Friday, October 4, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with Catherine Hemmerling

Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I am lucky enough to be a full time writer/crafter/stay-at-home step mom. While I hope the Lady Lancaster series continues for a while, I also have been batting around an idea for a new series. A hard-boiled detective series set in my hometowm. My family has lived here for generations, so it would be fun to include some family history in a series. I guess we’ll see. I also would love to write a young adult novel and play around with the paranormal a bit. I love ghost stories!

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Romancing His English Rose is the second book in the Lady Lancaster Garden Society series. I wrote all the books in the series to be stand alone, because I personally don’t like finishing a book with a “to be continued” ending. I guess patience in not my virtue. I want to know what happens now, not three months from now when the next book come out. That said, I also like getting to know characters over time, throughout multiple books. It feels like they become your friends that way. Hopefully, my books do the same to all the readers out there.

Are you a mom (or parent)?

I’m a soon to be step-mom. My fiancĂ© and I will be marrying sometime next year. He has two girls, 12 and 17. I love getting a chance to be a parental figure. They are great kids and I am blessed to have them in my life.

If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

Well, as the step-mom, I’m not as “on the hook” as their mom or dad, plus the daughter that lives with us will be 18 at the end of Sept. Not a lot of parenting left with her. So, no. I don’t have trouble juggling for the most part. In fact, Sara (the oldest) is often a big help if I am having a bit of writers block.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

I think all my characters (except the villain, of course) have a bit of me in them. You can also find bits of my friends and family in the characters. But no one is expressly one person or another. All the books are based on actual historic events, but the main characters are completely fiction.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

I think the main message would be, don’t let other people pigeon-hole you. Anyone can do whatever they want; gender, race, economy, o public opinion should never keep you from following your dreams.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I’ve never been to England. I’ve been to Europe and I have done a LOT of research on England and British history, but I have never been. It is on my bucket list for sure.
When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?
When I am not writing, I am supporting my favorite Irish band (of which my finance is the drummer) and I enjoy crocheting, knitting, and making jewelry. My step-daughters are into Steampunk right now. So I have been spending a lot of time at the hardware store finding parts for my jewelry addiction.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

I love Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series. I would love to claim those books as mine.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

The next book is Hope’s. The historic event is the Du Bourg Hoax of 1814. It is a stock market scam tailor-made for our math minded Hope to solve. It is probably the historic event with the most details that I have based a book on. I tried to stay as close to the accounts as I could while still creating a compelling love story around it. I think it turned out quite well, but I guess I’ll have to wait and see what my readers think.

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Romancing His English Rose
Lady Lancaster Garden Society
Book Two
Catherine Hemmerling

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing.
Date of Publication:  9-9-13

Number of pages: 174

Book Description:

Rose Warren and Simon Trumbull may have been betrothed since birth, but that doesn't mean they have to like each other. Rose is sure the notorious playboy Simon will never willingly settle down, and Simon, well... he agrees. Never one to be forced into anything, he'd rather drink and gamble with his mates than spend time with the bookish, bespectacled Rose.

When the two are thrown together to investigate a potential poisoning mystery, neither expects the sparks that fly. Simon discovers that Rose is, in face, a brilliant sleuth and - even better - hides a delectable body beneath her flowing skirts. Suddenly, falling into bed may be the best idea either has heard, but can Simon convince Rose his romancing is forever?

About the Author:

Catherine Hemmerling has been a technical writer in the software industry for nearly twenty years and has published many user manuals and technical documentation in that time. She has always had a love of writing fiction but has never pursued publication in that genre until now.

Hopefully it is the beginning of a long new journey with Lady Lancaster and the Garden Society girls. Certainly historical romance (especially the scandalous kind) is more fun than writing technical documents!

This author happily resides in Tehachapi, California (near Bakersfield - home of her Alma-mater!) with her family.

Catherine writes for Entangled Publishing's Scandalous historical line and is thrilled to be part of their family of writers!

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