Interview with Cathy Yardley
March 28, 2012
Welcome to The Hope Chest Reviews, Cathy.
1. How did you get started writing?
I'd played around with manuscripts from the time I was in grade school, but it always felt like play, nothing serious, certainly nothing I'd get published. It wasn't until I joined the RWA (after college, thinking I'd become a publicist - I couldn't even admit I was a writer to myself then!) that I started seriously considering writing full novels and possibly submitting them.
I'm inspired by J.K. Rowling's sheer genius of imagination; by Marian Keyes' ability to make even the most desperate and wrenching emotional turmoil into comic gold (while still making you feel the full gamut of emotions); Jennifer Crusie's voice and ability to cheer me up no matter what; Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb's almost effortless ability to create characters I adore in settings I believe.
3. Your son sounds like a little comedian who really keeps you on your toes. What's your favorite part of being a mom?
The Boy definitely keeps me running, that's for sure - and he's truly hysterical, especially when he doesn't mean to be. My favorite part of being a Mom is seeing him in his bizarre, awesome, unapologetic splendor.
Right now, I have designated Boy Time daily, from 11:30 to 2:00, where we do stuff that he likes to do. I have discovered I am better with building and drawing than I am at playing cars (which I have to admit, I loathe) and playing Super Mario Bros. Otherwise, I have work blocks in the morning, editing in the afternoon, and I write for a bit after he goes to bed. Then some husband time. As long as I block out the containers in the morning and make sure I'm hitting the important stuff, it generally works.
5. As the mother of a budding manga artist, I'm wondering what was the inspiration for your chick-lit book, Turning Japanese and its manga artist heroine?
Yay! The world needs more manga! :-) I was a geek in high school; I collected the Akira comic series, and Neil Gaiman's Sandman series (which I still think is absolutely brilliant, though not manga.) I watched anime like BlueSeed and things throughout college, and I used to go to the Comic Con in San Diego. I just loved that culture. Also, I'm half Vietnamese, half Irish-American. I wanted to write a novel about being Hapa, or half-Asian. I've found it brings its own challenges, and using the Japanese culture as a backdrop helped me explore that.
7. The characters in the Player's Club can often be found doing crazy things like jumping out of perfectly good airplanes or being chased by bulls.:-) What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Actually, I did the three-day vision quest in the Mojave desert when I turned thirty - that's what I based Scott's challenge on. (Only mine was in winter, oy.) That's probably been the most daring, being out by myself in the deep desert for three days and nights!
9. Which one of the Player's Club characters is the most like you?
Probably Amanda, or Scott. That geek-turned-badass. :-D
11. What are you currently working on?
I'm finishing up an urban fantasy that comes out in December, about a temp who inadvertently signs her soul to her boss, and then has to help him kill thirteen people to get it back. Strangely, it's a comedy. :-) It's called Temping Is Hell, and the series is called Necessary Evil.
12. Here's a fun question to wrap up: I see that you are a fan of J. R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood (me too, again;-)). Who is your favorite brother?
Hmmm. Probably Butch. I loved his dynamic with V, and their conversation with the potato launcher still cracks me up.
Thank you so much for visiting with The Hope Chest Reviews today, Cathy. It's been a delight having you, and we wish you all the best.
Thank you for having me!
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