Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Interview with Katherine Hayton


What was the first book you remember making an indelible impression on you.
Watership Down. Who knew you could care so much about rabbits? The plots they have in their soft furry little heads. The ability to strategise and plan. The struggle for survival against such great odds. Psychic ability! Befriending foul-mouthed and foul-bottomed sea-birds. That book had it all man. I read it cover to cover at least once a year from the ages of seven through to the age of fifteen. I’ve got a bit of nostalgia at hand now, and my kindle is close-by, so I may have to revisit it just one more time.
 
If you could only eat one food the rest of your life, what would it be?
Well, I started off thinking of pigs because they’re so versatile and the cuts of meat taste so different so you’d have a lot of variety with ham, bacon, pork belly, pork strips, sweet and sour pork, pork sausages. But then I thought of cheesecake, and it’s… no I won’t go into it. It’s just… cheesecake. When does this law come into being? I’m on board.

If you were a shifter, what animal would you like to be?
Oh, I wanna be a baby sloth. Have you seen them in their You-tube videos? Even when they’re having their mange dealt with they are super-cute. I want to spend my days learning to hang out of trees and move slowly. Apparently it comes with the penalty that I’d occasionally mistake my own arm for a tree trunk, grab it, and then fall out of the tree when I tried to move my other limbs, but I think it would be worth it. Do sloths see the world as being upside-down, or do you think their brains adjust so they see everything the same way up as we do? Only one way to find out. Find a were-sloth and look biteable.

Favorite season? Why?
Winter is my favourite season. It starts off all dark and cold, there’s the possibility of the most magical weather such as snow and frosts, we have a lot of cold mornings and beautiful sunny days in Christchurch so as long as you bundle up tight the weather still looks good. Then you progress past the longest day and you have the opportunity to notice that the mornings aren’t as dim when you head off to work, and the evenings don’t get dark as quickly. Then the daffodils will push up from the ground and announce that no matter how cold you are now there’s imminent promise of warmer weather to come. By the end of August all the trees will be starting to blossom and the daffodils will be in full bloom and the ducklings will start to appear. Forget spring – end of winter is when it’s all happening. Death and rebirth all in one season.

Best movie ever made? 
Being John Malkovich. And why? Malkovich. Malkovich. Malkovich, malkovich, malkovich, malkovich, malkovich. And that bit about the 13th and a half floor was genius. And making Cameron Diaz look frumpy. How’d they manage that? And dropping out of the Malkovich dimension onto the New Jersey turnpike. You can’t write that stuff. Well, you may be able to if your name’s Charlie Kaufman, but I can’t write that stuff.



Book Synopsis:
Rena Sutherland wakes from a coma into a mother’s nightmare. Her daughter’s is missing – lost for four days – but no one has noticed; no one has complained; no one has been searching.
As the victim support officer assigned to her case, Christine Emmett puts aside her own problems as she tries to guide Rena through the maelstrom of her daughter’s disappearance.

A task made harder by an ex-husband desperate for control; a paedophile on early-release in the community; and a psychic who knows more than seems possible.
And intertwined throughout, the stories of six women; six daughters lost.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Ever since I was three year’s old I’ve been reading everything I can lay my hands on. It’s been my passion, my solace, my comfort. I used to look forward to Wednesday nights which were the time that my mother would take me, and any of my siblings who wanted to go – so usually just me, to the library.

It would be wonderful, thrilling, and risky. I was only able to take three books out each week, and only one of those could get a free pass on fees. If I picked the wrong one I would be stuck with it for a whole week. Not only stuck with it, but I’d have to read a bad book cover to cover because otherwise I’d have to do something else, and that was not really what I was after. I did go outside, and played outside, and watched TV like any normal kid, but that was just stuff you filled in time with until you could read again.

Throughout my childhood there was never anything I wanted to do but become a writer – it seemed the only natural progression to my life. Then I crawled inside a bottle for fourteen years, and when I popped back out I was working in an office job in a travel agency, my mother was dead, and I was clueless as to how I was meant to get my life back on track.

About the time I started to seriously study the craft of writing, something that used to come naturally to me but had grown incredibly hard through lack of use, I also had a change in career path into insurance (not as big a change as it might seem as it was really from one office job to another with a brighter future and better career path.) I started to challenge myself in my professional life, and my personal life, so instead of focussing in on writing I instead tried out a range of different hobbies, followed up on fleeting interests, tried to learn to play the saxophone which my partner was glad was a short-lived affair, and generally did all of the things I should’ve spent my teens and twenties doing but hadn’t.

But of course I always circled back to writing. Reading and writing. My passion remains the same but instead of skimming widely across any and all genres I’ve narrowed down and done a deep-dive into crime fiction which has been my favourite for over a decade now.

I love the fact that I’ve been reading the same genre of fiction for more than ten years now, and still find new and interesting things with every book that I pick up. Now I’m trying to bring something new and unique to me to the genre. And soon I might finally get back on track to being the person that I always wanted to be.
  
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