Kasper Interviews Editor and Author Kate Foster

Winell Road: Beneath the Surface Book Cover Winell Road: Beneath the Surface
Kate Foster
Jet Black Publishing
May 11, 2015
146 pages

Twelve year old Jack Mills lives at 5 Winell Road and probably has the world's weirdest neighbours. Like freakishly weird. And to top it off, he lives with Mum (nosy, interfering, a hideous cook) and Dad (unsuccessful inventor of the Camera Belt and Self-Closing Window). All in all, it's a boring, embarrassing, dead-end place to live. So when Jack arrives home from school one day, a close shave with a UFO is the last thing he expects. But the fact it doesn't abduct him, and that no one else - not even Mum - sees the gigantic flying saucer hovering over the street, adds a whole new layer of strange. Soon after, an alien encounter threatens Jack's life and he becomes embroiled in a galaxy-saving mission. With the assistance of his new neighbour, frighteningly tall Roxy Fox, he discovers Winell Road is hiding secrets - secrets Jack might wish he'd never uncovered.

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Kate Foster

Kate Foster is the editorial director for new Australian publishing house, Lakewater Press, and a freelance editor and proofreader. Her debut middle grade novel, Winell Road: Beneath the Surface, was published by Jet Black Publishing in 2015 and the sequel is coming in 2016. She has mentored new writers as part of Nest Pitch and Pitch Wars, and regularly judges writing contests. Originally from England, she now lives with her family on the Gold Coast in Australia.


Hi Kate, welcome to our Fantasy Sci-Fi Network interview space shuttle.
Do you have a pen name and why?

Yes! And the answer’s pretty easy. There’s already a prolific children’s author with my real name!

Which scene from Winell Road: Beneath the Surface do you like best and why?

I like so many of the scenes, to be honest, but my favourite has to be the end; specifically the chapter entitled ‘The Truth’. This was the first scene I created, the scene that the rest of the book spawned from. It actually came about from one of my favourite moments in the film True Lies (Arnie). His wife thinks he’s a salesman, he’s actually a spy; then suddenly she finds out the truth and it’s just awesome!

Do you have another job outside of writing?

Yes! I’m an editor. I work with authors preparing their books for submission or self-publishing; I work with a couple of small presses; and I recently took the editorial director’s position at a brand new Australian publisher, Lakewater Press!

Congratulations on your success. I bet that comes in handy with your writing.
What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m working on a number of things – I’m a messy worker – including edits to book two in the Winell Road series and plotting the third, edits to another middle-grade book, this time a horror, writing a couple of editing articles for online magazines, and I’m always tampering with a couple of picture books.

What do you do when you have writers’ block?

I step away from my work and write something completely different. Perhaps a short story – although I am rubbish at them – or a possible magazine article, a blog piece, or a completely new novel idea. I never get to a point where I’m frustrated and hate writing. I write because I love writing, and I need to maintain a hold on this.

How did you go about developing your cover artwork?

I bounced some ideas back and forth with my publisher. I sent a few cover designs of existing books that appealed to me and that I thought might look good, and then he dabbled and sent me some ideas. To be honest, the process was pretty short as I think my designer and I were on the same wavelength.

How do you handle marketing on social media?

I’m a Twitterhead mainly; this is where I spend most of my online time. I’ve been building a solid following for a while and I actually don’t do a great deal of ‘book marketing’ as such. I just join in with conversations and groups discussing my category or genre, I chat with other authors in general, and just have fun. I can’t stand seeing authors plugging their books every five minutes, so I will not become that person. I have, however, tweeted a few times about special offers currently on Winell Road, or about school visits I’ve done, but I always feel a bit guilty afterwards, so make sure I keep this type of thing to a minimum. It’s a hard thing, marketing, and there is no real right or wrong. I always try to be myself, be sociable and polite, and hope for the best.

Sounds like you have struck a great balance with it.
If you could only take three books with you through an interstellar portal, what would they be?

The Uninvited by Liz Jensen, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, and Cheesus Was Here by J.C. Davis.

What are your writing plans for this year?

This year I hope to finish book 2 to a standard I’m almost happy with – I’m never completely happy. I hope to have my MG horror ready to send out to betas. And that’s about it on the writing front. I spend most of my time editing, so this is where my main focus usually lies.

Who would you choose to read your audiobook?

Simon Pegg. I also want him to be Dad in the movie version, with Jessica Hyne as Mum. I’ve been a fan of these two since my teen years.

Sounds like you have the movie all planned out, I hope you get to make it one day. How exciting.


Quick quiz:

Favourite food: Birthday cake

Silliest saying: Jeez Louise.

Best holiday spot: Andalucia, Spain

Favourite song at the moment: This is the Day by The The (It’s an old one!)

Star Wars or Lord of the Rings: Star Wars

Thanks so much for stopping by to share your thoughts with us today, Kate.

Interviewed by Kasper Beaumont, author of the Hunters of Reloria fantasy series. www.huntersofreloria.weebly.com

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