Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’d like to think I’m rather normal, I am Aspergers by definition, bit of an entrepreneur, property investor and raised a wonderful son. I’ve had several businesses and did some public speaking regarding Autism and Aspergers. So I’m not the type of woman, you associate with the genre of books I wrote. I just lived through my own psychological thriller, and when I put pen to paper, ended up with two novels. Ce la vie.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
What Happened to Paul Carter? The very true story of love, passion & a Hitman. Vol I
What Happened to Paul Carter? Collateral Damage Vol II
Unfortunately as a non fiction, true life, psychological thriller, I was inspired to write because I needed to understand what just happened, and how, and more to the point why.
Then I realised as the story just kept growing and morphing as people came forward, that I needed o share my truth, so others could be warned, some could learn, and in all seriousness, so someone can figure out, exactly what happened to paul carter.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I wrote it all on sticky notes. each point, each truth, each lie, each moment, each memory, that turned out to be relevant. Book one appears to be a love story, but book two demands you go back and rethink what you thought you knew. For the record, writing it was not cathartic, it was heart breaking, and hard. Cathartic will be if I see a result.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Here’s the truth, I rarely have had time to read. I only watch bubble gum on tv, I don’t watch or read anything remotely scary, or suspenseful. I’m an easy listening type of reader.
What are you working on now?
Staying alive, keeping lo and maybe getting a tan. In all seriousness, I’m hoping I don’t have to write a third Vol.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have tried iauthor which I found easy. and then theres just good ol amazon, and ingram uploads. I do use FB but its good for click bait not much else. I have submitted queries and patiently wait, meantime I’m literally about to spread the word today. ( I should have done this later today)
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Who am I to give advice. The writing is what you want to do to get your message out there, and then comes the hard part……. getting it out there lol
Google. google google.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Ask for help and outsource the ultra painful bits when it comes to promoting.
Oh, and use a different usb stick ( carefully labelled for every single draft.) and email it every day back to yourself. How would you feel if you lost your manuscript.
What are you reading now?
I collect antique books. i just found an 1848 book on the virtues of marriage. To be honest, it had me hooked just on the lovely title. Written is earnest Regency candour, in todays society it is more comical. Although there is a lot of irony that in falling away from distinct roles in our everyday expectations, we seem to have lost our way towards knowing our place and being happy with our lot.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Seriously if you read the novels, I think you will want me to be on that beach, curled up sleeping. Sorry, I just cant think of writing a VOL III. I do have other stories inside, but not for right now. For now, its just walks along the beach.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The bible, not for any religious reason, but because I think the stories will keep me occupied for quite a quiet while, and provide food for thought.
A reliable Deepak Chopra, to remind me to Zen.
Perhaps the Dhali Lama’s The art of Happiness again to Zen.
How to survive on a deserted Island would probably be a prerequisite. I’m not likely to have those skill innately.
And finally A good ol’ Dickens novel. Great Expectations. Those descriptions are detailed and would replace TV.
So thats five, but typically something you want is always out of stock.
Author Websites and Profiles
Katherine De Bois Website