Laura Kay is a writer and editor. She has an MA in American History from the University of Sheffield, and now lives in London with her wife and cat. In 2018, Laura was selected as one of the 10 PRH WriteNow mentees. She is based in London and The Split is her first novel.
Our interview starts at 20 minutes.
Mini book club: The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough
We both adored this funny and heartwarming queer Indigenous YA novel, set in a rural Australian community, about seventeen-year-old Jackson finding the courage to explore who he is, even if it scares him.
In this interview, we chat about:
Laura’s debut novel The Split and why she felt it was important to explore a nuanced relationship breakdown
Why Laura wanted to write about a close friendship between a queer woman and a queer man as the central relationship of the novel
The character of Ally’s dad and why Laura wanted to explore the relationship between a grown-up daughter and her father, especially when they’re thrown into living together again unexpectedly
The Sheffield setting of The Split (and no, Michelle did NOT plan to have so many midlands authors on the podcast)
Laura’s experience as a ‘reluctant runner’ and how this was incorporated into the book
The road to publication and how a Penguin mentoring program helped Laura get her publishing deal
How it’s felt publishing in a pandemic and what Laura will be doing to mark the official hardback release date