Author Interview: Alex Kane
Today I am pleased to welcome Alex Kane on to the blog with a quick interview! She’s come up with some wonderful answers!
What is your favourite thing about writing books?
I love getting lost in a world that is different to my own. I like to see where the characters will take me when I am creating their story. Sometimes I surprise myself when I am writing scenes and when I read over what I have written, the words often take a different direction to where I had expected.
Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
I’d have to say Seb is my favourite. He is rooting for Kat to rescue herself and his techniques in counselling help her to work things out on her own.
What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
Black tea. It’s the drink that I go to when I need to give my brain a rest and even when I open the document to start a new chapter. I used to be a smoker (a long time ago) and tea has replaced the nicotine.
Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?
I am terrible for nibbling on oat biscuits with my tea when I am writing and I’ll often notice that the packet has lost a considerable amount and I haven’t even noticed it.
That and social media is a massive distraction. I try not to log on but before I know it I have become engaged in watching funny cat videos people have posted on Facebook.
How do you research your books?
For this book, I worked alongside someone who is part of the travelling community. I bombarded her with questions and she happily answered a lot of them. I also researched women’s aid and what can happen when you approach them.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Definitely a pantser.
If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
For anyone who knows me, I am a massive fan of Tom Hardy. So, I’d happily live in the land of Taboo.
If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
I think I’d befriend Grace from Behind Closed Doors. She needs a friend she can trust. And perhaps Alice Dark from Exquisite. I loved Alice and I’d like to have been there at the end of that book. I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it.
About the Book
Kat is trapped in a world where she has never belonged. As a traveller, she has always felt lost, especially since the death of her parents in a fire when she was fourteen years old. Having been taken on by the Denton family as their own, Kat falls in love with their son, tearaway Jimmy. His charm soon wears off and Kat finds herself married to a controlling and violent thug.
Sixteen years later, Kat decides enough is enough and begins plotting her escape from a lifetime of abuse.
Stripped of her personality, Kat has no idea how to start again but she finds an unlikely ally in her sister-in-law Ellie who shows Kat that she is not alone.
Kat and Ellie Denton begin their venture into a new world, where they meet new people and build new lives. But Kat still wants to know more about her parents’ past and when she seeks the location of an address on the back of a family photograph, Kat begins to uncover more than she expected including a revelation that will lead Kat back to the traveller site she had been so desperate to escape from.
Will she find the answers she is looking for, or will she fall prey to the violent Jimmy Denton once more?