From the Author
Author Haunted By Two Main Characters
Little did I know what I was letting myself in for when I started writing Touch Not the Cat. Nicholas and Catherine, my main characters, began to haunt me. They exasperated me, delighted me, annoyed me, made me laugh, and even made me cry. I thought of them day and night, and when I finished that book I felt as though I'd lost something very special. If Nicholas and Catherine touch you as they touched me, I've done my job as a writer. I hope you read Touch Not the Cat, and visit my website to let me know what you thought of Nicholas and Catherine.
Best wishes! Tracy Fobes
About the Author
When we first learn to read, it's a chore. It's a matter of deciphering words and trying to understand their meaning given the context of the sentence. Reading is something you have to do, not want to do. Until, of course, you read that special book, the first one to really grab hold of you and make you fall in love. It happened to me in the fourth grade. Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators series forever changed me. I solved mysteries along with Jupiter, Bob, and Pete, three boys who ran their detective agency out of a junkyard and spoke regularly to Alfred Hitchcock. Green ghosts, whispering mummies, moaning caves, screaming clocks-they haunted my nights as I hid under the covers with a flashlight and read well past the time I was supposed to be sleeping. From there I graduated to just about every kind of book you could think of. I read Stephen King, Judy Blume, Richard Matheson, Arthur Clarke...the list was endless. At some point I decided to try a Barbara Cartland, and once again, my life changed. As I put that finished book down, I knew romance was the genre for me. Laurie McBain's Moonstruck Madness was the first long historical romance I ever read and I'll never forget it. It spurred me on to other authors such as Kathleen Woodiwiss and Clare Darcy. Romance became the staple of my reading diet and still is, to this day. I've dabbled in writing from the earliest days of my childhood, always keeping a journal and making up stories to entertain my brothers and sisters. You'd think I would have made a career of journalism, but I didn't. I decided to try my hand at computer science until family obligations required me to quit my nine-to-five job. Although I left my career and steady income with a few tears, they were crocodile tears, because inside I was already gleefully planning that first novel. Several attempts later, I wrote Touch Not the Cat, a story that's been in my head for a long, long time. Please visit my website, www.tracyfobes.com, to read excerpts from and find more info about all of my books. Tracy Fobes writes rich historical romances with a paranormal twist for Pocket and Leisure Books. Before turning to a career in writing, she graduated from the University of Scranton with a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in mathematics and for several years worked as a technical writer and analyst in various industries. Born and raised in New Jersey, she has made Pennsylvania her home for the last twenty years.
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