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Kate Pullinger

Kate Pullinger is the author of several novels and collections of short stories and collaborated with Jane Campion on the novelization of the film The Piano. The Mistress of Nothing, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, was her American debut. She lives in London. Visit her website at KatePullinger.com.
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Kate Pullinger on LANDING GEAR

: Award-winning author Kate Pullinger discusses her new novel LANDING GEAR, a highly imaginative story of colliding worlds and extraordinary connections.

My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. My mother was a great one for maxims, me less so.  However, I'm a great believe in optimism, however unfounded.  Plus I always like to have my next holiday booked and planned.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Happiness for me is really good meal in a really great restaurant with my husband and our two kids. There's something about a good restaurant - well-run, well-designed, with good lighting, good service, and of course good food - that I find irresistable and impossibly glamorous. I grew up in towns where nice restaurants didn't really exist, so I love getting dressed up and going out to eat somewhere nice.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Count Dracula, from the novel 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. My job title at the university where I work part-time is Reader in Creative Writing and New Media. 'Reader' is a British academic title that is one rank below 'Professor'. But it would be great if what it really meant was 'reader' - the perfect job for me!

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Sally Naldrett, of course, the main character from 'The Mistress of Nothing'! I'd love to find out what really happened to her after she left Lucie Duff Gordon's household.

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November 19, 2010

I am so looking forward to 'The Mistress of Nothing' coming out in the US.  This will be my 'American debut' and I really hope that readers in the US enjoy the book.  I'm so pleased to be working with Touchstone, Simon & Schuster. 

Publication isn't for another seven weeks.... but the countdown is definitely on!

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