Monday, November 24, 2014

Catherine L. Hensley takes Manhattan...plus a book giveaway

We're pleased to introduce you to Catherine L. Hensley today. Her debut novel, New York Dolls published last week with 48Fourteen and the premise is perfect for Celebrity Month. We invited her to dish about celebrities with us and she even has a copy of her book for a lucky US reader!

A native of south Louisiana, Catherine received her master of arts degree in creative writing and media studies from New York University and her bachelor of arts degree in English from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, with minors in history and mass communication. Her writing has appeared in The Advocate (Louisiana’s largest newspaper), OT Practice magazine, Quiet Mountain: New Feminist Essays, and Mused, the BellaOnline Literary Review. She is also a professional freelance editor and writer who works with a variety of genres and offers copyediting, proofreading, content editing, and writing services worldwide through CLH Editing. You can find her at her website and on Facebook.

Synopsis of New York Dolls:
It’s Fashion Week in New York, and Denton Hodges just got her first big assignment for Glitter magazine.

Denton’s assignment: Get in the show at the posh Regency Viscount Hotel, and find a story. But a chance encounter with hard-partying starlet Amber Donovan forever changes the course of the night—and Denton’s life. After a night of being chased by the paparazzi, swimming in swag bags, and falling heart over heels for Hollywood hunk Chris West, Denton’s not just on the story. She is the story.

Suddenly, Denton’s no longer merely a low-level assistant. Amber’s latching on like a BFF from hell, Chris is flirting and cooking her dinner, and as Denton falls for the real people behind the tabloid screen, neither knows about her ties to Glitter. Only Denton holds the secret—or so she thinks. Is Anna Creel, Glitter’s icy beauty editor, on to her? Will Denton be able to write a story exposing her new friends? And is Chris more than just a friend, or did Glitter get the headline right—“Chris and Amber: Hot Nights!”?

Step into the spotlight, and peek beyond the red carpet in
New York Dolls. (Courtesy of Amazon.)

Who is your favorite celebrity with the same first name as you?
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Have you ever written to a celebrity? Did they write back?
Yes! At 12, I remember being a huge fan of ER when it first started, and I wrote to Julianna Margulies. I got a signed photo in the mail!

What is your favorite source of celebrity news?
Favorite sources is more like it. I have a pretty gluttonous daily diet of celebrity news. Lainey Gossip is a new favorite. She’s got a wickedly sharp sense of humor.

Which celebrity has the best Tweets or Facebook posts?
Dwayne (“The Rock”) Johnson has some pretty funny posts. He never takes himself too seriously.

Which chick lit character should be a celebrity?
Bridget Jones. She’d have a hilarious reality show for sure.

In what way do celebrities have it easiest? Hardest?
They have it easiest in terms of money and access, hardest in the loss of privacy.

Thanks to Catherine for visiting with us and sharing her book with our readers.



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12 comments:

Bonnie Franks said...

Melissa because she is a natural star!

Janine said...

I agree with Catherine and her Bridget Jones answer. She would be a lot of fun to watch.

Kristen said...

Becky Bloomwood! :)

traveler said...

Amy is my choice. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Linda Kish said...

I agree with Bridget Jones.

Jessica Meddick said...

Becky Bloomwood from the Shopaholic series of course =]

susieqlaw said...

Becky from Shopaholic!

Kimberly V said...

Rebecca Bloomwood from the Shopaholic books is the first that comes to mind.

Vivian Vereeke said...

I agree with the suggestion of Bridget Jones.

Melissa Seng said...

Bridget Jones

bn100 said...

Becky Bloomwood

rhonda said...

Bridget jones lomazowr@gmail.com