In the Spotlight with Author & Blogger, Kerry Clare
What should we know about you?
I love books A LOT. I love reading books, writing books, talking about books, selling books, styling photo shoots with books, and piling them on my bedside table. I live in Toronto, and my blog turns 20 (!) years old this year.
How did you get started as an author? Was it something you always wanted to do?
I’ve wanted to be an author since I was in Grade 3. I think it’s part of loving books so much—it made me want to be a part of it. When I was 26, I went back to university and studied for a degree in creative writing, and wrote a novel for my thesis that was terrible and nobody wanted to publish. 10 years after that, I would finally publish my first novel, Mitzi Bytes, because in the meantime I’d gotten a whole lot better at writing. Which is something I both love and hate about writing (and everything): the process of learning and growing never stops.
Where do you look for inspiration?
In books of all kinds. From blogs. Overheard snippets of conversation. The thoughts running through my mind as I swim lengths at the pool. On Instagram. I love reading magazines and newspapers. Breaks from the internet. City sidewalks. Everywhere!
What’s next for you?
I’m super excited to be running a brand new guided and interactive version of my online blogging course throughout the month of February. The program is called MAKE YOUR LEAP in February 2020 and will connect students to a community of other writers to learn from and be inspired by. They’ll be working to deadlines, be able to ask me questions, and receive my feedback on their work. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, and make the winter go by faster.
I’m also thrilled that my second novel, Waiting for a Star to Fall, will be published by Doubleday Canada on October 27.
You read a lot of books. What are your top 5 favourite?
So many!! Off the top of my head, my favourite recommendations are:
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, by Maria Semple (recently a movie starring Cate Blanchett—the book is better)
- Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernadine Everisto (which just won the Booker Prize!)
- The Lane Winslow Mystery Series, by Iona Whishaw (about a gorgeous young former British Spy who solves crime in 1940s’ British Columbia)
- Birdie, by Tracey Lindberg (a strong contender for THE Canadian book of the decade)
- Swell: A Water Biography, by Jenny Landreth (a fabulously funny and fascinating look the history of women swimming)
How would you describe your personal style?
The only prints are bold prints. My fashion guru is my paternal grandmother, who had mismatched prints for days, was nobody else’s fashion guru, and always had a bottle of gin handy. I like items that are both striking and can be part of an everyday look.
Kerry's favourite pieces
I am a huge fan of your Kyi Kyi hats! Style AND comfort? We really CAN have it all!
I adore my Machete Hoops—I think I have three pairs now? They’re so simple and lightweight, but people always give me compliments when I wear them. They’re gorgeous.
The Sundara Mar Hoops are my favourite obsession. A hoop? A dangle? They’ve got everything.
I think Jenny Bird is such a cool company, and the story behind her beautiful Dee Pendant is really inspiring.
You can find out more about Kerry's Blog School and how you can join her upcoming Interactive course, here:
You can also find her at @kerryreads on Instagram
On her Blog: http://picklemethis.com/
Pick up her debut novel Mitzi Bytes here: http://picklemethis.com/mitzi-bytes/