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Interview With Author Katie Oliver:

Dear viewer, just before Christmas I got the chance to mix business with pleasure. I got to do some shopping in New York, and also got to have breakfast at Tiffany's and interview great writer and close friend Katie Oliver.
She had eggs Benedict and I had the full English. Sadly no bloos sausage!

Over a freshly squeezed orange juice, mine might have even had some vodka in it for some reason, I probed the lovely Katie Oliver, who is just about to release her fantastic romantic comedy novel Prada and Prejudice.

KG: Katie, thank you for joining me for breakfast. I first had your pleasure on Twitter. In 140 characters, how would you best describe your book?

KO: It’s always a pleasure to be probed by you, Mr Gore. I suppose I’d describe my new book, Prada and Prejudice, as “Rom-com meets retail when Natalie Dashwood works with Rhys Gordon to save Dashwood & James department stores from closure. Can love be next?”
There. That’s 23 words and140 characters… exactly. *smiles smugly* Now – might I have a bit of that vodka to tip into my orange juice, as well?

*Slips her a touch of the hard stuff*

KG: I've heard Prada and Prejudice can be described as a romantic comedy in the style of Richard Curtis at his best. Now, you might not know this but I am a bit of a romantic at heart. My wife and I were big Beatles fans, I proposed to her on the famous zebra crossing on Abbey Road by the bands famous recording studios. I got down on one knee, and luckily before a bus load of Japanese tourists came and nearly knocked me over she said yes. Made me the happiest man on Earth.
What's the most romantic thing that happens in your book or has ever happened to you in real life?

KO: That’s incredibly romantic, Mr Gore! Your wife is a very lucky woman. You need to watch out for those buses, though.
The most romantic thing in my life was unquestionably when Mr. Oliver’s son – who was five at the time – presented me with the engagement ring that Mr Oliver had picked out, and asked if I would marry his dad. I melted.

As to the most romantic thing that happens in the book-? Well, I’d say it’s when Rhys shows up to rescue Natalie – a bit too late, because she’s already outfoxed the bad guy with a Louboutin shoe – and sweeps her up in his arms and tells her…well, you’ll have to read the book to find out what he tells her.

KG: Thank God you stopped yourself there, I thought I was going to get to see an early climax!

KO: Naughty!

KG: And are you are a very romantic person? My wife Marge once gave me breakfast in bed, well she threw it at me when I forgot it was our anniversary. Bean juice is a bugger to get out of silk sheets, I can tell you!
What's the most romantic thing you've ever done?

KO: I’m a romantic person in spirit, although not always in reality. (I’m sure Mr Oliver would agree.) I buy him a new bottle of Old Spice aftershave every year for Christmas. That’s romantic, isn’t it?
I once baked him a heart-shaped chocolate cake for Valentine’s day. But since he doesn’t much like cake or chocolate, and I do, I suppose it was a little self-serving. So I polished off the cake myself.

KG: Old Spice will keep the flies away I guess! I am always very well dressed, as you can tell, (flashes her my handmade Savile Row whistle & flute). Prada is very high end fashion, would you class yourself as a dedicated follower of fashion?

KO: Oh, God, no. While I love fashion, and I love flicking through piles of fashion magazines, I’m a jeans-and-Converse kind of girl. I’m all about comfort. I’ll wear pajama bottoms all day, if I can get away with it.

KG: Thought that was a funny stripy blouse you are wearing! You have a very British style to your humour, which writers or comedies have inspired you?

KO: Ooh, that’s a great question! As far as influential writers, I’d say definitely P.G. Wodehouse, Wendy Holden, Helen Fielding, Paul Torday, and Chris Manby. Comedies I love include Doctor in the House, No, Honestly; Shirley Valentine (what can I say, I love Pauline Collins); Arthur (the Dudley Moore version; sorry, Russell); Bedazzled (the Dudley Moore/Peter Cook version; sorry, Brendan); and anything by Richard Curtis, of course. I do love a good dramedy!

KG: A lot of writers are independent writers, you didn't go down that avenue, you held out to get a publisher. How did you go about that and what do you feel are the advantages and disadvantages of having a publisher?

KO: When I set out to do this writing thing, I decided to try the traditional route first. After I finished my book, I researched literary agents online. I chose the Elaine English agency in Washington, D.C., because they represented commercial women’s fiction and because I just had a good feeling about them. They couldn’t take me on at the time, but referred me to my present agent, who’d just left to start her own agency.
While I like the idea of self-publishing, I know it’s a lot of work – and I know that very few people sell more than a few hundred books. I wanted to reach the widest range of people possible, and publishers – love them or hate them – are the best way to do it, since they have a large distribution network in place. They can get your books into all sorts of places and territories.
I feel very lucky to be published by Carina UK/Harlequin. They have a long reach and an excellent reputation for good reads!

KG: I heard you've signed a three book deal. What are your plans for the future? Would you consider doing a romantic horror with a certain infamous horror director not a million miles away?

KO: I have two more books coming out: Love and Liability in February, and Mansfield Lark (my favourite) in March. I have two more series partly written, but they’ll feature an American character who falls for a smoldering Italian, and another American character who falls for a smoldering Irishman. So there’ll be lots of smoldering men.

And yes, I would most definitely consider doing a romantic horror story with a certain infamous horror director! Who is he, by the way?

KG: Me dear! I smoulder with the best of them. So much so Marge always has a fireman around!

KO: I hope he has a big appliance?

KG: Last question, I hope you enjoyed your breakfast, I don't have any dollars left, spent the last on a diamond encrusted codpiece. Can you lend me a buck or are you any good at doing dishes?

*At this point Mrs Oliver legged it for the door quicker than you could say Moon River! Left me with quite a bit of washing up. My hands were like a wrinkled all prune by the end of the day, so no change there!*

To keep in touch with Katie Oliver's writing keep checking her website www.katieoliver.com and to get your copy of her fab romantic comedy novel Prada and Prejudice. on 2nd January 2014

Amazon UK:
http://amzn.to/Jfa9ol

Amazon USA:
http://amzn.to/1hGZYVJ

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