August 7 – Cathy Maxwell

Hi friends!


Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Cathy Maxwell is doing both the Q&A and the author takeover.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:

Why do you write books? 

I’m glad you asked. There are many times, usually involving a looming deadline, when I ask this question myself. I have no answer . . . other than connecting with readers through the books I write is the closest I will ever get to the Vulcan Mind Meld.  And that is really cool.


What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

The most courageous thing I have done is to keep going after my husband died. I realize I didn’t have a choice but it did take courage and a HUGE amount of faith.


Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

I believe how well we love and how well we are loved in return are the only hallmarks of a well lived life.  The hows and whys of people falling in love fascinate me.


Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.

I haven’t had many.  I was proposed to by the kitchen sink. We liked one liners too much to be romantic. And if we even came close, a kid would interrupt the moment.  So maybe, for me, “romantic” is having that person in my life who can stand on the other side of the room and with a lift of his eyebrow, let me know what he is thinking—and who is equally attuned to me. Yeah, those moments.


If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

To lighten up.

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

Everything fascinates me. I’m easily distracted when it comes to research.  I found Lord Byron’s marriage to his cousin fascinating because after the ceremony, at the wedding breakfast with all the guests in attendance, he made love to his bride on a couch.  Can you picture all those guests crowded into the dining room, listening to the bride and groom as they waited for the meal to be served?  You cannot make this stuff up!


How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)  

I don’t.  I let ‘em loose.


If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

Why. There are too many places. I adore Scotland.  I long for St. Croix. I fell in love with Rome.  I like the energy of DC.  There you have it—I could live in a different place, a month at a time for years.

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

Having a writer tell me that a speech I gave inspired her to finally send off the manuscripts she’d written but was afraid to publish.  She had feared they weren’t good enough. She was proud to tell me that one had been published and the second one would be coming out soon.


Cathy recommends:

Sherry Thomas—Smart, clever, and fun romance.  Plus, I like her intriguing Lady Sherlock series.     –    @Amazon


Vivien Jackson  —  Kick-ass sci-fi romance.  Female assassins rule the world and you will keep turning pages.   –    @Amazon


Beverly Jenkins  —  Loved TEMPEST.  Good sass and spark.   –    @Amazon



Cathy Maxwell has been in publishing for over twenty-five years.  Over the course of that quarter of a century, Cathy has written over thirty  historical romances, hit the New York Times and USA Today lists, been nominated for or won some nice awards, made dynamite writing friends, and has had the time of her life.

You can contact her at



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Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  TBA

17  –  TBA                             💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

(more to come…)