One Thing I’ve Learnt ... is that you never stop learning
I hated school. From an early age, I was allergic to authority, royal blue blazers and sub-zero PE lessons. I couldn’t wait to get out.
Which is why it’s been a surprise to find out I love learning. I don’t mean Physics or Trigonometry. No matter how many A*s you have, certain mysteries remain: the opposite sex, the meaning of life and why anyone laughs at Last of the Summer Wine.
That’s why I became a reader and then a writer: to try to make sense of other people. Putting myself in the shoes of a vengeful colleague, a war-scarred reporter or a bossy Brown Owl has taught me more about people than a psychology textbook.
Not that I’m against textbooks. I’ve written ten novels now – well over a million published words – but I can’t resist the latest ‘how to’ book. I love to read how other authors write five thousand words before breakfast, or the latest theory that story-telling is buried deep in our DNA.
And then there’s the practical stuff. I’m learning to sew (though girls-only Domestic Science classes instilled a fear of the sewing machine that’s taken two decades to overcome). On my kitchen counter, there are three noxious-smelling jars of gloop that I still hope might eventually turn into sourdough bread.
My curiosity even drove me to spend an entire week doing military style PT training for my new novel. The Boot Camp. I only remembered how much I hate organised exercise when I was ordered to do twenty push-ups on wet sand. Still, it’s all a learning experience, right?
Kate's next novel is available 2nd August 2012 - The Boot Camp
Five women with one goal: to feel like a million dollars for the first time in their lives. They have nothing to lose but their muffin tops!