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Saturday 2 August 2014

No writer's block for Kathryn as she embarks on a chick-lit novel

RTE's Kathryn Thomas is gearing up to make another momentous journey -- in the literary world that is.

The Herald can reveal that she's in negotiations to pen a second book as a follow up to her debut outing last year, which has just been nominated for a prestigious award.

"I would love to write another book and I've been in talks with Poolbeg about it already. It will probably be a fiction one this time though, something along the lines of a chick-lit book.

"The only problem is finding the time in my schedule to actually sit down and write it as I found the first one very time consuming to do. I don't know how journalists stick to deadlines and churn out so many stories all the time," she said.

This week saw the No Frontiers presenter getting the nod in two different categories for her travel log Off the Beaten Track, which was based on some of the most memorable destinations from her RTE show.

She said she was "honoured" after being nominated in the Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year and the Newcomer of the Year categories.

"I went to the Irish Book Awards for the first time last year as I was there presenting an award so to actually have been nominated this year is a great honour," she continued.



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She'll now be battling it out for the coveted award with some serious heavy-weights like Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney, alongside celebrity chef Rachel Allen for her popular book Bake.

As well as making her first foray into the literary world, last year also saw Kathryn making a new departure into the world of live TV presenting after signing up to co-host the Winning Streak game show.

Given that the current season comes to an end on June 6, she's now hoping to head off for a well-earned holiday with her other half, Enda Waters.

The smitten couple recently moved into their new house in Dublin 8, which they had spent months renovating and she said that living together was "going fantastic" so far.

However, while the two are blissfully happy together, she said they have no immediate plans to seal the deal with an engagement.

"It was a big enough step getting the house in the first place and then not making sure we didn't breaking up over silly things like doing the tiles and carpets and the colour of the carpets and when we were moving in! It was a big move but we've passed that milestone, so to speak," she ended.

mfinn@herald.ie

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