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Katie Fforde - Author


Katie Fforde lives in the beautiful Cotswold countryside with her family, and is a true country girl at heart. Each of her books explores a different profession or background and her research has helped her bring these to life. She’s been a porter in an auction house, tried her hand at pottery, refurbished furniture, delved behind the scenes of a dating website, and she's even been on a Ray Mears survival course. She loves being a writer; to her there isn’t a more satisfying and pleasing thing to do. She particularly enjoys writing love stories. She believes falling in love is the best thing in the world, and she wants all her characters to experience it, and her readers to share their stories.

Fellow novelist SOPHIE KING on KATIE FFORDE
I met Katie through the Romantic Novelists Association, whether you're a published novelist or not, you can still join and get some great tips. Katie is as much fun as her heroines who make me feel that nothing is impossible in life even when you're negotiating unexpected corners. One of my all time favourites is Wild Designs.

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Below is a Q&A with this author

1. Did you always want to become an author?
No, I didn’t know I wanted to be an author until my late twenties. Before that I ran a narrowboat hotel business with my husband and then had babies, but I would have liked to be a counsellor if I wasn’t a writer.
2. Do you miss anything from your life before?
I had a very good life before I became an author, with a lovely husband, children and house. But when I started writing I realised what I had been missing. I think it’s to do with having an overactive imagination and wanting to communicate (which can be a posh word for chat!).
3. What’s the best thing about being an author?
The best thing is getting to try out lots of jobs I could never have had in real life through my characters. It’s also lovely to hear from people who have enjoyed my books – it can give me the impression that I’m doing something worthwhile, even though what I write is for entertainment.
4. How do you start writing a new novel?
I start with a theme. I have several subjects I long to explore bubbling around at any one time and when one comes to the top I start to think about my characters. Then comes the plot. I don’t usually know at the beginning what the ending will be – I have to wait and find out! Although I know that it will be happy.
5. What are the essentials of creating a good romance?
I think a good hero is absolutely key, and then a heroine who the reader can recognise – not too perfect, but likeable. Plot is very important, so then it’s a case of creating a few really romantic scenes. Not necessarily hearts-and-flowers romantic but unexpected romance in surprising places.
6. Why is research important?
It’s hard enough to write a book as it is, let alone without knowing about your theme – you need to know your stuff. That said, some things can be impossible to research, like the judging at the Chelsea Flower Show, or when the Queen visits! I do quite a lot of research personally. I remember a writer friend saying to me, ‘But you write contemporaries, you don’t need to do research’, but that is very far from the truth. My early books were set around my own life – working in a cafe and being a cleaning lady were things I had actually done. However, eventually I ran out of life experience and had to do research. I love finding out fascinating things about subjects that interest me.
7. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you try and relieve this?
Writers block happens often in a small way. A change of scene helps to relieve it for me. This might involve shopping, a drive in the car (scenery often gets my creative juices going) or just being with friends. Luckily it never lasts for long with me and is often caused by being a bit tired.

If you like Katie Fforde you might also like to read books by Victoria Henry, Elizabeth Buchan and Harriet Evans.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Katie Fforde

A Summer at Sea by Katie Fforde
Reader Reviewed A Summer at Sea
Katie Fforde
February 2016 Book of the Month. A comforting, delightful tale about taking chances, trusting instincts, nourishing friendships and finding love. If you’re...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
Lovereading Price: £10.39
A Vintage Wedding by Katie Fforde
A Vintage Wedding
Katie Fforde
February 2016 Book of the Month. Three women come together, pool their resources and skills and end up running a wedding business....
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
Lovereading Price: £6.39
Summer of Love by Katie Fforde
Summer of Love
Katie Fforde
Winner of the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel Award 2012. Who knows what might happen in a summer of love? Sian Bishop has left the hustle and bustle of the city behind and has thrown herself into a new life in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/02/2012
Lovereading Price: £6.39
Loves Me, Loves Me Not by Katie Fforde
Loves Me, Loves Me Not
Katie Fforde
A terrific collection of over forty new short stories that is published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Romantic Novelists Association. There is everything in here from gentle romance to sophisticated issue-led tales, historical to vampires. ...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2010
Lovereading Price: £6.39
Restoring Grace by Katie Fforde
Restoring Grace
Katie Fforde
This is Katie’s tenth novel, I think she is wonderful. Good, old-fashioned storytelling, warm-hearted, addictive and very satisfying. She started writing when that awful phrase ‘aga saga’ became prevalent and in many ways got tainted by being lumped with a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2005
Lovereading Price: £6.39
Paradise Fields by Katie Fforde
Paradise Fields
Katie Fforde
Katie Fforde creates a great sense of community in this tale of a woman’s mission to save the market and meadow she loves when it is threatened by the new owner of “The Big House” in Paradise Fields. Not only...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2004
Lovereading Price: £6.39
Stately Pursuits by Katie Fforde
Stately Pursuits
Katie Fforde
Katie Fforde does not write a series of “village stories” but she uses a village setting in several of her novels to use the type of characters and relationships one finds in that sort of close knit community. Fresh, funny...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2003
Lovereading Price: £6.39
Recipe for Love by Katie Fforde
Recipe for Love
Katie Fforde
When Zoe Harper wins a coveted place in a televised cookery competition, she can't wait to put her cooking skills to the test. But as the competition heats up, she realises she's developing an inconvenient crush on one of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/02/2013
Lovereading Price: £6.39
A French Affair by Katie Fforde
A French Affair
Katie Fforde
The last thing either of them want is to fall in love. But will a trip to France change their minds? Click below to listen to an extract from the audiobook edition of this title.
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/02/2013
Lovereading Price: £13.59
A French Affair by Katie Fforde
A French Affair
Katie Fforde
Katie Fforde is one of our greatest romantic novelists, regularly delivering warm, enjoyable, engaging, witty romances. A French Affair isn’t her best but it is still full of charm and delight with as much to please long time fans...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
Lovereading Price: £6.39
The Perfect Match by Katie Fforde
The Perfect Match
Katie Fforde
A typical Katie Fforde warm romance with a cross section of age groups finding love. She is an affectionate writer who takes down-to-earth people and makes you care for them. Here we have bruised estate agent Bella leaving a married...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/03/2014
Lovereading Price: £13.59
A Vintage Wedding by Katie Fforde
A Vintage Wedding
Katie Fforde
Three women come together, pool their resources and skills and end up running a wedding business. It’s delightfully done bringing in all the ups and downs of Cotswold village life. The catalyst is a local farmer’s daughter who desperately needs...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
Lovereading Price: £10.39
The Perfect Match by Katie Fforde
The Perfect Match
Katie Fforde
Three years ago Bella Castle left her home town nursing a broken heart over Dominic Thane. Now she's made a new life for herself in the country, working as an estate agent. Bella loves her job and she loves her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
Lovereading Price: £6.39

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