5 Easy Questions
Catherine E. McLean author of Hearts Akilter answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.
Besides Catherine being a wife and mother, she has ridden and exhibited Morgan Sport Horses. She's an avid clothing and costume designer, an award-winning amateur photographer, a 4-H leader, and a Red Hatter who loves bling.
She lives on a farm nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains of Western Pennsylvania. In the quiet of the countryside, she writes fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal stories where a reader can escape to other worlds for adventure and romance.
Her short stories have appeared in hard-copy and online anthologies and magazines. Besides having two novels published, soon to be released is her lighthearted fantasy/sci-fi romance HEARTS AKILTER. Catherine also gives writing workshops, both online and in-person. A schedule is posted at http://www.writerscheatsheets.com/workshops.html
Catherine's website for writers is http://www.WritersCheatSheets.com and she blogs at http://writerscheatsheets.blogspot.com/
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What's your favorite down-home family style meal?
Homemade meatloaf that is topped with bacon strips (no gravy, no ketchup or tomato sauce topping), mashed potatoes with real butter, and cream corn. Dessert would be peach pie.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
Kentucky Fried Chicken strips, mashed potatoes with extra gravy, and coleslaw.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
I never considered her a toy. She was an 18 inch princess doll with red-gold hair and blue glass eyes with eyelids that opened and closed. She was made of plastic, had articulated arms and legs, and had a beautiful face and soft smile. I loved the doll and played dress-up with her for hours— even sewed dresses for her. I have forgotten her name, but her image is indelibly imprinted in my mind. Oddly enough, I still have the well-worn and aged patterns for her outfits and they work for Darq, the doll-avatar-heroine of my 2012 novel, Jewels of the Sky.
What are your hobbies?
Sewing and photography. I have won ribbons at the local fairs with my sewing and photography. My favorite clothing items to sew and enter in the fair are aprons and culottes. My favorite photo subjects are rocks and flowers. Rocks for their textures and colors. Flowers for their color, shape, and the play of light across their petals.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
The hero of Hearts Akilter is Deacon Black, a bomb disposal expert. He lives in the future, so no cell phone. However, if he did have a private comlink alert tone, it would likely be the "meep meep" of the Roadrunner when Wile E. Coyote gives chase.
Title: Hearts Akilter
Genre: Sci-fi Romance
Author: Catherine E. McLean
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When a medical robot insists he's having a heart attack, Marlee Evans, a pragmatic maintenance technician, has every reason to panic. There's a bomb inside him. Since Marlee can't risk the bomber discovering she's found the device, her only option is to kidnap Deacon Black, an unflappable bomb expert, and secretly convince him to disarm it. Things go slightly awry when Deacon sets a trap for someone who is trying to kill him, and inadvertently captures Marlee instead. Instantly intrigued by her refreshingly forthright and gutsy attitude, he's smitten. Unfortunately for Deacon, Marlee recently hardened her heart and swore off men, especially handsome ones with boy-next-door grins. But as Marlee and Deacon attempt to identify and prevent the bomber from detonating the device, they discover that love may be the most explosive force of all.
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