Catherine Coulter is the author of the New York Times-bestselling FBI thrillers The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh House, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take and TailSpin. She lives in northern California.
You have a talent in being able to switch genres, but given the nature of this website, I have to ask what attracted you to Romantic Suspense?
It just so happened that in 1988 an idea popped into my head and wouldn't go away. I was writing the first historical in a three-book contract (Midsummer Magic) and thought, what am I supposed to do with you? I finished writing Midsummer Magic in six weeks, buying myself time to write the romantic suspense in the next four months. I didn't hand in the historical until it was due. A week later, I gave them False Pretenses. There was some consternation, like, what do do with this? They decided to make it my first hardcover. False Pretenses came out in 1989 with a gorgeous cover, a modest print run and it did just fine, thank you. It made the New York Times bestseller list the following year in paperback. I wrote two more romantic suspense novels (Impulse and Beyond Eden), both of which made the NYT in paperback.
You have kept your wonderful charm and sense of humor through the years in this industry. What's your secret?
If you're referring to my personality, why change? I enjoy life, it's frankly fun. If you're referring to my writing, why then, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. :)
You are on your 17th FBI thriller. Does this qualify you as an honorary field agent?
Certainly it does. However, when I asked for an honorary FBI shield, they chuckled. Go figure.
I was a big fan of FALSE PRETENSES. Do you think there may be another romantic thriller in the future?
There were Impulse and Beyond Eden. I wrote between FBI suspense thrillers Born to be Wild, straight romantic suspense. Another one? We'll see.
Thank you for visiting with JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE today. Are there any words of advice to offer to aspiring authors?
Write what you love to read. Most important: sit your butt in front of your computer and JUST DO IT.