Today I am overjoyed to welcome Kate Noble to OUAC! Earlier this month, I had the great pleasure of reviewing her latest novel The Summer of You. If by some chance you missed that review, you can check it out HERE!
OUAC: Kate, thank you so much for joining us here at Once Upon A Chapter.
KATE: Thanks for having me!
OUAC: I absolutely loved your most recent novel The Summer of You.
KATE: Awesome. Let the adoration continue.
OUAC: For me, one of the most intriguing secondary characters to read about was Jane’s brother, Jason. One chapter I loved him, the next I hated him. Did you set out to make him as somewhat of a villain?
KATE: No I didn’t set out to make him a villain. It sounds silly, but I set out to make him a person. Jason is immature, lazy, and thinks he’s in charge, but he’s young and reacting badly to his father’s ill health, and the fact that he’s forced to grow up. And when he is good, he is very, very good, and Jane can’t help but love her brother. When writing him, I wanted to strangle him half the time, but I actually have a lot of sympathy for Jason.
OUAC: Will Jason ever get his own book?
KATE: Jason’s book is next! When I finished The Summer of You, I felt I wasn’t quite done with him yet. It’s set five years after the events of The Summer of You, since Jason still has some growing up to do, in my opinion.
OUAC: The Summer of You begins with the wedding of characters from your previous novel Revealed…what differences or similarities do you see in Phillippa and Jane? Was one heroine more difficult to write than the other?
KATE: Phillippa and Jane come from the same wealthy, status-conscious background that makes up the Ton. And they are remarkably similar in that they both, when younger, believed their own hype. But then life disappointed them, (Phillippa’s husband died and Jane’s mother, then Jane’s father took ill) and it matured both. Here however, is where they diverge. Phillippa emerged on the other side of her tragedy as a strong (some might even say hard) independent woman, where as Jane, who is still going through hers, turned more introspective, and it allowed her to be vulnerable.
I’ll admit that Phillippa was easier to write, but only because Phillippa was having loads of fun all the time, and Jane was going through a personal, and sometimes painful journey.
OUAC: I felt this was an interesting time in Jane’s life. She had lost her mother, was feeling abandoned by her brother, overwhelmed by her father’s illness and regretful of leaving the hustle and bustle of London’s city life. In a way, forced to grow up and mature to where we read about this girl becoming a woman. It seemed her struggles gave her a common ground to stand on with Byrne. Do you feel Jane had to live through these struggles and experiences to become the perfect woman for Byrne?
KATE: Absolutely. I think Byrne would have dismissed her pretty easily if he hadn’t recognized some depth, some pain in Jane’s life. But then again, I think Jane would have dismissed Byrne as a recalcitrant hermit, if she hadn’t known he had pain and heroism in him, too.
OUAC: My favorite hero is the wounded/tortured hero, which is why I absolutely adore Byrne. He was smart, cunning and heroic. Yet he was also haunted by his past and insecure about the possibility of Jane ever loving him. What are some of your favorite qualities or characteristics of his character? Or simply put, what do you love best about him?
KATE: What I like about Byrne is that he’s healing. And he’s taken it upon himself to do it. Its not at the prompting of someone else, he’s not making himself healthy and strong for anyone else. Jane comes into his life when he’s weeks into this process, and she does drive him to be better, but he was on that road before. I also love that he’s a strong man who knows the darkness that he’s capable of, and because of that, he’s very conscious to be gentle with Jane.
OUAC: So, I can attest to the fact that you are splendidly talented at writing fabulous historical romances, but do you ever see yourself writing a novel in a different genre or sub-genre of romance? Or is your heart in historical romances?
KATE: I will always, always have historical romance in my life. I don’t think I could make do without it. That said, I do amuse myself by thinking that some day, I’ll write a contemporary too, or a futuristic romance… or a YA. You know, in my vast spare time.
OUAC: Most of us have a sweet tooth for chocolate or a favorite reality show we can’t get enough of (or both!)…can you tell us about one of your guilty pleasures?
KATE: Every time I go into Barnes and Noble, at the register they have those Godiva dark chocolate bars with raspberry filling. I find it remarkably hard to resist one little chocolate bar, especially when I’m buying an armload of books.
OUAC: Say you are going to be left on a deserted island and can only bring three possessions with you. What would they be? (If one or more is a book, please list the book title. Or if you say an ereader, list one book that would have to be on it.)
KATE: The worst case scenario survivors handbook.
My boyfriend, so he can fetch and carry and rub my shoulders… and let’s face it, I do own him.
A lifetime supply of fresh, clean water.
Egads, that sounds remarkably practical, doesn’t it? Um…. My non-practical three-item list is as follows:
Pride and Prejudice.
My boyfriend, for the reasons listed above… and some that aren’t.
A lifetime supply of fresh, clean mojitos.
OUAC: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not writing?
KATE: Sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep……. I’m basically a sloth. I write this to you while I laze about in my pajamas.
OUAC: Since you’ve started writing, tell us about one significant moment or milestone that stands out in your mind.
KATE: It sounds trite, but this past RWA’s I was nominated for a RITA (for Revealed). I was excited of course, but that moment stands out to me because I think it was the first time I realized that people actually have read my books. Not just friends who I pawned free copies off on, or people that my mom coerced in her book club. It’s awesome and terrifying.
OUAC: So before we wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to add? Any information you’d like to share about your upcoming work or novels?
KATE: Thank you so much for having me — this has been a blast. I’m so glad you enjoyed The Summer of You, and keep an eye out for Jason’s book in spring 2011! I know it sounds far away, but believe me, time will fly.