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In the Booth with Ruth – Kate Laity, Author

Kate Laity

What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?

Background? Hmmm, well I started writing stories and songs as soon as I knew how to put words together. I would sing long story songs to myself walking to and from school (back in the day when children still walked to school). I got the word early on that ‘no one’ makes a living from that kind of thing, so I tried to figure out what I could do to make money. Still working on that. I come from a family of skilful people (carpenter, silversmith, seamstress, toolmaker), I’m all thumbs. What inspired me? The countless books I have devoured in my life. There’s no better training for a writer than to read widely in all sorts of genres and styles and time periods. I stopped writing songs mostly. I wasn’t ever any good. But I find a lot of inspiration in songs, too. And I have a novel that I have to write songs for so that will be interesting.

How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?

I write every day. I take to heart Ionesco’s words, “A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.” It’s true anyway. I didn’t realise my constant daydreaming as a kid was just preparation; that’s how a writer’s brain works. I don’t fit writing in – I fit in other things around my writing.

In which genre do you most enjoy writing?

I like to jump around. Some days I want to write one style, other days I need a change of pace. I’ve been writing a lot of crime lately, but it fluctuates between paranormal and mimetic, sometimes really dark, sometimes violently funny.

What draws you to write in that genre?

I like to make people suffer. Well, imaginary people. I spend a lot of my time being accommodating and encouraging and polite (well, I try to be), so it’s nice to let the shadow out to play and be cruel and vicious and vicariously enjoy it all.

Can you tell me about your current project(s)?

I’m working on a crime novel called White Rabbit, which has a slightly supernatural aspect. It’s about an ex-detective who has kind of lost himself in drugs and works as a fake psychic – except he really has the gift, only of course he really wishes he didn’t. He gets drawn out of his self pity when a flashy trophy wife who’s come to consult him gets gunned down right in front of him. There’s conspiracies, fake drugs and a vicious media mogul.

What are your writing plans for the future?

Write more. Try to occasionally write things that more than five people will want to read so I will be able to afford to spend even more time writing. I have several projects lined up so I’m not hurting for things to do. I just never write fast enough to suit me.

Where can people find out more about you?

My website is www.kalaity.com and you can find me on Facebook and Twitter where I blather on at length. I love social media. No matter what time day or night some one of the Nighthawks is out there. Friends are never far.

My Amazon Author page is here where you can view/buy my books.

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About Ruth Jacobs (297 Articles)
Author of Soul Destruction: Unforgivable, a novel exposing the dark world and harsh reality of life as a drug addicted call girl. The main storyline is based loosely on events from my own life. In addition to fiction writing, I am also involved in journalism and broadcasting, primarily for human rights campaigning in the areas of sex workers' rights, anti-sexual exploitation and anti-human trafficking.

3 Comments on In the Booth with Ruth – Kate Laity, Author

  1. She IS appreciated.

  2. That’s coz I’m the hip hip hip priest!

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