Thursday, March 19, 2015

Author Thursday: Interview with Catherine Butzen

I have a life-long love of ancient Egyptian history, and I'm thrilled to have Catherine Butzen here today to talk about her new book The God Collector. (Any book that uses shabti in its blurb is relevant to my interests.) ;-) I can't wait to read it!

1. What flavor is your writing?

I like the buffet approach—mostly paranormal, but with large helpings of action-adventure, romance, and a few other things to add spice. My newest book, The God Collector, is equal parts paranormal and mystery, with a hefty dose of romance. I'm a big fan of “Earn your happy ending,” so whatever the genre, the characters get put through a lot.

2. If this book was made into a movie, who would you cast to play the characters?

That's a tough one! I don't know exactly who I'd want for the hero, Seth. For Theo, the heroine, the closest I can come is Amber Benson from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She can play the perfect mix of strength and vulnerability with a little touch of sharp humor lurking in the back. And we already know she makes a great blonde!

3. What is your favorite scene in The God Collector?

I can't say too much without giving a lot away, but the book centers around a museum and its Egyptian collection, and there's one particular scene where pieces of that collection come to life in a less-than-friendly way. I loved writing that scene. After spending so much time on the research, finally setting my creations loose on the book's world was incredibly fun. Sometimes you just have to wind your monsters up and let them go nuts.

4. What are you reading now or what books do you have in your TBR pile?

I just finished two series—Courtney Milan's Brothers Sinister and L.A. Meyer's Bloody Jack. Next on my list is Anonymous Rex, by Eric Garcia. I was sold on that one the minute I heard the words “dinosaur private detective.”

5. What are you working on now?

I have multiple projects in various stages of completion. There's a sequel planned for The God Collector, which I've given the working title Exquisite Corpse because I love awful jokes and double meanings. Then there's another urban fantasy novel in a similar vein, revolving around a murder mystery in an old theater and a set of cursed cards. Finally I have the third book in my SSR series from Stark House—those are darker and more horror-centric, and this one lets me play with a setting close to my heart: behind the scenes at a renaissance fair. I find that if I have multiple projects going, I can avoid getting burned out by switching between them.

You can find out more about Catherine at these links:
Their love is ancient history if they can’t catch the thief out to kill them.

Theodora Speer loves her job at the Columbian Exposition Museum designing murals, but a sense of movement—in her art and in her life—eludes her. She meets the museum’s enigmatic donor Seth Adler while working on a new exhibit: a strange cache of shabtis, or clay funerary figurines, accompanying a prize mummy, and something sparks.

Seth Adler’s interest in the Egyptian artifacts and in Theo goes deeper than patronage, but he can’t tell her that. A series of robberies has everyone on edge and when the Columbian is hit, Theo and Seth are implicated. Someone thinks there was more to the ancient Egyptian funeral rites than meets the eye and wants the mummy and his grave goods.

Seth and Theo are forced on the run, and it may be too much movement for strict realist Theo to keep up with. But the man—and the mummy—are more than she realized. And if she can’t reconcile the past and the present, she and Seth may have no future.

Warning: A hero with an affinity for grave dust and an artist who’d like to do more than nail his unique skin tone to the wall. Contains an off-label use for paint thinner you WON’T want to try at home. Try to keep up!

The God Collector is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Samhain Publishing.
Catherine Butzen is a native of Chicago, IL who grew up haunting libraries and museums. She graduated from Coe College in 2010 and now makes her home in Cedar Rapids, IA, where she divides her time between work and writing stories about magical things going terribly wrong. Her second novel, The God Collector, is available from Samhain.

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