20 Jul 2018 Interview with The Second Bride author Katharine Schwartz

Katharine Swartz is a Lion Fiction author, wife to an anglican minister, and mother to five wonderful children. Her recent Lion Fiction title, The Second Bride, is the third title in the Tales from Goswell series and has been nominated for the Woman Alive Book of the Year Awards. See the full article here.

Here Katharine chats with us about what inspired her to write The Second Bride, the best bits of being a writer, and her next book in the Tales from Goswell series.

The Second Bride has been nominated for Woman Alive Book of the Year award. Congratulations! How did you feel when you recieved the nomination?

I am thrilled! It is such an honour to know that readers enjoyed and resonated with this story.

What inspired you to write The Second Bride?

We had a house fire on the second floor of our two-hundred-year-old house, and when the repairmen were replacing the floor boards they found a death certificate from 1872 hidden beneath them. My family and I tried to come up with reasons why such a thing would be hidden… and The Second Bride is my attempt at an explanation!

Did you have any goals when writing The Second Bride?

I think the goal with any story I write is to connect with a reader’s emotions and tell a truth about life. Ultimately, The Second Bride is about the nature of suffering and forgiveness, and how even when the worst happens, we can forgive and believe.

Can you tell us a little about The Second Bride for readers who haven’t read your book yet?

It’s a dual timeline story, following Ellen Tyson in the present, and how she deals with her teenaged stepdaughter coming to live with her. In the past, Sarah Mills is a seventeen-year-old orphan with a mentally disabled sister whose life circumstances force her to make decisions that ultimately lead to her suffering. Her strength of character and perseverance help to inspire and encourage Ellen in the present as she tries to discover why and how Sarah died at only twenty-two years of age.

What are the best bits about being a writer?

The flexible schedule, which helps with children, is amazing, and the opportunity to connect with people through my stories is really rewarding.

What does your writing space look like?

As we live in quite a small house, I don’t have a writing space per se. I write where I can—normally the kitchen table, sometimes in a comfy chair!

What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?

I think the most rewarding part of being an author is hearing from readers, how my stories moved or touched them, or made them think. It’s such a privilege to be able to connect with readers that way.

What are you working on now? Can we expect any more books from you in the future?

At the moment I am working on a heartwarming series set in a similar part of the Lake District, called The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite. I am hoping to write a fourth book in the Tales from Goswell series, set in the early ninenteeth century and focusing around the slave trade. Somewhat surprisingly, the town of Whitehaven was involved in the trade for a short while.

Enjoy reading The Second Bride! Buy your copy here.

Interested in learning more about Katharine? Check out her wonderful website here.