Once Upon A Romance Interview
Cathie Linz


January 2006

I had the pleasure of interviewing Cathie Linz recently, and I'm happy to be able to share it with you. The time was spent chatting about her writing, and of course, I learned a bit about her other self as well.

Connie:: Welcome, Cathie! Thank you for being here with me. Iím eager to ask you some questions about your writing and your life, but first, would you tell a bit about yourself and what youíre working on now?

Cathie Linz picture Cathie: Iíve been a full-time author for a little over twenty years now (yes, I first started when I was 12 years old ). Before that I was Head of Acquisitions in a university law library. I am currently working on the sequel to Good Girls Do about Skye, the bad girl sister. The book is titled Bad Girls Donít and is scheduled for a November 2006 release.

Connie: Congratulations, Cathie, on your single title release of Good Girls Do, your 50th book, and on your placement on the Barnes & Noble bestsellers list! What prompted you to venture down the single title avenue?

Cathie: I wanted my 50th book to be something special and I got some awesome cheerleading assistance from my author friends Jayne Anne Krentz and Susan Elizabeth Phillips among others.

Connie: And was it very different, mindset or process wise, to write GGD vs. any of your series titles?

Cathie: I had more room to explore the various relationships in the book Ė between the librarian heroine Julia and her New Age mom, her bad girl sister, and Toni the biter (her 4 year old niece). And to explore themes, like the need to conform.

Connie: Exploration is good and can lead to all kinds of fun and interesting things. Is it your plan to continue to write both series and single title for now?

Cathie: At the moment my writing schedule is filled with single titles for Berkley, but I certainly havenít turned my back on series Ė itís just that there are only so many hours in the day!

Connie: How true! With every story thereís research to be done on some level. What has been the most thought provoking or interesting research youíve done and for what book(s)?

Good Girls Do cover art Cathie: For these books, Iíve done research on everything from small town life, to llamas, to New Age philosophy, to belly-dancing, to classic movie theaters!

Connie: Quite a variety. And as they say, itís the spice of life, hmm?

Which book has taken you on the wildest ride writing wise? I mean where the characters have taken you off guard, the dialogue wrote itself, and the plot flew along taking you for a ride.

Cathie: Good Girls Do was doing that all the time, as is Skyeís story that Iím writing now. For example, the llama scene with Sue Ellen in Good Girls Do was a total surprise to me and to my heroine Julia! Itís why writing is still such fun for me Ė I have to keep going to find out whatís going to happen next!

Connie: Cathie, you enjoy making the reader smile and laugh. How do you balance the lightness with the conflict to do so? What do you have to keep in mind?

Cathie: Emotion. And the fact that some people use humor as a shield or as a coping mechanism for stress or pain or anger.

Connie: True. To put a twist on my previous question, have any of your characters started out as being basically normal, down-to-earth letís say, but as they evolved it became clear to you that they were a bit off-the-wall? If thatís happened, did you go with the flow or put a halt to it?

The Marine and Me cover art Cathie: As the writer, all I can do is try to keep up with my characters. Itís their story. Just because I write a character-driven story, that doesnít mean Iím in charge of my characters. In the local community theater, I saw a sign that explains it best Ė "In the theater, the director is God. Unfortunately, all the actors are atheists." Thatís sort of how it is for me as a writer.

Connie: When youíre through writing for the day, do you stop at the end of a scene, or do you begin a new scene so you have a specific course the next day? Or does it depend on the day?

Cathie: It depends on the day. I often go by page count or time (so many hours for example). Iím not organized enough to always stop in a certain place.

Connie: What about interruptions? How do you or your characters handle them?

Cathie: My characters get very angry with me . My characters might handle them better than I do, but sometimes life does get in the way. Even so, as a writer you have to treat your profession seriously and be prepared to be committed to it (and not committed to an institution because of it ).

Connie: Well, if that happens, maybe theyíll allow a computer in the room with...

One last question, Cathie, before we move on and get to know the other you... Winning an award, Iím sure, comes with its own natural high, but is the feeling the same as when you find out a book has been sold or having a book come out and getting some positive feedback from the readers?

Between The Covers cover art Cathie: That is the ultimate high, hearing positive feedback from readers!! Better even than dark chocolate!

Connie: Oooooh, comparing the feedback from readers to dark chocolate, it must really be a great feeling to hear from them.

Ok, getting to know the other you. Without pulling too personal of a memory out, could you tell me one of your most favorite childhood memories?

Cathie: Christmas was always magical when I was a child. My mom and dad would herd my brother and I upstairs on Christmas Eve because Santa was coming to bring our presents (we celebrate on Christmas Eve). My dad was right with us when I heard the Ho,ho,ho from downstairs in the living room. Turns out my dad had recorded his voice and remotely played the recording while we were upstairs to make us believe in Santa. And I still do believe in Santa and magic!

Connie: Me, too, and my grown kids know they better still believe, too.

You have a garden. What sort of plants and flowers do you enjoy growing? What do you try to grow but gives you little cooperation?

Cathie: I want a garden that will weed itself. I love peonies, and those are doing well. Also my lilac bush is now taller than I am. And my pink iris also looks great. Around the edge of our deck, we have window boxes with pink and white petunias in the summer. I canít grow roses at all, takes too much pampering.

Connie: Sounds lovely. Iím sure the fragrance is absolutely wonderful!

Daddy in Dress Blues cover art Purely for fun. Youíre stranded on a desert island with ?? (fictional or real). You send a message in a bottle to be found by anybody. What does the message say?

Cathie: Island with Paul McCartney. Message says Send chocolate!

Connie: Cathie, is there a particular author or two from decades or centuries past youíd like to meet? What would you say or ask him/her?

Cathie: Dr. Seuss. Why green eggs and not blue?

Connie: Last, but not least, how would your closest loved one(s) describe you in four words?

Cathie: Iíll have to ask themÖhold on...fun, witty, honest, good listener...okay thatís five, sorry about that!

Connie: Fiveís ok. Now we know that much more!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with me, Cathie. I had a good time getting to know you! Before I let you go though, is there anything I forgot to ask that youíd like to tell the readers and fans?

Cathie: For updates on my books, and to sign up for contests or my reader online newsletter, readers can visit my website at cathielinz.com. Be sure to also click on the Photo of the Month section as well. Thanks for such great questions, Connie!

Thank you again, Cathie, for visiting with me!

Good Girls Do is a January 2006 release by Berkley.

For those of you who would like more information about Cathie Linz, please take a moment to visit her Website www.cathielinz.com.

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