Sunday, March 20, 2011

with Cathy West

Welcome to The Barn Door Book Loft, Cathy.
What started you on your writing journey?

I’ve always had a love for reading and writing. I began writing my own stories when I was in grade school, so I suppose it’s always been there.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Facebook!! Email! Just about everything, really. And if I can’t concentrate I even contemplate doing laundry!!

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I love reading big books, great long decade spanning sagas. Unfortunately you really don’t see many of those anymore. I used to love reading Belva Plain, she was good at that. Rosamunde Pilcher is a brilliant British author.The Winds of War by Herman Wouk comes to mind, The Thorn Birds… These days I read anything written by Kate Morton, I love her style. Jodi Piccoult is also a favorite. Lisa Wingate, Debbie Macomber. Within the CBA arena, we have so much talent! Hard to know where to start! I love Bonnie Grove’s Talking to the Dead. Jenny B. Jones’ Between You and Me, Christa Allan’s Walking on Broken Glass. Anything by Deb Raney, Susan May Warren, Meredith Efken. Our standard is high and I truly believe we have some of the best authors out there in our market.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
Actually, both of the main characters hooked me right from the start. Kristin and Luke are pretty equally matched when it comes to determination and stubbornness, and they know how to get each other going. I had a lot of fun with putting them in situations where they had to work together, and of course, little by little, you get to see what they’re really like beneath all the bantering and bravado. Because Kristin is a journalist, she’s always asking questions. And because of Luke’s job, he can’t answer her questions. They’re both extremely intelligent, caring individuals, who really believe in what they do. Truth be told, I fell in love with Luke from the moment he appeared on the scene, and I’ve heard pretty much the same reaction from everyone who’s already had a read of the story. I’m not sure I’ll ever have quite so interesting characters again! But you never know… :-)

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
That would really depend on my mood! Most of the time I’m easy listening or hits from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and today. It’s funny you ask this. Music really defines us, I think. It defines us, reminds us who we are and where we came from. I can hear a certain song and remember events from the year it first came out. Music was an imperative part of daily living for the guys over in Vietnam. I loved reading about that during my research, and can so relate to the music from that time period.

What is your strangest habit?
I hope I don’t have one?! Honestly I don’t know how to answer this question, sorry!

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Oh, sure. Going to the doctor and the dentist, hands down! And I am also a very non-confrontational person. If a problem arises that I need to address with a person, I’ll often put that off, because I would either get too angry, too emotional or both, and now have a clue how to express either of those emotions face-to-face. I guess that’s why I’m a writer!

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
I love Italian food. Lots of tomato sauce, cheese, garlic – yum!! I’m not the greatest cook in the world, so you really don’t want a recipe from me. I love to eat out – A LOT! I have to say though, Thanksgiving and Christmas are probably my two favorite meals with family and friends. I love the huge buffet of food, but it’s really the atmosphere and the fellowship that takes place around the table on those days that makes them special.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
Every book I write is a little different, but I do generally find myself addressing the topic of forgiveness. At some point in our lives, we all have to learn to forgive. For some, there will be huge, life-changing issues that we’ll have to work through and move past. Others will have smaller things, but perhaps hurtful just the same. We’re human. We make mistakes. We need forgiveness, even though in many cases, we just don’t deserve it. God knew that, and He sent us His son. I’ll admit, I’m not into writing fluff. I deal with sin and its consequences. Sin is ugly, destructive. But without it, we have no need for a Savior. And without Him, we wouldn’t know how to forgive. So yes, bottom line, I write about forgiveness and redemption.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
I love many verses, but one in particular stands out to me.
Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

I’ve heard different interpretations of this verse, but to me, it says that God loves me enough to care about what I want. If I put my own selfish needs and wants aside and fully focus on Him, being in His will, then the desires of my heart will turn into His desires. Without getting into doctrine or preaching a sermon :-) I suppose what that means to me is being fully surrendered to God in all areas of my life. When I do this, I give God room to move. I’ve seen it happen over and over again. And sometimes I’m still stubborn enough to try it my own way first! But I’m learning.

You can purchase Yesterday's Tomorrow from Amazon.

Cathy is giving away a copy of Yesterday's Tomorrow. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Joanne Sher said...

This sounds VERY good. Please enter me!

Anne Payne said...

Loving the look of this one! Can't wait to read it, whether I win or not :)


Marianne said...

Would love to win Yesterday's Tomorrow. i like italian food, and actually make my own egg noodles! thanks for the interview and chance to win this book, Patty and Catherine

marianne from Arizona

KAT . . . said...

I would be delighted to be entered in your drawing for a copy of Yesterday's Tomorrows. Interesting!


Linda Kish said...

Please include me

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

lgm52 said...

Sounds great..hope I win!

Catrina Bradley... said...

I enjoyed meeting Cathy! And I'd love to win her book.

Charlotte Kay said...

Another new author for me, so I would love to win this book and enjoy reading Cathy's unique style of writing!
Many Blessings and Smiles:)
Charlotte Kay
charlovesmark at gmail dot com

karenk said...

please count me in...thanks

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jordan said...

Great interview! I'd love the chance to read this book!


Courtney said...

Sounds like a very interesting book, can't wait to read it! Thanks for the chance to win it!


Anonymous said...

I'd really like to win this book!

Anonymous said...

I would really like to read this book. Thanks for offering it here, and telling us about it!

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