Catherine Castle has been writing all her life. Before beginning her career as a romance writer, she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. Besides writing, Catherine loves traveling with her husband, singing, and attending theatre. In the winter, she loves to quilt and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) in her sewing case. In the summer, her favorite place to be is in her garden. She’s passionate about gardening and even won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club.
Please tell the readers about your novel. Who or what was your inspiration behind it.
Where novice Sister Margaret Mary goes, trouble follows.
When she barges into a drug deal, the local Mexican drug lord captures her. To escape she must depend on undercover DEA agent Jed Bond. Jed’s attitude toward her is exasperating, but when she finds herself inexplicable attracted to him he becomes more dangerous than the men who have captured them, because he is making her doubt her decision to take her final vows. Escape back to the nunnery is imperative, but life at the convent, if she can still take her final vows, will never be the same.
Nuns shouldn’t look, talk, act, or kiss like Sister Margaret Mary O’Connor—at least that’s what Jed Bond thinks. She hampers his escape plans with her compulsiveness and compassion and in the process makes Jed question his own beliefs. After years of walling up his emotions in an attempt to become the best agent possible, Sister Margaret is crumbling Jed’s defenses and opening his heart. To lure her away from the church would be unforgivable—to lose her unbearable.
The answer to the second part of this question is below.
How long did it take to write the book, including preliminary work?
I think it took me about 7 months to write the first version of The Nun and the Narc. I had written the first three chapters for a contest and had to finish the book so it would be ready if an editor asked for it, and one did. It took about three more months to figure out the last 20,000 words I needed to add to make it a publishable length.
Many authors say the novel has a voice all its own. Did the plot change once your characters started forming the story?
Actually, the entire book changed because of the main character. Sister Margaret Mary was originally a missionary, but her story kept getting stalled. Then one of my critique partners suggested I change my heroine to a novice. Since I always loved stories about nuns, I decided to take her advice, and the book took off with Sister Margaret Mary leading the way.
What was the hardest part to write this novel?
After I finished the book, I discovered it was too short for most publishers, so I had to add 20,000 words to it. Trying to figure out where the story needed to go in order to make it long enough to be publishable was not easy. Those were the hardest 20,000 words I have ever written. Then my computer crashed while I was backing up the new pages and I lost 50 pages that I had to recreate from memory. Lesson learned: back up the pages every day!
How did you come up with the title?
I knew that titles need to grab the reader and had read that juxtaposing opposites makes a good title, like the title “Lovely Bones”. I also like alliteration. So when I made my list of possible titles, The Nun and the Narc came up. I thought it fit nicely into the alliteration and juxtaposition categories so I went with it. When it was announced as a finalist at the 2007 Genesis Awards banquet and a ripple of excitement ran through the room, I knew I had a winner title. Since then, whenever I mention the title to someone new, they always comment on it.
What genre is you favorite to write and why?
I’m not sure I have a favorite. I like suspense, historical, contemporary, sci-fi/fantasy, paranormal, and time travel. I have story ideas in all of these subgenres of romance. Of course, I always want an element of romance in them. I’m a romantic at heart who believes in true love.
I'm sure many readers are interested in learning more about you. Do you have a homepage where they can do so?
My website is at http://catherinecastle1.wordpress.com
and my blog at http://catherinecastle1.wordpress.com/blog/
They can also read learn more about me through the following links:
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/author/catherinecastle
Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7085414.Catherine_Castle
I want to say thanks for having me on your blog today. I really appreciate it, and it’s been fun answering your questions.
Catherine, it’s been great learning about your novel. I know it will be a fantastic read. Everyone, you can buy her book, The Nun and the Narc at:
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