Saturday, May 10, 2014

Life in the Palace by Catherine Green: Character Interview

Life in the palace tour


Today we welcome Chloe Diaz (protagonist in Life in the Palace) as our special guest.  It's a real treat for us!


Hi Chloe! Why not begin by telling us a bit about your family.


My older sister Stacy was the perfect Disney princess type. She’s blond with blue eyes and a permanent tan. She was head cheerleader, valedictorian, the girl everyone wanted to be. At least until she ran off with her forbidden biker boyfriend.

        My father is the sort of dad that’s easy going as long as we do what he wants. When Stacy left, he went ballistic. He’s the child of Mexican immigrants and we’re expected to fulfill his American dream.

        My Mom would be the cosy home-making type if she could actually cook. Thankfully for my mental and physical health, she used to leave the cooking to my Grandma Mary. After Stacy ran away, Mom felt she needed to interact with me more. She started baking cookies. It was awful. My first semester in college couldn’t come soon enough.


What group did you hang out with in high school?


My longtime BFF is hardcore goth Spike Sanders (her real name is Lauralee Crystabel but she’d kill me if she knew I told you.) Her mother is this super Southern former beauty queen who can’t stand the sight of her only child dressing like “a drag-queen undertaker.” But Spike is not the sort of person you say no to.

        The other part of our clique of three was Jared. Spike took him under her wing in 8th grade. Her mission was to get him into community college and out of the closet by the end of high school. He came with us to all the goth clubs, although in his case it was mainly an excuse to wear make-up.


What do you do to unwind and relax?


My friend Tal started a place just off our college campus called the ‘Ghetto Chapel.’ It’s a great place to chill, with big comfy couches, free hot chocolate and weekly jam sessions. Actually it’s a front for her mission to save the world from the forces of Disconnection. She doesn’t try to keep it a secret because no one ever believes her.       


What was the scariest moment of your life?

The day I discovered that Tal was telling the truth. I’d assumed that when she said she was sent by heaven to maintain the cosmic balance, it was code for ‘I’m an incense burning, pamphlet distributing, religious weirdo.’ I was wrong.

        I stopped by Tal’s house hoping to resolve a bladder related crisis, instead I found myself face to face with a bunch of angels. Just standing there, radiating splendor and celestial fire. I nearly passed out. Tal acted like it was a regular occurrence, because for her it was.


What are your favorite TV shows?


The Walking Dead,  Breaking Bad and, in times of emotional crisis, Buffy (because you can’t beat a classic.) 


What would we find under your bed?


Old bottles of diet coke; it is the elixir of life. An empty suitcase. Magazines that my roommate gave me when I was sick so I could draw facial hair on the models (it was surprisingly therapeutic.)


What makes you happy?


The summer in Montreal. I decided go to college in Montreal because it was the furthest I could get away from Texas without going to England. When I got there, I discovered that it’s an awesome place to be for the three months of the summer. With free jazz, outdoor cafes and tree lined streets, it’s the perfect place to chill.                                   


What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I really like the elderly. My late great Aunt Theresa was a riot. She used to swap X-rated gossip with my Grandma Mary in Spanish. Aunt Theresa passed away in my last year of high school but now I volunteer at the local old age home.


Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

When in doubt expect randomness.


Life in the Palace

Life in the Palace by Catherine Green

“We need to talk,” Tal said. Then I knew it was going to go badly. ‘We need to talk’ is the conversational equivalent of walking into your basement without turning on the light, on a dark and stormy night, when a known psychopath is on the loose. You might as well cut to the chase and slit your own throat.

Chloe Diaz assumed three things: that when Tal said that she was one of The People sent from heaven to maintain the cosmic balance, it was code for ‘I’m a pamphlet distributing, incense burning, religious weirdo;’ that the gorgeous Seth Wilks would never be her soul mate and that she’d never have to choose between them. Chloe was wrong.

Now the future of the world is in her hands, but what if price is too great to pay?

This is a brief description of the plot:

After a lifetime in the shadow of her sister, Chloe is severely phobic of the chronically cool. Seth is everything she avoids; a pre-med philosophy major who works in a bar, plays in a band and is so good looking that grown women stare at him in the street. But it’s hard to say no to your soul mate. Thinking she’s maxed out her supply of destiny, Chloe settles down to enjoy the happily-ever-after.

Tal says that she’s one of The People sent from heaven to maintain the cosmic balance. Chloe assumes this is code for ‘I’m a pamphlet distributing, incense burning, religious weirdo.’ Actually Tal’s main extracurricular activity is fighting the forces of Oblivion. The People never need to hide what they are because no one ever believes them. Until Chloe does.

Chloe sets out to help Tal and The People as much as she can as an outsider. Seth says as long as no one wears their underpants on the outside Chloe can do what she likes. What he doesn’t say is that he’s also one of The People, although non-practicing. But as the Final Battle draws nearer, Chloe realizes it’s time for Seth to go collect his regulation sword. The only thing standing in his way is her. Seth says he’ll give up his place in heaven to stay with her. Chloe must choose between Seth’s soul and her own happiness.

Praise for Life in the Palace

An interesting take on the paranormal romance genre. …..While other books in the genre have unrealistic buy in to the acceptance of someone from the outside entering a "new world" Life in the Palace handled it from both the main character looking in and the dwellers of the Palace looking out at this person trying to enter their world. …….I am so happy to hear that there are more books in the series! – Yonit on Goodreads

I loved this world that Catherine Green created. I happily lost myself in the life & deep love between Chloe & Seth …..I loved the attention to detail, the fleshing out of the world around them, the obvious growth of all the characters... Even the heartbreaking choices made at the end.
Book two I cannot wait to read! – Ebon Darkmyth on Smashwords

Loved it, great story line, fun characters and after reading it and thinking deeply about the duality of our lives, it made my prayers come alive! – Rebecca Wittenstein on

This book introduces you to a whole host of characters that you want to meet in real life. ….The action keeps you reading, while the budding love between Seth and Chloe makes you breathless. A great read. – Cypora Cohen on

 Life in the palace tour


Spike’s advice after Seth declares his undying love (Chapter 4)

“Well, it had to happen to someone.” Spike said cheerfully when I finished telling her about the most perfect day of my life.

“What do you mean? Isn’t now when you tell me to stop being all Hollywood?”

“Nope. Hollywood can only get away with telling all those stories because sometimes it does happen. Sometimes someone does meet their soul mate. Some people are destined to fall in love and live happily ever after. The mere possibility keeps everyone else hoping. But someone has to be the one in a billion that gets it. Congratulations.”

I took a few deep breaths to steady myself. “You don’t think I’m crazy? Or just infatuated or overwhelmed by his coolness?”

“You, of all people, will never be overwhelmed by anyone’s coolness. You are way to cerebral to let yourself be infatuated and I’ve never noticed you to be crazy. From what you say Mr. Wonderful secretly had his eye on you all along. So it’s not even totally out of the blue. I wouldn’t bother buying a lottery ticket ever again, though. You’ve probably used up all your good luck for a lifetime,” she chuckled to herself.

“What do I do now?”

“Enjoy it.”


Author Catherine Green

Catherine Green writes fantasy books featuring religious characters in a brazen attempt to make the people in faith communities seem less weird. She lives with her husband, children and three marginally neglected goldfish. When she's not writing, or pretending to be one of her characters on Facebook, she has been known to cook dinner.

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