Kate Forsyth, author of The Wild Girl
Tell us about your latest creation:
THE WILD GIRL tells the story of star-crossed lovers Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world’s most famous fairy tales. Set during the turbulent years of the Napoleonic Wars, THE WILD GIRL is a tale of love, desire, heartbreak and the redemptive power of storytelling.
When you were a kid, what did you want to become? An author?:
I’ve always wanted to be an author, I’ve never wanted to be anything else. I wrote my first book at the age of seven.
What do you consider to be your best work? Why?:
I’m very proud of THE WILD GIRL, which is the most difficult and challenging book I’ve ever written. I poured everything I have into it, and I’m so glad that so many people are
loving it so much.
Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?:
I write in a book-lined study with a view across my garden to the ocean.
When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?:
I read a wide range of different books, though my favourite genre is historical fiction.
What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?:
I loved authors such as C.S. Lewis, L.M. Montgomery, Elizabeth Goudge, Joan Aiken, Geoffrey Trease and Rosemary Sutcliff.
If you were a literary character, who would you be?:
I’d want to be a literary character that made their living writing books, travelling the world telling stories, and was madly in love with their life … but as I can’t think of a single book with such a character, I guess I’ll just have to stay being me.
Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?:
I love my garden and I love to cook. I love music and theatre and the ballet. Most of all, I love to travel and have adventure and tell stories.
What is your favourite food and favourite drink?:
A fine sparkling wine will always make me happy, especially if taken with a little smoked salmon and caviar.
Who is your hero? Why?:
I love all the women writers whose books are being read all around the world.
Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?:
Being heard above the clamour of voices all shouting their stories to the world.