Catharine Leona Joy Minter Parks was born in Chatham Ontario to a Canadian mother and an American father. Her early childhood was spent in the church growing up under a strict upbringing but at an early age started to desire more.
With an adventuresome spirit she would join her brother in escaping the house after bedtime and going downtown with him to dances, plays and the movies, to enjoy all the things that her religious parents denied her.
Catharine’s love of words started in early childhood when she would make up fictitious words and songs. She has been a songwriter since being gifted in 1983, and has recorded several songs of her own as well as the song, Proud to be Canadian in 1991.
Ms. Parks writes from life and true experiences, usually with a supernatural twist. On January 25, 2007, she published her first devotional, A Glimpse of the Cross, on the Mustard Seed Ministries Site; it is based on a vision. Cliffhanger was published in November 2007 in Fate Magazine, a short story come true forewarned by a dream. Ms. Parks writes based on dreams that come true, or real life experiences. Ms. Parks live in Niagara Falls, Ontario and about 10 minutes away from the falls.
What inspires you to write?
I believe I have supernatural experiences and messages to share with a hurting world. There are many lessons that life provides for us to learn that will help our spiritual growth as we journey along this path.
Tell us about your writing process.
My process for writing a book always starts with an outline. Mind mapping is a very good tool that I am using as well.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Because I write about my personal experiences with God, it is all about what the Spirit can teach me. So listening to His voice, looking at signs, and wonders because they all come from God.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like to read any Christine Feehan books. Lately I have been checking out James Patterson books also. I like to read books written by a variety of authors on Heaven encounters.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Once I discovered I could publish my e-book myself I went for it. After all 70% is better royalties than the 7 or 8% royalties from Traditional publishers. With either publishing efforts the marketing is still up to the author.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe book publishing is getting more technical all the time, now kindle e-books are gaining more and more ground, but audio books is growing. There are people out there who don’t have the time to sit and read a book, but on the way to work they can listen to a book in their cars. Blind people can also take advantage of audio books, a part of society that maybe has all been forgotten in the opportunity to ‘hear’ books.
What genres do you write?
I write in Humor,Religion, Spirituality, Christianity, suspense
What formats are your books in?