Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to attend a free author event run by Central Coast Libraries. Kate Forsyth had been invited to talk about her writing journey as well as the story behind her new book, Beauty in Thorns. For a free event, this was awesome. To start with, they had food and drinks available. And yes, drinks included wine and non-alcoholic drinks.
Kate started talking around 6:00 p.m. Now I must confess, I have never read any of her books but have heard of her and heard an interview before. She writes historical fiction or retelling of fairytales. They haven’t been genres I jump for. But I went to this because I wanted to hear about her writing.
I didn’t regret it one bit.
Kate is an amazing story-teller. She told us about how writing is in her blood. She narrated how she found solace in books. And how she wrote her first novel at the age of seven. She narrated, with theatrics, about her angst as a teen at not having a submission accepted. And then, she told us about fairytales. Did you know she has a doctorate in fairy tales? In particular, she looked at Rapunzel, which is what her book, Bitter Greens is based on.
There was about thirty minutes for questions and I eventually gathered the courage to ask one. I asked her how, with so many projects, did she stick to one thing at a time. She told us that if she is working on one project and gets a new idea, she writes down the idea in a different notebook. Every time she gets interrupted by the idea, she continues to write in that notebook but makes sure she goes back to the original piece she is working on.
Later, I bought a couple of her books and waited in line to get it signed. Being the second-last person in line was helpful because it meant she had a chat. She also told me to start with writing just 10 minutes each day — it’s what she did when she worked full time and wrote. She was kind enough to take a photo with me and gave me a hug in the end. And best of all, she wrote a personal message in each book. I only read them after I left the event and it was the biggest encouragement I needed to start that book and persist.
I need to just keep writing.
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