Kate is a freelance editor and mum of three boys. She recently emigrated from the UK to Australia with her family, and is loving the life of sunshine and beaches on the Gold Coast. Kate proofreads for Ink Pantry Publishing, part of The Open University in the UK, and recently helped judge the P1Blitz competition for Freshly Squeezed Reads. She writes a regular blog about all things writing related for YAtopia. She's a writer of middle grade fiction and picture books. Her debut novel, Winell Road, will be published in April 2015 with Jet Black Publishing.
My website is www.katejfoster.weebly.com
and twitter profile is https://twitter.com/winellroad
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1. Where did your ideas come from for your stories?
Movies, my children, other books, people watching, bizarre conversations with my husband, my own crazy experiences. Every story starts with one idea, and the plot and characters build from snippets of life I witness around me.
2. Have you always wanted to be an author?
I think I have always been an author. I've written stories my whole life. I always dreamed of having a book in stores but assumed this was similar to wanting to be a famous actor. It just doesn't happen to any old bod. And I'm definitely any old bod. But I got to a stage where I'd written so many stories, it seemed such a shame I was the only one reading them! So I very carefully and steadily shared them with a select few. Before I knew it, I was querying agents and editors!
3. Do you base any of your characters on people you know?
Yes! My kids and their friends and classmates are a great inspiration when it comes to building my characters. I'd say each one, however, is probably not just one real life person, but more a mixture. The grown ups in my books are much the same, their characteristics are all pulled from people around me and put together.
4. What do you love/hate about writing?
I hate first drafts. They kill me. It's such a battle; like my imagination doesn't want to share its creations with my laptop. And my first drafts are truly hideous. Everyone nods in them and I'd hate to admit how many cliches I use! But, luckily, I love editing. I love rewording sentences over and over until they are perfect. Playing around with Theo Thesaurus and Denzel Dictionary. But, to be honest, this quite often means I'm not satisfied with the final product. I always think I should and could do better.
5. Who are some of your favourite authors? And did they inspire you in to becoming an author?
Enid Blyton is my all time favourite. As a child, her books were what stopped me concentrating at school and sleeping at night. The magic, the excitement, the new worlds and unusual characters. I also love Liz Jensen. Her books have a disturbing and realistically dark quality that excites me and I'm inspired by her writing more than any other author. I want to master her incredible ability to write unsettling fiction for adults and transfer this to children's books. But with plenty of humour. That's a must for me.
Winell Road is the most boring street on the Earth and Jack Mills is sick to his back and front teeth of living there. But when a UFO nearly abducts him outside his home, his life takes a terrifying and mysterious turn. With the help of his new friend and neighbour, frighteningly tall Roxy Fox, Jack discovers there's a lot more to Winell Road and his life than he'd ever imagined.