This month I’m thrilled to welcome to my series of author interviews best-selling romance author Cathryn Hein. Cathryn has 10 books published, from rural romance to romantic suspense. I added Cathryn to my reading list recently and she’s definitely there to stay. Check out Cathryn’s answers to my fun questions below and then go check out her website. She hosts great giveaways over there and showcases some amazing authors.
What is your favourite part of being a writer?
CH: I have lots of favourite parts! Living in my imagination is a big one but I also like that I work for myself, set my own hours, and can flop around the house in daggy clothes raiding the fridge and espresso machine as much as I want. I also LOVE the writer friends I’ve made. That is such a special thing. The romance community is amazing – inclusive, passionate, smart and generous. There’s no other writing community like it.
SD: Raiding the fridge can also be a dangerous side effect of being a writer!
Romantic elements feature in most Women’s Fiction, and, obviously in romance genres. Who is your favourite fictional couple?
CH: Gawd, that’s like asking my favourite wine or food or book or song. I have so many and honestly, a lot of the time when this question gets posed my first reaction is to nominate the couple from the last book I read because they’re the strongest in my mind. Which, at the time of writing this, would be Amani and Jin from Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands.
But if you really insist on me choosing…
SD: I do…
CH: I thought Beth and Lincoln from Attachments by Rainbow Rowell were just adorable. Mind you, I also thought Lilac and Tarver from These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner were incredible too, as well as Karou and Akiva from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, and Ove and Sonja from Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove, and, oooh, about a bazillion others.
Ask me the same thing next week and I’ll likely choose differently.
SD: Umm, that wasn’t choosing, but I’ll let you off the hook as clearly you are passionate about fictional couples, and I’m ok with that.
Which five fictional characters would you love to have over for dinner?
CH: Sherlock Holmes, although he’d probably drive everyone bonkers.
A young Rupert Campbell-Black, Jilly Cooper’s gorgeously scandalous toff from Riders, Rivals and the rest of the Rutshire Chronicles. He’d be uncontrollable, possibly even rude but I’d forgive him because he’ll make me laugh. He’d have to be the young rakish version though, not the older Rupert. Rupert turned seriously cranky in his maturity.
Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. She’s brilliant in so many ways, and she could keep Sherlock and Rupert in line with just a swish of her wand. Lachie is too much of a gentleman to misbehave.
Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins’s incredible Hunger Games series. She’s one tough cookie. Rupert wouldn’t want to try any groping. He’d likely lose his hand.
SD: That sounds like one very interesting dinner party.
What is one trait that one of your own characters has that you wished you possessed?
CH: I so wish I had Emily Wallace-Jones’s innate elegance and class. She’s a character from Rocking Horse Hill who is not only beautiful, but smart and extremely poised. To some she can appear aloof but the hero Josh knows that beneath that calm façade simmers deep passion.
SD: Innate elegance and class are certainly something I could do with a pinch of. A big pinch.
What are you working on next and when can we expect it out?
CH: I recently handed in the first round of edits on my next full-length release The Country Girl. It’s a book I’m ridiculously excited about and one my agent and editor are describing as my best yet. It’s hitting shelves in late December. Perfect for relaxing over the holidays with.
SD: I’ve been watching this development on social media. I’m excited too.
If money, time and talent were no object, what job would you love to do other than write?
CH: I would be an equestrienne, probably eventing which involves dressage, cross-country jumping and show jumping. I was born horse-mad and as a little girl always dreamed of making the Olympic eventing team. That takes serious discipline though (along with all the other things you mention, like time, talent and money) and I’m not sure I ever really possessed that kind of drive. And I certainly don’t have the fitness now. Still, a girl’s allowed her fantasies!
SD: You are indeed. That’s exactly what this question is about. Horses do seem to feature in your novels, so I’m thinking you’d find the drive easily.
To find out more about Cathryn and her novels, you can find her online here…
Twitter: @CathrynHein https://twitter.com/CathrynHein
And if you want to win a signed copy of her most recent release Wayward Heart, blurb below, make sure you tune in to my Facebook page next Wednesday… https://www.facebook.com/sandiedockerwriter/
Jasmine Thomas should feel safe in her cosy cottage at Admella Beach after finally putting an end to an ill-advised romance. But her perfect sanctuary is shattered with the arrival of hand-delivered threatening notes. Someone has discovered her secret.
When the notes escalate to vandalism, Jasmine’s anxiety rises. But in such a small place, telling the police would mean the whole town finding out.
Digby Wallace-Jones is stumbling through the motions of life, wrapped in a fog of grief since his fiancée Felicity died. Withdrawn from his family, Digby doesn’t care about anything beyond his loss. But in a chance meeting with Jasmine, his sister’s best friend who he’s known forever, even he can see the tension she carries. Worried and feeling protective, he continues to drop by, but it’s more than that. Jasmine soothes him; and, unlike the rest of his family, he can talk to her about his pain without fear of judgement. But as much as he likes Jasmine, Digby’s enduring love for Felicity means he has nothing left to give and he pushes Jasmine away.
Jasmine knew they were supposed to stay friends ‘with excellent benefits’ but she can’t help her wayward heart from falling for this tortured, kind and sexy man. How can she ever loosen the grip Felicity’s memory has on Digby’s soul and remind him he still has a life ahead of him?