Café Cala welcomes Kylie Kaden

Hi Kylie, welcome to Café Cala,

Lovely to be asked!

Kylie KadenI’m delighted to have you visit Café Cala. I really enjoyed both of your books. I’ve been making a banana and blueberry loaf this morning. Would you like tea or coffee with yours?

Tea. Coffee. I’m not fussy what form my caffeine comes in. Thankyou!


1 Where did you get the idea for Missing You?

I didn’t really have a lightbulb moment. It ‘evolved’ rather than appeared. For me, romantic love isn’t about fleeting gestures. It’s about carving out a place in your life for someone long term; considering their needs, working as a team to make your life together richer and happier. To serve as a buffer. I wanted ‘Missing You’ to be firmly grounded in reality, and be honest about the struggles life throws at all of us – it’s not a book for those that want to escape to a wondrous land of perfection, but I think it conveys a message that true love can withstand the realities of life, and grow stronger for the experience.

‘Missing You’ tells the tale of an extraordinary love shackled in an ordinary life. Parts are heart-warming – as you watch Aisha and Ryan fall in love, others heart-wrenching, as they face the realities of marriage, family conflict, parenthood. Their love never seems to waver, until, in the dark of night, Aisha leaves their four year old son with his grandpa, and doesn’t come back…

2 What have you found most rewarding about your writing?

When you are plodding away on that first manuscript you are hopeful, but unconvinced that anyone will ever read the darn thing, so to see a book with your name on it on shelves in department stores is an amazing feeling. Losing Kate was also translated into German earlier this year, so to imagine my little Brisbane-set story with very Aussie lingo engaging readers in Europe is quite surreal.

The novel also has a character – a four year old boy with Apserger’s. It is especially rewarding to hear from parents who felt they connected with, and were reassured by my depiction of the challenges, and joys of living with children on the Autism spectrum.

 3 How did you start writing?

I was an accidental author. I started writing while on maternity leave as a sanity saver (and a handy housework avoidance strategy). It was cheap, quiet, and could be done anywhere in yoghurt stained pyjamas. I have an honours degree in psychology and worked as a manager in the public service in my past life, so I had no creative writing experience. But psychology did equip me with a healthy fascination with quirky characters and human motivation which I try to weave into my stories.

4 What would you say has helped you most?

Because I had very little technical knowledge, I think it was my ignorance to all the ‘rules’ that made me distinct (and somehow that rawness allowed me to be plucked from the Random House slush-pile). I’ve always been an ardent reader. Books have been my guide. I kind of just use my instincts, and write in scenes to avoid telling. Things seem to work best for when I stick to scene based chapters to demonstrate qualities or turning points rather than ‘narrate’ them.

5 What are you working on at the moment?

My third novel is about the dynamic between two intertwined couples after one person commits an unthinkable act which slowly unravels their lives. The event tests loyalties and friendships, as each tries to hold on to those they love. It feels a little experimental this time as the story is told in roving third person – which is new for me, and (due to the suspense elements), I’ve actually started with a plan!

6 What advice would you offer aspiring writers?

Be brave. Don’t be afraid to keep the personality on the page. Don’t try to emulate anyone else or please everyone – readers yearn for honesty; a different spin on the well-trodden plot; the quirky turn of phrase, the off-beat observation, the slightly-insane interpretation of a common scene. I believe these little nuances make fiction shine. And always leave a gap between you and the reader for them to ‘fill’.

7 Which authors do you enjoy reading?

I grew up reading crime by Patrician Cornwell and Michael Connelly, but after having kids I seem to have switched to family dramas and ‘chick-lit with grit’ by authors such as Liane Moriarty, who never fails to have you laughing and crying all on the same page.

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Café Cala welcomes Felicity Young

Hi Felicity, welcome to Café Cala,

Felicity YoungIt’s great to have you visit Café Cala. I’ve Ioved all of your books and am looking forward to reading The Insanlty of Murder which I’ve just downloaded. I can’t wait to meeting Dody McCleland again. She’s a fascinating character. I’ve been making an apple and cinnamon cake this morning. Would you like tea or coffee with yours?

Good morning, Maggie, and thanks for the invitation. I’d like tea please, as long as it’s not Earl Grey! Mmmm, apple and cinnamon cake, my favourite.

Where did you get the idea for The Insanity of Murder?

My Dody books tend to feature, among other things, society’s attitude to women in the Edwardian era. I’ve had a list in my head of the issues I wanted to cover in the series and the next topic on the list was insanity. Here is the book’s blurb:

To Doctor Dody McCleland, the gruesome job of dealing with the results of an explosion at the Necropolis Railway Station is testing enough. But when her suffragette sister Florence is implicated in the crime, matters worsen and Dody finds her loyalty cruelly divided. Can she choose between love for her sister and her secret love for Chief Inspector Matthew Pike, the investigating officer on the case? Dody and Pike’s investigations lead them to a women’s rest home where patients are not encouraged to read or think and where clandestine treatments and operations are conducted in an unethical and inhumane manner. Together Dody and Pike must uncover such foul play before their secret liaisons become public knowledge – and before Florence becomes the rest home’s next victim.

What have you found most rewarding about your writing?

This series has allowed me to dig so deeply into my favourite period of history, so deeply in fact, it’s almost as good as having my own time machine. The thing I like most about the writing in general is the wonderful people I have met along the way, be it readers, other writers and bloggers, editors publishers and journalists. The writing journey has been a tremendous experience through which I have made lifetime friends. And, speaking as a frustrated actor and musician, writing has also satisfied an inherent need I seem to have to entertain.

How did you start writing?

I’d always wanted to be a writer and studied English lit at Uni in the days before there were such things as creative writing courses. Studying the classics might have taught me critical reading, but it didn’t prepare me much for authorship, I mean, how could I ever hope to match the literary greats I’d studied? It took quite a bit more life experience and a move to the country to make me realise I didn’t need to ‘change the world,’ with my writing and that I could write to entertain.

What would you say has helped you most?

More like ‘who’, really! I could not have written even one word without my husband Mick’s support. My eldest son Ben, is also a (screen) writer and director and a huge font of inspiration

What are you working on at the moment?

Just finished number 5 in the series, A Donation of Murder, and am starting the research for number 6 as yet untitled.

What advice would you offer aspiring writers?

Read, read and read again. It’s amazing how many people who are not great readers strive to become writes. You also need resilience (the strength to get back up when you’ve been knocked down) and drive. Talent helps too, but if you don’t have the other attributes talent alone won’t get you very far.

Which authors do you enjoy reading?

Quite a variety, depending on my mood: Kate Atkinson, James Lee Burke, Amanda Curtin, Hilary Mantel, Ellie Griffiths, Frances Fyfield, Peter James, Minette Walters, PD James, Sebastien Faulk, Thomas Hardy, Nicci French, Stephen Fry etc.


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