AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Catherine McNamara

b n w cat_web.jpgSexy new novel The Divorced Lady's Companion to Living in Italy was published on April 16th, and we couldn't wait to put our questions to author Catherine McNamara! You can purchase the book here, and also read more from the lovely Catherine by visiting her blog.

Please describe your latest book in 15 words or fewer.

A divorcée finds a new kinky life in Milan involving espresso and linguistics.

What inspired you to write The Divorced Lady's Companion to Living in Italy?

I was stuck in another novel set in Africa and a friend said to write something funny set in Italy where I live. I was also stunned at the amount of female insecurity in this country - the way there are a bunch of forty-year-old Barbies at the school gates and a running theme of short bald men with Amazonian thirty-year-old girlfriends everywhere else.

Where do you do most of your writing?

In winter: in bed with my laptop. In summer: in bed with my laptop. I have a great room.

What is your favourite book?

The Story of O.

Which part of The Divorced Lady's Companion... was the most enjoyable to write?

I liked the vibrator jokes. When Marilyn's bag gets searched at the airport and the officials all have a say about their own dimensions. I also liked my bisexual benefactor from Hong Kong. I kept seeing Jackie Chan in with kohl-rimmed eyes. Is that allowed?

What are you currently reading?

Rowan Pelling's Erotic Bedside Companion. It's Easter break and I have to cook.

LAUNCH COVER_WEB PHOTO(1).jpgWho is your favourite heroine?
Well 'O' in The Story of O is an old favourite. Rebecca in Daphne du Maurier's book is the original chicklit saga, written beautifully.

Do you have any tips for readers who are looking to become published authors?

Write well, revise religiously. Realise that nothing you say will be entirely original so be elegant and thorough. Find your voice and believe. Be prepared to know your world, your readers' world, your publisher's world. Never give up.

Are you working on anything else at the moment and if so, can you tell us?

I am working almost full-time on book promotion currently, but soon after I hope to return to editing my short story collection Pelt and Other Stories, set in Africa mostly with lots of sex and death, which is coming out in 2013.

Thanks, Catherine!

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