WINNER: Jolene and Family!
Jessica Devlin isn't looking for love. Heartbroken after being dumped by her unfaithful ex-fianc, she's determined to have a fabulous time during her vacation in England where she'll be maid-of-honor at her cousin's wedding. After working overtime as beauty editor of Orlando's O Tart magazine, avoiding dating, and putting on ten pounds, Jess is ready to toss her past like an empty lipstick tube and party like a single gal.
But when she steps into the church on her cousin's wedding day, she sees the one man who could sabotage her plan--James-Bond-gorgeous Nick Mondinello. She's never forgotten the London marketing exec who held her in his arms after her beloved grandfather's funeral two years ago. Ambitious, and lusted after by women everywhere, Nick is completely wrong for guarded, Plain Jane Jess.
Could Spy Man Nick ever fall for her? Nope. Not unless Jess is one lucky girl.
1. Tell us a little about yourself and your latest/upcoming release.
I’ve been writing since I was a child. I read a lot when I was young and credit books for giving me a very wild, rich imagination. Under my real name, Catherine Kean, I’m known for my lush, award-winning medieval romances. Cate Lord is my contemporary pseudonym, and Lucky Girl is my latest novel—a fun, flirty romantic comedy released by Entangled Publishing.
2. When did you realize that you wanted to become a writer? What was the very first thing you ever wrote?
As far back as I can remember, I wanted to write stories. My mom has a story about a family of ducks that I wrote and illustrated when I was little; she keeps it safely tucked away. I don’t remember that particular literary masterpiece, but it must have impressed my mom for her to have saved it for so long.
3. Do you read reviews of your books? What do you do when you read a not-so-nice one?
I do read reviews of my books. It’s wonderfully thrilling when readers “get” my characters and stories and write glowing five star reviews. I appreciate those lovely write-ups very much; they’re great encouragement for my Muse. I read the not-so-glowing reviews, too, and see if there’s a common thread to the comments, which I will keep in mind for future novels. I try not to stress over negative reviews. Every writer gets them, even New York Times best-selling authors.
4. How did you come up with the idea of Lucky Girl?
I wrote Lucky Girl in honor of a year I spent studying in England—the year I met the tall, charming, witty Brit who became my husband. I lived with my uncle and aunt In Hertfordshire and took the train every day to London to take classes; on the weekends, I went to pubs and partied with an amazing group of friends I met through my English cousins. It was an incredible year full of lots of different, life-changing experiences, and in turn I tried to make Lucky Girl a journey of personal discovery for Jessica Devlin, the heroine. She’s a heartbroken American beauty editor who flies to England for a cousin’s wedding and ends up running into the one man she thought she’d never see again, the one man she dreaded ever seeing again—James-Bond-gorgeous marketing exec Nick Mondinello.
I love to see movies or watch TV series with my family. My daughter has a knack for finding good things for us to watch, including Monk, Once Upon a Time, Pushing Daisies, and Dr. Who.
6. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Introverted, creative, and loyal.
7. What do you normally like to read when not writing?
I prefer to read fiction, especially romance novels of all genres. I’m reading a lot of Young Adult books at the moment. I have an idea for a YA novel that has the potential to be a series, and my 17-year-old daughter likes the idea of co-authoring a book with me. I’m looking forward to the fresh creative challenge of the YA genre—as well as writing more historical and contemporary romances.
8. Who would you cast for a movie/TV series as your main characters if given the chance?
I’d love to see Zooey Deschanel or Anne Hathaway play the role of Jess. The hero? Hmm. I’d say Daniel Craig or the oh-so-dashing Gerard Butler.
This or That
Cat or Dog? Cat
Ice cream or Sorbet? Ice Cream
Heels or flats? Flats
Knives or sword? Sword
Coffee or Tea? Both
Iced tea or hot tea? Hot tea
Snow or rain? Snow
Movies at home or Movie Theater? Movies at home
Soda or Juice? Juice
Twitter or Facebook? Facebook
Actual book or eReader? Actual book
Actual book or Audiobook? Actual book
Spring or Summer? Summer
Fall or winter? Winter
Long Sleeves or Short Sleeves? Short sleeves
Young Adult or New Adult? Young Adult
Vampires or Werewolves? Neither
Ghost or Zombies? Ghost
Action movies or Chick flicks? Both
Horror movies or Mystery movies? Mystery movies
Mountain views or Ocean views? Ocean views