Another Monday another set of All About Books answers! I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. And what better way to start the week than with some lovely bookish questions.

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Today we have author Kate Field. Kate writes contemporary women’s fiction, mainly set in her favourite county of Lancashire, where she lives with her husband, daughter and hyperactive cat. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.  Kate’s debut novel, The Magic of Ramblings, won the RNA’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers in 2017.

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Photo Courtesy of Kate Field

Which book(s) are you currently reading?
Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell. It’s a masterclass in how to write a heartwarming, romantic
story, while also dealing sensitively with serious issues which I won’t mention for the benefit of anyone who
hasn’t read it! It’s the only book I’m reading at the moment. I can’t concentrate on more than one at once!

What was the last book you read? And what did you think of it?
I’m trying to catch up on reading some of the books that have been waiting on my bookshelf for a while, so
I read Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. It’s a modern version of Pride and Prejudice, a book I love, so I was
wary about reading it in case it ruined a great story. I enjoyed it much more than I expected. It followed
close to the original but didn’t seem forced, and most of the characters worked in their own right rather than
as copies.

What book is next on your “to be read” list?
I have over 1000 books on my Kindle, probably almost as many real books, and still go to the library for
more, so choosing the next book is never easy! I have been known to ask my daughter to pick a random
page of my Kindle, and I will read the first book on the page. I enjoy choosing a book though, and browsing
through the titles, and my choice often depends on what sort of mood I’m in.
I’m tempted by ‘Dangerous Crossing’ by Rachel Rhys, but we’ll see how I feel when the time comes!

What is your favourite genre to read?
I have two favourites, women’s fiction and crime. My reading is probably divided 50/50 between the two.

What genre do you tend to avoid?
I’m not a fan of memoirs. Some of the books I’ve seen cover such harrowing, heartbreaking stories that I
would find them too upsetting to read. At the opposite extreme, there are countless celebrity memoirs that
don’t appeal at all. I’m not particularly interested in what celebrities get up to!

I know this one is a tricky one, but what is your favourite book or series of books?
My number one book will always be Persuasion by Jane Austen. I’ve loved it since I studied it for A level,
although bizarrely I was the only one in my class who liked it. I also love the Jeeves and Wooster books by
PG Wodehouse. Many books claim they will make you ‘laugh out loud’ but those will always do it for me.

Who is your favourite author? Or authors if you simply can’t choose one (It is a bit of a mean question)
For women’s fiction books I’ll say Trisha Ashley. She was the first contemporary romance author I read,
many years ago, and I have admired her ever since. I like her dry northern sense of humour, and her
heroes are just my cup of tea.
In crime books, my current favourite is Elly Griffiths, particularly her Ruth Galloway books. The stories are
absorbing, and her characterisation is fantastic. I’m about to go and hear Elly give a talk at a local library
and I can’t wait!

What is your favourite book from your childhood?
There could never be only one – I read everything I could get my hands on! Enid Blyton was a favourite
author, starting with The Magic Faraway Tree Books, and moving on through the Secret Seven and
Famous Five. I also loved Arthur Ransome, KM Peyton, Monica Dickens, Carolyn Keene and, when I
reached the right age, Judy Blume!

If you have children, which books can’t you wait to read to them?
My daughter is a teenager and past the age where I can read to her, which makes me very sad. I read all
my favourites to her: she was introduced to Winnie the Pooh when only a few weeks old!
I think I probably most enjoyed reading the Harry Potter books to her. She was old enough to read them
herself, but I squeezed them in before she outgrew bedtime stories. They are great stories to share, full of
drama, humour, and important lessons about friendship.

If you could visit the world of any book, where would you go? Who would you spend time with? And what
would you do?
I wouldn’t mind visiting Hobbiton and meeting a few hobbits, and possibly some elves, dwarves and
wizards too. As hobbits are famous for their hospitality, I suspect we’d spend the time eating and drinking.

If you could bring any character from any book to life for a day, who would it be? And what would you do?
I’d like to bring to life Max from Jodi Taylor’s St Mary’s books. We would spend the day travelling back in
time, and I’d choose to go to Regency Bath, and attend a ball in the Assembly Rooms. My only concern is
that Max’s expeditions often end in disaster, although Bath seems a safe enough place!

For any Harry Potter Fans, which house do you think you would be sorted in to? (This seems like a kind of
random question but I am strangely curious about which house people would be in)
I suspect I’d be a Hufflepuff: hard-working, loyal and with a sense of fair play, but not very exciting! But if I
had a chance to go to Hogwarts, I’m not sure I’d care which house I was in!

You can find Kate over on Twitter and Facebook. And Kate’s latest book The Truth About You, Me and Us is available on Amazon.

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Image Courtesy of Kate Field

The Truth About You, Me and Us Synopsis
Sometimes the hardest person to be honest with is yourself…
Five years ago Helen Walters walked out on her ‘perfect’ life with the ‘perfect’ man. Wealthy, glamorous and bored, she longed for something more.
Now a talented artist with a small business, Helen creates crazy patchwork crafts to support her young daughter, Megan. Penniless, content and single, she is almost unrecognisable.
But when her past unexpectedly collides with her new life, Helen finds herself torn. She knows what the easiest choice is, but is it what she wants?

Thank you so much Kate for taking the time to answer my questions, it’s been so interesting to read your answers! I loved The Magic Faraway when I was younger and I already have a copy ready for when my daughter is a little older.

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