Interview with Kayte Nunn, author of Rose’s Vintage

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I’m delighted to be interviewing Kayte Nunn as Kayte’s debut novel, Rose’s Vintage is published today 18th April 2016 by Black Inc BooksRose’s Vintage is available in hard copy from Book Depository, or in e-book from amazon.com.

As well as finding out all about Kayte and her debut novel Rose’s Vintage, there is an opportunity to enter to win one of 5 e-copies of the book at the bottom of this blog post.

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With her heart in tatters after a relationship break-up, Rose Bennett swaps her hometown of London for the sunny shores of Australia – but she arrives to find the Shingle Valley shrouded in winter.

As the weather improves, Rose starts to unlock the secrets of the valley – from bonfire ceremonies and wine-making traditions to eccentric locals and their histories.

Despite herself, Rose starts to fall in love: with the valley, the wines, the two children she’s helping to look after – and with the handsome and brilliant Mark Cameron, owner of the troubled Kalkari Wines estate.

What will happen when Mark’s estranged wife, the tempestuous Isabella, returns? Will Rose find a future in the Shingle Valley, or will she be forced to leave?

An Interview With Kayte Nunn

Hi Kayte. Thank you so much for agreeing to answer some questions on my blog about your book  ‘Rose’s Vintage’.

Firstly, please could you tell me a little about yourself?

I am a freelance book, magazine and web editor and writer with more than 20 years’ publishing experience and am the former editor of Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine. I am also a mother to two girls and when not writing, reading or ferrying my daughters around can be found in the kitchen, procrasti-baking. Rose’s Vintage is my first novel.

You can find me on my web site and on Facebook.

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Readers can follow Kayte on Twitter too.

You already write about travel, health, well-being, parenting and lifestyle and ‘Rose’s Vintage’ is your first novel. How did writing a novel differ from your usual writing?

It was completely different! An awful lot harder, but so much more rewarding – I loved being able to just make the story up and live with the characters inside my head for months on end.

When did you first realise you were going to be a writer?

It’s been a slow ‘becoming’ – without really realising it, I’ve always written – bad poetry, gushing teenage diaries, and then for a career, as a features writer. Words have always been my thing. Writing fiction was, however, a secret dream, and I only summoned up the courage to tackle it fairly recently.

If you hadn’t become an author, what would you have done instead as a creative outlet?

A baker – making ethereal and delicious creations!

You obviously have a background in wine! How do you go about researching detail and ensuring your books are realistic?

A lot of the detail I had learnt as a result of editing a wine magazine for five years. When I wasn’t sure of something I checked online, or spoke to a winemaker contact.

Which aspects of your writing do you find easiest and most difficult?

Getting started is always the hardest and I’m very good at procrastinating, but once I’ve opened the document and begun typing I’m away. It’s also hard to find the time to write in between juggling freelance editing projects and looking after my two children, especially during the school holidays. I’ve learnt to seize even short snippets of time, and to fiercely protect the time I am able to set aside to write.

(I have a feeling an awful lot of writers are also procrastinators.) 

What are your writing routines and where do you do most of your writing?

I write mostly at home when my daughters are at school. I generally go for a walk or run or to the gym after I’ve dropped them off, then come home and write like crazy until it’s time to pick them up again – my most productive hour is often the one right before school pick-up! I’ll also disappear to a spare room or to the library for an hour or so at the weekend if I can. I have been known to take my laptop to my daughter’s swim squads, in the car while she’s at soccer practice, to her gym… I have gotten very good at zoning out and just focussing on the screen!

When you’re not writing, what do you like to read?

I love to read domestic noir – Liane Moriarty, Paula Hawkins, etc. I also like crime – Robert Galbraith is a favourite, as is Michael Robotham. I’m a huge fan of JoJo Moyes, Amy Tan, Isabelle Allende, Geraldine Brooks – stories with heart. And, always, Jilly Cooper.

Do you have other interests that give you ideas for writing?

I’ve an interest in plants and their healing properties, and am currently working on a historical novel about a Victorian plant hunter.

If you could chose to be a character from ‘Rose’s Vintage’, who would you be and why?

There are two elderly sisters in the novel, who are outspoken, fearless and have an earthy sense of humour – I’d be one of them for sure!

If  ‘Rose’s Vintage’ became a film, who would you like to play Rose? 

That’s easy – Alicia Vikander, without a doubt.

If you had 15 words to persuade a reader that ‘Rose’s Vintage’ should be their next read, what would you say?

It’s a delicious tale of an English chef who finds a new life in the Australian vineyards.

(That’s 17 words but we’ll let you off!)

Will we see more of Rose in future novels or are you working on something else?

Absolutely – I’ve finished a second novel, called The Angel’s Share (which is the part of wine that is lost to evaporation when it is maturing in the barrel), which features some new characters in the same setting, as well as catching up with Rose.

‘Rose’s Vintage’ is published today. How are you celebrating?

With a glass of wine! Probably Champagne – Laurent-Perrier Rose is a favourite.

Is there anything else you think we should know about ‘Rose’s Vintage’?

Rose’s Vintage and The Angel’s Share recently sold in a bidding war to the German publisher, Piper Verlag.

Thank you so much, Kayte, for your time in answering my questions.

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Enter to win one of 5 e-copies of Rose’s Vintage by clicking here. Competition open internationally until UK midnight Thursday 28th April 2016. No purchase necessary.

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