Monday, 26 June 2017

Blog Tour: Q&A With Kat French Author of The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach

I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach by Kat French because I got to do a Q & A with this awesome author! This fab book came out on 22nd June and is just perfect for summer. You can click here to order your copy. 

Before I get to my Q & A I'll share the blurb with you so you know what it's all about and remind you to check out the other blogs on the tour for more exclusive content!

From Kat French, the author of best-selling ‘My Perfect Stranger’ and ‘Love Your Neighbour’ comes a story that all women will be able to relate to – the perfect read for a beach holiday or to keep you company on a train journey this summer.

Three women throw caution to the wind and move from England to run a B&B on a Greek island…

They’ve all reached a point in their lives when they need a change – one divorced, one empty nester, one made redundant from the job she’s held since leaving school many moons ago. The move tests their friendship to the limits, brings errant husbands running, and offers new opportunities for love.

Each of the women go through their own metamorphosis, but will they choose to stay in Greece when the holiday season winds down?

Thank you so much to Kat for stopping by today and answering my questions!

First question-bit of a cliche-how did you get into writing?
I came second in the Mills & Boon annual competition in 2009 and got the bug!

Do you write full time & if so, have you always done this?
I've worked full time as a writer since around 2012.

Do you have a particular writing style or genre that you prefer?
I'm a romance junkie, so you'll always find a good slice of sizzling romance in my stories!

How do you develop your characters as you write, are any of them based on real people?
I don't base them on real people, but I do draw bits of people from TV and movies or people I know in real life.

What was the inspiration behind The Bed and Breakfast on the beach?
I wanted to write a book that was really escapist and romantic, and specifically about three friends as it reminds me of my own best friends!

What is your writing process-do you map it out first? Write a bit at a time?
I'm not a big plotter. I tend to know how it will begin and end, but I'm open to surprises along the way as I write it.

How much of you is reflected in your writing?
Oh, that's tricky! I guess my writing is informed by my own life and experiences, it has to be to some extent.

What kind of research did you do before/during writing The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach?
Well, there's a secret gin distillery in the book - I def took my gin research very seriously indeed! I've been to Greece on holiday, and I knew I wanted to create a fictional little sister island to Skiathos and Skopelos, where Mama Mia was filmed.

How much attention do you pay to the reviews that you get?
I try to read most of them, and I'm always grateful that people have taken the time to read my books and leave a comment.

Are friends and family supportive of your writing?
Absolutely! They're really supportive.

How do you feel leading up to your publication day?
Nervous, usually! It's exciting, but always scary. 

Which other authors inspire you or are there any you particularly enjoy reading?
I'm a long-term Jilly Cooper and Marian Keyes fan, and more recently Charlaine Harris and Janet Evanovich. I'm half way through the Stephanie Plum series and loving it!

Finally...what are you working on right now?

I'm working on my next book for Avon right now. I can't tell you the details yet though, it's all a bit of a secret for now!

I don't know about you but I can't wait to hear more! 

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