On Better Words this week: Karina May
How this Australian author turned her brain surgery experience into a beautiful romantic contemporary novel
How do you write so lovingly about French cuisine when you don’t really cook? Karina May explained all during our chat this week (and made us very hungry).
Karina joins us from her home in Sydney, where she now works as a digital marketer after a career as a magazine journalist.
Her lively love stories span the globe and when she’s not dreaming up her next bookish meet-cute, you’ll find her reading or guzzling espresso martinis in the name of research.
In this episode, we’re discussing her new novel, Duck á l'Orange for Breakfast.
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Things we talked about
How Karina's own experience undergoing two brain surgeries inspired the novel
In contrast, how Karina wrote what she didn't know using the help of a French chef to create recipes for the novel
Why IKEA became such a focal point of Max's story
Karina's love of travel and how it helped shape the novel
The journey to publication and why Karina has a second book coming out this year
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Before we chat with our featured author, we always share some other recommendations….
But it’s been a real week for us reading-wise. Michelle's been abandoning books left, right and centre and we couldn't settle on a book club. We're both in a bit of a reading slump!
So, this intro is slightly chaotic with a moving-to-the-UK update from Michelle, plus book and TV recommendations from both.
Caitlin recommends: Happy Place by Emily Henry and Queen Charlotte (TV)
Michelle recommends: Double Booked by Lily Lindon and Blue Lights (TV)
- Caitlin & Michelle
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