Q & A with MELONY TEAGUE
INSPY Award-winning author Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine’s latest novel, Bridge of Faith, is now available on Amazon.
Q: When you are writing, what treat do you like to keep you going?
Cathy: I would love to say coffee AND chocolate, but I have to be careful with the chocolate as it is one of the things that can trigger migraines for me. I know, it’s sad. But I do drink a lot of coffee. I also like to keep roasted almonds on hand for snacking. Yum!
Q: Tell me about why/how you chose the genre you write in and what about it appeals to you?
Cathy: I tend to write books like the ones I’d read. Big, family saga dramas, with romance. I like to have a bit of intrigue in the story as well, but the romance is really important. My stories offer the reader hope, and usually deal with forgiveness, reconciliation, grace and redemption. I’d say anyone who enjoys general fiction, women’s fiction, as well as romance, would probably enjoy my books.
Q: If you were to pick one character out of your books that could materialize and become a real live person, a friend, who would it be and why?
Cathy: Ah, that’s a pretty hard question! I’ll say Kristin Taylor, from Yesterday’s Tomorrow. I think she’s incredibly brave and feisty, and I think we’d get along well. I’d love to pick her brain about what it was like to cover the Vietnam War.
Q: What do you do to get into “the zone” when you are writing? Do you listen to music, or go for a walk?
Cathy: Sometimes I have music playing, but I usually prefer to work in silence. It really depends on where I am in the process. When I’m in the middle of a story, I’m always thinking about, no matter where I am! It’s like a movie that plays continuously in my head, with new scenes,
until I get to the end! Since I don’t tend to plot very well, this method seems to work best for me. I may make notes as I go, but generally I tend to write the story out from start to finish, and then I’ll go back in and fix plot problems, etc …
Q: Please give me one fun fact about yourself that readers may not know.
Cathy: People are always surprised to hear that I was born and raised in Bermuda, and still live here. Bermuda is a British Colony, about 700 miles off the coast of South Carolina. While we still enjoy our British heritage, we’re heavily influence by the US. It’s a small island, but very beautiful, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else!
Q: Is there anything you would like to include?
Cathy: Readers can watch for more books from me in the future, as I’m now publishing with Harper Collins Christian Publishing/Thomas Nelson! I’m very excited about this, and you can expect my first release with them in July 2016.
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Melony Teague is the co-author of As the Ink Flows: Devotions to Inspire Christian Writers & Speakers