Keeping up with the Kershaws

What do you do when your life becomes more dramatic than reality TV?
As the devoted carer for famous antique expert Harold Kershaw, Karrie Morgan was always happy to keep a professional distance from his four spoilt grown-up children, who rarely made time for their father. But then a surprise involving Harold’s Will means Karrie is flung headlong into a press scandal, and into the chaotic world of the surviving Kershaws.
With the support of her trusted childhood friend Andrew, mild-mannered Karrie must face down ruthless ice queen Portia, master manipulator Gabriel, Botox fanatic Arabella, and ladies’ man Rafe, star of reality TV show Raised in Richmond … although perhaps not as fake and flashy as he initially seems?
As vicious rumours circulate and Karrie’s past comes back to haunt her, she struggles to know who to trust. Can she keep up with the Kershaws’ schemes?

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Author Q&A
1.     What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?

Endings. In my drafts I always end things too quickly, and in the editing stage I have to revisit or even change the ending entirely.

2.    If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Start sooner! I didn’t start writing until I was 32.

3. If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why?
I’d love to meet Matilda (by Roald Dahl). I think she would be really interesting to talk to given her amazing intellect.

4. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
I did! I grew up absolutely obsessed with reading. I never thought I could be an author though – it seemed like a crazy dream and one I never pursued until I was older.

5. Have you ever met anyone famous?
I’ve met Ian McKellen a few times as he was involved with a charity I worked with, and I also met some of the cast of Hollyoaks at an awards ceremony.

6. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
It usually takes me a few months to write a rough first draft, then another month or so to edit that into something half decent. My writing has slowed down so much since I had my second child – I had two children very close together and it’s been intense.

7.    How do you select the names of your characters?
Quite often I will give them a placeholder name, just something that springs to mind, then I’ll go back and change it later. I’ll look through name lists, or look for names with particular meanings. Or I’ll ask my Instagram and Facebook followers for help.

8. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
I would say don’t worry about perfection – just write, get words on the paper, then edit them later. And just keep going – every day if you only write a little, you can still write a book over time.

9. What is your favorite genre to read?
I love reading romance, but also a good page-turning psychological thriller

 10.     When did you write your first book?
I was 32 and struggling with infertility. It was a really hard time and I decided to finally write down one of the stories in my head. That turned into my first book, Star in the Shadows. I’ve never stopped writing since!

11.    What sparks your creativity/how do you get your ideas?
My books always start with a series of what ifs. I’ll be watching a TV show or reading a news article, and I’ll just think “What If” and that’s where I begin to get an inspiration for a story.

12.    What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I work three days a week as a communications officer for a small non-profit. I love watching Netflix shows with my husband, and I’m always busy with my two little boys.

13.    What’s a typical writing day like for you?
I only get the chance to write around 5/6am when the kids are still asleep. Some days that’s as little as ten minutes writing. Other days I’ll try to fit in an evening session. It’s hard, to have so many ideas and so little time to write, but it’s just a stage of life in which my time is limited.

Author Bio – Ever since I was little I wanted to be a writer, to turn daydreams into books. I'm fascinated by fame, in love with Happy Ever Afters, and enthralled by slow-burn romances. I squeeze in time to write around looking after my two sons. Find out more about me on my website

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