Kathryn Freeman is chatting to us today about her 4th novel with publishers Choc Lit, Search For The Truth.
Born in Wallingford (England) Kathryn has spent most of her life living in a village near Windsor. After studying pharmacy in Brighton she began her working life as a retail pharmacist. She quickly realised that trying to decipher doctor’s handwriting wasn’t for her and left to join the pharmaceutical industry where she spent twenty happy years working in medical communications. In 2011, backed by her family, she left the world of pharmaceutical science to begin life as a self-employed writer, juggling the two disciplines of medical writing and romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero…
With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to bother buying a card again this year (yes, he does) the romance in her life is all in her head. Then again, her husband’s unstinting support of her career change goes to prove that love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes can come in many disguises.
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Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Thank you so much for interviewing me on Jera’s Jamboree – such a pleasure to be here.
Please summarise Search for the Truth in 20 words or less.
My husband has actually read this book (he doesn’t always!) and when I asked him to summarise it he said, ‘it’s a good book,’ which is definitely biased, and probably not what you’re looking for, so how about:
A tale of intrigue, of lies, deception and corporate corruption in a pharmaceutical industry. Mostly though, it’s a love story.
(hahaha – I like your husband Kathryn)
What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?
My first two books had involved research on law, police procedures, refuge camps…things I knew nothing about. When it came to writing my next book, I thought it was time I wrote about something I did know something about, so I decided to base it in a place I’ve spent most of my working life – the pharma industry. Over the years there’s been a lot of press about the industry not publishing study results and I thought that could make an interesting story line.
Please tell us about the characters.
The main two characters are Tess and Jim.
Tess Johnson is a journalist. She’s tenacious and driven, with a bit of a temper to match her red hair. She has a habit of speaking her mind, which gets her into trouble when she starts to work for Jim because she needs to get on with him. Only if she gains his trust can she start to work on the real reason she’s taken the job – finding out whether Helix pharmaceuticals hid any data on their new drug. The one her mother was taking when she died.
Jim Knight is dynamic, darkly handsome, highly ambitious and scarily confident. He’s been called blunt, arrogant and diabolically stubborn – all of which he’ll happily admit to. He doesn’t let anything or anyone ruffle him. Until he meets Tess.
If Search For The Truth was optioned for a movie Kathryn, who would you cast?
I’d love to see the actress who plays Donna in Suits (Sarah Rafferty) play Tess – gorgeous red hair and sharp, sassy attitude. As for Jim, he’s known as the pharmaceutical industry’s answer to George Clooney.
Which authors have influenced your writing?
As a teenager I devoured Mills & Boon so I believe they firmly set me on the path of loving romantic fiction. Jilly Cooper and Jackie Collins helped instil my love of humour and steamy scenes (!) along with the romance. The writer who probably influenced me most though is Nora Roberts. So many books, yet I’ve never been let down by any of them. She made me want to write about strong, charismatic, witty heroes of my own.
Can you tell us about what you are reading now?
I recently discovered (thanks to wonderful book bloggers) Samantha Young and I’ve been making my way through all her books. I love the chemistry and the banter between her heroes and heroines. I’ve also just finished my fellow Choc Lit author Sheryl Browne’s new book, Learning to Love – which I had absolutely no trouble loving 🙂
Finally Kathryn, what are you working on now?
It’s now well into summer, so of course I’m about to edit my Christmas novella….! It’s the first one I’ve written so I’m very excited to be diving into mince pies and snowmen even if the sun is beating down outside (which is unlikely with the British summer, but we can dream). The story is about a divorced mum and her shy son and his tennis coach…and a second wish 🙂
(I love Christmas romances!)
Thank you for being my guest today. Wishing you success with all your creative projects.
Sometimes the truth hurts …
When journalist Tess Johnson takes a job at Helix pharmaceuticals, she has a very specific motive. Tess has reason to believe the company are knowingly producing a potentially harmful drug and, if her suspicions are confirmed, she will stop at nothing to make sure the truth comes out.
Jim Knight is the president of research and development at Helix and is a force to be reckoned with. After a disastrous office affair he’s determined that nothing else will distract him from his vision for the company. Failure is simply not an option.
As Tess and Jim start working together, both have their reasons for wanting to ignore the sexual chemistry that fires between them. But chemistry, like most things in the world of science, isn’t always easy to control.