I thought we’d celebrate Cat’s release week with some inside views from Emma Montgomery and Nathan Case (without spoilers) and even from Cat herself.
CAT’s STORY: I ventured into the world of writing romance fiction while still in high school. It has been my passion ever since. Stories come easy to me. For every one I write, I plot 3 more. This can get distracting when I’m trying to finish one book and the characters from other stories clamor for my attention. Fortunately, I multi-task well.
Ten years ago I put my writing career on hold in favor of motherhood. I spent a couple years working two jobs and saving money so I could adopted a little girl from China. She turns eleven this year and these days she’s more inclined to give her mother some quiet time to write.
Another passion of mine is sailing. I used to do a bit of racing when I lived in Florida, but like writing, I haven’t had time to do much sailing. Two years ago I was fortunate enough to hook up with a terrific friend who is multi-published in technical and travel writing. Erik put together a crew of eight friends and we embarked on a sailing adventure in the British Virgin Islands. With all the sailing I’d done, I’d never called a boat home before.
Living with seven other people lead to an article that I wrote for International Yacht Charters & Vacations. Getting published in a national magazine boosted my confidence. Pulling a series of novels off my old computer reminded me how much time I had devoted to writing and I began to think that maybe it was time to revisit my dream to be published.
In 2010, I entered the Golden Heart for what I hoped was the last time. The book, Fake Fiancée, Real Love went on to win. A month later, I sold a different book to Harlequin Desire.
So, here I am, 4 years later, living my dream of writing romances that will appear in bookstores around the country, and maybe even around the world.
NAT: That'd be me. She seemed pretty interested in my background and we spent a fair amount of time talking about my family and my problems with my half-brothers. I had no idea what she had in mind for me. Of course, now I'm as happy as I could be, but there were times, I really wanted to put her on a slow boat to the south pole.
EMMA: Cat's great to work with. She had lots of ideas for us, but it did take her forever to get it right. Not that I minded. It gave me a lot more time with Nathan. He's so great. Sexy. Strong. Yet he takes care of me.
EMMA: Thrilled. She'd spent three years thinking about us. Never stopped believing we'd get our happily ever after. We're glad she got hers, too.
NAT: She's very partial to the opening scene. Spent forever getting it right. First it happened in a hotel room. Then a bedroom. Finally the study. Let me tell you, it was great spending all that time getting Emma hot and bothered up against the door.
EMMA: We both have. She talks about that crew of hers all the time and when we went with her it was as if we were old friends. She's mentioned another sailing trip in Europe, but I have a feeling she's got a different couple in mind to bring along.
EMMA: Well, I got bailed out a lot when I was young. I guess you could say "rescued." Maybe I didn't have the best judgment when I was in my teens and early twenties, but with four older brothers always watching out for me, plus my controlling father, I knew no matter what happened, they would take care of me.
EMMA: Ah, no. Nathan isn't really the knight in shining armor type. He's got a bad boy vibe going. Very hot. He's not what I would describe as a prince charming. More like his scoundrel younger brother. But he's all that I wanted.
NATHAN: I'm not sure the word "relationship" was in my thoughts when we first reconnected. I wanted more of Emma. In bed. Out of bed. Wherever. It wasn't until later, when I realized she wasn't on board with marrying me that I started thinking I needed to be with her on a whole different level than just physical.
NATHAN: At first it pissed me off that her dad put both of us in that position, but it didn't take long for me to decide that deal or no deal, she and I were going to end up together. I just wish it hadn't taken me so long to admit how much she meant to me.
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Cat’s debut Harlequin Desire MEDDLING WITH A MILLIONAIRE is a blast and I hope you’ll pick up or download your own copy soon. Come by tomorrow for MILLIONAIRES Heather would like to meddle with. Should be loads of fun. Stop by next week when I host historical author Margaret Mallory.
Cat's giving away another copy of Meddling With A Millionaire today and everyone who comments this week will be put into a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card.