For the first author interview in 2019, Catherine Lane has agreed to answer a few questions. Catherine is also giving away an ebook copy of her latest book, an f/f sports romance titled Romancing the Kicker.
Welcome, Catherine. Please tell us a little about your newest release, Romancing the Kicker.
The story’s set in the world of professional American football, but you don’t have to love, or even like, football to enjoy the book. Most of the sparks between Parker and Carly fly off the field, and the story is really about two women who lift each other up during hard times. Happily, they also fall in love along the way. I tried to make Romancing the Kicker a hopeful, feel-good book, where women support each other and celebrate their power in a male-oriented world. I wanted to find a setting that matched that theme, and what’s more patriarchal than American football?
Romancing the Kicker is set in Las Vegas, and Parker, one of the main characters, is the daughter of a hotel & casino owner. Have you ever been to Vegas, and if yes, what were your impressions of the city…and most importantly, did you gamble in one of the casinos?
I’m not a big gambler, but I do love the entertainment and the extravagance of Vegas. I could stand outside the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel all day, watching the water dance against the sky. The fountains and, actually, all the entertainment along the Strip inspired the holiday shows at the fictional Sherbourne Hotel in the book. If there is a place where the Sherbourne shows could actually exist, it’s certainly in Vegas!
After The Set Piece, which is set in the world of soccer, Romancing the Kicker is your second sports romance. What draws you to this subgenre? Have you ever played in a sports team?
Sports have always been a big part of my life. I was a three-sport athlete in high school, played soccer in college, and later met my wife on the soccer field when I was training with Team L.A. for the Gay Games. But on a bigger stage, there’s something almost magical about sports. The way a community of fans can unite when a last-minute field goal wins the game or when a home run flies into the stands. In a world where it’s getting harder and harder to find common ground, sports can bring us all together.
So far, your writing has been pretty diverse—you have written two contemporary romances, a paranormal romance (Tread Lightly), and a celebrity romance that is set partly in 1960 (Heartwood). What’s your favorite genre, and is there any other genre that you would love to write in the future?
Ah, you hit the problem right on its head. I haven’t found my favorite genre yet. Writing would be so much easier if I could figure that out. I’m like a kid in a toy store attracted to every shiny thing I see. What I really like to write, though, is the moment where one character notices the other. You know, glances meet across a crowded room, heat rises in the chest, worlds expand. Luckily, all subgenres of lesbian romance have this moment.
Tell us a little about how you got started as a writer.
I’ve always “written” things in my head, and then, one fateful day, my wife and I were standing in our kitchen. I was talking about a book I was reading in that half complaining, half wondering way if I could do better. She challenged me to try, so I did. I quickly realized how hard it is to actually write a book. But happily, by then, I was hooked. I also need to give a shout-out to the Golden Crown Literary Society and their mentor program. Without them, there is no way I would be giving this interview.
Which of the characters from any of your books has been the most challenging to tap into? Why?
Strangely, she’s one of my all-time favorite characters: Minnie Lee, Carly’s grandmother in Romancing the Kicker. She’s based on my own mother. Both are from Alabama, both cook amazing Southern food, and both are wise and kind in the most wonderful ways. There were many times when Minnie Lee did something, and I would think, my mother would never do that. It took me a while to stop hitting the delete key and let Minnie Lee be her own person.
You have a wife, a son, a dog, and a job that keeps you busy. How do you balance it all and ensure you have enough time for your work, your family, your writing, and yourself?
I don’t—not very well. I tend to go at things whole hog, which is both a blessing and a curse. Fortunately, my son is older now (six months away from getting his driver’s license—still can’t believe that one), and my work luckily has some built-in down time. Most importantly, my wife is super supportive, and she’s really the glue that holds our crazy schedules together. All in all, I am very lucky to be able to balance everything—on a good day, that is.
If you would have to give up 3 of these 6 things for the rest of your life and could keep only 3, which ones would you keep? Coffee, pizza, chocolate, music, Netflix/TV, social media.
A very happy day would be sitting in front of a big-screen TV watching Netflix, eating a pizza with mushrooms, onions, and artichokes. Then several binge episodes later, I would get up and make an ice-cream fudge sundae. I couldn’t do it every day, but I’d much rather do that than drink a latte and fall down the social media rabbit hole. But, you know, actually that sounds fun too…
What makes a good novel?
When you can’t stop thinking about the book. When you’re driving home from work and you’re thinking about the characters as if they’re real. When you fall asleep at night wondering what is going to happen next. When years later you can’t get a piece of dialogue out of your head. I don’t know what it is exactly. But it’s the same sort of feeling when you meet someone and know that they’ll be a life-long friend.
What are you working on right now?
I just wrote a short story about Parker in high school. It happens long before the action in Romancing the Kicker, but it shows Parker’s true character right from the start. I turned it into an audio file and put it up, for free, on my You Tube channel. One of my goals in 2019 is to create a bunch of free audio stories during the year. Check it out here.
Where can your readers find out more about you and your books?
Catherine is giving away an ebook copy of her f/f sports romance Romancing the Kicker.
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