Interview & Contest: Catherine Green

Jen: Today we welcome debut author Catherine Green to Romancing the Book.  Catherine, will you please share a short bio with us?

Catherine: I was raised on a diet of books, and my happiest memories are of school days spent in the local library on Saturday mornings, discovering the world beyond our human existence. I have finally realised my writing dream and have stories featured in both The Mirador Fantasmagoria by Mirador Publishing, and Devils, Demons and Werewolves by Bridgehouse Publishing. I live in Cheshire, England, with my husband, daughter, Staffydoodle dog, and two pet turtles. In my spare time I hunt ghosts and pursue my spiritual occult interests.

Jen: Tell us about Love Hurts and where it can be purchased.

Catherine: Love Hurts is an adult paranormal romance about a young woman who runs a bookshop in a Cornish seaside town with her best friend. She falls in love with a local police detective and later discovers that he is a vampire, and that his identical twin brother is a werewolf. She is dragged into their complicated and dangerous lives, to her detriment, where secrets are told and lives are lost…

It is available on Amazon.com, can be ordered from all UK booksellers, and is available both on the Mirador website, and on mine which is http://www.catherine-green.co.uk (there is also a free short story on my website).

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When were you first published? Tell us your call story.

Catherine: I have always loved writing, and creative writing classes at school were always my favourite times. I wrote regular diaries during my teenage years, and still occasionally update them now, when I have time. I dabbled a little over the years, starting to writing something and then deleting it, but the basic story for Love Hurts was in my mind for around 10 years. I was first published in 2010 after entering a short story competition. My young adult vampire story The Teen Game was included in the Devils, Demons and Werewolves anthology by Bridgehouse Publishing. That spurred me on to send out my manuscript, write more short stories, and find more competitions to enter.

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?

Catherine: No. Most of my family are very proud to have a writer in their midst, and they all think I’m famous now, which is a big ego boost!

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.

Catherine: Passionate, believable, imaginative.

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?

Catherine: Sort of. I work around my baby daughter, so I generally write at night when she is in bed. Occasionally I can work during the day if she has a long nap, or plays happily with her toys. When I need to, I can devote up to 5 or 6 hours a day on my work, but it does take its toll on the household chores!

Jen: Do you struggle with deadlines? How do you deal with the pressure?

Catherine: Not really. I always plan a false deadline ahead of the real one, so that I have time to make last minute alterations if need be. I have been known to spend literally all day glued to the computer, but then I balance it by taking the dog out for a walk and enjoying some fresh air and exercise.

Jen: What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?

Catherine: I look at my own life experiences with my relationships and those of my friends and family, and it fascinates me how much we are influenced by our emotions. It is everywhere in the media, and I like to look beyond the social boundaries that we were raised in. I wonder how different our lives would be if we had to deal with the situations that my characters experience, or how much we hold back on our own true nature because we adhere to the social norms.

Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?

Catherine: It has to be Jessica Stone, my heroine. She is basically a taller, slightly prettier version of me! That said, she is an orphan, whereas I come from a large, closely knit family, which is intriguing.

Jen: If Love Hurts was made into a movie, which actors would you cast as the main characters?

Catherine: Hmm, that’s a tough one. I would want British actors to make it more realistic, so I would be tempted to search for new talent, especially for the Mason brothers, who are identical twins and must remain so as it is central to the plot. I do have a male actor in mind for Jack Mason, so perhaps we could find a close match for his brother Danny…His name is Aidan Turner and he recently played a vampire in the BBC Three television series Being Human which I loved!

Jen: Who has inspired you as an author?

Catherine: Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton were my childhood favourites, and will always be a huge influence on my writing. They showed me that it is alright to be creative, to imagine new places, creatures and situations. More recently my author favourite is Laurell K Hamilton for her Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. I was also inspired by L J Smith when I first read her Nightworld series as a teenager, and then Anne Rice while I was a student.

Jen: What has been the highlight of your career to this point?

Catherine: Walking into a bookshop ready for a book signing event, and seeing a whole display full of my books, right in the middle of the store! That was a very special moment!

Jen: What’s next for you?

Catherine: I am currently editing the sequel to Love Hurts, and then I will get started on writing the third book in the series. I also have a spin-off novel entitled The Darkness of Love for which I will be seeking a publisher shortly, again once it is edited. This one is a Victorian vampire story, written in the third person, so it is slightly different to my Redcliffe novels. It features the vampire Marcus Scott, and tells his story.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
Catherine: Everywhere! Here are some links:
My author website: http://www.catherine-green.co.uk
My Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Catherine-Green-Author/254977714519206
My blog: http://www.catherinegreenauthor.blogspot.com
My Twitter page: http://twitter.com/#!/SpookyMrsGreen
I am also on Linked In, Authors.com, Goodreads and Shelfari.

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Catherine: Yes, how many of you are interested in British paranormal romance? I think we are a rare breed of authors, and I would love to meet some fans, wherever you are in the world!

Jen: I understand you have a contest for our readers.

Catherine: Yes, why not! I will offer 2 free copies of a Love Hurts eBook via PDF. All I need is for one person to post a message on my Facebook fan page and one person to Tweet me. Mention Romancing the Book (RtBBlog on Twitter), tell my why you want a copy. The book is strictly for those over 18, since it contains some graphic adult content and swearing, but all I need is someone with an email address.  I’ll chose the winners on January 27th.

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