What does Liz Taylor have to do with an Amish novel?
Choosing to retell “The Taming of the Shrew” first in my The Courtships of Lancaster County series was a given. Who doesn’t love that story? I first saw the play in elementary school and loved it. But I’ve always wanted more of the story, namely from Katharina’s point of view. I finally had the chance!
I thought of a young Elizabeth Taylor as I began to write Courting Cate, a younger one than she actually was when she played Kate in the 1967 movie of “The Taming of the Shrew” at age 33. But once I saw the cover Bethany House designed for the novel, the model became my “Cate.” She’s Amish, plus a little sassy and very smart—an all around intriguing character.
Courting Cate comes out in October, but preorders are available through Barnes and Noble, CBD, and Amazon. Now I’m working on retelling “Romeo and Juliet,” with a few different twists than the traditional telling. I’ll write more about that in the weeks to come.