Before becoming a successful author, Kate worked as a TV reporter and director on various programmes including Panorama. She is the author of The Boot Camp and the Secret Shopper series - shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan Comedy Romance Award - and of the thriller trilogy, Soul Beach. She lives in Brighton.
Which is your favourite book? Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
Other than those you love in fire, what would you save in a fire? My laptop – I had one stolen a couple of years ago and it was so traumatic to lose so much of my life – and my grumpy-looking Merrythought teddy bear which is the same age as me.
Which film have you seen several times? Grease! The songs are fab, the performances are brilliant and it’s so much ruder than I remember it being when I watched it as a kid.
What in your life do you regret doing? I regret more the things I didn’t do – I wish I’d gone to university at 18, instead of straight into journalism training. But I don’t regret the Open University degree I did later on.
What ambition do you have? I’d love to be a lead singer – or even a backing vocalist – in a Commitments style band. The glamour! The songs!
What is your favourite colour? Scarlet – with emerald green a close second. (Wear them together - great combination!)
If you were an animal, what would you be? An otter – they’re funny, smart but not entirely house-trainable …
What temptation do you wish you could resist? Carbohydrates – I was so slim on a low-carb diet but then I moved approximately fifty steps from one of Brighton’s best patisseries and am now doomed to brownie-induced plumpness.
What, in others, makes you angry? Intolerance – I’m not claiming I don’t get vexed at little irritants like call centres or dry-clean only labels, but I think people should be allowed to live as they choose, so long as they don’t harm anyone else.
What wisdom would you share with a child? Do as you would be done by!
What is your philosophy of life? Never stop learning – whether it’s ballroom dancing, dress-making or speaking another language, trying something new always makes me appreciate how lucky we are to be alive!
What is your favourite song? I love all of Dusty Springfield’s songs – hard to pick a favourite but today it would be Son of a Preacher Man.
Which four people would you like to invite to dinner and why? Queen Elizabeth the First, John Lennon, Oscar Wilde and George Clooney. Do I need to give a reason … it might be fun, that’s all!
What has made you happiest? My graduation day was very special – sharing it with my parents, my sister, my grandfather and my two closest friends was brilliant. And publishing my books, too.
What would you want if you could choose anything? I’d love to be a fairy godmother with a wand that would grant the deepest wishes to everyone it touched! Otherwise, one of those huge ice-cream makers and my own sky-blue van would help me increase the sum of human happiness.
Where is your favourite place in the world? Can I have three? Venice, Barcelona – and Brighton, where I live.
Who is your real life hero? Maybe it’s a fudge but I think everyone has heroic qualities, though some people keep them pretty well-hidden! I admire kindness, generosity and courage.
What would be your last meal? A selection of vegetarian curries flown in from Kerala with a side order of bhel puri, which is like spicy rice krispies; and something involving chocolate and raspberries for pudding, washed down with Barolo wine from Italy!
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be? I was a TV producer – the best job I ever had was inventing new programme ideas, so I’d be very happy doing that again.
Five things you might not know about Kate:
She went to a dozen different schools including two in Holland – but has forgotten how to speak Dutch.
She has been a vegetarian since she was 19 – though she did have a momentary lapse over a bacon sandwich in 1999.
As a trainee journalist, she won a trip to an offshore gas platform – and she did board the helicopter despite the scary training video and a serious fear of flying.
Kate re-learned to ride a bike aged 35 and loves it as much as she did as a kid.
She’s run with fire-dragons, gone undercover as a mystery shopper and completed a weeklong military-style boot camp, all in aid of book research.
Thank you, Kate, for taking time to pop in for a chat.
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