Interview: Jacques Von Kat

Tell us something about your book On the Other Side of Alive:

It’s a fun light-hearted journey following Caroline as she crosses into the afterlife, with some bumps along the way.

Who is the ideal reader for your book?

We truly believe this book is for everybody even if they don’t believe in life after death. We have tried to include something for everyone. There is humour and sadness, mixed with paranormal happenings.

Share the best critique of your book:

Thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming novel, made me laugh and was very touching at moments too. Subject-matter doesn’t matter whether or not you believe in life after death, its a really captivating read, 10 out of 10

What inspired you to write it?

We’ve never wanted to believe that there is a finality to death, so it got us thinking what are our loved ones doing in the spirit world. Is Grandad having a pint and playing dominos with his friends? Is Gran knitting? Or has Uncle Bob gone speed-dating? And that’s how the idea came about we wanted to follow someone’s journey and what they encountered on the other side.

What message would you like readers to take away from your book?

That your loved ones are always with you, just look for the signs.

Share an excerpt from your book.

‘Is there anything else you can tell me about the spirit world, George?’ I looked at him eagerly. I felt I could trust any information he could give me.

‘You know, I don’t go out much…’ He paused and stroked his chin. ‘But I can tell you about robins.’

‘Robins?’ I said, looking to the window.

‘Yes, robins. It is my understanding that a robin is designated to each person who has passed. When a person sees a robin, it means their loved one is watching over them.’ He smiled.

‘Huh,’ I said, wondering how that would work.

‘But sometimes, they get too busy, and that’s why you should have a supply of white feathers,’ he continued.

‘What do I need feathers for?’

‘Anytime you see a loved one, leave a feather. They will know you have been close by.’

‘Okay, where can I get some?’ I asked.

‘You can have mine,’ he said. ‘I’ve nobody left to give them to, anyway.’

Did you dare to believe that your book will be published when you started writing?

Yes, as we always knew we would self-publish it.

How long did you write the first draft? And how long did the editing and re-editing take?

The first draft took 2 months to write. And a further 4 months for all the edits.

Can you share your writing rituals/habits/process?

Sure, so we are very old school and everything is written longhand on paper then typed up once the first draft is complete. We like to get all our thoughts out on paper then start edits afterwards. We did start out as pantsers but now we plot, so the writing is much faster.

Who was your first literary crush?

Ha ha for Kat it has to be Edward Cullen (cliche, I know). I don’t have one.

Did you imagine yourself as an author in your teens?

Yes, both of us have always wanted to be authors and we have written lots of short stories since childhood.

What was the first book that made you fall in love with reading?

The Twits by Roald Dahl for Kat.

Did a book ever make you cry?

No, no books have made us cry.

Which literary character did you want to take to bed as a teen?

None

Do you sing under the shower? Or to your plants?

No, but we do sing to our dogs.

Do you like to cook? What is James’ speciality?

Yes, Kat is an excellent cook her speciality is Chicken Risotto, Jack rarely cooks.

Do you have a pet?

Yes, 2 Bernese Mountain Dogs

What is the most romantic thing you ever did?

I wrote Kat a love letter asking her to marry me.

What is the most romantic thing someone did for you?

Kat is always booking romantic getaways for me

Do you believe in love?

Yes absolutely 100%

You can connect with Kat and Dave here:

www.facebook.com/JacquesVonKat

www.instagram.com/jacquesvonkat_author

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