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New novel gives Iraqi people a human face

Nov 5th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

PROUDLY PUBLISHED: Kate hold her first novel at the book launch on Saturday. IMAGE: Hayley Gastmeier

PROUDLY PUBLISHED: Kate hold her first novel at the book launch on Saturday. IMAGE: Hayley Gastmeier

NEWLY published author Kate Carty says she felt inspired to write her book Run Thomas Run because she feels Iraqi people have been demonised.

The Wellington-based writer says Iraqi people have had a “bad rap” for decades.Run Thomas Run, which follows a family living in Iraq under Saddam Husain’s regime, was launched at the Paramount Theatre by former Governor General, Sir Anand Satyanand on Saturday.

The novel was put together solely by students of the Whitireia publishing programme, who edited, produced, designed, publicised and marketed the book.

It was published under Whitireia’s label Escalator Press.

After taking seven years to write the book, Kate says it’s been a long time coming but she’s excited.

“It’s really exciting to see the physical book, to see them stacked up on the table there is something else, something you can’t ignore,” says Kate.

“They have been very effectively demonised by politicians and that’s trickled through to the media.”

“The motivation for the story was to try and humanise them, give a human face, because Iraqis’ are just ordinary people like you and I.”

“Unfortunately they are caught up in deadly politics in the Middle East.”

Kate explains how she wanted to write characters that people could relate to, and show the kind of lives they lead in Iraq under difficult circumstances.

A journalist by trade, Kate says her past seven years have been full of challenges.

Writing the book was a long process, but the on and off approach has benefits she says.

“You can see the faults in it with greater clarity when you have time away from a manuscript.”

While writing her book she studied at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University, completed the Whitireia Creative Writing programme, and was mentored by New Zealand writer Mandy Hager.

Kate says the key to being published is perseverance, believing in the story you want to tell, and don’t give up.

When asked what was in store for her next she replied: “A rest, then I might think about the next one.”

“I’ve got a partially completed manuscript, for another novel. Hopefully the next one won’t be seven years,” she says.

Run Thomas Run by Kate Carty is available in all good bookstores and can be ordered through the Escalator Press website: http://www.escalatorpress.co.nz/

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