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Women Who Write Books: Kate Rose

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In honour of World Book Day and International Women’s Day, I decided to celebrate women who write books throughout March. 

I held IG lives with women who write books, UK based authors, who shared the process of writing their books. These authors were personally selected and all offer something different – which is important really, as we are all multifaceted people.

I asked about their writing practice, what inspires them, and how they fit writing in around their day-to-day life.

About Kate Rose

I graduated from King’s College, London, with a First Class degree in Human Biology and Neuroscience and went onto take an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths University, London.

I have worked as an editor for an independent publisher. I have written various articles for newspapers and magazines, and my short stories have been published on the Five Stop Short Story App, Jotters United, Volume 11, Don’t Do It Mag and the online Fish Anthology. ​I have also previously published a non-fiction book and my historical novel, The Angel and the Apothecary, was long-listed for the Aurora Metro International Novel writing prize and the Mslexia Novel Writing competition. When not immersed in the past I ghostwrite biographies and have been fortunate enough to work with some interesting people.

Q&A Snippets

Who are you and where are you based? 

“I’m a fiction writer, and I also ghostwrite biographies, so that’s my sort of day job. I live in South East London with my daughter and three very demanding dogs.”

When and why did you start writing? 

“I think always for writers, there’s an element of trauma or tragedy, no matter how mild it is. But I think there comes a point where either you’re overtly sensitive or you’ve got a complex inner landscape that you’re finding absolutely nobody around you gets. I remember reading Graham Greene’s Ways Of Escape and thinking ‘ah, there are ways out of this, there are ways to deal with such complexities in one’s psyche.’

What inspired your writing? 

“I would say I’m always on the side of the underdog. The people who slip through the cracks of life, they’re the people who interest me.”

Tell us about your book 

“He’s not so much the underdog, Jeramiah Goode, he is a troubled soul who’s had a trauma in his childhood and he’s got a very overbearing father, who’s a physician who wants his son to be a physician. This is set in Georgian London, so that’s 17th century. But he’s a sensitive soul, he’s had this troubling event and he’s feels very at home in nature, and what he finds is he can experience another’s pain or illness within his body.”

How did you make time to write your book, especially around your other commitments? 

“It really is a matter of putting your writing first, there is just no other way. I’m not a believer in the law of attraction and all of that, you know, you imagine your life as a writer in the future. It’s wonderfully romantic but I don’t think there’s an enormous amount of truth in it. I think you’ve just got to just put in the work, it’s that simple. You have to say, right I’m going to sacrifice something, be it friends, be it housework, you’ve got to work out what your sacrifice is.”

What has written this book taught you about yourself? 

“My first book was non fiction and on heart disease and stroke. I have a science degree, which I’m enormously grateful for because I went onto do a few post-grads in that. Subsequently I’ve had quite a serious health condition, so it’s allowed me to help myself.”

What do you hope people take away from your writing? 

“What encouraged me was getting a message out about healing, that it’s possible. You know, what Jeremiah is doing in the book is, he’s an apocathery, he’s using herbs and plans and these things actually heal.”

Advice for aspiring authors 

“It goes back to self belief, that’s the most imperative part of writing anything. You have to read, read, read. Read books about writing.”

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