About Me

Kate Armitage – author bio:

Kate Armitage is a published author, writer and joint honours Journalism and Creative Writing student at University of Lincoln. Her debut novel, The Wrong Side of Twenty-Five was published by Crooked Cat Books in December 2017. Her most recent work-in-progress was longlisted for WriteNow 2018 by Penguin Random House. She lives in Lincoln with her husband and two children.

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How I came to be an author.

When I was 24, I was tired of the career path I had fallen in to and secured an interview to start an apprenticeship in something new. I was turned down, mid-interview, once the interviewer did the maths and discovered I would be 25 before I would actually start the apprenticeship, the cut off being 25. Then, after 6 terrible months in a new job within my one and only career path, I was fired with the reason ‘you’re not a good fit’. Too old for an apprenticeship, and apparently incompatible with the only job I had experience in, I had officially hit rock bottom. Worse than that, I had hit an existential crisis. I had no idea who I was or I wanted to do. Well, except to be a writer, although it wasn’t realistic. Publishing gigs didn’t happen to people like me. I had no experience, no degree and knew no one in the industry. But with nothing better to do, I figured I would write, and actually finish something instead of writing half a novel and leaving it to fester in my hard-drive.

And here I am today, 28 years old, and a published author. I don’t know how it happened, but it did. It happened to the working class girl with no degree who wasn’t a ‘good fit’.

 

-Kate