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Author spotlight: Cathleen Ross

12 March 2011

Erotic author, Cathleen Ross’s debut novel Man Hunt (Black Lace) became Virgin Publishing’s bestselling erotic book for 2006. Since then Ross has gone on to write for Harlequin Mills & Boon, Lyrical Press and Ravenous Romance. Random House has recently sold the German rights for Man Hunt. A Romance Writers of America Stroke of Midnight finalist, Cathleen lives in Sydney.

Here is what Cathleen had to say when we turned the spotlight on her:

What did you enjoy most about ARRC09?

I loved the freshness of the event, the fascinating writers and the chance to talk to readers who love the genre as much as I do. I found the panels I attended very interesting too.

What are you most looking forward to at ARRC2011?

I don’t have any one thing. I’m always interested to meet people in the business, buy and read authors I haven’t discovered. I’m looking forward to staying at the Bondi Venue. Great choice ARRA committee. Thanks.

What do you have coming up next?

My next book is Love, Lust and Lies. It explores my heroine’s journey when she fights against her culture and breaks all the rules. Gabriella is a  woman born into an Italian/American culture. She can’t understand why her husband won’t sleep with her after the birth of her child and then she discovers he is having an affair. She throws him out and has a delicious affair of her own with a younger man, but she doesn’t take into account the impact it has on her because of her culture.

Which of your books (or characters) is your favourite?

Love, Lust and Lies, is my favorite because there is a lot of my real life in it. My father was born in Italy and when he had four daughters, we were brought up in a very traditional way. My brother could do anything he wanted while my sisters and I weren’t allowed to go out and I was expected to be a virgin when I married. Naturally I turned into a romance writer focusing on the hot and somewhat erotic side of things.
In a traditional Italian family,  the woman has the burden of being the Madonna in the family, the virtuous one who puts everyone ahead of herself, especially her husband. In modern life where women work and expect equality, this role is very difficult to fulfill. I’ve also noticed that it’s not uncommon for men in this society to cheat on their wives and in the past the wife accepted this as part of her lot but things are changing fast.
Here’s what to watch for if you would like to try Cathleen’s books:

  1. 16 March 2011 7:32 pm

    Thanks Barbara and Aimee
    I’m looking forward to meeting you both too. The erotic panel is warming up to be very entertaining. Not long to go now.

  2. Barbara permalink
    13 March 2011 6:48 pm

    Hi Cathleen

    Great blog…… will have to check out your books ..looking forward to meeting everybody at ARRC…. not many sleeps left now

  3. 13 March 2011 1:30 pm

    Thanks Vonnie. I enjoyed your book too. I thought the Arra girls did a professional job with the revolving books. Look forward to meeting you Aimee. Not long to go now. Christine, Man Hunt is the book that never goes away. It’s rude and I don’t know how I wrote it. Don’t let your husband get his hands on it, you’ll never get a peaceful night’s sleep.

  4. 13 March 2011 9:23 am

    Hi Cathleen,

    I have Man Hunt on my desk ready for me to read it before I come up to Sydney. My husband keeps eyeing it when he walks by! Looking forward to meeting you then 🙂 Christine

  5. Aimee permalink
    13 March 2011 12:24 am

    Hi Cathleen,

    Great interview, look forward to seeing you in Bondi!

  6. 12 March 2011 10:31 pm

    Lovely interview Cathleen. The revolving book covers are very catchy!

  7. 12 March 2011 8:44 pm

    Lovely to see your successes. Me – I’m still laughing over Dirty Sexy Murder. Loved it.

  8. 12 March 2011 5:46 pm

    Thanks Anna, Suzanne and Kandy. It’s so lovely when an embryo grows up and turns into a book. I’ve been very lucky in my covers. Thanks for checking in.

  9. 12 March 2011 2:04 pm

    Cathleen, what an impressive line up of eye-catching covers!
    I’m fortunate enough to have read an earlier version of LOVE, LUST & LIES –it’s sexy, yes, but it’s also warm and funny and very entertaining. I can’t wait to read it again!

  10. 12 March 2011 12:59 pm

    Hi Cathleen,

    Great to see your progress. Congratulatoions on the German rights to Man Hunt. Woo Hoo!! Looks like you’re on the up and up. 🙂

    All the best,
    Suzanne 🙂

  11. 12 March 2011 12:05 pm

    Cathleen, so looking forward to catching up in a couple of weeks! And congratulations on your latest release – I remember reading part of Love, Lust and Lies in a crit group session we had and it was fabulous even back then when it was very much in embryo state.

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