A current MA Publishing student at UCL, Kara is focusing her studies on children’s and young adult publishing, travel literature, and illustration. Originally from Minnesota, she has spent the past few years after finishing her undergraduate degree travelling Europe and moving from country to country until finally ending up here in London, a place where she hopes to begin a career in publishing. Kara is an aspiring illustrator, with her first three published illustrations resulting from the London Book Fair and her UCL classmates with their Colour-Me-In Shakespeare book.
1. What was the last book you read?
The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge.
2. What’s next on your reading list?
Oh so much… In reality, and being the responsible student that I am (just in case my UCL tutors read this), it’ll be a series of articles and books for my dissertation topic, but in all honestly, I’d love to drop everything and start Red Rising by Pierce Brown.
3. Which writer would you have loved to have met – and why?
Hands down, J. R. R. Tolkien. I credit my literacy and current day love for reading entirely to The Lord of the Rings (and Harry Potter).
4. What are you watching right now on TV?
My background noise TV show, Come Dine with Me.
5. What TV series are you obsessing over right now?
Honestly, I’m just finishing up Game of Thrones so that I’m finally caught up with everyone else.
6. Which is your favourite bookshop or ebookstore – and why?
While growing up in Minnesota, I loved going to Barnes & Noble and would spend hours perusing the bookshelves. As a form of nostalgia since I’m far away from my hometown, I still enjoy browsing the Barnes & Noble NOOK ebookstore at the end of a long day.
7. Name your favourite app and why?
It’s more of a game than an app, but I’m guiltily still all about Candy Crush.
8. Tell us about a passionate interest you have outside the business?
Illustration and design. I love spending my free time water colouring and line drawing. And never would I have thought that I would further a potential career in illustration through a publishing masters. I couldn’t be more thrilled that the LBF provided me with this opportunity—as well as trusted an untested student—to create an illustration for them.
9. When was your first London Book Fair (LBF)?
Only just this year, and I can’t wait for the next one!
10. What do you love about LBF?
Since this was my first time to the LBF, I was blown away by the sheer size of it all. I had been told it would be big, but the immensity, diversity, and buzzing hubbub of activity were beyond my imagination. I loved the atmosphere of the LBF and look forward to experiencing it again.