Q&A With Katherine St John
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Q&A With Katherine St John
Last night I was delighted to hear that the New York Times
Bestselling author Katherine St John decided to answer my instgram message back
agreeing to do this Q&A with me. Katherine has written “The Lions Den,”
“The Siren,” and her latest novel “The Viscous Circle,” came out on September
Q: So Katherine at what point in your life did you realize that
writing was your calling?
A: I’ve always been a big reader and thought it would be a dream
to write a novel, but I never had time to give it a shot until I had two little
girls back-to-back and decided to take some time off work to be home with them.
I used their naptime as my writing time, and my first book, The Lion’s Den, was
born. Writing is addictive for me! I absolutely love what I do.
Q: What advice do you give to those who want to write? What advice
do you give to those who struggle with writers block?
A: If you want to write, just do it! Don’t let anything get in
your way, and don’t second guess yourself. First drafts are rarely any good, so
don’t worry too much about making it perfect. Some brilliant person said that
writing a first draft is like scooping sand into a sandbox knowing that later
you will make castles. I love that analogy, and remind myself of it often when
I’m writing a first draft.
My biggest fix for writer’s block is to go for a long walk and let
my mind wander. It’s helpful to give your mind a break from focusing on the
writing directly, and allow your creativity to come in. Go watch a movie, visit
a museum, or hang out with friends, then circle back. Stress is never good for
Q: Out of all the novels you wrote if you had to choose, which one
was your favorite to write and why?
A: Choosing a favorite book is like choosing a favorite child! I
love them all equally but for different reasons, haha. I’m always most
engrossed in whatever I’m working on, but I can’t say I have a favorite
Q: Where do you get inspirations for all your novels?
A: I’m very interested in the human condition, what makes people
tick and why they do what they do, and I find inspiration absolutely
everywhere. Often I’ll be inspired by my own reactions to certain people or
circumstances, and I’ll think, “Why did I react that way?” I’m inspired by news
and current events, by literature and movies, by idioms and even by questions
my children ask.
Q: Does Hollywood have the rights to any of your novels? If so
which ones are currently in production and are you an executive producer?
A: Yes, I’m very much looking forward to adapting my books for the
screen, and will be involved on every level. It’s a long path from script to
screen and I can’t say too much yet, but I’ve got some great partners and am
excited to be a part of the development.
Q: If you had to collaborate with another author, who would you
choose as your co-author and why?
A: Oh man, that’s a hard one! There are so many great authors out
there. I think it would be fun to write a story from multiple different
perspectives, with each author writing a different perspective in their own
Q: Are you writing a new novel now? If so can you spoil a little
bit about what it’s about?
A: I am writing a book right now that’s set in Greece. It’s about
an heiress with a dark secret who’s taken advantage of by a con artist…