Kirsty Capes, author of the Women’s Prize longlisted Careless a novel about Bess, a 15 year old living in foster care who discovers that she is pregnant and Love Me, Love Me Not which is about Lucy Banbury, a young woman who is thriving, until she discovers that she is adopted at a family wedding, which is published in paperback next week. Kirsty and I have a lovely conversation about the three writing degrees that let her believe that writing was something she could do professionally, balancing publicising your book with wanting to protect your privacy, writing characters with experience of care, what her experience in working in publishing taught her about her own book being published and the epic sci-fi dystopia that is yet to see the light of day. Guest: Kirsty Capes Twitter: @kirstycapes IG: @kirstycapes.authorBooks by Kirsty: Careless by Kirsty Capes, Love Me, Love Me Not by Kirsty CapesHosted by Kate Sawyer, author of Costa shortlisted The Stranding and This Family which is due to be published in May 2023 (and now available for pre-order from all good bookshops).Twitter: @katesawyer IG: @mskatesawyer Books by Kate: The Stranding by Kate Sawyer , This Family (coming May 2023. Available to pre-order now!)Kirsty’s recommendations:A book for fan’s of Kirsty's work: My Name is Why by Lemn SissayA book Kirsty has always loved: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam TowesA book that’s been published recently or is coming soon: Yellowface by Rebecca F KwangOther books discussed in this episode: The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Towes, Women Talking by Mirian Towes, The Brother of The More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido, The Power by Naomi Alderman, The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn, Junk by Melvin Burgess, Babel by RF Kwang.All books recommended and discussed in this episode are available to be purchased from the Novel Experience Bookshop.Org Shop Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.