March 2009 Author of the Month
Charlotte Hughes has a great ability to not only keep you laughing, but also keep you on the edge of your
seat. Her character, Kate Holly, should be a member of your bookcase! Nutcase is Charlotte's latest
release, but check out her first Kate Holly book, What looks like Crazy!
Click on any book image to learn more!!
1. For you, what is the most challenging part in writing one of your books?
The most challenging part is WRITING the damn book! I can come up with a million excuses not to go to the computer. I’m sort
of ADHD so I can get distracted by a fly on the wall. It’s hard being me.
2. What is your all-time favorite book and why?
“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. She was able to bring attention to racial injustice and make us fall in love with her
characters. My favorite short story is “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner – what an awesome and chilling ending!
3. Favorite TV Program?
I love “The Closer” with Kyra Sedgewick. It’s a funny police procedural without all the gore of CSI. I can only take so much gore,
you know? I also keep CNN on most of the time – I enjoy politics. The anchors are almost like family to me. Plus, I’m hot for Dr.
4. What mystery would you like to solve for yourself?
I just want to know who killed Jon Benet Ramsey. Is that too much to ask?
5. Do you have any superstitions when you write?
I refuse to believe in writer’s block because if I believe in it I’ll be the first to get it. That doesn’t mean I don’t get blocked. I hate
being blocked. It feels like my brain is stuffed with cotton and I can’t find nary an idea.
6. What event in history would you have liked to personally witness?
I would simply like to remember what I had for lunch yesterday.
7. What person, alive or dead, would you like to talk to for one hour?
Harper Lee. When I last checked she was alive and well, but I understand she is something of a recluse so it’s not likely I’ll be
granted that wish.
8. How much fun is it evolving Kate Holly further in your books?
What I love most about Kate Holly is the fact she’s neurotic. She’s O.C.D. and when she’s stressed, she counts things and does
multiplication tables in her head. She prefers even numbers because they are divisible by two. Uneven numbers are complicated, like
her life. Sometimes she gets a grip on it, but sometimes it just gets worse. In book #3, HANGING BY A THREAD, Kate finds
herself washing her hands too often. I’ve personally been in therapy long enough to know that therapists have as many problems as
their patients. Even therapists and psychiatrist have issues so it was a lot of fun to create a psychologist who was O.C.D., and having
marital problems among other things.
9. How is your New Years Resolution going?
I haven’t started exercising, but I’m doing a better job of keeping junk food out of my house. I hope in my next life I’m a size three
and can eat as much chocolate as I want without gaining weight. I think God was mean for putting so many calories in chocolate.
For a fun list I made in January see my blog.
10. What is on your “Bucket List” that you still have to complete?
I’m really glad you asked that question. I used to think my books didn’t “count” because I didn’t have some universal message to
share, as in the case of someone like Harper Lee and others. But I get so much mail from readers telling me how my humor
helped them get through some of the darkest days in their lives. I’ve had cancer patients write to me, thanking me for giving them a
reason to laugh. Last night at a book signing, one woman had lost her mother a month ago and was looking forward to my new
book. Another woman was dealing with a seriously ill husband. She planned to take care of “her” needs by setting aside time to read
my book. I am humbled by these stories. I just want to hug these people and let them know I genuinely care. Maybe, in some small
way, I can make a difference after all. So I guess that is it. To make a difference.
The life of a psychologist is enough to drive anyone nuts…
Ever since she blew up her own office with nitroglycerin (she was
sure the patient was bluffing---until the vial exploded), psychologist
Kate Holly has been one step away from going off her rocker. It
doesn’t help that she’s still in love with her firefighter ex-husband.
They both want to patch things up, but Kate has been using sex to
avoid talking, and he wants to know; is there something she is not
Well yes, there is. Kate is about to get evicted from her office, and
her best option may be to share space with her hot tub-loving ex-
boyfriend, Dr. Thad Glazer. With her oddball patients, her meddling
mother, and her eccentric secretary thrown into the mix—not to
mention a spate of suspicious fires- will Kate put her life back
together before she ends up in a padded cell?
Psychologist Kate Holly's own life has become the stuff of intensive
therapy. She's divorcing Jay, her gorgeous firefighter husband, who is
perfect except for his tendency to put his life on the line. Her
eccentric secretary lures in clients with promises of free manicures.
Her junk-art-collecting mother and aunt have erected a vaguely sexual
sculpture in her front yard. And, her psychiatrist ex-boyfriend refers
patients to her in return for information on the color of her panties.
Struggling to keep her sanity gets harder every day, especially when
Kate starts getting bombarded with mysterious threats that could be
from just about any lunatic in Atlanta. She's treated them all. And the
only person who can help Kate is the one man who always makes her
lose her mind—and her heart...
Our exclusive interview with Charlotte Hughes