~ CATHERINE MANN ~
Welcome to UTC! Tell us a bit about yourself! List 5 things that readers would not know about you.
Thanks so much for having me here today! As for five things about me…. I’m a military wife, mom of four amazing young adults, grandmom of the most beautiful baby girl in the world, foster mom to Humane Society pups, and I write 4-5 books a year.
Congratulations on your most recent release, FREE FALL. Can you tell us a bit about the book?
FREE FALL is book 4 in my “Elite Force” series about Air Force pararescumen.
What was the biggest challenge when it came to writing Jose and Stella’s book?
The hero is a recovering alcoholic. I deeply wanted to do justice to his journey and really poured a lot of heart and research into relaying his struggle.
For readers who are new to your books, could you please tell us a bit about your Elite Force series? What was the inspiration behind it?
I am an Air Force wife, so I’m often drawn to military characters. The pararescue motto has always resonated for me – “These things we do that others may live.” It’s an honor to showcase these elite force heroes!
What would you say is the biggest challenge in writing Romantic Suspense?
I want my villains to have motivations for the crimes they commit. I think the more compelling the villain’s motivation, the more intense the mystery becomes. Without question, the villain in this book has done horrific things … but the reason behind it? I think readers will see what a slippery slope morality can be.
When you get the chance to read, who are some of your go-to authors and what is it about each of their works that resonate with you?
I read a lot of different genres. I adore the lightness of Theresa Medieros’ historicals. I am riveted by the edge-of-the-seat grittiness of Lisa Garner’s mysteries. I love to immerse myself in the lush whimsy of Sarah Addison Allen’s paranormals. Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ books always entertain. And Tana French’s way with words and characterization – wowsa! I could go on and on!
Take us through a day in the life of a writer. What does your daily writing routine consist of?
I like to stay busy. I also find that parts of a book come together in my head if I can find time to step away from the computer and let the story gel. I do write every day – but I also do all the regular, hectic mom things and volunteer at my local Humane Society.
How much research goes into one of your books?
I rely a lot on the internet, but I also believe it’s very important to have a human source too. Interviewing someone in the field is crucial – their lingo and stories really bring the world to life!
What’s next for Catherine Mann?
April brings PLAYING FOR KEEPS, the 3rd book in my “Alpha Brotherhood” series for Harlequin Desire.
FREE FALL BY CATHERINE MANN
IN STORES MARCH 2013
On This Mission, There Are No Accidents…
Pararescueman Jose “Cuervo” James is the guy they call for the most dangerous assignments. He lives for his job.
On a high-risk rescue deep in the African jungle, Jose encounters sexy, smart Interpol agent Stella Carson. They’d once had an affair that burned hot and fast, but family is everything to Stella, and Jose just can’t go there.
Fate has thrown them into the deadly hot zone together, and sparks will fly…but only if they can live to tell about it.
Praise for Free Fall:
“Catherine Mann writes an amazing combination of keen suspense, unique characters, and heart-stopping romance. I’m a fan!” —Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author of Savor the Danger
“Tense and dramatic… the chemistry is strong, the prose is tight, and the story never stops moving.” —Publishers Weekly
“Mann sweeps readers along with pulse-pounding suspense, passion and a full-out frontal assault of the senses that will keep readers gripping their seats…” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars
To Purchase Free Fall:
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Books-a-Million | IndieBound
Chapters/Indigo | Discover a New Love | Sourcebooks
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
USA Today bestselling author Catherine Mann pens steamy military romances, with over two million books in print. She has won the prestigious RWA RITA Award and a Bookseller’s Best Award, and has finaled in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Maggie awards. Catherine resides with her husband, a retired Air Force colonel, in Florida. For more information for her entire series, please visit www.catherinemann.com.
Sourcebooks is giving away one (1) set of the Elite Force books
preceding Free Fall
(Cover Me, Hot Zone and Under Fire)