My name is Kate Forster, I am a novelist and I admit I have a slight issue with celebrity worship.
I blame several factors for this, including;
- My lack of religious guidance as a child, resulting in me kneeling at the foot of the gossip website and magazine as an adult.
- Attending acting school, where I witnessed divas in the making. Acting school is your own little mini-Hollywood – some are stars, some are overlooked and some are just plain crazy.
- The lack of other idols in a tricked-up reality-laden world. I can’t worship Kim Kardashian but I will extol on the virtues of Julia Roberts (despite the film Eat Pray Love).
When I started to write The Perfect Location, it flowed so easily and I realised I now had a place to park all the gossip and knowledge I had been collecting over the years of being an entertainment news addict.
Having friends still in this glittering world and dipping in and out of the entertainment world as a writer, I hear the most fantastic stories. There is nothing better than having an illusion shattered about a star who you worshipped for years, only to find out they are nuts, a shoplifter or living a secret life as a bondage mistress (true stories all of them).
I wrote The Perfect Location because I wanted to read a book with the ultimate scenery, fashion and lifestyle and with people who were facing problems like the rest of the world. Just because you have won an Oscar doesn’t mean you don’t cry yourself to sleep because you are in a horrible marriage. You may look like you have the world at your feet but the same fears arise – am I enough? Am I ever going to be happy? Is this what I want to do for the rest of my life?
I like to think of my books as fairytales in fantastic places. This might be a country, a house, a party or even the world’s most amazing bathroom but the transformation of the characters is vital in my books, as it is in real life. The women must go through the dark forest to emerge in the light on the other side. I am also a big believer in great endings. I hate books with wishy-washy ending, I want definite endings including details please. If I have invested this much in the characters while reading the book, give me something concrete or preferably an address to where I can send a congratulations card on their happiness.
The moral of my story is this – just because it seems like the life you read about is amazing, doesn’t mean that it is amazing to the person living it. Everyday people have marriage problems, hearts are broken and people hide secrets so why do we assume celebrities are untouched by this?
Problems don’t stay away because you are People’s Most Beautiful Woman. Perhaps there are more problems that come with this title.
The women in my books are like me and perhaps you – clever, sometimes underestimated and in need of love and friendship. They have a lot to give, if they can let go of the past and embrace their futures.
Yes, they are just like me… just with a better wardrobe.
Kate Forster lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, two children and can be found nursing a laptop, surrounded by magazines and talking on the phone, usually all at once. Kate is an avid follower of fashion, fame and all things pop culture and is an excellent dinner party guest who always brings gossip and champagne. Kate is the author of The Perfect Location, published through Penguin Australia in January 2012 and Harper Collins-UK in May 2012, and a new teen romance series through Hardie Grant Egmont in July 2012.