Interview with Katja Rusanen, author of But He Loves Me

Publication Date: October 8, 2013

Book Links:  Amazon

Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.

“But He Loves Me” is a young adult novel. It’s the sequel to “And You Must Love Me”, the first book in a trilogy. Here is the blurb on the back of the book:

Renate quits her studies in Bergen, Norway, and moves to buzzing London. She tries leaving her tragic past behind but nothing can stay unrevealed forever. During a reckless party night with her new best friend Madeleine she meets Mr Right, who finds out about her dark secrets and doesn't run away.

Despite having already decided “never again”, Renate finds herself falling in love, and there are plenty more unexpected things heading her way. She refuses to listen to warnings from her well-meaning friends, making excuses for her boyfriend both to them and to herself with “but he loves me...” But how much is too much even in love? What happens when Renate finds out that she is not the only one with a secret? The dangerous cat and mouse game back in Norway was just a warm-up for this one.

Q. How did writing this book affect you?

“But He Loves Me” was both hard and easy to write. When I was doing the research for the book, I came across some heart-wrenching stories that you wish were not true. These stories gave me inspiration to write this book, I didn’t even suffer from “writer’s block” or even procrastination.

Q. How did you come up with the title?

The working title of the book was actually “A Shadow of a Girl”. But once the first draft was ready, it didn’t feel right. Then “But He Loves Me” just came to my mind…  I changed the title as I feel that it captures perfectly the theme of the book.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Definitely the rewriting is the hardest part for me. It requires loads of self-discipline to go through the draft again and again... But I know it is essential part of the writing process and therefore I pull myself through it.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

I’ve planned Renate’s story to be a transformational trilogy. So I’m working with full speed on the sequel.

Q. What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading “The Charge” by Brendon Burchard. It’s an inspiring book on personal development.

Besides being a writer, I’m also a Spiritual Life Coach and I’m committed to a diligent pursuit of specialized knowledge.

Q. All of the books you’ve read, which book has impacted you the most?

If I need to select one, I'd say "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne. This book introduced me to the Law of Attraction, and so many good things have happened to me after reading that.

Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).

I’m eagerly waiting for the launch party that will take place on Saturday 2nd November in Barcelona. It’s going to be fantastic to celebrate this milestone!

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I’m looking forward to receive more feedback from readers, and I would also like to invite them to write a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

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