Thursday, February 7, 2013

Interview with Kathleen Hewtson, author of 'The Night My Husband Killed Me'

Today, I would like to welcome author Kathleen Hewtson to the blog.  She likes to take true stories and then twist them into another version of the truth, or a sort of fiction. Find out more about her true crime fiction and her love of chocolate.

What was the inspiration behind 'The Night My Husband Killed Me'?
It began with the murder of Natalie Wood, I mean my twenty year lifetime skepticism about the murder of Natalie Wood, I wasn’t sure there was a book in it but then I met the wonderful Roger Smith the hero coastguard captain who pulled her out and then well yeah I knew I had a book and the other three ladies had always been on my radar so in they went.

How difficult was the research for this book? 

Horrendous, amongst other crazy things I did to hunt down new evidence on these stories I spent 6 hours in the Pacific ocean in November in a down coat and a flannel nightgown replicating Natalie's last hours, regarding the other three I was given diaries etc so I didn’t go quite that far!

If you could turn this into a TV miniseries or a movie, which actors would you like to see in the different roles? 

OMG, where do I begin, well for starters I’d like to see Pee Wee Herman play the role of one of the men on the yacht the Splendour the night Natalie died.

What are some other famous cases you have turned into novels? 

I wrote about Casey Anthony and also about a famous American heiress as well as the Earl of Lucan, rich people who go nuts and commit crimes is a strange hobby I’ll admit but stamp collecting is boring.

Any others in the works? 

I may put out The Night my Wife Killed Me based on Kissel, Broderick, and Ammon, in June my book The Night my Mother killed me based very closely on Casey Anthony will be out.

What do you think of the famous phrase, "Truth is stranger than fiction," especially as it pertains to your own writing? 

In a word, oh hell yeah, there is nothing in fiction that even comes close to human behavior, heck if there weren’t real humans to base things on and in most cases tamp down a little there would be no fiction.

Do you like to read true crime? If yes, what are some of your favorites? 

Anne Rule, Joe McGinnis, Truman Capote, Stacey Danson, I know I’m missing many many great writers and I feel bad about that because I’ve read and enjoyed so much true crime but right now with not enough chocolate in my system these are the ones that come to mind.

What do you like to do when you aren't writing?

See above, in that I like to participate in activities that are chocolate related, oh and reading-anything and everything

What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?

I color my roots and that I plan to become a 900 pound alcoholic shortly, it’s not a very attractive ambition but it’s mine!

Anything else you would like to add?

I like to receive cake recipes by email.

Thanks for your time!

About the Author

Kathleen Hewtson lives and writes in San Francisco California, her writing focuses on actual cases which she then takes and makes into books about how it might have happened. This is her fifth novel.

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