The Nun & the Narc
by Catherine Castle
Where novice Sister Margaret Mary goes, trouble follows. When she barges into a drug deal the local Mexican drug lord captures her. To escape she must depend on undercover DEA agent Jed Bond. Jed’s attitude toward her is exasperating, but when she finds herself inexplicable attracted to him he becomes more dangerous than the men who have captured them, because he is making her doubt her decision to take her final vows. Escape back to the nunnery is imperative, but life at the convent, if she can still take her final vows, will never be the same.
Nuns shouldn’t look, talk, act, or kiss like Sister Margaret Mary O’Connor—at least that’s what
Jed Bond thinks. She hampers his escape plans with her compulsiveness and compassion and in the process makes Jed question his own beliefs. After years of walling up his emotions in an attempt to become the best agent possible, Sister Margaret is crumbling Jed’s defenses and opening his heart. To lure her away from the church would be unforgivable—to lose her unbearable.
Another row of pottery shattered, sending fragments into the car like tiny projectile rockets. Sending up a quick prayer, she covered her head.
Slamming the door shut as he passed, the man leapt over the trunk. He jerked open the driver’s door then jumped behind the wheel. Jamming the car into gear, he roared out into the market street. Shoppers and vendors screamed, leaping out of the car’s path.
Margaret scrambled into the passenger seat. “Stop this car immediately!”
“Keep down,” he ordered, “unless you want to get shot.”
The rear window glass erupted into the car’s interior, punctuating his words. The man fired at the attackers through the shattered back window.
“Shot?” Her voice rose an octave. “Oh, dear Lord in Heaven, what have I gotten into?”
“Trouble, Lady.” He fired off another round. “Big trouble.”
Margaret slid deeper into the front passenger seat, grabbing the door handle as the car careened around a corner.
I’m going to die. In a car crash. With a strange man. Heart pumping madly, she let go of the door handle just long enough to cross herself then grabbed it again as the car swerved. A guardian angel would be good here, Lord. And make it Dale Earnhardt! They swerved around another corner and she held on for dear life.
Oh, Mother Superior, maybe you’re right. Maybe I’m not good nun material after all. Who else in the convent could get themselves into a mess like this?
Please join me in welcoming Catherine Castle, author of The Nun & the Narc, to Room With Books once again.
Catherine, would you tell your readers and me a about The Nun & the Narc and what inspired you to write it?
The Nun and the Narc, which has been described as a fast-paced, lose–sleep-reading-it book, is an inspirational romantic suspense and was originally written as a contest entry for the 2003 Dixie First Chapter contest. When I entered the contest the book wasn’t complete, but I felt compelled to finish it, which was a good thing. The book placed second in the contest and the full manuscript was requested by the judging editor, who kept it for over eight months before ultimately rejecting it because it didn’t fit the traditional boundaries for inspirational romance. It’s a bit outside the box for inspirational romance.
When you start writing a new novel, do you outline the story or do your characters dictate what will happen?
I like to have some idea where the story is going. I’ve outlined to the hilt as well as just hit the highlights and then flown by the seat of my pants. I find outlining most helpful because I don’t get stuck wondering where the story is going. As for characters dictating, on many occasions I have been surprised by their actions.
When you are writing, do you ever have arguments with your characters and who usually wins?
I rarely argue with anyone. Express my opinions, pointedly perhaps, and maybe often. However, I can positively say I’ve never argued with my characters. It wouldn’t do any good, anyway. They go off and do what they want most of the time, even when I’ve carefully planned their lives for them. They’re a bit like teenagers in that way.
What is something your readers would be surprised to know about you?
I cut a record when I was sixteen and a CD when I was in Nashville a couple of years ago. One of the local radio stations used part of my original recorded song as a sign off. It was my five seconds of singing fame.
If you could write with any other author who would it be and why?
I’d have to say my husband, because I have written dramas and other fiction with him.
When you were young, what did you dream of becoming when you grew up?
I wanted to be a singing star. From the first time I ever stood in front of an audience (my grandmother’s country church) and sang the hymn I Come to the Garden Alone I knew I wanted to be a singer. I never made it to Rock & Roll or Country music stardom. They didn’t have the TV shows American Idol or America’s Got Talent back then to shoot unknown singers to stardom. In spite of that, I’ve spent a lot of my life singing in front of audiences, mostly in churches.
When did you decide to become a writer and what prompted you to start?
I’ve been writing all my life, well, since I was a teenager. I discovered poetry early on because of my love of singing. Then I graduated to writing sappy teen romance set in Hollywood where I lived out my dreams of becoming a singer. In the 90’s I began writing for a local newspaper as a freelancer, and it just kept going from there. Stories kept surfacing and I had no option but to keep writing.
Does music inspire your writing?
I don’t usually work with music playing, although I have been known to put the violinist, David Garrett, in my CD player. He plays divinely and he’s easy on the eyes, too.
What is your favorite breakfast? Oooh, that’s easy. It’s one I’m not allowed to eat anymore. Pancakes smothered in butter and syrup with crisp bacon strips. Yum.
What is your favorite color? Turquoise. I wear it all the time. But I like red a lot, too.
What is your favorite movie? I’ve seen so many it’s hard to choose. One that has remained in my memory is Field of Dreams starring Kevin Costner. I walked out of the theatre saying, “I want to write a story like that.” But I’ve wanted to freeze frame The Lord of the Rings movies to study the Hobbit houses and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe to savor the winter scenes in Narnia.
What is your dream car? The silver Opel GT my husband and I owned when I was 21. It looked like a baby Corvette. Two bucket seats and a short flat platform behind the seats just big enough for three paper grocery bags and my purse. There was a luggage rack on the back which we had to use because a suitcase wouldn’t fit inside the car. We logged many miles in that car with the wind whipping our hair around our faces, because the car didn’t have air conditioning (a must-have luxury now). I wouldn’t buy the car today, but I’d love to be young enough to ride in it again.
Thank you, Catherine, for joining me again. It is truly a pleasure to feature you.
~ Patricia, Room With Books ~
Catherine Castle has been writing all her life. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. Besides writing, Catherine loves traveling with her husband, singing, and attending theatre. In the winter she loves to quilt and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) in her sewing case. In the summer her favorite place to be is in her garden. She’s passionate about gardening and even won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club.
Her debut inspiration romantic suspense, The Nun and the Narc, from Soul Mate Publishing was an ACFW Genesis Finalist and is a 2013 EPIC finalist.
Catherine’s website: http://catherinecastle1.wordpress.com
Catherine’s blog: http://catherinecastle1.wordpress.com/blog/
Catherine’s Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/author/catherinecastle
Catherine’s Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7085414.Catherine_Castle
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