Kate Paddington talks Platonic and 10 Books that influenced me ~ Guest Blog, Excerpt, Giveaway, Rafflecopter

Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Kate Paddington for taking the time to talk with us today. . There is also a Giveaway, so don’t miss that.


Title: Platonic
Author: Kate Paddington
Publisher: Interlude Press

Kate will be awarding a $25 Barnes & Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Barnes & Noble GC and a print edition of Bleeding Heart (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn host. A free download of an Interlude Press eBook title or an author/book swag pack (US ONLY) will be awarded to one randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter at each stop during the tour.

10 Books that influenced me:

Thank you for such an intriguing question! My head is absolutely swimming with all the books I’ve read, trying to remember which ones left a real mark and I suspect my list will be somewhat bizarre. Nonetheless, in pseudo-chronological order, here we go…

  1. Matilda by Roald Dahl because it taught me that a happy beginning makes a good ending.
  2. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder because it taught me how to think and how to realize when I wasn’t thinking well enough.
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling because I couldn’t put it down, even after I’d read it a dozen times.
  4. Northern Lights (aka The Golden Compass) by Philip Pullman because it made me wonder whether there were other new ideas to write about.
  5. The Ancient Future by Traci Harding because it was the first time I read explicit sex and it made me understand the characters better.
  6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin because it taught me that a bad guy isn’t always a bag guy, sometimes he just isn’t in the narrator’s favor. 
  7. As You Like It by Shakespeare because it taught me that sometimes the best isn’t the most popular.
  8. Stardust by Neil Gaiman because it taught me that words could make me feel things I couldn’t explain.
  9. The Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid because it taught me that sex could be written about, explored and rendered evil or good by motivations.
  10. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman because it made me laugh and want to try to write just a sentence that could elicit so much visceral response from somebody else.

So there’s a somewhat strange list, but those are the ones that jump to mind as well as how they influenced me. Not a single one of them is romantic erotica, most of my reading needs of that sort have been well-fulfilled in fanfiction short stories and novels, though I am starting to branch out. A book is a book, and a new idea always welcome to me. I read Matilda about twenty years ago and it’s still with me. 

Thank you so much for letting me assemble such a strange list of literature! It has been fun to think about all the ways my reading has impacted on my writing and my life! 


“Why did you ask me?” Daniel asks, genuinely curious.

“That’s unfair. I’ve been asking you all night why you came.”

Daniel holds his gaze. “You know that night in the bar, when I ran into you?” Mark tilts his head—he remembers. “You asked me to email you and your eyes were wide and pleading and there was no way I was going to be able to say no to you. I remember wondering if you used the same face on juries, to get your way in court. I guess what I’m saying is that I still don’t know how to say no to you. I still don’t know how anyone does.”

Time stops around them, stutters and then kicks back in when their eyes slip away from each other. Neither one of them knows what this is or what to do with it. Neither of them walked into this dinner tonight thinking “seduction” or “relationship” or “date” or anything like that. They were far too busy not thinking it.

“Did you want to say no?” Mark asks.

“Of course not. I wanted to come. Of course I did, Mark.” And then somehow they’re touching. Without giving it any conscious thought, Daniel has reached across the space between them and caught one of Mark’s hands in his.

The realization that they are touching comes slowly to Mark; his nerves feel sluggish, his brain has trouble processing the simplicity of the touch, just skin on skin, not intimate or unwelcome or leading to anything. But Daniel is touching him—and not briefly, not fleetingly, he’s holding on—and suddenly it all rushes back through Mark and he never, ever wants to let go.

Not ever. This is it. Daniel is it. He always was.

“You broke my heart.”


About the Author:

Kate Paddington wrote her first work of fan fiction at age 12. Today, at age 26, she has degrees in philosophy and chemistry, and is currently completing a PhD in biophysics. A native of Australia, she has published numerous academic papers as part of her research. Platonic is her first novel.

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July 28: Decadent Delights
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July 30: Wicked Wolves and Dreaming Dragons
July 31: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
August 1: Books on Silver Wings
August 4: We Love Kink
August 4: Prism Book Alliance
August 5: ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords
August 5: Behind Closed Doors- Promo
August 6: Erotica For All
August 6: Wickedly Wanton Tales – Promo
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23 thoughts on “Kate Paddington talks Platonic and 10 Books that influenced me ~ Guest Blog, Excerpt, Giveaway, Rafflecopter

  1. I enjoyed reading your list of 10 books, many of which I have read. I haven’t read Wire in the blood, but did enjoy the TV series.

    • The entire Wire in the Blood book series is stellar. There’s just something hauntingly real about the characters and the psychological terror of these novels and I would highly recommend them! I got onto the (also fantastic) TV series as well. Thanks for the comment and good luck in the give away!

  2. I love your list of favourite books, some I have read and would be on my list and few I have not heard of before. Thinking about your list reminded me of one of my favourite childhood reads, which inspired my love of history, it was called ‘Eagle of the Ninth’ by Rosemary Sutcliffe. It deals with prejudice, unlikely friendships, loss, acknowledging painful truths, tolerance and most importantly the changing for the best of preconceptions & cultural conditioning.

    If I am lucky enough to win one of the downloads I hope I can get this book as I love so many things about it including the cover and the story.

    • Thank you so much for this comment! I’m actually really surprised that people are so interested in my list because, while I was putting it together, I was very aware of how eclectic it all felt. I haven’t heard of ‘Eagle of the Ninth’ but any story that inspires is good as far as I am concerned.

      Good luck in the giveaway, I hope you get to read my book as well!

  3. I always enjoy reading lists of books that influenced authors. There are usually quite a few that are new to me. Thanks. 🙂

    • Thank you!! I love all those books so dearly and thinking about how they influenced me was so much fun! I hope you like my book!

  4. A good list of books. Some of them I haven’t read before, thank you for sharing them. Love the excerpt for your book.

    • I definitely recommend checking out all ten books because they are all wildly different and all fantastic! So glad you liked the excerpt, good luck in the giveaway!

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