Elite soldier Marian serves and protects the royal family—a responsibility she does not take lightly. But when she thwarts an assassination attempt on the king, she unwittingly becomes a prime suspect. Worse, she is left with a terrible, pulsing wound and vile, intrusive thoughts that are not her own. Now, the mysterious cult behind the attack has targeted her, and Marian soon learns of their goal to restore a devastating relic: the legendary Rose Crown.
Former mercenary Henryk has vowed to prevent the restoration of the Rose Crown at any cost. When he encounters Marian, he discovers the terrifying truth of her involvement—and the mortal danger they both face. Drawn together by the very thing that could destroy them, Henryk and Marian must forge a bond of trust—before it’s too late.
Can Marian battle against the ancient darkness consuming her soul, or will it utterly destroy them both?
Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for the author of The Rose Crown, Catharine Glen!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a Massachusettsian, born and raised. I’m really attached to this part of the country (especially when autumn rolls around), and could not picture myself living anywhere else. I am a psychologist by education, but pursued other interests in the health and medical device field (incidentally, that required a lot of writing).
Many of my hobbies stem from my childhood and continue to be things that I enjoy. I am a long-time gamer (first system was the NES) and fan of Lego (still have my sets from the 80’s). I also have a deep interest in Japan: its culture, language, music, video games, anime, and of course food. I’ve visited there twice and can easily say Tokyo is my favorite city. Reading and writing are a given, and I also play the piano.
2. Using five words or less, describe the protagonist in The Rose Crown.
Loyal, independent, stubborn, proud.
3. What does a typical writing session look like for you?
My writing sessions tend to be either midday or late at night. I can write anywhere, really. I wrote my first novel, THE ROSE CROWN, at the local Starbucks, the library, on my couch, and in my home office. Music is a must. I typically listen to instrumental music to help set the mood and to separate myself from the rest of the world. Genres include video game / anime soundtracks, classical crossover, techno and electronic, new age, and Renaissance.
Each writing session has a goal, set at the end of the previous session so I can dive right in when I start the next. I am a very process-oriented person and setting small goals is important to keeping things moving and staying positive. I track word count but do not set hard and fast goals. It’s more important that I address whatever needs attention (writing or finishing a scene, editing a certain chapter, etc.).
4. What is your favorite book genre?
Fantasy has long been my favorite genre to read, and it is what I primarily write as well.
5. What is currently on your to-be-read shelf?
Hoo boy, my TBR list has grown quite large. I read a lot of self-published work, and have been reading several books of my fellow SPFBO (Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off) participants. However, right now I am reading Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (who also facilitates the SPFBO).
6. Any project in the works?
My next fantasy novel is in development and I will have more details in early 2018. I can say that this upcoming book will not be related to THE ROSE CROWN, but rather something entirely new.
7. In your opinion, what makes a story ‘good’?
An interesting premise, fleshed-out world, or intriguing magic system is all well and good, but without believable characters a story just won’t work for me. A ‘good’ story must have characters with clear motivations and goals who act and react realistically (in line with their personality). I know when an author has achieved this when I actually care about the characters and want to know what happens next. I strive to do this in my own writing.
And now for a game of “Which Do/Would You Prefer?”
1. Summer or winter?
Summer. It always brings out the nostalgia for childhood.
2. Cake or ice-cream?
Ice cream most definitely.
3. Nights out or nights in?
Nights in. I’m a homebody, what can I say?
4. Living in the city or living in the country?
Country – I prefer the quiet.
5. Having telepathy or having telekinesis?
Telekinesis. Much more practical.
6. Being able to speak and understand every language known to humankind or being able to speak and understand every language known to animals?
Every human language.
7. Going without internet access for a week or going without watching any movies/television shows for a week?
Easy – no movies/TV. I rarely watch TV anyway!
8. Losing your ability to speak or losing your ability to hear?
I’d rather keep my hearing and not be able to speak. I could always communicate via writing or sign language.
9. To never read another book or to never watch another film?
I would give up films before books any day.
10. To never again eat a piece of chocolate or to never again drink a cup of coffee?
Tough one. I would have to give up the chocolate!
Thank you for joining us, Catharine!
Readers: want to connect with Catharine? You can find her on Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook. Also, be sure to check out her author website. The Rose Crown is available on Amazon.