AUSSIE MONTH with Kylie Kaden
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
Permission slips. Shopping lists. Tax Fact sheets for the government….and the odd parenting column for My Child. (I did say eclectic).
Tell us about Missing You:
It tells the tale of an extraordinary love shackled in an ordinary life. Parts are heart-warming – as you watch Aisha and Ryan fall in love, others heart-wrenching, as they face the realities of marriage, family conflict, parenthood. Their love never seems to waver, until, in the dark of night, Aisha leaves their four year old son with her dad, and doesn’t come back…
What inspired this novel?
For me, romantic love isn’t about fleeting gestures. It’s about carving out a place in your life for someone long term; considering their needs, working as a team to make your life together richer and happier. To serve as a buffer. I wanted the story to be firmly grounded in reality, and be honest about the struggles life throws at all of us – it’s not a book for those that want to escape to a wondrous land of perfection, but I think it conveys a message that true love can withstand the realities of life, and grow stronger for the experience. That, to me, is the ultimate in romance.
What are you reading right now?
The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Certainly not a romance. (But Richard Flanagan does slip in a rather intense love story amidst this haunting tale.)
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
Live in NYC.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
We don’t take ourselves too seriously.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
Many of us spend much of our lives either searching for the right partner, or getting over the wrong one. And for those that find lasting love, it’s rarely without conflict, so it’s easy to see why women are drawn to love stories; either to relate or escape. The romance genre is rich, evocative and heart-wrenching. It embodies all that it means to be alive—to seek love, understanding, and genuine connections with fellow humans. Who we chose to navigate this world with has the biggest impact on our happiness and sense of self. Why shouldn’t it play a leading role in the fiction we read?
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
Missing You is available from 1st April (ebook and print) and Der Sommer Mit Kate (Losing Kate translation) print edition hits Germany in May.
What were your big achievements of 2014?
The joy of seeing a novel with my name on it in the library where I first discovered books. Never did I imagine I would have that pleasure.
This mesmerising debut is part love story, part mystery, telling the captivating story of two lovers torn apart by tragedy and the secrets they kept of one devastating night.
I’m the most authentic version of myself when I’m around Jack. We’ve known each other since we were kids, and our relationship was always one of mudpies and mocking. Then everything changed. Beautiful Kate, my best friend, disappeared on a moonlit beach after Jack dumped her for me. Jack was a suspect and, sure of his innocence, I lied to protect him. I know Jack didn’t kill her. Our betrayal did. Thirteen years later, I am thirty, childless and single, attempting to renovate my life rescuing a rundown worker’s cottage. All is as it should be in my safe little world – until Jack buys the vacant lot behind my housea and the feelings that we buried all those years ago – the guilt, the love and the pain – resurface. We can’t keep running away from the past – and to move forward we have to know what really happened to Kate.