Thursday, October 25, 2018

Interview with Catherine Russell, EXIT STAGE LEFT


What would we find under your bed?
Massive amounts of storage space! As I have a California King Captains pedestal frame, it has multiple drawers, and cupboards as well as a large crawl space. I absolutely adore this frame for this very reason and it’s the same reason I can’t seem to give it up. Though it’s horribly outdated, with it’s knotty pine design and mirrored, lighted cupboards, I truly cherish it. For the most part, the drawers are for clothing, however the larger cupboards are for hiding Christmas & birthday gifts. If one were to kneel down right now and stare into the crawl space they might find a very antiquated VCR or old backpacks along with a few discarded hand-bags.

What was the scariest moment of your life?
This again is a 2 part because they’re equal measures of absolute fright. When my son was approximately 2, he wanted to join me on my morning run, which at that point was during the winter months. I was happy to bundle him up in warm sweats, a fancy puppy dog hoody and a pair of his sneakers. He was excited and smiling. However that happiness didn’t last long. Shortly after jogging for just a bit, down the one street in our neighborhood, he said “wait” and we stopped. At 2 years old he was speaking the best he could except I realized that he had begun to wheeze in his breathing and was not speaking. I quickly scooped him up and raced home. Long story short, after stopping at the local fire department to have them take a look at him, they said to take him to the hospital, they offered to transport but I declined as I already worked at the hospital and knew how to contact. He was having his first asthma attack. I myself had never experienced anything like this however my mother was a chronic asthmatic. All the doctors and nurses took him from my helpless arms, ran tests, attempted to start an IV which didn’t go over well and placed an oxygen mask on his little face. He was nearly intubated, with a tube down his throat, which didn’t happen thank God. He was so tired, so lifeless as he lay there trying to breathe as he finally fell asleep from exhaustion. I felt completely helpless, there nothing in this world that prepare you for this…for not being able to save your child.

With the second story I’m forced to share another’s memory for this answer. When I delivered our son nearing 17 years ago, I had to undergo an urgent C-section. Our son was delivered safely, the nurse standing by took the obligatory picture of the 3 of us, me still on the operating table and my wife cradling our son as we all smiled, and what I thought was a relatively quick smooth procedure soon changed. The thing I remember is the picture being taken, when suddenly all the meds I’d been given basically hit me and I was out like a light. Well immediately following the picture, according to my wife, I began to bleed out, to hemorrhage uncontrollably. It took quite a while to stabilize me. My wife and son didn’t see me for many hours as my doctor work on me. Eventually, yes I was safe and wheeled into recovery then to our room, nearing midnight. We had delivered at 9:11 am. There’s 11 hours that I lost that day, 11 hours I’ll never get back and almost didn’t come back from.

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
Answer: Most definitely I do, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Music transports me into my scenes and away from reality. The range of music is wide, varying from classical to Bruno Mars, Macklemore, and Bon Jovi plus throw in some hard core Icelandic Goth as well. However I must confess that Muse is my biggest muse…see what I did there? Hehe…I love Muse. I discovered them on the sound track of a particular movies series based on…you guessed it, Vampires. The Twilight Saga has a wonderful mix for all the movies to enjoy. I highly recommend them.

What is something you'd like to accomplish in your writing career next year?
Answer: For 2019, completing The Stage Chronicles: Enter Stage Right Book 3 is my goal. However it’s up to my editing team to make that become a reality. Also, I’d like to dive back into my stand alone manuscript, A/V, and begin the submission process for this new story, full of new characters plus a few old ones too.

How long did it take you to write this book?
Answer: The Stage Chronicles: Exit Stage Left Book 2 took approximately 6 months, however due to circumstances beyond my control, it was 2 years before it was published.



BLURB:

Megan O'Day seems to be navigating the unpredictable relationship with Geoffrey Drake, her centuries-old vampire guardian angel, rather well. But then his past suddenly rips him from her, forcing her to face the unknown future alone in the gripping sequel to The Stage.

Still bound to Geoffrey through the power of the Link despite his unexplained absence, Megan's mind is flooded with his haunted memories. While she relives the darkest moments of his previous life, she discovers his attachment to a woman who bears a striking resemblance to her.

As she questions Geoffrey's love for her, she strikes up a dangerous alliance with Geoffrey's brother, Alexander, who is also a vampire. She hopes that he will help her find a way to rescue Geoffrey: instead, he seems to be awakening new emotions and desires within her.

As the past and present collide, Megan struggles to fend off Alexander's dark seduction. Is Geoffrey truly beyond the reach of her love forever? If not, what must be sacrificed to bring them back together again?

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The Stage Chronicles site http://www.thestagechronicles.com/


Amazon link for The Stage Chronicles Book 2 Exit Stage Left https://www.amazon.com/Exit-Stage-Left-Chronicles/dp/1935460889/ref=sr_1_2

Amazon link for The Stage Chronicles Book 1 The Stage  https://www.amazon.com/Exit-Stage-Left-Chronicles/dp/1935460889/ref=sr_1_2

Twitter for The Stage Chronicles https://twitter.com/CathyMRussell

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Catherine Russell was born in Tacoma, Washington and raised in a small town just south, South Hill, Puyallup. At the time South Hill was a heavily wooded area and far off the beaten path. Growing up she had the forests as her fantasy world along with the wild animals. She lived with her parents and an older sister. There are a few similarities from her own childhood that have carried over in to her first novel, “The Stage”. As a child, she did have a small dog named Toto, whom she would quite frequently roam the woods with. Her childhood home still stands, and is still nestled in the woods even though South Hill has undergone an extreme makeover since she lived there. She enjoyed hours of day dreaming and playing in the woods, which in turn fed her fantasy world of make believe.


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