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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Interview with Author Cathy Maxwell and Giveaway

Today I am super excited to welcome author Cathy Maxwell to RFTC. I absolutely adore Cathy's books and I am beyond excited to have her here today. Cathy is celebrating the release of her newest book The Scottish Witch and has stopped by to answer a few questions. Please everyone give Cathy a warm welcome.

Born in Olathe, Kansas, Cathy Maxwell’s family roots go back to the Mayflower and the Revolutionary War. She has long called Virginia home, noting she is “a Virginian by choice, but a Kansan by nature.” She worked in television news as a broadcaster before spending six years in the Navy. She attended Air Force intelligence school, worked in the Pentagon and did a tour with Naval Intelligence.

Cathy began her writing career in 1991 while her children were still small. “It wasn’t easy,” she says. “I worked full time, my husband travelled, we had three kids, I volunteered and I was writing from four until seven every morning.” Now, twenty years later, she is the author of seventeen national bestsellers and her novels appear regularly on The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. A rarity in the book world, Cathy has published every one of her novels with the same publisher, Harper Collins/Avon Books.

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A la Twitter style, please describe your book in 140 characters or less.
On a moonlit night, Harry Chattan bears his soul to a woman he believes is the witch who can save his brother. Hearing his confession, Portia realizes her witch masquerade might not have been a good idea--and it isn't...because there is always a reckoning when Fate has chosen Lovers.

What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?
Arguments! I love a good argument, especially when I know the characters. I believe in every great relationship we must have at leaset one good, toe to toe so we know where each other stands. And when an argument like that happens in a book, the couple take their relationship to a new level, and that is when interesting things happen.

If you could have dinner with any three authors (alive or dead), who would you choose and why?
I did that already. A decade ago, I took a trip to England to meet authors. The trip was sponsored by RT magazine. I met Anne Perry, Dame Barbara Cartland, and Jude Devearaux. Dame Barbara was beyond anything you could imagine. She was in her 90's and dictated 5,000 words a day. She was fully engaged in life.

I'm now in a position that I get to wine, dine, and laugh with the best authors on our genre. As I'm writing this, I'm a house guest of the brilliant Lorraine Heath and will be spending the afternoon with Kerrlyn Sparks, Sarah Maclean and a host of others. Lucky, lucky me!

What are you favorite types of stories to read?
I like suspense, whether the suspense is from a romantic relationship or solving a murder. And if the book contains both, I'm in heaven.

Last question, are you working on anything right now?
I'm working on a new series set in Scotland. The series is titled THE BRIDES OF WISHMORE and will start with book tentatively titled THE BRIDE SAID NO. It will be followed by THE BRIDE SAID MAYBE and finally, THE GROOM SAID YES. I just returned from a research trip in Aberfeldy a couple of weeks ago and my imagination is charged!

I enjoyed the interview, Danielle. Thank you!

“If love means death . . . is it worth the price?”

Portia Maclean believes she is beyond love and marriage. Then one moonlit night, while attempting a daring masquerade in a desperate bid to protect her family, she finds herself swept off her feet by a powerful stranger. But what will he do once he discovers she has betrayed him?

Harry Chattan is fighting for his family. For two hundred years the Chattan men have been destroyed by love . . . and now he’s come to Scotland on the hunt for a witch to break the curse. Instead he finds himself bewitched by Portia. Harry has vowed to fight the demons that torture him.

But will that battle destroy her as well?

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  1. Aloha, Danielle! Those are excellent questions! Aloha, Cathy! Those are excellent answers, especially the Twitter description of THE SCOTTISH WITCH. I loved the "bearing the soul" - I had to get a hankie!

  2. I love historical romances, because they were my first romance books. I love the period. I mean when I actually read them, I go search to see if that was even possible. Plus, the clothing and places sound so wonderful.

  3. I love the periods, the costumes, the language, the descriptions of the old building and gardens.
    This book sounds fantastic. Thanks for the great interview.

  4. Thanks for the awesome post and giveaway! Congrats to Cathy on the newest release! I love historical romance b/c it's an escape to an entirely different place and time. A great way to get away from real life :)

  5. I love the periods, the costumes, the language, the descriptions of the old building and gardens.
    This book sounds fantastic. Thanks for the great interview.

  6. The first reason i love HR because I always enjoy reading HR, and when i reading other genre, i will feel miss to read HR. And especially i love happy ending story :)

  7. I love the elegance: the speech & language, the people; everything about it is. But most especially I love that the simplest & smallest things are romantic; a touch of the fingers, a gentle caress of a cheek.

  8. Historical romance allows me to transport myself back to a time where some things were slower, calmer and more elegant. I has always been my favorite genre.

    Congratulations on your new release.

  9. Hi Cathy! I really enjoyed your post. I live in the Shawnee Mission area, and have for all of my 60 years. When my husband and I got married, we bought a house 1-1/2 miles away from where we both grew up and our parents still lived there. Did you live in Olathe back in the 50's or 60's when it was still a relatively small town? It's huge now.

    I love historical romance because I enjoy reading about history and romance. It takes me back to a time period that I love, and I tend to think of myself as the heroine (like everyone else). Lol!

  10. I love the ability to jump into settings and events that actually took place. While the characters are mostly fictional, readers are able to get a more descriptive idea of what everyday life was like that no textbook ever covered. Plus, I love HEAs!

  11. I am a romantic at heart and love histry so when combined its like a grown up fairytale and theres nothing better than that

  12. I enjoy reading historical romances, because everything seems more romantic, from the first meeting to the happy ending. Things seemed simpler and less jaded than contemporary romances. Thank you Cathy for such great books, and thank you Danielle for such great interviews.

  13. I've always loved castles, knights on horses, and everything old. MMatch that up with a good romance and how can you go wrong?

  14. I love the fashion and the settings. All the beautiful people and the men. The men are always so romantic and know what they want, or at least they do once it is shown to them by a great woman. Thank you for the chance to win another great Cathy Maxwell book.

  15. I like the history and fashion.

  16. I enjoy the setting and the rules inherent to the particular time period.
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  17. I've always loved history and the chance to read romances set in a time and place so different from my reality is interesting and fun. I usually learn something new with each story as well.

  18. Hi Cathy!!
    I love Historical Romances because of the setting, the style of dress and speech, the balls and the titles, and especially the alpha, beta, gamma males and their love!! They have a way with word and it's just so romantic! <3

  19. love historicals for their settings, dialogue, clothes, and manners--- so much more romantic!

  20. I love historical romance because of the clothes, castles and the men were gentlemen. I'm also very interested in history.
    By the way the cover of the book is lovely.

  21. I love visiting another place and time in historical romances.

  22. I love the larger-than-life heroes, the clothes, the settings, the manners.

  23. I like to travel that time every chance I get while I read, historical romance is my favorite genre of all times, I love how that life was, the settings, the people.

  24. I love Historical Romance because i am interesting for their settings, clothes, manners and stories too.

  25. Historical Romance is the ultimate escape. I love the rules & laws of the particular society - the clothing, culture - I love it all really.

  26. I'm in love with Highlanders! I love the way they act and the exchanges between men and women of that time! I like to read about the ''male'' and why they are so possessive and they kind of ruthless but still lovers ...

  27. HR, how I love thee. The men were gentlemen...unless they were pirates or something dashing. The women wore beautiful gowns and were treated like women. And they wrote real letters, signed their names to it and everything!

  28. I love historical romances because it's like go to another era before i was born. Try to imagine the situation, the costume, the society.