Interview with Katherine Anderson

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1) Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind your entry for this contest? 

A few years ago I was eavesdropping on a conversation between two grad school classmates. One was talking about her neighbor, an old lady with a pear tree in her backyard and her name was Olive Wheatley. For some reason, I got it in my head that Olive was an aging spy with a house full of secrets. The typical illogical jump to conclusions made by most writers!

2) What made you decide to enter this contest? 

I got an email about it and at the time needed something fun to distract myself from writing my MFA thesis.

3) Who are some of your favourite authors and why? 

Patrick McGrath is one of my top favorites. His book Asylum was made into a feature film with Hugh Bonneville. D.M. Pulley and her book Dead Key really grabbed me, mixing my love of old mysteries with my love of abandoned buildings. And Melody Moezzi who wrote Haldol & Hyacinths. Anything about mental health, asylums, institutions. Most historical fiction. And all mysteries.

4) What is your favourite book you read this year and why? 

I just recently finished Anthony Horowitz's Magpie Murders which was brilliant; a book within a book. 

5) What is your best piece of advice for all the new independent authors out there? 

Never stop writing. And especially never stop reading. Make friends with your favorite authors on Facebook, on Twitter, on Goodreads. Even their everyday lives are inspiring!