Castle, Catherine: The Nun & the Narc
The Nun & the Narc
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.
“Why don’t you tell me, Miss . . . whoever you are?”
“Margaret Mary O’Connor. Sis—“ Her introduction changed into a scream. “Look out!”
Jed’s head whipped around just as the car plowed through a market stand of live chickens. Poultry, wooden cages, and feathers scattered over the car. An angry hen dropped through the car’s open sunroof, squawking and flapping in front of Jed, beating his head with its wings.
Margaret reached over, grabbed the bird, and threw it back out the sunroof opening. But it was too late. The car glanced off an adobe wall into a second market stand and careened toward another building. Jed jammed on the brakes. The car spun three hundred and sixty degrees before screeching to a stop.
The impact threw Margaret sideways against the passenger window. She hit her head on the glass, the blow blinding her for a second. Jed’s body slammed into the steering wheel setting off the horn. The wail echoed in Margaret’s head as she struggled to remain conscious. Warmth trickled down the side of her head. Margaret managed to focus her eyes as the noise stopped. Two Jeds leaned toward her, in slow motion. She blinked to clear her vision.
“You all right?” he asked.
“I think so.” Something warm and sticky seeped down her face. She reached up and wiped her temple. “I’m bleeding,” she said as she stared at her fingers. The words sounded slurred. At the sight of the blood on her fingers, her stomach rolled.
It was my pleasure to have the opportunity to speak with Catherine Castle, author of The Nun & the Narc. Here is Ms. Castle’s response to one of my many questions about writing The Nun & the Narc.
“How did you develop the premise for this book? The Nun & the Narc is such an unusual title and an unlikely combination.”
First, I’d like to say thanks for hosting me today, and, if you don’t mind, I’m going to address the points in the above question in reverse order.
When I began writing this book, I didn’t have a title, which is unusual for me. I usually start writing from titles and blurbs. The title actually came into existence after the book was partially written. One of the reasons this happened was because the book’s heroine didn’t start out as a nun, but a missionary on a house building mission trip to Mexico. After a few chapters the book wasn’t working for me. It stalled. Then, one of my critique partners suggested I make the heroine a nun. I have always loved stories about nuns, and I had even interviewed a nun who gave up her habit for love. So, I decided to give the nun angle a try. Once I’d changed my heroine’s vocation, the story took off, practically writing itself.
As for the actual title, I had a long list of possible names, which I can’t even remember. When I hit upon The Nun and the Narc, everything else seemed wrong. I think this is because I happen to love alliteration. I also know that titles with opposing ideas or striking juxtapositions make for interesting titles. This concept was reinforced the first time my book title was announced in a crowded ballroom as an ACFW Genesis finalist. A ripple of comments, oohs and ahs, and laughter ran through the ballroom, and I knew I had a winning title.
So, why this story? And why did I write about the drug trade and a religious heroine on a house building mission trip?
When I first started this book it was written as a contest entry for the Dixie Contest, where it took second place in the inspirational category. Subconsciously, I suppose I chose a house building trip because this is the kind of mission trip our church had been going on around the time this book was started. Also, I remember reading a news article about the spread of the drug trade in Mexico and how the Mexican government was looking to the U.S for help. I thought, “Newsworthy subject (drugs), in an exotic setting (Mexico), and drop in a dashing hero and a religious woman who has to go outside the bounds of her faith to survive.” It seemed like a winning combination to me.
I purposely set out to write an inspirational story, but I wanted a different inspirational romance than I had been reading. I wanted to create a story with a lot of action and suspense. A book I hoped would work in the CBA market as well as the ABA market. If my reviews are any indication, I think I hit my mark. Readers are calling it a “fast, fun read” and a “different kind of inspirational romance.”
Again, thanks for hosting me today.
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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