Monday, October 6, 2014

Character Interview: Catharine Anne Baillie from Kathleen Shaputis' 'Her Ghost Wears Kilts'

We’re thrilled to have here today Catharine Anne Baillie (though I’ve been told not to use the “C” name ever again, her friends call her Baillie) from Kathleen Shaputis’s paranormal romantic comedy, “Her Ghost Wears Kilts.”  Originally from the state of Washington she is coming to us all the way from the great country of Scotland.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at The Literary Nook!

Thank you so for this interview, Baillie.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?   

Actually, yes, I would like to assure the audience that my dear old grumpy cat, Sebastian, is living the life of spoildom back in Olympia. Never in my wildest reams could I have imagined the adventures I’ve taken in this book. I thought it would be me and Sebastian forever, yet the darn thing doesn’t even miss me.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?   

I think my positive attitude is my strongest. I like to think of myself as Pollyanna on steroids. It has served me well over the years believing things are going to work out, dang it.

Worst trait?  

 (soft chuckle) Stubbornness, bull headed, annoyingly stubborn. If I believe I am right on something, heaven help the other person. 

Do you have a love interest in the book?   

Who knew?! After years of Sally pushing and shoving me at men, I’d accepted, heck, I loved being the eccentric spinster, right? Like a character out of one of the books from my shop, I didn’t need (making air quotes) a man in my life. I can’t imagine life without Lord Kai, now. He is my best friend, my support and companion.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?  

During the meeting with Sean Bruce. The man was evil, a Cruella de Ville in an expensive suit and tie. How sheltered was I in  my bookstore all those years? I’d never met such an oily psychopath. 

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?   

Hmm, I guess I would be Rogue. (shaking her head) As an orphan, the poor thing missed so much in her short life. I worry about her strength, she’s fought for everything since a little girl, and had so much taken away. Trust is not a part of her foundation, she’s more fragile and I hope my relationship with her will strengthen her core, her self esteem. 

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away? 

Interestingly, the editors at Crimson Romance each had a different idea about the ending. It went through two rewrites before settling on the current one. So I had to be patient for my happily ever after and I wanted it now. 

What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?   

(snapping her fingers) It’s too late, Ms. Shaputis has already started on the sequel, bringing us all together again. I love being with Putney and Robbie, so protective and loving. I can’t wait to see what adventures we’re thrown into this time.

Thank you for this interview.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?  

Hopefully in 2015 or 2016 and I’d love to return for an interview, it’s been such a pleasure answering your questions.
About the Author

Kathleen Shaputis, author/ghostwriter, lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Bob, and a variety of four-footed loves. Curling up with an icy Diet Coke, writing romantic comedies is her ultimate paradise when not at her day job or invaded by grandchildren.

Her latest book is the romantic comedy/paranormal, Her Ghost Wears Kilts.
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About the Book:

“He’s… he’s trying to warn you… ” Baillie pulled her hands from the psychic wiping out the meat-locker cold.

Baillie thought life content, successful in the Pacific Northwest until her bookshop became haunted. Murder, mayhem and maleficent merriment create a perfect tempest for Baillie between her bookstore in Olympia and the highlands of Scotland. Drag queens, divas and ghosts, conjure up a delicious adventure until jealousy and abandonment throw Baillie into the fight of her life.

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