Guest: Talking Cats and Creating Villains with Kathryn White

Today author Kathryn White stops by BA and shares how she came to create two of the villains in her newest novel, Cats, Scarves and Liars. Add it to Goodreads. Connect with Kathryn via her website, Goodreads, and Facebook.

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It is a truth, universally acknowledged that not all characters in fiction are created equally. Oh. Wait. Perhaps that is in actually my truth and something that may or may not be universally true for all authors and worthy of a parody of a famous line by Jane Austen. In any case, my latest novel, Cats Scarves and Liars is one where the two main villains in the piece were equally as much fun to create and write about as my main character, the tattooed and occasionally ditzy redhead Peppa Grove. The set up is this: Twenty-three year old Peppa was widowed several months ago when her husband, Tony, was killed in a hit-and-run. Tony’s killer has never been caught. And widowhood isn’t something that is sitting easy with our young heroine. When the novel opens, we find her sitting in a messy flat, wallowing in self-pity. Empty wine bottles and dirty dishes suggest that Peppa is not taking care of herself as well as she could be. There is the question of a disappearing, reappearing iPhone (suggesting that she may be suffering lapses of memory,) but the most disturbing symptom of Peppa’s current state of mind occurs when the black and white cat she and Tony adopted several months ago, reveals that can speak perfect English and insists on being renamed Charles. He also refuses to speak to anyone else, despite Peppa’s insistence that he can do so, which causes some worry for her former mother-in-law and Julian, Tony’s best mate. Continue reading

Blog Tour Review: Shadows in the Sun by Gayathri Ramprasad

Shadows in the Sun by Gayathri RamprasadAmericans have become immune to the terms, drugs, and behaviors associated with depression even as its reputation has grown as a debilitating and sometimes fatal mental illness. But in India and elsewhere the stigma associated with this condition is cultural and runs deep. In a sweeping narrative that spans the globe from Bangalore to Portland, Oregon, Gayathri Ramprasad shares her harrowing journey through depression to recovery in SHADOWS IN THE SUN: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within.
Gayathri Ramprasad was a blossoming, young Indian girl being raised by a loving family steeped in tradition. But as she grew into an adolescent, she found it more and more difficult to cope with the routine ups and downs of life. The “tipping point” came after Ramprasad failed a class at college and became inconsolable. Unlike a reasonably healthy person, who might be upset at first but come to a place of acceptance and a rational state of mind, Gayathri could not stop herself from obsessing over her failure and what this would mean to her future and her family.
Gayathri’s arranged marriage, moving to America, and the birth of her first child all led to suicidal ideation and attempts, along with varying degrees of fear and chaos for her growing family. At her lowest point, she was found digging a grave for herself in her backyard with her bare hands, mumbling unintelligibly, with her young daughter sitting in the house alone. Over time, she learned how to respect her illness without letting it dominate her existence. She also realized she wasn’t alone. Having grown up in a family and culture that initially thought her illness was a curse, was surprised to learn that her father, brother, and sister all struggled with mental illness. Today Gayathri Ramprasad is president of ASHA International, a nonprofit organization she founded, whose mission is her calling—to promote personal, organizational, and community wellness around the world. SHADOWS IN THE SUN illustrates how troubled a person can become and how wonderful it is when she can walk out of the darkness and into the light of recovery.

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This review is part of Gayathri Ramprasad’s book tour with TLC Book Tours. Find out more about the tour and all the stops here.

For more information about upcoming tours and events please visit TLC Book Tours.

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Author Guest Post: Chris Wimpress

I’d like to introduce author Chris Wimpress to Bookish Ardour. Today he is speaking about the inspiration behind his latest release, Weeks in Naviras. You may recognise his name from earlier when Weeks in Naviras was presented in one of BA’s Features.

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Chris Wimpress Explains his Novel Weeks in Naviras

This is not a religious novel, not in the strictest sense. But a lot of people won’t get beyond the tenth page, because the main character professes to be dead. That was always a question mark for me; could I write a novel in which I kill every single main character at the start? I chose the Psalm at the beginning after going to a funeral for a good friend in August 2013. ‘We bring our years to a close, as it were a tale that is told.’ It was in my late friend’s order of service. I was close to finishing the novel when he died. Funerals are strange ceremonies, where God gets to interfere but the person involved doesn’t get a say. God gets the last word and I’m not entirely comfortable with that. I miss my friend but I am unhappy with the patriarchy of that Psalm, although I find most psalms utterly ridiculous. Continue reading

Author Guest Post: Inspiration by Clint Stoker

All for Owen, Clint Stoker‘s second novel, is out! What better way to celebrate than to have Clint Stoker himself tell us the inspiration behind his newest story? I didn’t think there was a better way either. If you’ve been around with BA for a few years then you may recognise Clint’s name. Clint was one of the first authors I reviewed for, The Cause being his first novel, and he was also one of my first interviewees! So I’m honoured to have him back on BA today and without further ado…

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Inspiration by Clint Stoker

The idea behind writing All for Owen struck me while watching a documentary on the black plague. Continue reading

Writing on Wednesday: Inspiration

It’s back! Hopefully on a regular basis again. I know no one apart from myself has been participating for awhile, and that might mostly be thanks to my crap advertisement (basically not advertising…), but I figure I should post on a regular weekly basis anyway just in case someone is following and maybe people might join in one day if it’s a more established and regular meme. Does that make sense or am I just going on? I don’t know, I haven’t shaken off the dregs of sleep entirely yet…

I’m not going to be posting my answer on this blog, instead it is over at my writing blog, but I’ll link up in the comments and if anyone else wants to join in this week please feel free to do so and use this as the link up form. Thanks!

Writing on Wednesday is a weekly meme, created right here at Bookish Ardour and is for everyone to participate in. Every Wednesday I will post a new question for writers to answer on their own blogs or to answer in the comments. You can be aspiring, you can be published, or just write as a hobby.

All you have to do is link back to this post and leave a link to yours in the comments. Simple! Please remember to leave a proper comment on other’s blogs, and not just an I was here one. Thanks!

This Week’s Question: Inspiration – is there something special that gives you inspiration? Do you look in particular places? Or is it all around you? Where do you find your inspiration? Continue reading