Last WIPterview of the Year With Kate Frost

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you are surviving the Holidays. They can get a bit overwhelming at times. I’m leaning in to three more days off before work resumes on Thursday. Just a quick reminder, there is still time to enter my HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY.

As promised, another WIPterview. Today, Kate Frost is joining us in the Blogosphere.

The lovely and talented Kate Frost. Notice the glow?

The lovely and talented Kate Frost. Notice the glow?

Welcome, Kate! Please do try to make yourself comfortable amidst all the detritus of Christmas Past. Quite a collection of clutter at the moment. I’ve been trying to get all the decorations down and everything put away for another year. You can perch on that bin, there. I’m afraid chairs are a commodity at the moment. Can I offer you some Ovaltine Egg Nog and one of these cookies?

KF: Ooh, cookies and Ovaltine Egg Nog – yes please.

*takes frosted cookie from plate, knocks it against table top*

kls: Um…you might want to dip it in something. Seems a bit…solid. Right, then, on with the WIPterview now that you’re all settled. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you?

KF: I’m a thirty-something, glasses wearing, ex-drama student who’s married to a tall Greek Adonis (he really is Greek) and owner of a cute-as-anything Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Frodo. I’ve done all kinds of jobs over the years from selling make-up at parties and working as ground staff at Edgebaston tennis tournament, to being a Health Advisor at NHS Direct and working in a bookshop. What I’ve always wanted to do since the age of seven is be an author and that dream finally came true this summer.

kls: Greek Adonis, hmm. Any photos? Frodo is adorable, by the way. Maybe you can take that cookie home for him. Moving on, let’s talk WIPpeteers for a moment. What drew you to the WIPpeteers?

KF: Most definitely the costume. I wasn’t too keen on the initiation ceremony…

kls: You came out of it unscathed, yes? Okay, maybe not quite. But you’ve healed nicely. Everything has grown back?

KF: Pretty much, and I’m quite proud of the scars, although at the time I was a little worried about those, um, monkeys,

kls: Who have yet to return from their holiday. I hope they aren’t getting into trouble in Oz.

KF: …but apart from that I really liked the idea of writing a regular blog post and sharing short extracts of my work in progress. I was also keen to brush up on my maths with the ever-creative WIPpet maths. They should teach it in schools – it’d be far more interesting than regular maths.

kls: I probably would have done much better in math in school had it been taught WIPpet style. Tell us, what WIP(s) have you been sharing with our readers?

KF: When I first joined in with WIPpet Wednesday at the beginning of 2013 I shared extracts from The Butterfly Storm, which I was editing at the time. Once that was ready to be published I moved on to Time Shifters, my time-travel adventure story for 9-12 year-olds. I’m currently sharing scenes from the second Time Shifters – A Long Way From Home book ‘cos I’ve finally started writing it.

kls: On my List of Things to Do for 2014 is to read all the WIPpeteer works that are out there. I’ve heard good things about The Butterfly Storm. What’s your favorite part of WIPpet Wednesday?

KF: Getting to know the other WIPpeteers through their writing and our comments on each other’s blogs. We’re a diverse bunch from all round the world and I’ve made some fabulous friends through it. A couple of them like Elaine and Emily I’ve actually met in real life.

kls: That’s very cool, meeting the WIPpeteers in person. Outside of WW, what project(s) are you currently working on?

KF: Writing-wise I’m working on book two of my Time Shifters trilogy, which I started writing for NaNo. I didn’t make it to 50,000 words but I did manage 20,000 in a month and so am about a third into the book.

Non-writing-wise I’m growing a baby J who will take over my life and obliterate all writing projects for quite a while once he or she is born early next year. I can’t wait – 2013 has been a really special year and 2014 is all set to be an even better and more exciting one.

kls: Congratulations on the impending arrival of your wee one! An exciting time for you and your Adonis, that’s for sure. If I may, don’t ever accept an offer of babysitting from one of the monkeys. They mean well…*shakes head* No. No, they don’t mean well. They’re horrendous. Think David Bowie as the Goblin King only smaller, hairier, and with wings. Let’s just forget about that and do some horn-blowing instead. *hands Kate bright, new, shiny horn* It was a Christmas present. Here you go, blow away. Tell our readers what you have out there, where to find it, what’s coming next, and where to connect with you.

KD: Ooh well, my debut novel The Butterfly Storm is available on Amazon (I’ll be doing another freebie weekend in January so watch out for that) and the first Time Shifters book will be out sometime in 2014 dependant on our new arrival! Fellow WIPpeteers and anyone else who’s interested can find me on my blog or on twitter as @Kactus77. I also have a newish author page on facebook.

kls: Most extraordinarily excellent. Batten down the hatches, it’s time for the famed Lightning Round!

Coffee or tea? I love coffee but since being pregnant I’ve completely gone off it so a mug of hot chocolate or a cup of Earl Grey tea are my drinks of choice at the moment.

Rock or country? Rock

City, country, or seaside? Seaside (with a backdrop of mountains a bonus).

Favorite color? Blue

Favorite pastime besides penning fantastic tales? Watching fantastic tales at the cinema or reading them in books that other people have written.

kls: I think that’s all I have. Thanks so much for stopping by and for joining in the craziness that is WIPpet Wednesdays. Anything else you’d like to share? Any final thoughts?

KF: Oddly the first thing that’s popped into my head is, ‘until next time, take care of yourselves and each other’ a la Jerry Springer…

kls: *groans* Not Jerry Springer. Please. The hubby was just watching that last week when he was off.

KF: Sorry, my bad…

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15 responses

  1. Lovely interview ladies. I actually learnt a few things I didn’t know about you Kate. 🙂

    December 30, 2013 at 8:20 am

    • That’s the wonder of WIPterviews! 🙂

      December 30, 2013 at 8:55 am

    • All part of my nefarious plan.

      December 30, 2013 at 9:29 am

  2. Another easy-going, down-to-earth interview I am both entertained and informed. Congratulations to the interviewer and interviewee. 😀

    And…Happy New Year to a-l-l.

    December 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    • Glad you’re enjoying them. And Happy New Year to you as well!

      December 31, 2013 at 6:21 am

  3. More fun with the WIPpeteers. 🙂 Very nice, you two!

    December 30, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    • Thanks. Your turn in the hot seat is coming soon. 😀 And, um, I call it the hot seat because it’s one of those heated massage chairs. Yeah. That’s why.

      December 31, 2013 at 6:22 am

  4. Another great interview! Congratulations on the impending arrival! And it’s great to learn more about you. I, too, have had many different jobs, but writing is something I’ve always done. And always will do, I hope.

    December 30, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    • I tried not writing for a space of years. I was miserable.

      December 31, 2013 at 6:23 am

    • Thanks Xina! Writing is something I’ve always done too – I can’t see myself ever not writing. 🙂

      December 31, 2013 at 8:21 am

  5. Pingback: Kate Frost – Happy New Year WIPpet Wednesday!

  6. Great interview but if the rumors around the canine world are right (the neighbor’s shepherd is a huge gossip), Frodo was a bit miffed to find out that you thought you owned him. …

    Seriously though…. I’m loving these interview posts. So many fun things to read about.

    January 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm

  7. Always so nice to learn more about my fellow WIPpeteers. Have to say I love the WIPpet maths too. The only kind I passed at school… my teacher wasn’t so much up on creative maths. So looking forward to reading Time Shifters (at some undisclosed time this year) – especially having a munchkin of my own in the target age range. (Always looking for good stuff to read with him). So many best wishes for the impending parenthood. Can’t wait to share (even in a blogging sense – darn no tube stop from Kapiti) what the New Year brings.

    Kathi, as always kudos to your awesome interviewing style!

    January 8, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    • The thing about WIPpet math is that in the right hands I get totally lost. But it doesn’t matter, I was never really good at complicated math.

      January 9, 2014 at 5:01 am

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