Cathy Maxwell talks about how Daphne duMaurier helped her write WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE, her
upcoming THE CHATTAN CURSE trilogy, and the fun of escaping to another
Cathy, thanks for joining us and congratulations on the republication
of WHEN DREAMS COME
First, when was WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE published? And why does a
publisher "re-release" a book?
COME TRUE was first published in 1998, almost fifteen years ago.
Publishers re-release because the public is interested in the author and want
to read those classics. It's a wonderful compliment.
The novel is set in the Regency era—your specialty!—but it's far
from the ballrooms of London. Why did you choose a remote village and estate as
a setting? Where is Cornwall,anyway?
Cornwall is a peninsula located in the most western part of England. Eden
would not be able to hide her past if she was in London, but here, surrounded
by kind village people, she can be whomever she wishes. I also like the
dynamic of country life. It truly is the heart and soul of England, even
The village, Hobbles Moor, and Penhollow Hall are a world onto its own, with
most of the story taking place there. What is it about stories set in this
sort of microcosm that appeals so much to so many readers? Is it that it can
be so entertaining to read about characters such as villagers, servants and
the "local gentry" can be so entertaining to read—as well as a change of
Don't we all love escaping to another world? Leaving the bills, the cares,
the car pools? We all have our "villages" in real life. Our peeps. And I
think recognizing them in literature is grand fun.
There's a bit of magic in WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE as the villagers cast a spell to
bring the Earl of Penhollow a bride. Do you believe in magic? Is this
something you've used as a plot device in other books? Which ones?
I believe that when people come together for one shared purpose, great
forces are set to work. Is that magic? Do we have the ability to will what we
desire? Or is it Higher Power answering prayers? I'm open to everything.
That being said, I'll be using the mysteries of life again in my upcoming
The Chattan Curse trilogy. The first book is LYON'S BRIDE and
it will be released this May.
Trained as a courtesan, the beautiful and innocent heroine, Eden, is destined
to be part of a harem. Did her blend of knowledge and innocence make her a
difficult character to write?
Eden wasn't any more difficult than the others. And perhaps easier. After
all, she had a secret. She isn't innocent . . . whereas Pierce was more
complex. He is the character with a decision to make.
Was including the harem a tip of the hat to the breakout romances of the late
70s from authors such as Johanna Lindsey, Rosemary Rogers
and Kathleen Woodiwiss?
I wasn't thinking of them at all. Actually, I wanted to turn the tables.
Eden is the one with "experience." In many ways, Pierce is the innocent and I
liked that thought of a "pure" knight.
Which, if any, of your other novels is similar to WHEN DREAMS COME
TRUE in terms of being set outside of London and the immediate
concerns of the ton?
Many of them—BECAUSE OF YOU, TEMPTATION OF A PROPER
GOVERNESS, THE SEDUCTION OF AN ENGLISH LADY, IN THE HIGHLANDER'S BED,
FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN
. . . titled people for titled people's sakes are not interesting to me. I
like the dynamic of a society.
It's been fourteen years since Pierce and Eden got together. Surely one of
their children will be old enough in a few years to have a romance of his or
her own. Do you think you'll ever return to Penhollow Hall?
I don't know about revisiting Penhollow Hall, although I suspect I'll be
returning to Cornwall again. For the research on this book, I read Daphne du
Maurier's Vanishing Cornwall. Cornwall was the setting for many of her books
and her travelogue is wonderful reading for an armchair traveler.
How can readers get in touch with you with questions and comments? And are you
I have a website at www.cathymaxwell.com Yes, I'm on Facebook. Isn't everyone? To sign up for my
mailing list or just post a quick comment, I have a Facebook fan page.
What have you got in store for us next?
This is a Maxwell packed spring! The first of The Chattan Curse
books is out in May, LYON'S BRIDE. Then, in June, Avon Impulse is releasing
an e-anthology titled FOR LOVE AND HONOR. Lynne Hinton and
Candis Terry are the book's other two authors. We were each
given the theme of "a soldier" and turned loose from there. I adore my
contribution THE BOOKISH MISS NELSON. It is set
during the Peninsula Wars in the early 1800'
Then, Pocket Books will be re-e-releasing (did you catch all of that?) a
novella I wrote for them a decade ago titled, IN A MOONLIT
GARDEN. It will be out in July. Long time fans will know this is
from the TEA FOR TWO
anthology I did with Liz Carlyle.
Finally, the second book of The Chattan Curse
trilogy, THE SCOTTISH WITCH, will be out in
November of this year. The third book, THE DEVIL'S CURSE,
should be out next spring.
I have my nose to the grindstone!
Thanks again, Cathy!
WHEN DREAMS COME
TRUE by Cathy Maxwell
An Avon Books Mass Market Reprint/Fiction
April 2012/On Sale: 3-27-12/$7.99 (Canada $9.50)/978-0061755880 -
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