What is the title of your book? The pub date and publisher? Genre? Targeted age group?
*GILT, May 2012, Viking/Penguin, historical fiction, ages 12+
Where is it set?
In 70 words or less, provide a succinct plot description of your story.
* When Kitty Tylney’s best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII’s heart and brings Kitty to court, she’s thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. As Kitty witnesses Cat’s meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.
How are you connected to the setting of your story?
*I lived in England for five years—it’s where I fell in love with history!
What inspired you to write this story?
*It started off as an interest in Catherine Howard—a teenage girl marrying a fifty-year-old man. But Kitty was inspired by a modern-day event in which a group of students witnessed a shocking violation of law and humanity and yet didn’t report it. I wanted to write the story of a girl who could say nothing, and learn how wrong that was.
What was the biggest challenge you had writing your story? How did you overcome it?
*Perfectionism. Because this was my first published novel, I had trouble letting it go. A friend told me, “You can’t go into every bookstore in America with a Sharpie, and they kind of frown on that, anyway.” Ultimately, I had to accept that, though I still sometimes change words and phrasing when I do readings.
What kind of story can we expect next from you? Is it set outside of the United States? If so, where? And what is it about?
*My historical loves are almost entirely English—though they cover a broad expanse of time.
*The Cat in the Hat. At five years old, I decided that I was never going to learn to read, because it had made my sister boring—she never played with me. But I got The Cat in the Hat out of the library, and sat down with it and got sucked in. So much so, that I decided to read it again, even after my best friend arrived for a playdate. So I guess reading made me boring, too!
Thank you Katherine for joining World Reads!