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Catherine by April Lindner Blog Tour Stop

A forbidden romance. A modern mystery. Wuthering Heights as you’ve never seen it before.
Catherine is tired of struggling musicians befriending her just so they can get a gig at her Dad’s famous Manhattan club, The Underground. Then she meets mysterious Hence, an unbelievably passionate and talented musician on the brink of success. As their relationship grows, both are swept away in a fiery romance. But when their love is tested by a cruel whim of fate, will pride keep them apart?
Chelsea has always believed that her mom died of a sudden illness, until she finds a letter her dad has kept from her for years—a letter from her mom, Catherine, who didn’t die: She disappeared. Driven by unanswered questions, Chelsea sets out to look for her—starting with the return address on the letter: The Underground.
Told in two voices, twenty years apart, Catherine interweaves a timeless forbidden romance with a compelling modern mystery.
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Hi everyone! Earlier, this year I read Catherine and loved it :) I recently got the chance to interview the author as part of the blog tour. Here's the interview:

What inspired you to retell the classic Wuthering Heights? Is it your favorite classic?
Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre are pretty much tied for the number one spot on my list of all-time favorite classics. Both books have it all—swoon-worthy romance and suspense, and both are the kind of thick, juicy book you can completely lose yourself in.  As for Wuthering Heights, I knew retelling it would be challenge, since it’s a really complex story with multiple narrators, and a multi-generational sweep.  But the challenge was a big part of the attraction. 

Are you able to relate more to Catherine or Chelsea, or both?
I definitely relate more to Chelsea, who is smart and more determined than she realizes, but also a little socially awkward and insecure. Chelsea and I both wish we were more like Catherine: confident, focused, assertive, magnetic.

What are you currently working on writing?
I’m in the process of reworking another contemporary retelling, this time of E. M. Forster’s A Room With a View. I came to the novel by way of the gorgeous Merchant/Ivory film version, which is still my favorite movie of all times; of course the novel is also wonderful. It’s the story of a fairly conventional British girl who travels to Italy, falls in love with an unsuitable guy, and struggles with the consequences. In my retelling, an American backpacker in Italy meets a free-spirited street musician and has to pretty much rethink everything about her life.  
Did you always know you wanted to become a writer? What/who made you want to become one?
I’ve loved books since before I could read, and I’ve been writing ever since I could hold a pencil. Oh, sure, there were other things I fantasized about becoming--a painter, a rock star, a tight-rope walker—but I was never actually any good at those things! I’ve always been obsessed with words, and I have a really vivid, detailed fantasy life, so writing novels feels like a natural fit.

What advice would you give aspiring authors? 
Read everything you can get your hands on and never give up. Breaking into print takes time, patience, determination, and a really hard head.

What do you like to do, when you‘re not reading or writing?
I love to travel, or if that’s not possible, to take a train into the nearest city and wander around aimlessly, soaking up the energy. I like to spend time with my pets (two Labrador retriever mixes and two Abyssinian guinea pigs), watch movies, cook Italian food, visit art museums, and go to rock concerts. 

What are your favorite books and authors?
I’m a huge Jane Austen fan, a lover of George Eliot (especially Middlemarch) and of Shakespeare.  But I spend most of my time reading contemporary fiction.  My current favorite Young Adult books are John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars, Sarah Zarr’s How To Save a Life, Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, and David Levithan’s Every Day. I also loved Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, which wasn’t marketed as a YA book, but definitely could have been.

About the Author:

April Lindner is the author of two novels, Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights, and Jane, an update of Jane Eyre.  She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped. 
She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. 
A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.

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  1. I am huge fan of modern retellings! I think it makes timeless stories more connectable! I am not the biggest Wuthering Heights fan but Catherine sounds great. Maybe after reading Catherine I will find a better appreciation for the classic!

  2. I like the sound of a retelling of A Room With a View. I haven't read one before! I'll definitely have to keep an eye out for April's books. Lovely interview and thanks for sharing!

  3. I think that having modern retellings makes you relate more to the characters in your favorite books

  4. I love the idea of taking a classic story and spinning it into a modern tale. This looks really good! Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. I love when authors put a twist on the retelling and make it their own :) I've been really curious about this book! Great interview.

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  6. I'm a huge fan of Wuthering Heights but I see these as representatives of their time so it's really hard to re-tell them as many things changed. Still from the interview this book sounds nice. Great interview! :)

  7. I love this interview, great job ladies! I agree with her on the travelling and love the sound of this book. Retellings are my favorites :)

  8. Retellings are so cool! I read Everneath, a retelling of the Persephone myth, earlier this year and really enjoyed it. This sounds like it'll be a great read!

    Emily from Blue-Eyed Bibliophile

  9. Looking forward to reading this, I loved Jane.


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