Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Q&A with Cate Holahan

Cate Holahan is the author most recently of the novel The Widower's Wife. She also has written the novel Dark Turns. She is a journalist and has worked as a television producer, and her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including BusinessWeek and The Boston Globe. She lives in New Jersey.

Q: How did you come up with the idea for your novel The Widower’s Wife?

A: I was a finance reporter during the financial and housing crises, working at MSN and then CNBC, so I  interviewed people who had become overextended with debt and sold on the idea that "housing always goes up." Then, everything came crashing down. I wanted to write a story that dealt with characters in that situation. 

Q: Did you need to do any research to write the novel?

A: I bought a house and got on the hook for my first mortgage, which gave me some insight into housing market anxiety. I also extensively researched immigration and how individuals entered the U.S. without documents. The New York Times published several special reports in the ‘90s that were particularly informative. 

Q: You tell the story from two characters’ perspectives. Why did you decide to structure it that way?

A: I had an idea for two characters, a very cerebral detective and a young woman completely dedicated to her family. I wanted to alternate between their different perspectives.

Q: What are you working on now?

A: I am working on my fourth novel. My third, Lies She Told, comes out in September. It's a psychological thriller about a writer who finds truth in her fiction.

Q: Anything else we should know? 

A: Thanks so much for having me on your blog! 

--Interview with Deborah Kalb. For a previous Q&A with Cate Holahan, please click here.

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