May 23, 2011

Book Giveaway and Interview with Debut Author Cathy West

Getting to Know Catherine: Educated in Bermuda, England and Canada, Catherine holds a degree in English from the University of Toronto. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. Catherine and her husband live on the beautiful island of Bermuda, with their two college-aged children. Catherine is a member of Romance Writers of America, and American Christian Fiction Writers, and is a founding member of International Christian Fiction Writers. Catherine’s debut novel Yesterday’s Tomorrow, released March 15th, through OakTara Publishers. Visit Cathy at her website or her blog. Learn more about Yesterday's Tomorrow at this blog post.

OUR INTERVIEW: Nice to have you with us, today, Cathy. Congratulations on your debut release with OakTara Publishers! How long have you wanted to be a writer, and how does it feel to see this “dream” fulfilled?

Thanks, Deb! Well, my road to getting published was a very long one! I’ve been at this on and off for about twenty years, but only really seriously pursuing publication for the last ten. About three years ago I landed my agent, Rachelle Gardner – you know that feeling! She’s really been such a blessing and it’s great to have the encouragement from someone who knows their stuff! This particular story was a very hard sell and we shelved it for a couple of years while I worked on other books, but then sent it out again last year to a few smaller publishers and OakTara contracted it in November. How does it feel? Pretty amazing!!

Please tell us what inspired you to write Yesterday’s
Tomorrow.

I’m not really sure! I think I’ve always been fascinated with the era of the ‘60’s somehow, and I think I’d probably seen a few movies come out about Vietnam by the time the idea for the book began to take root. There are so many fascinating elements that I wanted to explore! Most of all I was intrigued by the thought of these young women dropping everything and heading into a warzone to report on one of the bloodiest battles of our time.

Do you have a favorite hobby?

Writing? Oh, wait, that’s not a hobby is it?? LOL! I love to garden. I used to crochet a lot too, but haven’t found time for that lately. Reading is probably what I do the most of when I’m not writing.

What are three things you’d like readers to know about you?

I’m quite shy but I’m open to meeting new people so don’t be afraid to contact me!  I hate to fly but I have to do it because I live on an island! I am the most impatient person in the world! So you can get a pretty good idea how hard it was for me to wait for that final email saying, “We love your book!”

Please share with us what you’re working on next.  

I’m working on a family saga novel that involves five siblings who have to come together to decide what to do about their ailing father and the family estate. They’re pretty dysfunctional, so it’s been a fun story to write and I can’t wait until it’s finished! I’m also starting a contemporary romance that takes place in a Vineyard! And I may be mulling over some ideas for a sequel to Yesterday’s Tomorrow, but don’t tell anybody! 

Thanks so much for being with us today, Cathy. Readers, if you'd like a chance to win Cathy's debut book, please leave a comment below. A winner will be selected on Sunday, May 29. 

Congratulations to Carmen Rose on winning this week's book drawing!

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