Readers, Please welcome the wonderful Catherine Gayle, on the blog today.
RRG: What made you decide to sit down and start writing?
CG: I took a creative writing course in my return to college several years ago. At the time, I thought I was a poet. My professor very kindly described my style as “maximalist” and nudged me toward writing long fiction. I’ve had stories running through my head since I was very young—when I’d lay in bed at night, unable to get to sleep, I’d run through my stories like movies. LOL. Anyway, after I finished my creative writing course, I decided to try my hand at writing one of those stories and seeing where it would take me. It turned into a career.
RRG: You’ve started writing contemporary romance, what made you switch from historical romance? Will you continue to write historical romance?
CG: It wasn’t a conscious decision on my part, so much. I’ve tried writing in other genres in the past and failed spectacularly, so it wasn’t really something I was interested in doing. But one day I was working (struggling might be more apt) on one of my historical novels, and I was insanely frustrated with it, and the opening scene to my novel BREAKAWAY popped into my head. It was fully formed—not just a tiny little moment. I decided to give myself an hour to write it down, and then I would send it off to some friends who write contemporary romance and see what they thought. I was sure they would tell me it was awful, that I had no business writing contemporary and should get back to work on my historical and never think about writing anything like that again. Instead, the opposite happened. Even if it hadn’t, I have a feeling I would have kept going with BREAKAWAY. It was a story that consumed me and took over my life for a while. Anyway, I am definitely going to continue with the contemporary romances, but I’m not giving up on my historical romances, either. I’m just going to have to make the time to write both.
RRG: If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
CG: Exactly what they say in my books? Write my book faster? I don’t know. LOL.
RRG: What do you like to read?
CG: I read a lot of things. Of course, I read romance novels. I do read more historical romance than any of the other subgenres, but lately I’ve been picking up a few more contemporaries and new adult romances, and I like to sometimes read erotic romance. I’m a sucker for the Harry Potter books and the Percy Jackson books, and YA dystopian novels are always finding their way onto my Kindle, like The Hunger Games and the Divergent trilogy. Lord of the Rings is one of my all-time favorite books, I’m currently reading George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, and I have an awful lot of the classics on my bookshelves.
RRG: Who are some of your favorite heroes and heroines?
CG: Hmmm… my favorite hero would probably have to be Lord Dain from Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels. Many years later, he is still incredibly vivid in my mind. For heroines, I think I’ll go with Freyja Bedwyn from Mary Balogh’s Slightly series. She is so fiery, and yet so good-hearted, that she nearly ran away with the entire series and several other connected books, as well.
RRG: What song can you not get out of your head?
CG: There are a lot of them, and they vary. LOL. At the moment, the one that seems to be stuck in my head is Royals by Lorde.
RRG: Can you tell us about your new contemporary series?
CG: I’d love to! BREAKAWAY is the first book in the Portland Storm series. The Portland Storm is an NHL hockey team based in Portland, Oregon, and each book in the series will be a romance in which one of the various players or someone else involved with the team is the hero. Why hockey? Because I’m an addict. I’ve been a hockey fan since I was a kid growing up in Texas—back before Texas had an NHL team of their own. The series is set in the current day, and they’re all going to be written in dual first person points of view like is popular in the new adult field right now. I’m currently writing the second book in the series, ON THE FLY, which will release in late February or early March. Then I’ll be heading back into Regency England for my historical fans.
Quote: Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest, lend less than thou owest—from Shakespeare’s King Lear. Wise words. J
Sport/Team: Hockey, Detroit Red Wings
Shoes: These days, Orthaheel brand shoes, since I’ve got plantar fasciitis.
Disney Movie: Sleeping Beauty
-Romance Reader Girl