After a couple of months of tending to my motherly duties of 3am feeds which quickly extended to 12am feeds, I finally reached the blissful moment when my little girl started to go to bed at 6:30pm and sleep all the way through the night. Suddenly my life had returned, well my evenings that is, and I found myself with all this time on my hands – I was determined to utilise every second of it.
Writing has always been such a big part of my life. Sometimes it feels like it has been the only constant. Acting has always been up and down, thankfully though, I could always take out my computer and begin to write wherever I was and whenever I had downtime. Ever since I was young, whether it was writing in my journal as a teenager, scribbling down poems or creating mini plays in drama school, it has been the consistent thread throughout the years and a creative outlet that didn’t disappoint.
In secondary school my love of writing directly stemmed from my love of poetry. Reading the works of Eavan Boland and Michael Longley inspired me so much so that when I graduated drama school years later, I wrote my first book, a poetry book entitled Pink Moon while spending time auditioning in NYC. The poems are basically a reflection of where my headspace was that year. It was probably the most solitary time of my life as I had left my friends and social life back in Ireland. My year in New York at twenty-two was spent really getting to know myself. When I read back on the poems I wrote now, I can’t help but feel very proud with how honest they were.
Could It Be You is an altogether different endeavour. Ironically when I did get my evenings returned to me, I was about to embark on a concept that was entirely different to what I ended up with. My propensity is to always lean towards darker material whether reading or writing and even though my darker concept was one that fascinated me, after writing a plan of the novel, I decided to put it to one side and venture into something slightly less taxing.
I spotted an old novel that my sister gave me a while back, Something Blue by Emily Giffin. As soon as I began it I couldn’t put it down. I read it in three sittings and I found myself looking forward to my evenings so I could find out what happened next. I was determined to set out and write something similar, something I would look forward to getting stuck into every night so I set out on my little solo adventure.
Rachel Kane, the principal character in Could It Be You is someone I instantly related to. As soon as I started writing her character I felt involved and empathised with her very sudden life shift. I almost feel she gets a pass for being so cynical especially considering it has only been a tender few months since the demise of her marriage. Even though I haven’t been through any of her experiences, I have had frustrations in my own life so writing her was in many ways cathartic. I loved delving into the humorous parts of the book, I don’t get to play comedy that often in my acting life so it was such an enjoyable experience to explore funnier characters and situations.
Once I had finished the editing process I got the opportunity to submit the novel to UK Independent Publishers, Endeavour Press. They immediately showed great interest and I was thrilled that the book was going to get a summer release.
So here I am with the release of my first novel and the notion is absolutely thrilling but it’s becoming more and more apparent that I have my work cut out for me.
Getting the book out there is one thing however getting people to take interest is a completely different matter. The market for this type of novel is huge with lots of options to choose from so the key I believe is to focus on what makes me different. That is when being an actor becomes important. I have been reading and playing characters for years so dissecting and building characters has hopefully become a strong suit of mine.
And now for what’s next? Whilst writing Could It Be You I always had a follow-up idea of what the next story would be. I’ve already begun the second book which is going to be set in London and I can say for certain there is a lot more in store for Rachel Kane.
(c) Katie Kirby
About Could It Be You
Six months ago Rachel Kane was married and trying for a baby. But then her world came crashing down when she found out her husband was leaving her for another woman. Suddenly she found herself nearing thirty and living back home with her parents. No relationship, no space of her own, and struggling to make ends meet.
The soap she makes and sells through market stores gets great feedback, but she is finding to turn it into a proper business, and she is beginning to wonder if she will ever catch her big break. When she finds out two of her best friends are getting married in the South of France she can’t wait for a relaxing break.
But will it be relaxing, or will it bring up a host of unwanted emotions? Will she find it hard to be happy for her friends, when her own love life has fallen apart?
To make it worse she finds divorce papers waiting on her doormat the day before she is due to leave
Could It Be You? is a fun, holiday read about new starts, best friends and learning to love again.
Could It Be You? is in bookshops now or pick up your copy online here!
About Katie Kirby
Written following the birth of her first baby, Could It be You is Katie Kirby’s first book.
A graduate of The Gaiety School of Acting, Katie is a successful stage and screen actress. Most recently, she appeared in Noel Coward’s The Vortex at the Gate Theatre, Dublin. In addition, Katie played the title role in the Gate Theatre’s Lady Windermere’s Fan and leading roles in Private Lives, Great Expectations and The Glass Menagerie. She also played the role of Mary in The Seagull by Henrik Ibsen at Culture Project, New York.
On screen, Katie has appeared in RTÉ’s IFTA award-winning medical drama The Clinic, restaurant drama series Raw, and the Element Pictures feature film Dark Touch.
Born in south Dublin, 31 year old Katie spent her childhood in New York before returning to Dublin for her secondary education in the Teresian School, Donnybrook. Katie is married and has two little girls (aged 6 weeks and 2 years) and lives in Sandycove, Co Dublin.