About Catherine Bruns:
Catherine lives in Upstate New York with a male dominated household that consists of her very patient husband, three sons, two cats and dogs. She has wanted to be a writer since the age of eight when she wrote her own version of Cinderella. Fortunately, Disney never sued. Catherine holds a B.A. and dual major in English and Performing Arts and is a former press release writer and newspaper reporter. The first book in her Cookies & Chance Mystery series, Tastes Like Murder, is set to release on September 1, 2015 with Gemma Halliday Publishing. She also has a real estate mystery series debuting in November.
What inspires you to write?
It’s always been easier for me to communicate via words instead of by mouth. I have wanted to be a writer since I was a child. The thought of entertaining people with my books brings me endless joy.
Tell us about your writing process.
My publisher requires a synopsis beforehand for all new books, so that’s an excellent way for me to plan my story out ahead of time. Typically, though, my actual writing tends to lead me in a different direction. So I would say that I am actually more of a “seat of the pants” writer.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters have a mind of their own. I want them to do one thing, but they almost always end up doing the opposite. They’re just like children.
What advice would you give other writers?
Try to write a little every day, even if it’s only one paragraph. Learn as much as you can about the craft – join a writer’s group, take a class or two, etc., whatever you think will help your situation. Get some people to beta read for you and a critique partner (or two) who will be honest and not just tell you how wonderful the story is. Remember it’s not an easy process but like anything else, if you want it bad enough and believe in yourself, you will get there.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
New authors: Don’t assume you have to have an agent to submit your story to publishers. Although most of the big publishers do not take unsolicited manuscripts, there are many others who still will. And while it is good to have an agent, it is not always necessary.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s changing all the time. I believe we will see even more ebooks and less actual bookstores in the future.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Cozy mysteries
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
Link To Catherine Bruns Page On Amazon
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