Saturday, August 7, 2010
Margaret Lake-- Catherine and the Captain
Margaret Lake: I spent my childhood on the beach in New Jersey; a great way to grow up. Notice I only mentioned a summer activity. I was never much for winter which is why I now live in Florida.
Reading has always been my favorite activity. I've been downsizing and have probably donated 5,000 books in the past few years. I still have seven book cases crammed full and probably hundreds on my Kindle. My other passion is history, especially English and Egyptian. I think my interest really began when I read "Catherine" by Anya Seton. When the inspiration came to write my first book, I naturally gravitated to the Wars of the Roses because of that book. My favorite author is Susan Howatch, my favorite book is "Outlander" and my favorite series is Harry Potter. I lead a Harry Potter book club at the elementary school. I'm still waiting for the rescue kitty lady to find me a kitty I can rescue.
The King is dead. Long live the King. Catherine Neville has no idea what these events will mean to her. Though of the nobility herself, she lives under the thumb of her cousin, the Duchess of Gloucester, until Captain Kyle Fallon reminds her that she once led a very different life
She fears him as the man who shattered her secure world so many years ago, but her memory of those events may be playing her false.
Captain Fallon does not recognize her as the young girl who changed the course of his life. All he sees is a beautiful woman ensnared by the tyranny of the weak. All he wants is to show Catherine that she doesn't have to give in to her demanding cousin. He didn't count on being ensnared himself by her kind and caring nature.
When the Duchess becomes Queen, Catherine is drawn into a web of political and personal intrigue. Can Fallon rescue Catherine in time or will she throw herself into danger by choosing duty and honor over love.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
Catherine and the Captain spans the turbulent and controversial reign of Richard III beginning with the death of his brother, Edward IV. The novel is historically accurate including archaeological discoveries revealed just weeks before publication (see Author's Note at the end). Balancing the historical fiction aspect of Catherine and the Captain is the romance between Catherine Neville and Kyle Fallon. These are two mature and responsible people who know nothing about relationships. It takes Gavin and Gael, the younger couple in the novel, to guide them through the rocky road to love. Catherine and the Captain will appeal to both romance readers and historical fiction readers.
Q: Why did you go indie?
I was an indie long before the term came in to general use to describe everything from movies to music and now books. Even if I had been able to secure a contract with a traditional publisher, I would never have been able to deal with their restrictions or dictates about my work. I bought my Kindle before I even thought of publishing my first novel, Ariana's Pride. After joining Kindleboards and posting for six months, a remark by Jeff Hepple put the idea in my mind. With his encouragement I uploaded my book to Amazon. I was stunned by the number of people who not only bought Ariana's Pride, but loved it. That encouraged me to write Catherine and the Captain, and a novelette, Of Love and War. Another historical romance is in the works as well as two more novelettes.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Anya Seton and Susan Howatch. Not everything Susan Howatch writes is historical fiction, but she is my favorite author.
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