Wednesday’s Writer with Catherine Castle

Catherine Castle

Thank you for being here today, Catherine. Let’s get started.

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

Actually, no. All I wanted to be when I was younger was a professional singer. Writing, in the form of poetry and short stories mostly, has always been a big part of my life. I did write one angst-filled teen romance based on a television teen idol I was crazy about, but I didn’t think about writing as a profession until I was in my forties when I became a freelance writer, with no professional schooling, for a local newspaper. The desire to write fiction, and get published, came out of that. Seeing that first byline on the front page of the newspaper hooked me.

Out of all the characters you’ve written about, is there one that is your favorite?

It would have to be novice Sister Margaret Mary, the heroine in my multi-award-winning book, The Nun and the Narc. She’s full of spunk and vinegar.

Have you ever won any awards for your writing?

Several, for both published and unpublished works. In 2014, my debut inspirational romantic suspense book, The Nun and the Narc, was an EPIC finalist and won the Beverly Hills Book Award and the RONE award. It also placed 2nd in the Dixie Contest and was an ACFW Genesis Finalist as an unpublished manuscript. Another of my unpublished books won 2nd place in the Dixie Contest and OVRWA Enchanted Words contest and won Honorable Mention in the SARA Merritt Contest.

Do you have a special place where you like to write?

I write in my cluttered office, but I plot everywhere.

Have you ever received a rejection?

Yes, I have a few.

What is a piece of advice you would give to an unpublished writer?

Don’t give up. It took me seven years to get my first book published, but when I did, it was an award-winner. If you believe you have a good book, don’t give up on it.

That is very inspiring, Catherine. So glad you didn’t give up!

Do you take time to plot and outline your books? Or do you like to write by the seat of your pants?

I used to be a complete panster, but after co-authoring with my husband I discovered plotting makes the book almost write itself. My characters did keep going off track, though, so I began planstering—a combo of plotting and panstering that allows my characters freedom to tell me things I don’t know. It works. I also use the Hero’s Journey as a synopsis/plotting vehicle. Most books I write now are mostly plotted before I put a single word on the page. I also have to have the blurb written first. I know—it’s odd—but it works for me.

Do you ever talk about your next project or do you keep it a secret?

I have a critique group, so I’m usually telling them about the book in progress.

How long does it take you to write a book?

It depends on the deadline, and how well I’ve plotted. The first book I ever wrote took seven years and the last book I wrote took 89 hours to write and nearly 3 weeks to edit. Clearly, I’m making progress.

Oh my goodness, 89 hours has to be a record! That’s awesome. I don’t think most of us can imagine writing a book that fast.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I’m into drama at our church—my husband and I direct the drama group. I also love to garden, sing, quilt and travel.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Everywhere. I’ve come up with book ideas from brainstorming with the hubby about a road sign, hearing something someone has said, seeing something unusual, watching a commercial on television. Bidding on the Bouquet sprung from an internet news article about a bride who made her attendants bid on spots in her wedding. Ideas are everywhere. You just have to be watching for them.

Is there a message in your book you hope readers will relate to?

Actually, the message in Bidding on the Bouquet is about hope. I don’t set out to send a message in my books. They grow organically out of the plot and what the characters say.

Do you have a mentor author or a particular author whose work inspires you?

Not really. I think all authors have something in their works that can inspire other writers.

What kinds of research do you do for your books?

I might go visit a spot or I might just do internet or book research.

Do you have a full-time day job? If so, how do you find time to write?

No. I don’t. But even though I don’t work full-time there are still plenty of things that can draw me away from writing. I tend to be a tyranny of the urgent writer. Deadlines inspire me.

Thank you for being here today, Catherine. It was fun having you and learning more about the author behind the book.

Check out Catherine’s new book, Bidding on the Bouquet.

The chance to catch a bridal bouquet containing a solid gold rose makes underprivileged, down-on-her-luck grad student Marietta Wilson pawn everything she owns to come up with a bid to win a bridesmaid spot in the most prestigious wedding of the season.

When he discovers his sister is auctioning off bridesmaid spots in her wedding party, wealthy, elitist Chip Vandermere is appalled. Not only is it in poor taste, but no self-respecting lady would stoop so low as to bid. Convinced Marietta is a gold digger, Chip sets out to thwart her plans.

A social climber and a social misfit. Can a bridal bouquet unite them?

Get your copy here: 

Bidding on the Bouquet

About Catherine

Multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle loves writing, reading, traveling, singing, theatre, and quilting. She’s a passionate gardener whose garden won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. She writes sweet and inspirational romances. You can find her books The Nun and the Narc, A Groom for Mama, Bidding on the Bouquet and Trying Out for Love boxed set on Amazon.


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