For all intents and purposes, Gloria Harrison has the perfect life: a rich husband, a beautiful home, and all the free time she needs to work on her art. And yet, she is deeply unhappy. Initially resigned to be pushed around by her snobbish, manipulative husband, Greg, she discovers a shocking truth about him she simply cannot ignore, and has to get out.
As Gloria’s world unravels around her, she has to team up with friends new and old to escape not only her husband’s clutches, but also the country, even if that means giving up everything.
Gloria must rediscover who she used to be and realise her true worth to finally free herself from Greg’s stranglehold forever, or risk losing the person she holds most dear in the world – her daughter.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I have to fit writing around my day job, so the majority of it gets done during lunch breaks, after work in the evening and at weekends. This means I often have to be quite flexible about where I write! Although I do have a writing desk upstairs, I’m most comfortable on the sofa, with my laptop on a pillow in front of me. It might not be conventional, but it gets the words flowing.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
Not really, but I do need to be warm and cosy, have a full glass of soft drink by my side, and I often put something familiar on the TV as a bit of background noise. Nine times out of ten I’ll also be joined by my cat, Vinny, who likes to squeeze in the gap next to me on the sofa while I work.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
I don’t drink alcohol or caffeine anymore, so that leaves me very limited in terms of drink choices! I usually have a soft drink to hand – lemonade, Fanta or summer fruits squash are my favourites. I’m a chronic snacker, so there’s often some chocolate nearby too…
– What is your favourite book?
I always struggle with this question, but it’s got to be A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. I love a book that makes me feel something, and this one broke me in more ways than one! If you haven’t read it and can handle a book making you sob your eyes out, I highly recommend it.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Yes! I’m a multi-genre reader and a multi-genre author so, although my current WIP is another thriller, I will definitely be dipping my toes into other genres after that. I’ve had a YA fantasy on the backburner for years and I can’t wait to bring that back sometime in the future.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Not intentionally. One of my absolute favourite things about writing is creating characters, so I’d feel like I was missing out if I used existing people. Saying that, I’m sure certain quirks, personality traits and features have snuck in subconsciously from the people around me.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I try to, although I’ve fallen out of the habit lately so I need to pick that up again! I have a notebook that contains all of my story ideas, notes, etc. from early 2020 onwards, so it’s a bit of a mishmash of things, but is handy to poke through every so often.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I don’t steer clear of any single genre altogether, and there are always exceptions, but I generally don’t read or write romance, military fiction and really scary horror (the latter because I am a wimp!).
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
That’s a tricky question! I’m not really someone who has a favourite author, because I read across so many genres, but if it isn’t cheating to pick someone who isn’t around anymore, I’d love to write with George Orwell. Hopefully with my quick-paced style and his insightful ideas we could put together something really special!
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I’m a big fan of cities, with the final act of Gloria taking place in Amsterdam, so I’d love to tour more European cities for more inspiration, such as Prague, Dubrovnik and Paris. I’m also a huge fan of Ancient History, so the ancient sites of Greece and Egypt would be a must, too.
Thank you, Katherine Shaw and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Katherine Shaw is a multi-genre writer and self-confessed nerd from Yorkshire in the United Kingdom, spending most of her time dreaming up new characters or playing D&D. She has a passion for telling the stories of underdogs who must rise up to defeat the hardships they have been dealt in life, often with a focus on female protagonists. She is currently working on her debut novel Gloria, a contemporary domestic thriller launching in September this year, alongside several short story projects that are in the works.