Please welcome Veronica Lynch (aka Kathy Cottrell) to Write with Fey as she tells us about her new release, Caper Magic, an intriguing short story with a stunning cover.
Veronica, tell us about your current release.
Caper Magic is part of Hauntings in the Garden series out of the Wild Rose Press, due for digital release on October 27th, with a print date TBA. It is about Nick Forrester, chief investigator for a high-powered law firm on the trail of a woman who has taken her minor children in violation of a court order. It is feared she will flee to Canada with them. Annunciata Doyle runs one of the local stations on the Underground Railroad, helping women and children who have nowhere else to turn.
Length: 48 pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: October 27th, 2014
1. Is this book part of a series?
Actually, this will be the first in a series set in the fictional town of Cape Brendan, a medium size tourist area on the eastern most edge of Lake Ontario where it bleeds into the Saint Lawrence River in northern New York State.
2. I love a good series! Why did you choose this setting for Caper Magic?
For the past several years the hubs and I had vacationed in the Saint Lawrence area, picking a different spot each year. Two criteria governed the choice [not counting cost]: good fishing for him, peace and quiet for me. I discovered Cape Vincent, a lovely small town known for its historic connections to the French and Indian War and later, the War of 1812. It was instant infatuation. From the first I knew I'd have to set at least one book in this area.
3. Did you do special research for Caper Magic?
Cape Vincent [in the book it's known as Cape Brendan] has a ferry which runs several times a day back and forth to Canada. I chose this as the mechanism to transport the woman and her kids to safety. To do that, I researched how to disappear as well as interviewing the Immigration officials who run the ferry service. They gave me some great advice.
4. Research is always important. How did you come up with the names for your hero and heroine?
I knew the heroine had to be Irish, with a thick brogue, with a history of being raised in one of the Magdelene laundries. The name Annunciata Doyle came easy because I wanted to call her Nunie. Nick Forrester arrived out of the blue and stuck with me. It wasn't until later, after I put the names together—Nick and Nunie—that I cringed. Right out of a Frankie and Annette movie, but it was too late.
5. Nick and Nunie...that's cute! Which actors would play your hero and heroine in a movie?
Anthony Denison [The Closer and Major Crimes] and Minnie Driver [About a Boy and The Riches].
6. I love Minnie Driver! How old were you when you read your first romance book?
It was 1983 so I would have been in my middle 30's. Working the night shift in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit put me at two ends of the emotional spectrum: scared spitless a patient might crash versus fighting desperately to stay awake. One night I discovered a grocery bag filled with used Harlequin-Silhouettes bearing a sign “free for the taking” and picked one by Billie Douglas. I never forgot it. In fact, I still have it on a shelf in my office.
7. If you could give your book to anyone in the world to read (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
My father. Because he'd get a kick out of Nunie's voice and for the pen name I chose. Veronica Lynch was a lifelong friend of him and his siblings. All of them spoke of her with great respect and affection.
8. I love that you revealed how you got your pen name! Have you ever experienced something unusual that influenced a story?
Part of my job as director of a victim advocacy agency included supervising interns who were criminal justice majors. One of the perks was free tuition for one course each semester. Over the years the interns raved about a course titled Terrorism and Hostage Taking. Part of the course involved being taken hostage by officers from the county sheriff's hostage negotiation team. It changed my life.
9. That sounds fascinating...and scary! What lessons did you learn early on in your writing career?
To listen to my gut, then my heart.
Writing under the names Kat Henry Doran and Veronica Lynch, author Kathy Cottrell uses her experience as a nurse, victim advocate and insurance investigator for background in her award winning novels and novellas. Her stories are set in her favorite places to visit: the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains as well as the Saint Lawrence River in the historic Thousand Islands region of Upstate and Northern New York State.
When not writing, or chasing grandchildren, Kathy spends her time designing and making tote bags and aprons to custom order.
I love to hear from readers who can reach me at: WildWomenAuthors@yahoo.com.
Thank you so much for being my guest, Veronica (Kathy), and for sharing such interesting tid bits about yourself and your book!
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