Earlier this month, I had the privilege of reading Hot Zone, a romantic suspense novel by Catherine Mann. It totally blew me away, from one of the most gripping opening scenes I’ve ever read all the way to its poignant ending.
I loved it so much, I seethed with jealousy that I didn’t write it myself.
I’m so happy to have Catherine here today, giving away a copy of Hot Zone and answering my nosy questions. Welcome, Catherine!
Thanks for inviting me to visit on your blog – and thank you very much for your cheers for HOT Zone!
1. You started off with a career in arts and teaching. You’ve got degrees in theater and fine arts, and you’ve taught at advanced levels. Can you tell us how you transitioned from that career into a writing career, especially one where you write gritty military suspense novels?
I’ve always been an avid romance reader, since my early teens, and even tried to write a novel in junior high school. But I tabled the dream and tucked away that first attempt, because hey, what are the odds of selling a book, right? My creative outlet then turned to the theater, which in hindsight I see now that somehow I seem drawn to careers that are difficult to break into. But my mother always said in choosing your career, follow your dreams, your passion, and the rest will fall into place. (Thanks, Mom!)
2. How has your theater background helped you as a writer? Do you find yourself incorporating theatrical skills (like storyboarding or having a keen eye for setting) when writing your novels?