[This Q&A of Catherine McKenzie was originally published on February 23, 2011. At the time Catherine had already debuted with SPIN, however, she was introduced on The Divining Wand with Arranged. This profilic author continued her career with Forgotten, Hidden, SPUN, Smoke, and latest, popularly/critically acclaimed Fractured. In other words, seven published novels in less seven years and that does not include The Murder Game with Catherine writing as Julie Apple, the main character of Fractured. Wondering what Catherine revealed about herself back in the beginning? Simply read on.]
After her success with debut novel Spin in 2010, Canadian author Catherine McKenzie’s second novel Arranged — released in early January 2011 — fulfilled her dream. For ARRANGED hit the Globe & Mail’s Canadian Bestseller list at #10 on January 22, 2011! And how appropriate for a determined, dedicated writer who campaigns and believes I bet we can make these books best sellers — books by other authors, that is. (More about this site next week.)
In a two-sentence description, Arranged is: A wonderful romance of bizarre coincidence that tugs at the heart. It’s a refreshingly new take on love far from the conventions of love, where you take leaps and bounds of faith to trust that karma will be kind.
“Catherine McKenzie’s ARRANGED is a satisfying and entertaining romance that puts a very contemporary twist on old-fashioned ideas about marriage. I inhaled it in an afternoon, rooting for its heroine to find the love she longs for.” – Leah Stewart, author of Body of a Girl and Husband & Wife
“A novel that explores what happens when what you think you want collides with what you really need. Catherine McKenzie’s Arranged is a rare book: smart, funny, honest and absorbing.” – Therese Walsh, author of The Last Will of Moira Leahy
Now let’s meet the author through her “official” bio:
CATHERINE McKENZIE was born and raised in Montreal where she now works as a litigator. When not serving on many professional associations, she teaches part-time at McGill University’s faculty of law. Her bestselling first novel, Spin, was released to critical acclaim in 2010. Arranged is her second book.
And now it’s time to get to know more about Catherine, up close and personal:
Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: I only need one: hectic.
Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A: Don’t plan your life; live it.
Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A:Being curled up with a great book.
Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: Snakes. I hate snakes, I hate ’em.
Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: Hard to choose one place, but a cabin on a lake sounds pretty good. Or at the base of a mountain wouldn’t suck either.
Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: I’ve always been partial to Mary Queen of Scots. She got a raw deal.
Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: I don’t generally “admire” people, but can be blown away by people’s actions and deeds.
Q: What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: It’s funny because; just; that.
Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: I’ve always wanted to be an astronaut. Or a professional tennis player.
Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: To be lucky enough to be in a position to have people want to know these types of things about me.
Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: Taking on too much.
Q: What’s your best quality?
A: Answering this question would change previous answer to “arrogance”.
Q: What do you regret most?
A: The path not chosen.
Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: Steffi Graf.
Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: I talk a lot.
Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Han Solo.
Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Darth Vader.
Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: Andre Agassi. “I followed your whole career, and I loved your book.”
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Being asked how I have time to write.
Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: Reading. Watching TV.
Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Intelligence. Humor. Good dental hygiene.
Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: Impossible question to answer.
Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: Equally impossible.