Monday, July 29, 2013

The Inevitability Of Stars Interview with Kathryn R Lyster

A modern-day Romeo and Juliet set amongst the beauty of Byron Bay and the grind of Sydney.

Rip and Sahara have always been together. Primary school friends to high school lovers, their ties to each other are as intertwined and inescapable as the roots of the Byron Strangler Fig. But like that same tree, the tendrils of their love are beginning to stifle and choke, and soon, Sahara finds she must leave — moving to Sydney to pursue her career as an artist.

In Sydney, Sahara draws the attention of Sean, a charismatic entrepreneur, and is quickly drawn into his expensive and glamorous world — so very different from the quiet, simple place of her youth. But even as she creates a new life, and a new version of herself, Sahara cannot seem to leave Rip behind.

Back in the Byron hinterland, Rip moves to a working farm to recover from the wounds Sahara left. It's here that he begins to understand his past and reimagine his future. But as Rip rebuilds, Sahara unravels, losing herself in Sean's shiny, but meaningless world and plagued by visions of her previous life and lover.

Heartbreaking and haunting, The Inevitability of Stars is a poignant novel about the burden of fate, the viscosity of reality and the resilience of love.

Expected publication: August 1st 2013 by MIRA
Interview with Kathryn R Lyster.

Hi Kathryn, tell us a little about yourself?
I live in paradise! In the hinterland around Byron Bay, close to rainforests, and the ocean in a big old house with beautiful friends, surrounded by orange, mango and papaya trees. We’re going to get into the veggie garden soon. There are four cats at home – Layla, Milo, Miley and Lily – such characters and they bring a whole lot of laughter with their antics. I love animals so it’s great to have them around. 
What Inspired you to write The Inevitability of Stars?
I suppose I’ve always been fascinated with the resilience of the human heart and so many of my formative years were defined by romances-gone-wrong, heartbreaks, the usual ups and downs of love that we all go through. And yet there is a hope that one day it will turn out right. This quality inspired me. Also, it’s hard being young and trying to work out who you are and where you fit into the world. I wanted to write a book that people could relate to, a story that captured what we go through finding our way.
Will it be a series? (I certainly hope there is a next book)
Ooh… I would love to keep writing about Rip and Sahara. I’d say watch this space. I have a feeling there could definitely be more in store for these two lovers.
Which of your characters is your favorite and why?
Rip is my favourite. He’s sensitive and courageous and I wish he existed in real life, just so I could know him!
Where and when do you like to write?
Whenever the inspiration comes. At the moment I have a writing room with a gorgeous old wooden desk. It is so full with art, all my mementos, photos, special things, cards, flowers, stones I’ve collected, feathers, some animal statues and lots of candles. I am so grateful for this little room, it’s tiny, but perfect. I can close the door and disappear into this little bubble. It’s good for writing time and also thinking time. Sometimes I go in there just to daydream.
What advice do you have for someone just starting out?
Trust the process. As a budding writer – no matter what comes out, it’s important. It will lead you to where you need to go. So often people get stuck because they judge what initially comes out, they want it to be a certain way and then this criticism stops the flow. I have written so many thousands of pages of this very book that don’t exist anymore, but they were all an essential step along the way to the finished novel. We have to be free with our creativity, before we can be specific with our words.
What was the hardest part of writing for you?
Honestly, nothing. I love writing like some people like chocolate. I am so happy when I write. Days spent floating in my imagination, languishing in the sun, writing for hours with lots of tea. I could do that every day of my life.
I love the cover who made your cover?
Thank you, I’m so glad you like it. People have responded so positively to the cover. The designers at Harlequin came up with that and I was so thrilled to see how beautiful it was. Those designers are geniuses, they captured the story so well. It’s an amazing feeling when things in life turn out even better than you hoped for.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
There’s a box of old journals in my parents garage going back to when I was about ten years old. Those early ones are filled with pages and pages about how cute I thought Jon Bon Jovi and Brad Pitt were. A little cringe-worthy, but all through my teenage years the diaries kept coming. That flow very naturally merged into story writing. Always with an emotional content though. I have always written about what matters to me, how I feel about the world (even if it was just Brad Pitt!)

How long did it take you to write your first novel?
My first novel took six or seven years, with some big six and month stints when the project was abandoned. Definitely a long journey.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing? Anything in particular you like to do? Listen to music.... Watch the surf?
My writing schedule is my ultimate dream life. Writing takes priority, I don’t have to work on anything else, and I can just focus on creating. There is something so freeing about that, like life becomes a permanent holiday. I retreat a little from social engagements, sleep in, do yoga, write all day and well into the night. I have to get out and walk on the beach, see the horizon, get some perspective. I read magazines for the same reason, to break the bubble and then come back fresh. That’s also mixed up with some hardcore dancing sessions to loud music when I can’t write another word (yes, jumping around in my room!), going a little stir-crazy at times, treating myself to coffee, and feeling utterly blessed.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?
That the time spent not writing is just as important as the time spent writing. One fills you up with life, the other empties you of everything you’ve collected from the world. You need one to have the other.
Your favourite place to write is…
Do you read your star signs?
Absolutely. But if they predict doom I discount what I’ve just read. That’s probably cheating, but I like to keep my head filled with positive expectations.
Where can readers stalk you online?
On facebook at The Inevitability of Stars page and The Harlequin website:
Ok some fun flash questions...
Unicorns or Horses
Both!! I gave away my beautiful palomino horse, Spirit, last year, but there’s a big pearly white unicorn on my writing desk to remind me of him.
Cold or hot
Hot, I loathe being cold…
Surf or pool
Surf, surf surf.
Night or day
Milkshake or smoothy
Green power smoothy
Cake or biscuits.
Cake – but only so I can eat the icing off the top!
Tea, coffee or softdrink
Coffee, but I try not to drink it too often. I love tea, but often wish it was coffee.
Thank you so much for stopping by today Kathryn and answering my questions.
Keep your eyes peeled readers for my review coming August 1st. I have read this book and really enjoyed it .

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