Sunday, October 28, 2012

We're Pleased to Welcome Catherine Richmond

Is there a story behind Through Rushing Water?
Is there ever! Spring for Susannah is set in the 1870s. I decided to set my second historical romance in that same fascinating time period, but closer to home. The most significant event here was the trial of Standing Bear, in which the verdict was that an Indian was a person in the eyes of the law. What led up to that court case? I found a mention of a Russian woman teaching at the Ponca Agency school. A woman with the same name taught at Vassar College during this time. Why would someone leave what must have been the most comfortable job in the U.S. to become a missionary to a poorly-supplied Indian agency on the Nebraska-Dakota border? She would have been surrounded by people with a different skin color, different culture, different language. Their enormous needs would have overwhelmed her and their enormous faith humbled her. That sounded a lot like my experience on mission trips to Jamaica. I knew I'd found my heroine

What started you on your writing journey?

I had no intentions of becoming a writer - don't you have to be male, British, and dead, like Dickens? Then I heard a song about a mail order bride meeting her husband for the first time. The story poured out from there. All I had to do -cough- was learn how to write! What distracts you from writing the easiest? Ghirardelli chocolate chips can get really noisy - so I have to eat them!

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
One of the joys of this career has been meeting so many wonderful writers and reading their books. I love books that bring history to life with a dash of humor, such as those by Stephanie Whitson, Lorna Seilstad, Laura Frantz, Mary Connealy, Julie Lessman, Dorothy Love, Rosslyn Elliot, Cheryl St. John, and... oh, dear, I'm sure I'm forgetting someone!

Did you have any interesting discoveries in the research for Through Rushing Water? Yes! I connected five people from the trial of Standing Bear with one church! How amazing is that? And what a wonderful reminder that church is more than potlucks and committee meetings. God wants us to seek justice and defend the oppressed!

If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why?
There's a painting in our local art museum, the Joslyn, Mountain Landscape by Gustave Doré. The artist captures the moment when the sun sinks behind the mountains, the stars start to come out, and the mist rises from the valley. It gives me chills. I'd like to write to evoke that strong of a reaction in readers.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Climbed a waterfall in Jamaica. I was going to excuse myself, but then a doctor who had twenty-five years on me and a fresh knee replacement went charging past. I had keep an eye on him! I got a scene and the title for Through Rushing Water from that experience, so I'd say it was worth it!

What is your strangest habit?
This is more of a quirk than a habit. I just realized I chose meals based on how easy it is to read while eating. Oh, the indulgent joys of an empty nest!

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Eccentricity expressed in irony with a dash of wisdom. I have a collection of these zingers on my website:

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
I grew up in the DC area, surrounded by museums, old houses, and civil war battlefields. How influential that turned out to be!Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in? My husband taught a class in France this summer. The only French word he knows is fromage, so I had to go along since I know how to say Je ne parle pas francais. From Monet's garden to a chocolate factory in Switzerland, we had a wonderful trip!

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
My favorite verse is "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." -Colossians 3:23 Few of us are called to foreign mission fields
or Billy Graham-levels of evangelism, but we're all working for the Lord each and every day!

Tell us about this photo of you in a tiara and feather boa.
To celebrate the release of my first novel, the women from my critique group took me out to a New Orleans style tea room. I'm a blue jeans and sweatshirt girl, so it was fun to tap into my inner Barbara Cartland.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I have a number of projects romping around my head like naughty puppies. I'll let you know when I get them paper trained!

To buy her book, go here:
Barnes and Noble

Catherine is giving away a copy of Through Rushing Water. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

karenk said...

i loved your debut novel, catherine...looking forward to reading your second masterpiece.

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

ann said...

sounds like a good book for me to read.
thanks for the chance to win

HomePlace Gatherings said...

I'm sure I would of had to pass on the waterfall climb. :)

I've never read a story like this with missionary teams, so I'm looking forward to it and hope I win!

priviesandprims at yahoo .com

Joanne Sher said...

Really enjoyed "Spring for Susannah" - would love to read this one. Please enter me :)

Jo said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. Sounds like a good read!


Cathy Richmond said...

Oh, bother - it's Blogger! I had some brilliant wisdom to share with you all and it's lost in cyberspace. Thank you so much for visiting with me at the Barn Door Loft, AppleBlossom, KarenK, Ann, Doreen, Joanne, and Jo! Blessings on your mission!

Teela said...

I enjoyed the interview w/ Katherine and would love to read her book. Pleae enter me in the great giveaway. http://coffee24tea.blogspot

Jennifer said...

Hi Cathy! I believe we have climbed the same waterfall in Jamaica Dunn River Falls! Even though the drive to the Falls was way more scary!

Lane Hill House said...

I would love to win Through Rushing Water. Glad to see it here in the giveaway! Kathleen

Anonymous said...

This was a interesting read. I have read many Indian books. So how did you get so lucky as to find those 5 people? I would love to win this book.
Maxie ( )

Anonymous said...

"Through Rushing Water" by Cathy Richmond, would be a very good addition to my library.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.
Janet Estridge

Cathy Richmond said...

Jennifer, You climbed Dunn's River Falls, too! Yes, Jamaican roads are scary! Teela, welcome to Barn Door Loft! Glad to see you here, Lane Hill House! Maxie, when I researched the end of Through Rushing Water, I kept coming across connections to the same church. Finally I dug into microfilm church records at the state historical library for the last of the five. Good thing I had a deadline, or I'd still be peering at microfilm - such fun! Welcome to Barn Door Loft, Janet! Blessings to all!

spangldlady said...

Through Rushing Waters! The book sounds amazing and I am so involved in mission work myself that I know I will love it. Be sure to enter my name. Thanks for the opportunity. Blessings! Darlene

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