Katie in Love & the Other Stuff
Starting a new novel is like looking up at a mountain range with peaks hidden in mist. You are going to climb to the top of the highest peak and you can’t even see it.
You don’t ask yourself why you are setting out on this momentous climb, just as salmon don’t ask themselves why they are swimming back upstream to the pools where they were hatched. It’s a compulsion, an addiction – not for the fish, for the writer.
That’s how I felt when I set out to write Katie in Love, my sixth novel, the title of which only came when I was near the end and realised that Katie’s look at her past was about falling in love when she had no desire to do so, and was really unsure as it was happening if that was what she wanted.
We live in intense, perilous times with politics we can’t believe in, morals in a basket of uncertainty, philosophy all over the place. Katie is 28, educated, promiscuous, spoiled. She is confused about herself and her place in this world.
She meets Tom, a doctor working for Doctors Without Borders (MSF). He is the opposite. Tom is sure of himself and his place in life. This makes Katie both question herself and wonder if there can ever be a future with someone quite so different.
Then there’s the jealousy factor. Marie-France, Tom’s ex, a French cellist seduced as a teenager by her Russian stepfather, allows her brother to creep into her bed at night, all in the best of taste, of course, but it makes Katie feel awfully suburban.
Love in complex times must by its nature be complex. Katie in Love is listed as erotic romance, but I believe all romance must have an erotic side or it’s going to grow dull.
I think of this as the post women’s lib age, not that we have taken a step backwards, but a step forwards into the unknown, beyond equality to a time where you need to find a oneness in yourself in order to make your relationship with him (or her) truly complete. This is the theme running through Katie in Love.
Katie Boyd has nothing in common with Tom Bridge, the volunteer doctor she meets at a party – except in bed she finds a passion to match her own. Tom is intense, puzzling, a man who cares about others and compels Katie to question her own life drifting through the hip clubs and London party scene.
When Tom returns to his post in a Sri Lanka orphanage, Katie isn’t sure if their passion was lit by its brevity, or if love, unexpected and not entirely wanted, has edged its way into her life. Should she go back to being who she always was? Or follow Tom into the unknown?
Katie in Love is a compelling erotic-romance that will grip readers as they follow Katie’s journey to an ending they may have expected – but not in the way they expected it.
Brilliantly written and coolly self-aware, Chloe Thurlow was described by KM Dylan on Amazon as “…the Anaïs Nin of our times.” With Katie in Love – her sixth novel – Thurlow reveals a writer at the height of her powers.
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Chloe Thurlow moved from West London to East London to save money on rent in order to work less and write more. Katie in Love, her new novel, took 13 months to complete and her soul, as she says, is pressed between every white page. She is the author of five other novels and the writing guide The Fifty Shades of Grey Phenomena. When she isn’t working, Chloe likes dancing, fast walking, pizza after watching a movie and Spanish cava. She speaks Spanish with the worst English accent imaginable.
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