Today’s Friday Five focus is Lanette Kauten, author of upmarket, literary fiction, and women’s fiction novels.
Lanette’s adult life started out more or less in the nursing field. She worked for many years in medical research before submitting to her true desire of writing stories. She’s married to a very supportive man and has two children, a dog, a cat, and a frog.
Her newest novel is Cassia. Living among artists doesn’t make Tanya one of them. Neither does her romance with an actress whose secret life could destroy her connection to the art community.
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1. Why do you write in the genre(s) you listed above?
I write what’s considered to be upmarket or accessible literary novels. I love exploring life and the psyche of those who manage this day to day existence through whatever trauma I happen to throw at my characters.
2. If you could pick just one book to read for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Other than children’s literature or books that I’ve written or edited, I’ve never re-read a book. There’s something magical about seeing it all unfold the first time. If pressed to choose, I would have to say “The Door” by Magda Szabo because it is so rich and different from what I usually read. Although, if I read it several times, then what was once unique would become common, and that novel deserves better.
3. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever researched for your works or biggest/most out-of-the-ordinary thing you’ve done while researching?
I traveled to a foreign country by myself with limited knowledge of the language. The only thing I brought to help me was a phrase book. It was also one of the best experiences of my life, and I would do it again if I had another opportunity.
4. What literary character are you most like and why?
I’ve taken some of those on-line quizzes for the fun of it. “What Literary Character Are You?” “Which Jane Austen Character Are You?” (I think I got Mary Bennet). “Which Star Wars…” Which LOTR…” What’s funny is, with the exception of Mary Bennet, I keep getting compared to old, wise men– Yoda and Gandalf, etc. I don’t think I’m all that wise; I’m just good at taking quizzes.
5. How much of your published writing is based on personal experiences?
I’ve actually been to the places I’ve written about. Does that count?
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Cassia will be released on Saturday, March 26th, and is currently available through preorder on Amazon.