Jen: Today we are happy to welcome Catherine Green back to Romancing the Book. Catherine, please tell us about Love Kills and where the idea came from.
Catherine: Set in Cornwall, England, the Redcliffe novels follow the adventures of bookshop owner Jessica Stone as she unwittingly falls in love with a vampire, becomes entangled with his identical twin brother’s werewolf pack, and then discovers she is a witch.
In the newly released sequel Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel) Jessica Stone recovers from an horrific werewolf attack and comes to terms with revelations that her lover, Jack Mason, is a vampire, his brother, Danny, the werewolf pack leader, and her best friend, Simon, is a werewolf. Add to that her discovery that she is a witch, and life is suddenly a whole lot harder than it used to be. Jessica has to fight for her own life and Jack’s when faced with his jealous vampire master who wants her old lover back. But things are never easy, and a vampire master is not so easy to defeat…
Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel) is the sequel to my debut novel Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel). I can’t say where the idea actually came from, apart from the fact that I have always loved vampire stories, and have been cultivating this particular story for the past 10 years. It was never meant to become a trilogy, it just sort of happened once I started writing.
Enjoy this short excerpt…
Sally opened a door further along the corridor.
“This is Danny’s-” she said, and then stopped abruptly.
I looked into the room to see Danny and Simon sharing a passionate kiss in front of a desk. They both jumped apart and then smiled sheepishly at us and I gasped in surprise.
Sally finished, “-office. Sorry boys I didn’t know we were interrupting!” she said with a smile and a wink.
I stood awkwardly in the doorway, and Simon stepped away from the desk rubbing his mouth with the back of his hand. Danny ruffled a hand through his hair in a gesture identical to his brother, and then he stepped forward, smiling.
“Jessica,” he said warmly, “it’s good to see you here. I was going to meet you upstairs but I got waylaid.” He looked meaningfully at Simon, who blushed and ducked his head.
I glanced at Sally who just smiled, walked into the room, and sat on the sofa adjacent to the desk, where Simon was now sitting. I was confused. She didn’t seem at all bothered by their behaviour even though I knew she was in love with Danny. This must be a wolf thing. I cleared my throat and looked at Danny.
“Yeah I bumped into Sally upstairs and she brought me down,” I said, “Should I leave?”
Danny shook his head and moved towards me.
“No of course not,” he said, “Simon and me were just discussing some pack business. Actually, Simon could you tell Sally please? I will give Jessica a tour.”
Simon nodded and turned his attention to Sally, and I followed Danny out into the corridor.
Jen: Do you have any “must haves” when writing?
Catherine: Yes. Coffee and chocolate!
Jen: If you could travel in time, where and when would you go? What 3 things would you take with you?
Catherine: Hmm, I would return to the time of our Druid ancestors in the UK, to see how life was before all the invaders came. We are talking pre-Roman, pre-Viking, a time before history was formally recorded. I would take a notepad and pen, and probably a huge pack of toilet rolls!
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?
Catherine: My favorite authors of the moment are Laurell K Hamilton and Sarah Luddington. I am currently reading Fallen by Lauren Kate.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Catherine: I plan to continue the Redcliffe series, publishing the third book, Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel) early in 2013. Then I might try something a little different. I have an idea for a vampire horror story I would like to write that would be set in the North West of England, in the popular holiday resort of Blackpool.
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Author of adult paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels, Catherine Green was raised on books from a young age, and has happy memories of Saturday mornings spent in her small local library, devouring the contents of the shelves. Aside from the Redcliffe novels, Catherine has short stories published in YA anthologies, and writes non-fiction occult articles for Suite101.
Catherine has always been fascinated by the supernatural world, and it feels natural for her to write about vampires, werewolves, witches and other mystical creatures in her contemporary stories.