Someone Like You – An Interview with Author Karly Lane

by MC D’Alton

Karly Lane lives with her husband and four children in a small town on the mid north coast of NSW. She writes whenever she can fit it in around her new business venture, a tack and apparel store, and children. Karly is the author of North Star, If Wishes were Horses and Someone Like You.

Q. What got you interested in writing?

I’d found myself in a new town, recently married and quite isolated. When I’d read through everything I’d been enjoying and couldn’t track down any more of the genre I was interested in, I decided to write my own book .

Q. How long have you been writing?

Since I was about 19 years old on and off for the first ten years until I reached my late twenties and decided to get serious.

Q. Do you have any goals/projects in the pipeline?

I’m always writing. I like to stay ahead with my books and usually have a few on the go at once. I’m currently finishing my first series.

Q. What do you like most about writing?

I love creating fictional worlds and making them feel as though they’re real. I also like that my characters can always come up with a great come back on the spot, unlike in real life when you always think of the perfect thing to say after you’ve had an argument!

Q. What genre do you write?

Rural fiction

Q. What draws you to this genre?

It’s where I’ve grown up and live. I feel as though I’m writing real stories about real people.

Q. Where do you get your ideas?

From all over the place. Sometimes its an idea coming from a headline in a news story, or hearing something and thinking, ‘What if?’ Often it’s from drawing inspiration from things I love.

Q. Tell us about your process, how do you get into a writing mindset?

Writing has become my career so I don’t have the luxury of waiting for inspiration to strike. I write every day, regardless of having the mindset or not. If inspiration isn’t working in the particular story I’m supposed to be working on, then I start a new one.

Q. What are you working on at the moment?

A three book series set in the Riverina area out near Griffith. Book 1 is due out in December this year, titled The Wrong Callahan.

Q. Which writers inspire/influence you?

I think once you start writing you develop your own voice and I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t think I’m influenced by certain people. In the beginning it was the romance genre in particular that I enjoyed reading and I read widely, so perhaps that was my early influence, but I’ve developed a wider genre within my books and although there’s romance in there, there’s also history, action and community issues.

If you would like to learn more about Karly’s books or follow her blog, why not visit her website?

Thank you Karly for speaking with BookBaybZ today!

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