Interview with Kate Rice, Author of Cured

14 Nov 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Cured?

I had to get two other books out of me in order to write this book, the book I’d wanted to write for six years. The original book was going to be about a woman getting crushed, and fighting back with spirit and humor and guts. At first it was a healing-from-an-unhappy-marriage-and-bitter divorce story. But then I got a stage four cancer diagnosis and four months to live. Now that is a deadline! I wrote this book to show how you can be in the deepest depths, in a hole so deep you think you are trapped forever, and then, you discover you can fly!

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Cured, what would they be?

Wow, so many! I am a rock ‘n roll singer, you know. But here are two: I Hate Myself for Loving You, by Joan Jett—I sang this for a couple of shows at The Bitter End in New York. And then, Miss Me More by More by Kelsea Ballerini. Next time I’m on stage, I am singing that one!

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I am a closet romance fan, mainly Regency Romance and Cowboy romances! I read them every time I go to MD Anderson for the immunotherapy treatment that makes the cancer I was diagnosed with an easily managed chronic condition. I read ALL of the Bridgerton books while I was getting surgery, chemo and radiation. AND, I always am re-reading “Pride and Prejudice.” If I’m not reading romance, I’m reading history.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

1944. I started it but I have to stop every once in a while because it is tough going. But you know what? Reading it helps gives me context for all that is happening in the world today. It helps me believe that our world will survive and thrive.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

My rock ’n roll debut at The Bitter End in Greenwich Village, of course!

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I love libraries. They are where I go to work. All the words that surround me in the stacks power me. I wrote this book at the Park City Library and the Summit County Library. They are two gorgeous libraries near where I live in Park City, Utah. Their mountain views inspire me.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

I love my scars. They show I’ve healed.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

There is no such thing as false hope. There is only hope.


Kate Rice is the author of the new book Cured: A Tale of Badassery

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