I so enjoyed reading Perception and Illusion – I had to know more about the author that wrote it… so here were are x As the new website still isn’t ready (grumble, grumble…) I am looking at doing book reviews as a video clip – I rather think this will be my first one so watch this space!
Over to Catherine…
Perhaps most important – tea or coffee, or maybe hot chocolate?
Tea in the morning, coffee in the afternoon.
Of all the characters you have created, who is your favourite?
I have a great fondness for Lady Needham, Luke Fitzmaurice’s ‘grand-godmother’ in The Murmur of Masks, who also appears in Perception & Illusion. An elderly lady, she is inclined to be blunt but has a very kind heart and will always come to the assistance of young people in social distress.
Do you have a particular place where you write – can you show us a picture?
As you will see from the photos, I have a wonderful writing cave, whose walls are lined with bookcases holding my research library and hung with engravings and prints from the Regency period. I also treated myself to an antique Regency desk and chair where I work with pen and paper, editing for example. Although I have a proper, ergonomic desk for my PC.
Where do you find your inspiration and ideas?
Everywhere. It is very much a question of ‘what if?’ and ‘what happened then? For example, this brief exchange from Perception & Illusion:
“The carriage is outside if you still wish to leave early,” Thalia whispered.
“I do. And you?”
“I think I’ll stay awhile”
triggered The Murmur of Masks. The two speakers are at a masquerade and I wanted to know what happened after Lallie left.
What are you working on currently, and when can we expect to read it?
I am completing the final edits for A Whisper of Scandal, the story of a governess who suddenly finds herself in a very sticky situation. I do not yet have a publication date, but it should be during the coming Winter.
After that will come The Potential for Love, a sequel to Perception & Illusion. It is the story of Hugo’s niece Arabella who finds choosing the right husband is not as straightforward as she thought it would be.