MEET CAT DUBIE
Cat Dubie has traveled the world in books: back to the dawn of time and far into the future. Her keen interest and studies in history determined the genre of her books, which range from historical romance to women's fiction, always with spicy love scenes.
After working for various levels of government, she retired and now lives in the beautiful province of British Columbia, where she indulges her need to create stories about romance, adventure, passion, mystery and love.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW BOOK.
Fortunes Folly is historical fiction with elements of spicy romance. It is Eden Fitzgerald’s story, a romantic saga that follows the daughter of an Irish patriot from brave child to alluring woman, from naïve innocent to budding feminist. When her father is unjustly imprisoned she uses her wits and wiles to do what she can, what she must, to have him freed. When all else fails, she dons a disguise and resorts to highway robbery to amass the funds she needs to effect his escape. Her crimes pile up, one after another, until her own liberty and life in danger, and she must flee with her twin sons to unknown territories.
It's also the story of Alex Banning, whose meeting with Eden in Ireland when the two are children brands them both for life.
A dozen years later in another country, Alex and Eden discover a powerful attraction that, consummated one hot summer night, cannot be sustained in the light of day. Having been forced to give up his career in the Royal Navy, Alex is a reluctant agent in Her Majesty’s Secret Service, a position that places him and Eden on opposite sides when he investigates her family’s ties to the Irish Republican Brotherhood.
In addition, Fortune’s Folly is the story of the Fontaine men, two brothers and a cousin, scions of an illustrious Montreal family. André does not love Eden but marries her; Louis is dangerously obsessed with her; Laurent adores her from afar and is the unwitting catalyst for her flight.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE FOR THIS BOOK?
My original intention was to write one book titled Fortune. The word quantifies a smuggler’s hoard of gold, a thief’s casket of priceless gems, a seemingly unattainable sum desperately needed. Fortune can also be the worth of a comfortable home, the eyes and smiles of beloved family members, or a wicked talent for deception. Fortune may even be destiny, good old-fashioned written-in-the-stars, determined-by-the-fates capital D, Destiny.
When the story became unwieldy, I planned a trilogy. But the middle book was nothing more than a bridge between the first and the third. So I melded books two and three and now have the first book and the sequel to come. So, book one became Fortune’s Folly and the second book will be similar.
WHEN AND WHY DID YOU BEGIN WRITING?
Hard to specify a time when I began, for it seems I’ve been writing forever. I loved reading, I loved words, and it just seemed natural I would put on paper the stories swirling in my head. I wrote my first novel, a mystery, when I was eleven -- iIllustrated, even. (ha!) This went on throughout my youth, playing around with stories, poetry, essays, but I didn’t get serious about writing again until I was married with children and could find time to sit and write. Now it’s just something I need to do!
WHEN DID YOU FIRST CONSIDER YOURSELF A WRITER?
I always considered myself a writer but did not use the term as my occupation until I worked as a technical writer for the government.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST LESSON YOU HAD TO LEARN AS A WRITER?
Editing my work meant deleting some of my loveliest prose. (my darlings). I saved that lovely prose to a special outtakes file so I can indulge in them whenever I want. But the monster needed to be tamed—140,000 words has been reduced to 98,000. And was then published!
NOT INCLUDING FAMILY, WHO SUPPORTED YOUR EFFORTS TO BECOME A PUBLISHED AUTHOR?
When I first got my computer I joined a writers forum. Made some good friends and we all supported each other and still do all these years later.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR NEW WRITERS?
Advice I have heard many times is to examine the first few chapters of your draft and decide if you need them. Often, you don’t, for you may be starting too soon, trying to explain the world and the people in it and how it got that way. Meanwhile the reader is waiting for something to happen. Start the story when something happens, then feed in information as needed, when needed.
I had a habit of setting up my stories with backstory and explaining too much. After slicing those first chapters in several of my works, I find myself starting at what I feel is the right place.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOWS AND MOVIES?
Favorite TV shows are all police dramas--Law and Order SVU, Criminal Minds, NCIS
and of course British costume dramas--loved Downton Abbey
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC TOUCHES YOUR SOUL?
I love all kinds of music, but I’m partial to New Age (ambient). Jazz is a close second.
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In 1867, Eden Fitzgerald marries, not for love or money, but to persuade her influential in-laws to obtain her father's release from a contrived prison sentence. Cleverly evading those who believe she, like her father, is a smuggler and Fenian collaborator, Eden does what she can, what she must to achieve her goal. When legal methods are exhausted, she dons a mask, carries a pistol and, using her wiles, wits, even her seductive beauty, robs wealthy citizens to amass enough money to arrange her father's escape.
Her life grows ever more complicated by the lustful attentions of several men who profess to love her, and the one man she loves but dares not trust. As her crimes worsen, culminating in what may be treason, and her enemies grow more dangerous and determined to apprehend her, she must run for her own freedom.