Now you’ve met my first readers, it’s time to meet my cover designer, formatter and all round tech supporter, Kate Murray. Kate is an artist and author in her own right who kindly offered to help me when I’d been let down.
I asked her some questions…
1 How do you write and draw? Is everything plotted, planned to perfection? Do you ever change tack as you go along or always stick to a pre-made plan?
Sometimes there is a plan, but more often there isn’t. It depends on how complicated I’m going. When I plan a large piece of work that has meaning then it has to be meticulous in pre drawing and notes. But if I decide to work to a feeling then there are no plans – I simply have a go.
In my writing there tends to be more of a plan although the characters very rarely stick to it.
2 Do you have a writing ritual? Meditation, certain cup for your tea, writing trousers?
Trousers? No… I do have a specific set up. My computer, which is a Wacom drawing tablet, earphones (have to be red) and music, normally from the mid 80s to present day. Oh! And Queen. A cup of coffee and a handful of peanuts. Then I’m ready for anything.
3 Aside from writing, what makes you tick? Tell us 5 things about yourself we probably don’t know.
I love to bake, knit and do creative things.
I grow stuff, from herbs to flowers.
If I can I will have some DIY project on the go, although my partner is the one who has to bail me out.
I love that my home is full of family that come and go as they please. That the house always seems busy.
I collect ornament cats. And I name them. Give them characters and places in the house.
4 If you were stranded on a desert island with shelter, food and water, what 5 items would you want with you?
My partner – Roland. I would forfeit the other four things for him…
5 On said island, what 5 books would you take and why?
The Prowlers by Christopher Golden. This book isn’t about curses but the stark reality of the werewolf if they existed.
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson. He survived but how he did it is amazing.
The Fireman by Joe Hill. I love all Joe Hill’s books but this is about love and sacrifice, and is just brilliant.
Hollow World by Michael J Sullivan. Because it is a future I can see happening. And love without the barriers of gender.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. It starts with murder and carries on from there. Beautiful, modern fairytale.
6 Off the island now, which famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Tricky, but I would have to chose Freddie Mercury. He had a hell of a creative mind and I have a feeling I would just listen. Anyone who can put an operatic section in a rock song has got to be interesting. Scaramouch Fandango; where does that come from?
7 Your current writing projects?
I have a Tudor colouring book for Key Stage 3 on the go at the moment. A murder mystery screen play and a couple of artworks. Life is busy and a lot of fun.
8 Other published work and links….
‘Nomora’ – Aberystwyth Masters Magazine 2012
‘The Wait’ – Female First (magazine) 2013
‘Searching Pride’ – Female First (magazine) 2013
‘Oil and Water’ – The Lampeter Review 2013
‘Vanilla and Caramel’ – Ether books and in Twisted Tales Anthology 2013 published by Raging Aardvark Press
‘The White Ghost’ – Ether books 2013
‘A fur coat, a guitar and a song’ – in the ‘Busker’ anthology published by What the Dickens magazine (ebook) 2013
‘James Herbert – biography’ – Thresholds (University of Cirencester) 2013
‘Vanilla and Caramel’ – Twisted Tales Anthology, Aardvark Press 2013
‘Dust’ – published by Jotters United Literary Magazine 2014
‘Crimson and Scarlet’ – published by Jotters United Literary Magazine 2014
‘The Phantom Horse’ – Self-published flash fiction collection 2014
‘The Constant Bicycle’ – in the ‘Spooky Tales’ anthology published by What the Dickens magazine (ebook) 2014
‘Love Just Is’ – Short story Collection published by Raging Aardvark Press 2014
‘Shadows Close’ – Short Story Collection published by Raging Aardvark Press 2014
‘Truth and Lies’ – Self-published crime novella 2015
‘The Gone’ – Self-Published horror novel 2015
‘The Shallow Sea’ – Self-published disaster novel 2016
‘Here Be Dragons’ – Self-published children’s novel 2016 (Shortlisted for the Firefly prize 2015)
‘Tunnels’ – Self-published Children’s novel 2016
‘Fey’ – Self-published Children’s novel 2016
‘How the Moon Lost the Stars’ – Self-published picture book 2017
‘The Gone 2 – Evolution’ – Self-published Horror Novel 2017
‘Here Be Wolves’ – Self-published children’s novel 2017
‘Adult Tudor Colouring Book’ – Self-published colouring book 2017
Most are available through my Amazon page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kate-Murray/e/B00IS2FP98/
Or my website: http://kate0murray.com
Kate is wonderful to work with! She’s patient and thoughtful and meticulous in all her work. Her artwork is stunning and her books magnificent and she’s far too modest to tell you, but she’s been accepted to study for a PhD at Swansea University. She’s a truly inspirational, unstoppable creative bombshell and I’m privileged to call her friend.
Join me tomorrow to meet the final member of The Wonderful Wendy Woo WitchLit Team.