed away suddenly 3 years ago. I want to tell her how much I love and miss her, and how much she meant to me and the rest of the family. She was eighty when she died, and we thought we had years more time with her, so I’ve always felt like there were too many things left unsaid.
What are your favourite things to do?
I’m a bit of a classic nerd, since I spend a lot of my spare time playing Dungeons and Dragons, reading books and playing vintage video games (and writing, of course!).
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
As a teenager, I visited a school in Spain as part of a school trip with three other students. On one of the days, we were brought in front of a class of Spanish school children and, to show off their English language skills, they stood up and sang the entirety of Simply the Best by Tina to Turner to us. It was bizarre!
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Go for it! Stop letting your fear of failure hold you back and write those stories. People will want to read them.
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
Aside from 1984 which I already mentioned, I also think everyone should read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. It’s a tragic, poignant story of two women in Afghanistan during the reign of the Taliban, and stirs every emotion possible. It feels as relevant now as it did when it was published, and I would recommend everyone gives it a read.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book.
GLORIA is a contemporary domestic thriller. It tells the story of Gloria Harrison, an unhappy housewife-come-artist who discovers a terrible secret about her manipulative husband, Greg, and has to get out.
Giveaway to Win a Signed Paperback of Gloria and more
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Katherine for chatting with us.
One more to come today my loves so back soon…..