Thank you, Emma, for having me here today. I’m delighted.
Welcome, Cathie! Please share a little bit about yourself.
I write historical fiction & romantic suspense. My novels aren’t usually category, but rather a mix of romance and mainstream. In July 2011, I saw my dream come true when The Wild Rose Press published my historical Scottish romance, Highland Arms. I was so thrilled.
I have been writing on and off since I was a teenager, however, I only got a real ‘look in’ when I took a course in Creative Writing a few years ago, learning more about the craft itself. My mind is constantly thinking up stories. Even as a child, when I went out to play, I imagined I was George of The Famous Five, inventing adventures with my friends. Great fun!
I love exploring the settings for my novels. Living in Scotland makes it easy - just hop in the car for a visit to the in-laws near Loch Ness for a spot of Nessie hunting. Along the way, we pass through stunning landscapes such as Glencoe and the central Highlands. I never tire of the views and probably have thousands of photos of the same spots.
On a holiday to Normandy, France, I managed to squeeze in several visits for research purposes. Visiting Bayeux, Falaise, and Mortagne, I took lots of photos and scribbled furiously into my notepad. Dark Deceit was in its early stages, still set in England, and at the time I didn’t know how much influence my break would have in the end.
Why do you write the stories you write?
I love history, exploring castle ruins and cathedrals, reading up about long-dead kings and queens and all their shenanigans. Creating characters, plots and settings in past eras makes me experience those days, and I’m keen to share those ideas with my readers.
Whilst living in Wales, I took part in medieval re-enactment which I thoroughly enjoyed and which provided me with much in depth knowledge of everyday life. And I even hit bull’s eye as an archer!
What are your writing goals for this year?
I’m currently one third through a contemporary suspense novella - my first non-historical. Still feels weird writing about phones, the internet, cars and guns instead of horses, swords and ladies in long gowns. Such a different take on characters, too. An interesting change.
By the summer I hope to have completed a medieval Scottish romance, and later on in the year finish at least part 2 in The Anarchy Trilogy, following the recent release of part 1, Dark Deceit. If all goes well, I might even get to start on part 3 this year.
Do you have any releases scheduled for this year?
Dark Deceit - a historical with romantic and mystery elements - has just been released by Crooked Cat Publishing, and I hope to have part 2 of the trilogy ready for late autumn. This spring, I’m going to self publish the contemporary novella, just to see what it’s like. Many of my writer friends have now gone down that route, and I’m curious how I can make it work for my own stories.
What do you like to read?
I enjoy reading historical fiction and romance. Nothing better than to escape modern stress by delving into the past. That way, I can travel across the world and discover all kinds of different experiences. I don’t limit myself to specific eras - medieval, Regency, Ancient Egypt, I love them all.
I also like thrillers - gritty, full of conspiracies, with flawed characters that make such stories fascinating. While I tend to hide behind a cushion whenever horror or serious thrillers are on TV, a book allows me to see the story in my own eyes. Far less scary!
What would you like to know from readers?
I’d love to know why readers still love Highlanders. They’ve been around for decades. Is it the drama of Scottish history, the injustice, the brooding men, or the stunning landscapes? Or is it - pure and simple - a man in a kilt?
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