Life in the Palace Interview with Catherine Green

Life in the Palace Author Catherine Green Welcome to Life in the Palace Author Catherine Green! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions about your life and book!

Catherine Green writes fantasy books featuring religious characters in a brazen attempt to make the people in faith communities seem less weird. She lives with her husband, children and three marginally neglected goldfish. When she’s not writing, or pretending to be one of her characters on Facebook, she has been known to cook dinner.

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Life in the Palace Interview with Catherine Green:

Welcome to Cuzinlogic! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

In high school, I was in the in-crowd. In college, I became religious. Talk about going from one end of the social spectrum to the other. My high school friends thought aliens had taken control of my body. They’re still waiting for me to grow out of it. I started writing Life in the Palace to prove that living with faith was not synonymous with having a full frontal lobotomy. I’ve been writing since I realized I could write down the stories playing in my head. When I finally felt the need to explain my choices to my oldest friends, it was obvious I’d do it through fiction.

What kind of research (if any) did you have to do for this book?
I haven’t living in Montreal for nearly ten years, and I’ve never been to El Paso, TX, so I made good use of Google to double check my details. I looked at real estate listings to get the street scenes accurate, used strangers photos to get the bar details down, and crowd-sourced my friends on Facebook for the few things Google couldn’t answer.

What Inspired you to write this book?
The mainstream media paints a fairly negative picture of religious people; (usually blowing up the plane, killing the abortion doctor or opposing gay marriage.) I wanted to give young adults from faith communities the chance to the ones with the epic love story, funky wardrobe and catchy soundtrack.

What was the hardest part about writing this book?
Sitting down to do it. I’d find myself answering the phone or doing laundry and wondering where all my writing time went to. Now I leave my house to write so I can’t distract myself. I deliberately go somewhere that has really bad wifi connection so not even the internet can tempt me.

How many books have you written?
Life in the Palace is the third book I’ve written. I wrote one in college that lies somewhere in the back of my closet and another that was published under another pen name. Since then I’ve written two more, To Call Your Name, the sequel to Life in the Palace, and Jen’s Story, a Palace Saga companion novel. To Call Your Name is on sale now, Jen’s Story should be out in early July.

Do you have any spring reading or writing plans?
Right now I’m in the middle of ‘Camp in the Shadow’ book 3 of the Palace Saga. After that I have two more non-Palace books I’m planning.

Tell us something about the book or main character that isn’t mentioned in the synopsis.
Chloe Diaz is a diet coke addict, and a Buffy fangirl. When she’s not helping to save the world, she plays a mean game of pool.

Describe your writing environment for us.
I go to my local mall and sit in the food court. At 9am, I’m practically the only one there. I stay until it gets busy around lunchtime. My friends call it my office and stop by to say hi when they’re shopping.

Do you have a favorite line or quote in this book?
ʺDon’t give me that ‘if all your friends jumped off the Brooklyn bridge’ junk, sometimes all your friends are going bungee jumping.ʺ

If you could pick any one author, which one would you like to co-author a book with?
ʺDon’t give me that ‘if all your friends jumped off the Brooklyn bridge’ junk, sometimes all your friends are going bungee jumping.ʺ

What makes this book different from other books in the same genre?
Life in the Palace is not a typical ‘inspirational’ book. It’s a YA book where the main characters happen to serve God. Unlike many of the paranormal books that are full of angels and demons with no mention of the Creator, Life in the Palace makes it clear who the angels work for.

eBooks, hardcovers or paperbacks and why?
ebooks. I speed read and can easily finish a novel in a morning. My Kindle means I never have to get stuck lugging a giant bags of books around just in case I run out of things to read.

Who designed the cover of your book?
Damon from I read on a writers forum that he was the best and I wasn’t disappointed. He managed to convey the complexity of the book. He was also very patient. I had a specific vision for the couple on the cover and we went through lots of versions before we got to this one. This is actually the body of one couple with the faces of another!

What can your readers expect from you next?
Jen’s story, a Palace saga companion novel, set in the time between Life in the Palace and To Call Your Name should be out in July. The third book in the series, Camp in the Shadow, is coming out in September.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Chloe, Seth and the other main characters have their own facebook pages, where they update their status’ according to the book’s storyline. The links are available on my website where you can also hear the song Seth wrote for Chloe.

Thanks Catherine, for joining us today and good luck with the next book in the series.

Life in the Palace Author Catherine GreenLife in the Palace
“We need to talk,” Tal said. Then I knew it was going to go badly. ‘We need to talk’ is the conversational equivalent of walking into your basement without turning on the light, on a dark and stormy night, when a known psychopath is on the loose. You might as well cut to the chase and slit your own throat.

Chloe Diaz assumed three things: that when Tal said that she was one of The People sent from heaven to maintain the cosmic balance, it was code for ‘I’m a pamphlet distributing, incense burning, religious weirdo;’ that the gorgeous Seth Wilks would never be her soul mate and that she’d never have to choose between them. Chloe was wrong.

Now the future of the world is in her hands, but what if price is too great to pay?

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