13 December 2017

Special Guest Interview with Author Katarina West

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US

A middle-aged saleswoman becomes a Hollywood star.
A spoilt celebrity becomes a suburban housewife.
An angel becomes a human being.

Today I would like to welcome author Katarina West:

Tell us about your latest book

It’s called The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice and it tells the story of an angel who becomes a human being and two women who swap bodies. 

What is your preferred writing routine?

In the morning, after a jumbo cup of Italian coffee.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

This advice is actually from the novelist Helen Simpson, who took it from Flaubert. Flaubert said, "Faire et se taire", which Helen Simpson translated as "Shut up and get on with it." I think that’s a pretty universal advice for all writers, aspiring or not.

What have you found to be the best way to raise awareness of your books?

Good question. It seems to be one of those eternally disputed questions that have no definite answer, all the more so because trends and methods are so short-lived nowadays, so that what worked yesterday won’t work tomorrow. Except writing good stories. That always works.

Tell us something unexpected you discovered during your research.

I truly enjoyed the science research for my second novel, ‘Absolute Truth, for Beginners’. It was fascinating to learn about the lives of various mathematicians.

What was the hardest scene you remember writing?

What’s hardest for me is the drafting, the structure, not any individual scene. Once I’ve got the overall plot clear in my head, the fun part starts.

What are you planning to write next?

The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice is the first book of the the Angel Aid series, so I’m planning to go ahead in the Angel Aid series.

Katarina West

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About the Author

Katarina West was born in Helsinki, Finland, and studied at Queen Mary and Westfield College in London and the European University Institute in Florence, where she completed a PhD in political science. During those student years she started work as a journalist, and continued writing for various Finnish magazines and newspapers for over ten years, writing on various topics from current events and humanitarian issues to celebrity interviews and short stories. She also briefly worked as a university lecturer on humanitarian issues in Northern Italy. Katarina lives in an old farmhouse in Chianti with her husband and son. Find out more at Katerina's website katarinawest.com and find her on Facebook and Twitter @WestKatarina

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