A few months ago I gave away a copy of Hush by Kate White. Kate was able to answer some interview questions and here they are!
SBR: What made you break from your Bailey Weggins series and venture into unknown characters?
KW: I love Bailey, but I thought it would be nice to take a break and come back to the series re-engerzied. I also wanted to try a new genre, one that was darker and scarier.
SBR: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
KW: Writing when I have a day job, which means always writing on weekends. I fantasize about having free Sundays some time in my life
SBR: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
KW: Even a very young girl I wrote stories. Not sure why. My mother told me that at 3 I handed her a picture I’d crayoned—it was all black. She asked what the name was and I said, “The hacienda is dark and the town is sleeping.” Weird kid, right? But I guess I’ve just always loved to weave a story.
SBR: What authors inspire you and your writing?
KW: I just love so many writers. Mysteries: Ruth Rendell, Linda Fairstein, Michel Connelly, Elizabeth George, Scott Turow, and on and on. Literary fiction: Sue Miller, Anita Shrive, Jane Smiley, Ian McEwan and on and on
SBR: What advice would you give aspiring authors?
KW: I would advise inspiring writers to figure out their perfect writing cocktail: what’s the best time, best background noise, best location. I’ve realized that during my twenties I didn’t write much because I hadn’t’ figured those things out yet. Don’t beat yourself up, just experiment and see what works.