An Olympics-inspired novel by a Thame mum has attracted rave reviews and looks set to benefit from the current appetite for books such as 50 Shades Of Grey.
Catherine Jones’ erotic novel called Cox – which is a steamy tale of life behind the scenes of a fictional Olympic rowing team – has the same editor and publisher as 50 Shades, which has become the fastest selling paperback of all time and is being turned into a movie.
Cox is the 14th novel by the Thame mum-of-three, who started writing whilst working as an Army platoon officer in Bicester.
The now 55 year old, agreed to write short columns for an Army wives’ magazine, which she later self published as a book – selling 16,000 copies.
Catherine jokes that ‘Soldier Soldier was big on TV at that time in about 1996’ and that may have helped.
Since then she has written a succession of non-erotic love stories, which have sold all around the world.
Unlike her latest offering, she was advised by her publisher at the time to refrain from including erotic details in her early books.
Catherine says her latest book, her first with her new publisher and editor, ‘is very racy and quite explicit’ – adding: “I don’t think nearly as racy as 50 Shades Of Grey though.”
So far Cox has received great reviews in many national women’s magazines.
The book’s release was timed to coincide with the start of the Olympics and Catherine says she is not just jumping on the bandwagon of the 50 Shades trilogy.
“There has always been a big market for this kind of book,” she said.
“It’s just that 50 Shades is doing well at the moment so people are talking about it.”
“But people have always bought racy kind of books, such as from Jackie Collins in the 70s and 80s.
“Of course, fashions come and go in the book trade and now at the moment it’s all bonk-busters.”
Catherine has lived in Thame for 18 years and writes under the name Kate Lace.
Although she has sold books around the world, few people in the town are aware of her career.
She said: “People don’t care what authors look like, it’s the book that people are interested in generally, not the author.
“At my local pub the Cross Keys they know who I am, but nobody else really.”
Cox is available from Arrow Books.
For more details visit www.katelace.co.uk