So your new novel, If I Love Me, is out this week. Please tell us about it.
If I Love Me is a story that hopefully gives you something to think about, something to talk about, and maybe even a push to start your personal transformation.
“Cuban cigars, Dom Pérignon and designer handbags. Renate has found a fast track to success, but the job might not be as legitimate as it sounds. When she runs across her old party friend Madeleine, the re-encounter stirs memories that she had buried deep in her mind. Renate realizes that she can’t escape the consequences of her actions forever; it’s time to start making amends.
In desperation she reaches out to Madeleine who surprises her in many ways, not least by introducing her to a mystical old man who claims he can decipher her soul’s plan. Renate starts a journey into the unknown, although at first her family don’t agree with her drastic plans, especially when Renate’s big sister reveals a secret. ”If I Love Me” is a question that keeps confronting Renate as she starts to make some life-changing choices, and discovers the power of forgiveness and love.”
What challenges did you face during the writing process?
The biggest challenge for me is rewriting and editing. It really tests my self-discipline when I need to go through the draft again and again… I know it is essential part of the writing process and therefore I pull myself through it.
Where do you look to for inspiration?
I look for inspiration within and around me. It’s often said that all fiction has a tiny kernel of truth at its centre, and in this story it’s the traumatic event that changed Renate’s life. This actually happened to me and I have expressed some of my own experiences and feelings through the novel.
What advice do you have for writers just starting out?
Just keep writing!
If you need help on your journey, I coach writers to maintain their motivation and to make their dream of completing their own book come true!
How much marketing do you do?
There is definitely room for improvement! Lately I have focused on getting my novel ready as well as planning my move to California…
Where can If I Love Me be purchased?
My new novel is available on Amazon. I’m looking forward to receiving feedback from readers, and I would also like to invite them to write a review on Amazon or Goodreads.
Katja Rusanen is a Finnish writer who swapped the Nordic winters for Barcelona sunshine in 2004, and is now moving to Santa Monica, California. Her debut novel “And You Must Love Me” was published in 2011, and its stand-alone sequel “But He Loves Me” came out in 2013. They are part of a transformational trilogy where she projects her own experiences and feelings through her writing. The final part of the trilogy, a stand-alone sequel, “If I Love Me” came out in September 2014.
Katja is a Spiritual Life Coach and writes a blog about how you can turn your wounds into wisdom and be the star of your life. She also coaches writers to maintain their motivation and to make their dream of completing their own book come true!
She is involved in charity work and participated in a Kilimanjaro charity climb for the Amani Children’s Home in Tanzania, in February 2012. Katja has a soft spot in her heart for Amani which has her ongoing support.