Kay Gibb War Bride
What are you reading at the moment?
The signature of all things – Elizabeth Gilbert
What’s your favourite place on the Gold Coast, and why?
I live and work in Varsity Lakes. I love the little university village. The atmosphere is great, there are so many hidden gems in the forms of restaurants and coffee shops. My kids and I love to gate-crash the student trivia evenings at one of the local restaurants – it’s just such a great culture.
What’s your connection with the Gold Coast?
I moved here in 2008 from South Africa. We weren’t sure where we would settle, but the minute I drove down The Esplanade at Burleigh I felt immediately at home. We’ve lived here ever since.
What does your story convey about the Gold Coast?
I’m intrigued and excited about the role the Gold Coast played for injured American and Australian troops during WWII. I think it’s a history that’s been somewhat forgotten – certainly the Gold Coasters I’ve discussed it with have been largely unaware. I hope my story inspires an interest in this piece of history for others.
What attracted you to the photo you selected?
The innocence of the girl in the picture. I always feel that war steals the innocence of everyone who lives through it.
Tell us about your story in one sentence.
Romeo and Juliet meets a Gold Coast couple during WWII.
What else have you published?
Regretfully I have a large body of published work, but all in the academic field. I’ve had a portion of fiction published in The Coral Sea Monster – another Prana project. I would love to have more time to devote to my fiction writing.
What’s your main genre?
I love to write about love, death, history, murder – so if you can fit that into a genre please let me know!
What are you working on now?
On paper, a memoir surrounding my move to Australia. In my head, a trilogy set on the Gold Coast – and yes – with one large chunk during WWII!
Anything else you’d like to add?
I find myself constantly torn between my love of reading, and my love of writing. How do other authors find time in the day for both?