Cate: Absolutely! Cate Lord is my contemporary pseudonym. Lucky Girl is my first romantic comedy released under this name. I also write historical romances as Catherine Kean. My novels have won a number of awards, including two Reviewers’ Choice Awards and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. My books also finaled in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the 2008 National Readers’ Choice Awards.
When not writing, I love to cook, bake, browse antique stores, shop with my daughter, and spend time with my family and friends. I live in Central Florida with my British husband, teenage daughter, and a very spoiled male rescue kitty.
Jen: Tell us about Lucky Girl and where is can be purchased.
Cate: Lucky Girl is a funny, sassy, light-hearted contemporary romantic comedy very loosely based on a year I lived and studied in England. It’s the story of Jessica Devlin, beauty editor for Orlando’s O Tart magazine, who flies to England for her cousin’s wedding. There, Jess runs into marketing exec Nick Mondinello, a gorgeous Brit she met briefly in an embarrassing incident two years ago, and whom she never expected to see again. She’s convinced Nick is completely wrong for plain Jane her. She does her best to fight her growing attraction to him, but fate has its own designs for them.
Lucky Girl is available in trade paperback and ebook, and can be purchased at Amazon.com, BN.com, Deisel eBooks, and Books on Board. By the way, Lucky Girl has the most wonderful cover! I am so grateful to Entangled Publishing for the design that fits the book perfectly.
Cate: I started writing at a very young age, probably because I read a lot as a child and developed a very wild imagination. My favorite subject in school was Creative Writing. I wrote lots of angsty poems as a teenager (one won a poetry contest), and penned my first novella at age 12 and my first book at age 16. I still have both of those projects, tucked away at the back of my filing cabinet, and one day, I might take another look at them—when I finish with all the other story ideas demanding attention. J
My first novel, my medieval romance Dance of Desire, was published in paperback 2005. It was a tremendously exciting moment to get “the call” (the offer actually came via email). My husband and daughter were thrilled for me, since I had been trying to get published for years, and we all went out to a special dinner that night to celebrate.
Cate: I plot. I have to, because my muse refuses to work any other way. I usually start my books by writing a few scenes so I get to know my characters a bit, and then doing character sketches that flesh out my characters’ goals, motivations, and conflicts. From these, I develop a fairly detailed outline/synopsis. That is the “skeleton” of my novel, and I write using this as a roadmap for my novel.
Cate: When ideas come to me, I jot them down in a notebook. I keep notebooks by my computer and also in my purse. Writing the ideas down seems to help me remember them.
Jen: Have you noticed your writer’s voice has changed over the years due to experience? If so, how?
Cate: I don’t think my voice per se has changed, but my writing craft definitely has. My sentences are “tighter” now, and so are my scenes, because I’m thinking more about story structure and pacing.
Cate: The most challenging aspect I’d say is managing my time. Writing takes complete concentration, and with a busy husband and daughter, lots of incoming emails per day, and other commitments, it’s often hard to find that quality writing time, unless I book it into my schedule. I find I get more done if I take myself out of the house, too, where I don’t have to think about the overflowing laundry hamper or the grubby kitchen floor.
The easiest part of writing? Creating my characters. When a character materializes in my mind, he or she is pretty vivid. All of my characters are like real people to me, with ambitions, torments, and obstacles that make them intriguing and unique.
The most rewarding part of writing? Hearing from readers who loved my books. It makes all of those long hours at the computer writing, revising, and editing worthwhile.
Cate: Oh, yes, I get very attached to my characters. All of them are special to me. I’m always a bit sad when I write the end of a book and I know my time with those particular characters is done.
Cate: Anne Hathaway would make a great Jess. And for the role of Nick? I’d have to say Daniel Craig or Jason Isaacs.
Cate: There are too many authors to name.
Cate: I went out to a wonderful dinner with my daughter and husband.
Cate: I have lots of projects in the works. Among them, an idea for a follow-on book from Lucky Girl. After all, Jess has three beautiful English cousins who deserve stories and happily-ever-afters of their own
Cate: As an author, I’m always intrigued to know what elements make a story a “keeper” for readers. Lovable characters? An exciting plot? An emotional ending? Readers, what gets a book onto your “keeper” shelf?
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