Author Katherine enjoys the fruits of her labours

Eastbourne writer Katharine Drew
Eastbourne writer Katharine Drew

AN EASTBOURNE writer has seen the first novel she wrote for a writing competition turned into an ebook.

Thirty-four-year-old Katharine Drew wrote ‘The Citrus Grove’ last year during National Novel Writing Month 2010 and her 50,000 word novel, which she wrote in a month, has been reworked and has been put on to Amazon Kindle.

A former Willingdon School pupil, Katharine has lived in Eastbourne all of her life and grew up on a farm in Polegate.

She went to ECAT and studied hair and beauty, before working within the NHS and then setting up her own computer tuition business.

Katharine has always enjoyed writing and said she is delighted her novel has ended up as an e book.

She said, “Writing has been something that I’ve always wanted to do and which has been there in the background all my life; from songs I wrote when I was 10 years old to the fairy tales I write for my nieces and nephews now.”

Katharine, who lives with her husband, two step children and a Jack Russell called Lilly, also wrote a monthly column for motorbike magazine, the Riders Digest.

She said, “Fiction-writing is my first love though and being able to share my stories through ebooks is fantastic.

“I think there’s never been a more exciting time to be a writer.

“I wrote The Citrus Grove in one month and it’s quite a crazy deadline but so worth it because you end up with a draft of a novel at the end, and the final reworking of this is what I have now put onto Amazon Kindle.”

When she isn’t writing, Katharine enjoys motorbike adventures, making cakes and gardening.

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