(This interview is part of my 4 Questions Project, where I get the chance to chat with authors and tell stories of people, life, and adventure. Be sure to check out previous interviews here!)
Where to start, where to start? I’m trying to play it cool introducing the wonderful Katherine Reay. You know, like I’m not freaking out that she’s on my blog. Why? Because she’s awesome and her debut novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, was so fabulous I tell everyone about it. Then, just this past week, she revealed the cover to her next book and I almost passed out. But I didn’t because that would be inappropriate to do at work. But enough nerdiness from me! Let’s dive into 4 Questions with Katherine Reay!
Katherine Reay is a wife, mother, runner, and avid chocolate consumer. She has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries and, at the encouragement of her family, recently began an affair with food – cooking that is – and this new passion strongly influenced her next novel, Lizzy and Jane, which will release in October 2014. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family live in Seattle, WA. You can also find Katherine at http://www.katherinereay.com and lurking somewhere within the pages of her first novel, Dear Mr. Knightley.
1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
So much! Five years ago I was living in Texas and could see life stretching before with no great ripples (first mistake 🙂 )… Then I was injured and housebound for many months – and I started writing. Then we moved to Seattle, WA. Then my first manuscript (Dear Mr. Knightley) was published with the opportunity for more. And now – all within five years – we are planning another cross-country move this summer… Okay, I’ve just exhausted myself.
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
There isn’t much I’d change because I’ve definitely learned from most of my mistakes – certainly not all or I wouldn’t get dragged through a few character flaws repeatedly. 🙂 But two come to mind: 1) In college, I hurt a friend’s feelings. That incident I’ve definitely learned from and wish I could change. 2) I got a job out of college doing what I thought I “should” do rather than what I “wanted” to do. I wish I had trusted myself and followed my passion.
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
So many! My wedding and the birthday of three kids definitely ranks tops. But also the day an agent called and said, “I want to work with you.” Although I had not been writing for long, “writing” had been a dream of mine for years and years. God smiled on me – again – that day.
4.What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
In many ways you’re asking what I want my kids to know. And I guess I’d say, “Stick close to Christ and it’ll all be good.” We make it much more complicated and it certainly feels more complicated, but is it? Not so sure. It’s advice I’d like to absorb more fully as well.
Thank you so so much Katherine! It’s such pleasure to have you on the blog! Be sure to connect with her if you already don’t! And if you haven’t read Dear Mr. Knightley, GET ON IT PEOPLE! 😉