A Texas gal by birth, Cathy enjoys spinning tales set in the fictional town of Miller’s Creek, Texas, where the folks are friendly, the iced tea is sweet, and Mama Beth’s front porch beckons. When she’s not writing heart-stirring stories about God’s life-changing grace, you’ll find her feeding her reality TV addiction or working on yet another home improvement project in the mountain cabin she shares with her minister husband of over thirty years.
What inspires you to write?
My spiritual journey always provides me with lots of fiction fodder. I hope to share with others what I learn from my pilgrimage through this world.
Tell us about your writing process.
I spend several weeks working on plot and story structure, what I call “pre-writing.” Then I take that plan and convert it to a scene-by-scene chart. From that document, I write my lousy first draft, after which I need distance from the story. I take at least a week off, then hit the editing process. Though I love the final polished product, I abhor editing!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
Read voraciously and widely. Study the craft of writing. (I bought as many writing books as I could find, or checked them out of the library, and typed notes from each and every book. I then applied what I’d learned to my writing.) Write, write, then write some more. The only way you will ever improve as a writer is to write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I made the call to take the independent publishing route. I created my own publishing company, WordVessel Press. I currently use CreateSpace for my print books and the Kindle Digital Platform for eBooks. The independent route is not easy! You become a person who wears many, many hats, including book promotion, marketing, blog tour organizer, book cover creator, etc. LOTS of work!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I find it exciting. For the first time in history, independent authors have a real chance at making a go of writing as a career without the middle man publishing companies.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Romance, Romantic Suspense
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print