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PCL MS 153 Cathie Linz Collection

Introduction

Cathie Linz was an author of contemporary and paranormal romance novels. Notes, galleys to one manuscript and ten original, copy-edited manuscripts comprise the core of this collection.

Cathie Linz first transferred her manuscripts to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University, in June 1997, with an additional donation in 2001. The collection is open for research, but photocopying or other duplication of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. This register was compiled by Kirk Richardson under the supervision of Jean Geist, Popular Culture Library Associate II in February 1998. It was updated in September 2009 by Patricia Falk and in September 2016 by Manuscripts and Outreach Archivist Steve Ammidown.

Biographical Sketch

Cathie Linz was born in Chicago, IL in 1956. She had her first literary success in the third grade, winning second prize for a four-page "book" she wrote. However, she did not resume writing until 1979. Linz had been working for five years as a law librarian at Northern Illinois University Law School, and when she was hospitalized for emergency surgery, she resolved to stop wasting time and write a book.

Deciding on a subject was easy. "I write what I love to read," says Linz, who read her first romance when she was a freshman in high school and became an immediate convert to the genre (she still reads about 20 romances a month).

After completing her first manuscript, Linz quit her library job and gave herself one year to sell it. Two weeks short of a year later, Dell Publishing bought Remembrance of Love. After putting out 12 more Dell books, Linz then signed on with Silhouette, where she now writes for a sexy, contemporary series known as the "Desire" line.

Linz was a prolific author, writing more than 50 romance novels under her own name, as well as 3 paranormal romances under the name Cat Devon. She was also an active member of the Romance Writers of America, serving as the organization's first Librarian Liasion and spearhaeading Librarian's Day at the organization's annual conference.

Cathie Linz passed away in 2015. In her honor, the Romance Writers of America renamed their award honoring librarians as the Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year Award.

Scope and Content

The Cathie Linz Collection houses the Original, copy edited manuscript for sixteen of her works, one of Sharon Ihle's publications, and one of Jill Barnett's publications as well as promotional materials for Linz's romantic novels. Other promotional materials include two signed book flats for Kathleen Morgan and Constance O'Day Flannery plus signed artwork for Kristin Hannah's Enchantment. These manuscripts and materials form a particularly strong core for this collection, for they address not only the inception of a book, but the method by which the book is publicized to consumers.

Researchers interested in romantic fiction and the writing process will find this collection useful.

Series Description

Literary Production

Series
Literary Manuscripts
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997
Original donation arranged in chronological order
Typed manuscripts, with handwritten corrections by editors
Series
Miscellaneous Materials
Promotional materials
29 items
1989 - 1998

Inventory

Box 1
FolderDescriptionDate
Remembrance of Love 1982
1 Original manuscript with author's corrections; chapters 1 - 5.  
2 Original manuscript with author's corrections; chapters 6 - 11.
Adam's Way 1989
3 Original manuscript with editor's corrections; chapters 1 - 5.  
4 Original manuscript with editor's corrections; chapters 6 - 11.
As Good As Gold 1989
5 Original manuscript with editor's corrections; chapters 1 - 5.  
6 Original manuscript with editor's corrections; chapters 6 - 11.
Smiles 1990
7 Original manuscript with editor's corrections; chapters 1 - 5.  
8 Original manuscript with editor's corrections; chapters 6 - 11.
Box 2
FolderDescriptionDate
Smooth Sailing 1991
1 Photocopied manuscript with editor's corrections; chapters 1 - 6  
2 Photocopied manuscript with editor's corrections; chapters 7 - 11
Flirting With Trouble 1992
3 Original manuscript with editorial corrections  
Time Flies 1995
4 Later entitled A Wife In Time
Original manuscript with editor's corrections; chapters 1 - 2.
 
5 Original manuscript with editor's corrections; chapters 3 - 11.
Abbie and the Cowboy 1997
6 Original manuscript with editor's corrections; chapters 1 - 5  
7 Original manuscript with editor's corrections; chapters 6 - 11
Box 3
FolderDescriptionDate
Michael's Baby 1997
1 Original manuscript with editor's corrections  
Seducing Hunter 1997
2 Original manuscript with editor's corrections  
The Marrying Kind 1996
3 Sharon Ihle's galley proof manuscript  
4 Miscellaneous Materials
  Chronological list of all Linz's books n.d.
Photocopied newspaper articl Feb. 24, 1989
Bookmarks for:
Good Men
Candlelight Ecstasy
As Good as Gold
10th Anniversary
n.d.
Postcard for One of a Kind Marriage n.d.
Postcard for Pamela Morsi's No Ordinary Princess n.d.
Flyers for Seducing Hunter n.d.
Flyers for Abbie and the Cowboy n.d.
Cover flats for: Handful of Trouble
Winner Takes All
Pride and Joy
n.d.
Promotional materials for books by: Susan Sizemore, Kathleen Eagle, Connie Mason, and Amanda Scott n.d.
University of Pennsylvania Press Catalog 1993
Windy City Woman (interview with Cathie Linz) 1996
5 Miscellaneous Materials
Harlequin's's Annual Romance Reports
1990
Box 4
FolderDescriptionDate
Change of Heart 1987
1 Unjustified printout of copy edited manuscript, chapters 1 - 5  
2 Unjustified printout of copy edited manuscript, chapters 6 - 11
A Friend in Need 1988
3 Unjustified printout of copy edited manuscript, chapters 1 - 5  
4 Unjustified printout of copy edited manuscript, chapters 6 - 11
As Good as Gold 1988
5 Unjustified printout of copy edited manuscript, chapters 1 - 5  
6 Unjustified printout of copy edited manuscript, chapters 6 - 11
Seducing Hunter 1996
7 Original manuscript with editor's corrections, chapters 1 - 6  
8 Original manuscript with editor's corrections, chapters 7 - 10
Abbe and the Cowboy 1996
9 Unjustified printout of copy edited manuscript, chapters 1 - 5  
10 Unjustified printout of copy edited manuscript, chapters 6 - Epilogue
Husband Needed 1997
11 Unjustified printout of copy edited manuscript, chapters 1 - 5  
12 Unjustified printout of copy edited manuscript, chapters 6 - 10
Box 5
FolderDescriptionDate
Carried Away 1996
1 Jill Barnett's galley proof manuscript, pages 1 - 63  
2 Jill Barnett's galley proof manuscript, pages 64 - 128
3 Jill Barnett's galley proof manuscript, pages 129 - 190
4 Jill Barnett's galley proof manuscript, pages 191 - 242
5 Jill Barnett's galley proof manuscript, pages 243 - 309
6 Jill Barnett's galley proof manuscript, pages 310 - 344
7 Miscellaneous correspondence 1992 - 1998
8 The 52nd Court News
N
ewsletter written by Cathie Baumgardner
1965
9 Publicity: postcards and pamphlet 1998
10 Publicity: advertising and bookmarks 1993 - 1996
11 Autographed book flats and artwork n.d.
12 Video: Cynthia Johnson interview Sept. 17, 1996

 

Box 6
FolderDescriptionDate
1 Untitle short story- manuscript undated
2 Correspondence 1998, 2000
3 The Alternate Reality Romance Guide 1998
4 On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah- manuscript 1998
5 Promotional items 1998 - 2000
6 Promotional items- other authors- newsletters, etc. undated
7 Promotional items- other authors- bookmarks, etc. undated
8 Promotional items- other authors- unusual items undated

Transfers

A large-print copy of the novel Tender Guardian was separated from this donation and cataloged with her other books at the Browne Popular Culture Library.