I’m currently enjoying getting to know some of my fellow Etopia Press authors. I recently interviewed gay fiction writer Tristram La Roche, and this week I’m turning to the paranormal. Catherine Cavendish kindly let me ask her a few questions about her writing life.
Kiran: What made you decide to start writing?
Catherine: I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t writing. Even as a child, I would make up stories and write them in a notebook. Then, when I got my first typewriter, I would produce little magazines, with stories and feature articles. It grew from there.
Kiran: Have you always wanted to be published?
Catherine: Yes. I cringe now when I think of how unprofessional my first efforts must have looked! Over the years, I managed to come very close to mainstream publication on a number of occasions but it just wasn’t to be, until this year.
Kiran: How did it feel to sign your first publishing contract?
Catherine: As if my feet were off the ground and my head was floating in the clouds. Wonderful!
Kiran: Where did you find the inspiration for Cold Revenge?
Catherine: It all came from a conversation with my husband. I can’t remember the exact context now but I mentioned the saying ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’ and then it suddenly hit me. What if it really was a cold dish? The rest, as they say, is history
Kiran: Do you have any writers’ quirks?
Catherine: Probably! I do work best where there are no distractions which is why my workstation is in a quiet, windowless room. I hate being interrupted when I’m in full flow and never have music playing, although I know a lot of writers find it helps them.
Kiran: What do your friends and family think of your writing?
Catherine: My husband and my mother are highly supportive. One cousin can’t read paranormal stories because she gets too scared! Close friends have also been very encouraging. My cat is in direct competition with me for use of the keyboard. I wouldn’t mind but she keeps winning.
Kiran: Do you have a favourite character from your own stories? If so, tell us who it is and why.
Catherine: I’ve grown very fond of Marnie, a character from my latest work in progress (currently titled, ‘The Devil Inside Her’). She is a wonderful friend to the main character and it takes a big heart and a lot of guts to go through what she experiences.
Kiran: You write paranormal fiction. Do you have any plans to try your hand at writing in a completely different genre?
Catherine: Gypsy Shadow (who published my light-hearted ghost story, ‘Say A Little Prayer’) will be publishing ‘The Dust Storm’ which is a futuristic story set in the 24th century, when much of Europe is a dust bowl and society has descended into a lawless wilderness.
Kiran: Who is your favourite author? Are there any new authors who have grabbed your interest?
Catherine: It’s so hard to pick just one! Stephen King is a great favourite but I also love Anne Rice and Barbara Erskine. From an earlier generation, Dennis Wheatley still chills. Away from the horror genre, I adore anything by Armistead Maupin. There are some stunning new authors out there in my genre. Deborah Harkness (‘A Discovery of Witches’), Michelle Paver (‘Dark Matter’), Julia Kavan (‘Dreaming Not Sleeping’), Steve Emmett (‘Diavolino’), Peter Giglio (‘A Spark In The Darkness’) are just some who immediately spring to mind. Out of my genre, Tristram La Roche (‘Fixed’) is my guilty pleasure!
Kiran: What should we expect next from Catherine Cavendish?
Catherine: I have just signed a contract with Etopia Press for ‘The Demons of Cambian Street’, which is all about an ancient evil residing in a quiet town on the English-Welsh border. ‘The Dust Storm’ will be out later this year, I believe and I am putting the finishing touches to ‘The Devil Inside Her’, which concerns a particularly nasty dream demon.
My website/blog is www.catherinecavendish.com
Thank you, Catherine! I’m looking forward to ‘ The Demons of Cambian Street’ just from the title!
For no apparent reason, Nadine, Maggie, Gary, and Nick are invited to dinner at the lavish home of top fashion writer, Erin Dartford. But why has she invited them? Why doesn’t she want her guests to mingle? And just what is it about the mysterious Erin that makes them want to run for their lives?
Little do they know that as they prepare to eat their first course, an evil as old as mankind is about to be unleashed. And revenge really is a dish best served cold…
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