Hello, reader friends! You’re in for a treat! We have a quick author chat including five favorite quotes in honor of the new release Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay!
about the author
Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of Dear Mr. Knightley, Lizzy & Jane, The Bronte Plot, A Portrait of Emily Price, The Austen Escape and The Printed Letter Bookshop. Her first nonfiction book, co-authored with Rebecca Powell, will release February 2020. Katherine’s novels are love letters to books. They are character driven stories that examine the past as a way to find one’s best way forward. In the words of The Bronte Plot’s Lucy Alling, she writes of “that time when you don’t know where you’ll be, but you can’t stay as you are.”
Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She then worked in marketing and development before returning to graduate school for a Masters of Theological Studies. Moves to Texas, England, Ireland and Washington left that degree unfinished as Katherine spent her time unpacking, raising kids, volunteering, writing, and exploring new storylines and new cities. Katherine writes full-time now and, as her kids go off to college, she finds the house increasingly quiet. Soon only she and her husband, with dogs Patch and Trip, will live at home outside Chicago.
When not plotting a character’s demise and long journey home, Katherine can be found walking (no longer running) the neighborhood, hanging out with her kids and friends, or – rarely and with great excitement – fly fishing. You can also find her all across social media chatting about life, literature, lattes and the world of books.
five favorite book quotes
K: Considering I write with lots of allusions to literature, this seems like a great question to answer. That said, there are so many wonderful quotes I love, but these five popped into my head upon reading this question so here we go…
“The year began with lunch.” — A Year In Provence by Peter Mayle.
This is the book’s opening line and, personally, I can’t think of a better way to begin a year or a book.
“Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.” — Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.
What a line!!! Nothing said because he didn’t deserve “rational opposition.” I couldn’t help myself and had to use this line in The Printed Letter Bookshop. It’s just too perfect for so many situations.
“The world was hers for the reading.” — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
This is just a beautiful simple and hopeful statement. No matter what life looks like, the world is yours for the reading. Remarkable.
“Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” — The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis.
I love it because safe and good are not synonymous and I sometimes mix them up — what a wonderful reminder!
“Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!” — The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Rarely do we get wisdom in such a pithy way. I take it to mean — Don’t take things for granted, don’t get too comfortable, don’t get too confident, and, certainly, never get proud. Live dragons will bite.
B: I love all these nuggets of wisdom! Anyone who discounts the value of fiction isn’t reading the right books!
Share your inspiration behind Of Literature and Lattes.
K: All my books are usually inspired by other books — ideas I glean from reading. Of Literature and Lattes is no different and I had such fun finding source material. First of all, I wanted to honor children’s literature so you’ll see quite a few references to kids’ books, especially Sylvester and the Magic Pebble — a favorite of mine. As for adult books, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck was probably the most important inspiration as was Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou. As you can see, my reading interests vary. 🙂
B: Variety is the spice of reading life! I’m delighted to see you agree!
What is your next release and/or what are you working on now?
K: I am having such fun with my new manuscript right now — probably the most fun I’ve had in a while. It’s a split-time and I think that, for me, is where the fun lies — I am playing across two eras. In 1940 England, I have a set of twin sisters and a mystery. And, in today, I have the young woman who is solving said puzzle. It’s got literature, love, England, Boston, WWII, today, betrayal, sacrifice, some good clothing and lots of fun.
B: Oooo, I am loving the split-time genre! We’ll look forward to hearing more about it in the future! Thank you so much for visiting with us today, Katherine!
about the book
Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay
Return to the cozy and delightful town of Winsome, where two people discover the grace of letting go and the joy found in unexpected change.
After fleeing her hometown three years earlier, Alyssa Harrison never planned to return. Then the Silicon Valley start-up she worked for collapsed and turned her world upside down. She is broke, under FBI investigation, and without a place to go. Having exhausted every option, she comes home to Winsome, Illinois, to regroup and move on as quickly as possible. Yet, as friends and family welcome her back, Alyssa begins to see a place for herself in this small Midwestern community.
Jeremy Mitchell moved from Seattle to Winsome to be near his daughter and to open the coffee shop he’s been dreaming of for years. Problem is, the business is bleeding money—and he’s not quite sure why. When he meets Alyssa, he senses an immediate connection, but what he needs most is someone to help him save his floundering business. After asking for her help, he wonders if something might grow between them—but forces beyond their control soon complicate their already complex lives, and the future they both hoped for is not at all what they anticipated.
With the help of Winsome’s small-town charm and quirky residents, Alyssa and Jeremy discover the beauty and romance of second chances.
Thanks to the generosity of the author, we have a copy of Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay for one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader!
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