Katarina West Q&A; The Thousand Tiny Miracles Of Living Twice.

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A little while ago, an email arrived in my inbox; Katarina West has written a new book, about a middle aged Cinderella-esque woman who has the chance at a second life. It was released yesterday, and as part of the ‘blog tour’, I emailed Katarina a few questions about the book.

Hello Katarina, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

No, thank you! It feels great to be back.

Initially, what was it that made you want to be a writer?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I’ve always been composing stories in my head. Maybe that was the reason, that ability to create a world of your own.

What was the inspiration behind your new book?

I had this middle-aged woman in my mind who is discontented with her life and dreams of another kind of life. An angel hears her prayers and swaps her body with a Hollywood A-lister. So now she has beauty, youth and fame – and not only, for she falls in love with a gorgeous thirty-something man. He adores her… but would he still adore her if he knew who she really was? That was my first question, the thing that made me want to write The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice. Then the whole question of humans and angels snowballed, and my upcoming book grew into a feel-good fantasy series. It is called Angel Aid, and as I said, The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice is the launch book of the series.

How do you start writing for your novels?

Drafting, drafting, drafting. It is my weak point – before I have the story written down once, I am perennially anxious and worried.

Was this informed by any personal experiences?

No, not really. I just want to tell stories.

Did it require any research?

Less than my two previous books. But still every writing project entails a myriad of background work. Those little details that you must check, and checking them will require plenty of time.

Do you have any new projects in the works?

I’m writing Book 2 in the Angel Aid series. So, my protagonists will be back!

What are your tips for anyone who wishes to follow in your footsteps?

That’s a big question. If I had to squeeze any piece of advice into a few words, that would be to write and read as much as possible.

Random: Which do you prefer- apple or pear?

Both… I love fruit. I couldn’t live without it!

The Thousand Tiny Miracles Of Living Twice is out now; click here to buy on Amazon. And click here to see Katarina’s website.   Or you can see my reviews of her first two novels: ‘Absolute Truth For Beginners’ (Click here) and Witchcraft Couture (Click here)

Review: Absolute Truth For Beginners, By Katarina West.

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(N.B A little while ago, I was very fortunate enough to review Katarina’s first novel. (Click here to view if you didn’t see it.) This is her follow-up, which she asked me to review..)

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Absolute Truth is a new book, out today, by Katarina West. I feel very privileged to take part in this launch, having had a PDF copy of the book since September. And it’s brilliant. Purely brilliant.

Again, I really like the language and intertextuallity. It’s..I can’t really describe. The book has a unique tone-one of rarity and cultured heritage-which is just so refreshing to read. It has art references, various theories, landscapes I’ve never visited..(Please excuse the misspelling-Wordpress kept trying to correct it, but couldn’t find the correct word!)

The opening scene starts, almost quite bluntly,starts by saying “You’re a nobody”. From a timid girl, Elisa, this could be considered as the way she sees herself, almost without a lot of confidence. Elisa falls madly in love with  Judith Shapiro, a brilliant mathematician. Sixty eight days past, with Elisa becoming her mistress. It eventually takes a suicidal notion. (Readers, I can’t add any more-otherwise plot spoilers will be too great!)

Although a long read-at 320 pages-I think it is more suited to specialist audience.

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Review: Witchcraft Couture.

I was asked to review this book by Katarina West-via a website, back in January -and will be doing so for this blog post:

The cover. Credit: Katarina West.

The cover. Credit: Katarina West.

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Described as heavy-weight literary fiction, I was surprised at how good this book is-and loved the language when reading. Language is important when reading a book-it’s very sophisticated, a little high class, which I had to point out most of all. (That was just one of my highlights.)

Witch couture is a great book ; I cannot stress that enough. At all. It’s about a tortured genius of design, that Oscar routinely destroys his work, or cannot sketch. But will he overcome his weakness by the end of the book?

This book also has quite a continental flair-in the first thirty six pages, it alternates between Russia and Italy. It is also quite an intimate reading experience for any reader, because it’s written like a diary-meaning you can see the main thoughts of the protagonist. It develops a sense of empathy and teaches us to look at people in a very different light. You may not like Oscar, however the character still has a lot to say to us all.

To anyone reading this, I recommend that you buy and read this book; culturally enriching, it has a great plot line and entices the reader throughout. Finally, I give it the score of 10/10.

Author picture. Credit: Katarina West.

Author picture. Credit: Katarina West.

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