Message From The Author

Author's Message

AGE:

45 this year! Time flies when youre paying bills.

I hail from:

Raised in Olathe, Kansas, I am a Kansan by naturestubborn, loyal, and independent. My husband is from Connecticut and we compromised and chose Virginia for our home. Weve adapted well to the Southern way of life.

MY FAMILY:

Ive been married for years and years to Kevin Maxwell. We live with two daughters and a son, a dog, two cats and quite a few sea monkeys.

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:

From Debbie Macomber, Attitude is the keyeach one of us is as successful as we make up our minds to be.

MY MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT:

I have many since Im so gullible. If you have a good practical joke, Im the one to play it on.

I WOULD DRESS FOR A COSTUME PARTY AS:

Wanda the Good Witch. Oh to be perpetually pleasant! (But notice that she didnt put up with any nonsense from the Munchkins.)

THE MOST DANGEROUS THING I HAVE DONE:

Marry a man Id known less than a month. He made me laugh (and looked good in uniform). Almost twenty years later, we both still enjoy a good laugh and I respect his compassion and generosity of spirit, two qualities that have worn well over time.

MY FAVORITE HIDEAWAY:

St. Croix. I savor the sound of waves on the beach and the sight of a clear, starry sky in the dead of winter.

YOU WILL NEVER SEE ME:

With my mouth closed.

MY HOBBY IS:

The kids and my community. Oh yes, and soccer. I dont play, but at one time I did (before it was fashionable). And now the kids do. Im a fan of the Kickers, our local semi-pro team, but admit I still havent figured out exactly what off sides is. I suspect it depends on how the ref is feeling during any particular game.YOU WOULD NEVER BELIEVE: That Ive spent six years in the Navy. I worked in the Pentagon and did a tour with Naval Intelligence. Ive also managed a watch factory, been a news broadcaster and done costumes for local theater. Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy.I STARTED WRITING ROMANCE BECAUSE: Id always wanted to write a book. While devouring Jennifer Blakes Fierce Eden, I knew that this was the [type of] book I wanted to write.WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT TO A ROMANCE NOVEL? The characters. Strong characters can carry a weak plot, but weak characters can never carry a strong plot. The latter is like biting into a juicy apple and finding out its nothing but mush inside.MY LATEST BOOK IS: WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE, an August release form Avon Books. Its my take on The Little Mermaid story mixed with whirlwind romance and fate! I listen to other peoples stories about falling in love and always there is that little touch of fate involved. It gives spice and some yum to the relationship. G For a list of Cathys books on the back of a color postcard, send an SASE to P.O. Box 1532, Midlothian, VA 23113. Check in with her on the Web at www.booktalk.com/CMaxwell


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