Interview with Kate Moore

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Kate Moore is the author of The Radium Girls, the first-ever narrative non-fiction account of this inspirational true story. Kate was born in Northampton, England and grew up in Peterborough. She studied English Literature at the University of Warwick. A Sunday Times bestselling author, she writes across various genres, from biography and history to gift and humour, and is also in demand as a book editor and ghostwriter. Before becoming a full-time author and freelance editor, she was an editorial director at Penguin Random House UK.

Visit her at The Radium Girls or on Twitter @katebooks.

Girly Book Club: How did you get into writing and what inspired you to write your first book?

Kate Moore: I’ve always loved writing and have done it from a very young age, mostly writing poems and the occasional short story. I was lucky enough to go into a career in publishing, and even luckier to begin my career working with innovative indie publishers, who self-started many of the books they published. My bosses were receptive when I suggested that I write some of the books we were publishing – which included children’s brand publishing, gift and humour titles – and that was how my first books came to be written and published.

Girly Book Club: What makes a book great, in your opinion? What elements does a great story possess?

KM: Great question! I would say: a page-turning narrative that you can’t put down, plus characters that you care about and with whom you emotionally connect.

Girly Book Club: What are you doing if you’re not writing?

KM: Acting or directing for the stage, or spending blissed-out time with my husband (sometimes the two overlap!).

Girly Book Club: Name your favourite bookshop in the world.

KM: Too hard! I was lucky enough to tour The Radium Girls to many American independent bookshops and they were all so amazing – so passionate about books, such an integral part of their communities, so innovative in how they were shaping their businesses – that I can’t single out just one. But I was so impressed by them and found them such inspiring and comfortable places to hang out!

Girly Book Club: Physical book, e-book, or audiobook? – and why.

KM: Physical book – I simply love curling up with a good book where it’s just me and the ‘untechy’ paper pages and my own imagination. It’s such a treat and a real escape.

Girly Book Club: What was your favourite book as a child?

KM: Too difficult to choose one! I loved The Animals of Farthing Wood series by Colin Dann; The Fog, The Snow, The Fire trilogy by Caroline B. Cooney; and, when I was a little older, Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence.

Girly Book Club: We’re always on the hunt for our next great read. Recommend us a book to add to our TBR pile!

KM: The Power by Naomi Alderman. Really thought-provoking narrative that resonates in the modern day. And if I can squeeze in another, Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy. It was published back in 1976 but deserves to be reread now as a feminist classic.

Girly Book Club: What is one movie, TV series, or podcast that you’re loving right now?

KM: The Handmaid’s Tale. I’m a bit late to it – I’m currently six episodes into the first series on DVD – but I’m really enjoying it, from a storytelling, cinematography and thought-provoking point of view. I read and loved the novel way back when, so I am also enjoying seeing how they are developing the story that began in Atwood’s novel.

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I am writing to share an update on behalf of all of us at The Girly Book Club as we manage COVID-19. As we all know, the events of the past days and weeks have been unprecedented and our team continues to monitor and navigate this rapidly changing situation with the rest of the world.

At the GBC, we care deeply about doing what we can to keep our people and communities well – we are grounded in this intention, which makes difficult choices a little easier to make.

As a result, we have cancelled ALL of our global in-person monthly meetings for March. As a result, we will be holding a GLOBAL GBC Book Club, which we hope will appeal to our members far and wide (more info below.)

We’ll be honoring all tickets sold for March meetings and transferring them to April’s meetings or you can request a refund if you’d prefer.

Stay well. 
Erin Woodward

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