Kate Harrison at a literary event at Brixton Library last year - we had been invited to read from our novels and talk to the audience about our writing. Kate is a former journalist who has worked for BBC news and investigative programmes, including Panorama. She has written for national newspapers and magazines, including the Telegraph, Mail on Sunday, Red and Cosmopolitan and also worked in programme development for TV. Her first novel, Old School Ties, was published in 2003. Since 2007 Kate has been making a living full-time as a writer. She writes romantic comedies and YA mysteries. Her non-fiction 5:2 Diet Book: Feast for 5 Days a Week and Fast for 2 to Lose Weight, Boost Your Brain and Transform Your Health is a bestseller that recently reached number one in Amazon's Kindle chart in the UK and is still in the top ten.
The 5:2 Diet Book explains how Kate lost weight and began to feel healthier after watching a TV programme that recommended eating normally for five days a week and fasting for two, and putting the advice into practice. The book offers practical advice for anyone considering following the diet, as as well explaining the science behind it in layman's terms. It's available in paperback and for the Kindle in the UK and the US. There are free downloads to accompany the book here.
Kate also has advice for writers on her website, including tips on writing and how to find an agent, and her Diary of an Unpublished Writer, which documents her attempts to get published... which ended in success, of course.
She was recently filmed for the Life Of series about her life as a writer by MGL Media. You can watch the video below. (You can see she has a cold in the film... this was before she embarked on the 5:2 diet for a healthier lifestyle, of course!)
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