"New Worlds Are Our Oyster."
Fated to Mate - A Date with Destiny!
An Interview with Catherine Snodgrass
PNR: Your romance novels show a considerable amount of variety. You've written straight historicals, contemporary military suspense, and time travel, magical, and reincarnation themed paranormals. Do you feel variety is important to keep a writer fresh?
Catherine S.: I think it's important for a writer to write what comes from the heart and soul. For me, that means writing in genres that strike a cord at that particular moment. From a professional, business standpoint, diversification is important. The book business seems to function on whims of what editors feel is the current trend. If possible, why lock yourself into historical when tomorrow paranormal could be the thing? But no one should write in a genre they are uncomfortable with.
What inspired you to write romance
and paranormals in particular? What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
Catherine S.: I like to write what I like to read. The happily-ever-after story, true-love-conquers-all has always uplifted me. It's only natural that I would want to write that as well. As for the paranormal element, well, that's something I've been asking of myself lately. I've always been intrigued by that outside the norm. I thrived on The Twilight Zone, Time Tunnel, Star Trek, and The Outer Limits as a child. Now I find those unique qualities of the unknown also drifting into my writing. Seems a natural progression. I believe there is something else out there, something untapped, undiscovered. A dimension, a quality -- who knows? But it's there.
PNR: Before we discuss your latest paranormal romance ANOTHER CHANCE, ANOTHER TIME, tell us a little bit about your previous paranormals, SEVEN RINGS BINDING and FEATHER ON THE WIND.
Catherine S.: FEATHER ON THE WIND is my Mayan time travel romance. I've always been intrigued by the Mayan culture and would devour anything I could find about it. I knew I wanted to write a story about that time. Originally, I thought I would do historical. Then, one day, I was walking the dogs when an idea flashed in my mind. What if someone from 1970 when back to 850 and their presence began the end of the Mayan civilization? The story grew from there.
SEVEN RINGS BINDING came about after I watched a special on Spiritualism during the latter half of the 1800's. What if the heroine was an unwilling psychic forced to do someone's bidding for the safety of her family? What if the hero had those same abilities but didn't realize that until the heroine came into his life?
ANOTHER CHANCE, ANOTHER TIME
is a tale of destiny or fate. The hero and heroine have loved many
times in the past but always with a tragic ending. This story has
a contemporary setting. How do the current hero and heroine meet?
Catherine S.: Alec and Dani meet when she is seriously injured during a car accident. He is in the car in front of hers and rushes to help in his capacity as a doctor. She barely hovers in consciousness, and in that state her soul recognizes his. Alec is confused because he knows he's never met her before, but an inner something compels him to help.
So, A premonition tells Alec
that he is the only one who can save this woman. What is Dani's reaction
to their first encounter?
She is close to unconscious when she first meets
him. In fact, she doesn't remember that meeting at all when she comes
to. But she is drawn to Alec when she regains consciousness. On the
other hand, she also fears he will
Why is she so afraid to undergo
surgery following the accident?
Catherine S.: As a child, she had her tonsils removed. While under anesthestic, her soul drifted back to a previous life and her death in that life.
PNR: In their previous incarnations "Alec" had failed to be there when "Dani" needed him most. This had had fatal consequences. Alec had been there this time to save her life. This isn't enough to break their curse?
Catherine S.: In the previous lives, the failure occurred deep in their relationship. As the story opens, Alec and Dani have just met in this current life. As their relationship grows, so does the threat to their happiness. History seems to be repeating itself once more. It is up to them to discover who or what this threat is or they will not have their happy ever after.
Alec's attraction to Dani poses
and ethical dilemma. How does Alec deal with the fact that he is falling
for one of his patients? That it's happened so fast?
Alec, being a hero, justifies his actions by telling
himself that once she leaves the hospital Dani will no longer be his
patient. Someone else can remove her stitches. When images from past
lives start to intrude in his head, he thinks he's having a nervous
breakdown brought on by over
Dani's recovery is going well, then
she suddenly and inexplicably begins to decline. How does Alec realize
that someone is trying to kill Dani?
Catherine S.: Let's just say that he discovers physical evidence that supports this.
PNR: Okay. Past life regression holds the key to their previous history and the killer's identity. This is a rather interesting concept. Have you done any research on the subject? How did you come up with the various scenarios for Alec and Dani's past lives?
Catherine S.: I have always been fascinated by reincarnation. I remember as an eight-year-old asking the neighbor lady if she believed in it. Odd, when it wasn't a topic discussed or mentioned in my home. I've read books on the subject, watched specials on it, and even gone through a past-life regression session.
for the scenarios -- I read about the archaeological dig at Kourion.
Clue's point to a number of
suspects. How did you manage to keep the killer's identity hidden
until the very end?
Catherine S.: I don't know. Just lucky I guess. Sometimes that's just the way a story comes out. I love being seized by the muse.
PNR: ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER CHANCE should have wide appeal. It contained mystery, suspense, scenes in the past and present, and romance. What is next for Catherine Snodgrass?
Catherine S.: Right now I'm working on a partial submission of a romantic suspense for an agent. I'm also shopping another romantic suspense around New York. I'm crossing all fingers. I have quite a list of stories I'd love to have time to work on -- paranormal, historical, and romantic suspense. So many books, so little time.
Featured in this Issue:
ANOTHER CHANCE, ANOTHER TIME - He has spent an eternity trying to protect and provide for the love of his life. Each time he has failed...miserably. Now fate has given them another chance. Will Alec Edwards and Dani Morgan learn from the mistakes of their past or repeat them all over again?
Fate lands Rebecca Sanderson in Jonathan Dillon's hands. She's just the bait he needs to retrieve his kidnapped sister from Rebecca's uncle, the good Reverend Bowles. But love soon foils his plans and now Jonathan must find a way to save both women...before Rebecca discovers his initial intent wasn't romance, but to use her as bartered goods.
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