Catherine lives with her daughter, and a fox terrier that thinks he owns the house. She has sold international satellite capacity, worked in IT recruitment, and run her own communications store.
When Catherine isn’t writing, thinking about writing, talking about writing, or dreaming about writing, she’s dog-wrangling, wrestling with technology, or going crazy trying to maintain control of the yard.
THE CANDIDATE’S DAUGHTER is her first published work.
What inspires you to write?
Authors like Sue Grafton, Ed McBain and Lawrence Block inspire me to write. Finding stories that twist and turn, that make me as a reader gasp or sit up late at night so I can finish the book. I want to be that author. My best day is when a reader tells me how much he/she loved my story or my writing. My worst day is when I’m not writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
I take a theme, then I sit, and I write. All it takes is one snapshot of a scene and I’ll build a world and a story around it. Then, when I’m in bed at night, or walking the dog, or gardening or whatever, all the possibilities roll around in my head.
Do I plot? Some.
Do I write notes? Almost never.
I start at the beginning and I finish at the end. I cannot write out of sequence. When I wrote THE CANDIDATE’S DAUGHTER, I knew the end scene by chapter three. If I’d written it, it would have felt like I’d finished the book. I don’t use software. I don’t make up character sketches. My characters tell me who they are.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
All my characters speak, but not to me. I catch them interacting with others, so I know exactly what makes them tick. Then I think about their backgrounds, and what might influence them in decision making.
What advice would you give other writers?
Get an editor. It doesn’t matter how good you are, get an expert opinion – one you trust, not just one you like. And if you get advice from the person you trust, listen to it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went to a talk by Hugh Howey. The publishing landscape has changed. When he spoke of first getting your readers, I connected with that. It opened my eyes to possibilities and I haven’t looked back. Would I go traditional? If the opportunity arose, maybe I would. But the independence of working this way suits me for now.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s the same as it’s ever been – except now there are two paths you can choose from. One path will never overthrow the other. It might be different, but with the advent of e-readers and the growing awareness of books, there will always be a place for good written work, both traditional and self-published.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?