Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Interview with Cathy West

Yesterday's Tomorrow

What are 3 unique aspects about Yesterday's Tomorrow?

I think Yesterday's Tomorrow has many unique aspects, but here are three. The book takes place in the '60's. The backdrop is The Vietnam War. The central character, Kristin Taylor, is a female journalist who strikes out on her own to cover the war.

Name 5 things you wished you knew about publishing?
Wow. There are probably more than five things!
I wish I had known how long it would all take.
When I first started out, I wish I had known how to write a query letter.
Wish I had known I needed and agent and how to get one.
Wish I had known what head-hopping was! (btw... Head-hopping is switching pov's in the same chapter or paragraph without warning. The rule is you should only be in one character's point of view at a time.)
And I really wish I had known how HARD this gig actually is!!

Name 3 things on your bucket list.
They're all travel related!
I would love to go to Italy. I would love to take a cruise around the Greek Isles. I would love to see more of Europe.

What are your top 5 favorite books?
Gone With The Wind. The Winds of War. The Shell Seekers. Pride and Prejudice. Jane Eyre.

If you could invite 5 authors on a cruise who would you invite?
Ooo! LOL, great question. Maeve Binchy for sure, I think she'd be a blast! John Grisham, incase we need any legal advice. Francine Rivers, because I really want to know how she does what she does! Jenny B. Jones because she'd keep us all laughing. And I would invite Deb Raney, because she's so great and I'd love to spend more time with her.

Name 3 things that help you gain inspiration for writing.
I try to spend time alone, just thinking. I watch people, make up stories about them. (Does that sound creepy?) And I read a lot and watch the news.

If you were stranded on an island and could magically name 2 people, 3 things and 1 book you could have to have with you who/what would they be?
Ugh, so hard! Ok. My hubby for sure. The second person, I don't know, maybe someone who knows how to build a boat? Three things? Water, food, a plane. And I'd want my bible.

Do you have another title in the works?
Yes, we're shopping a women's fiction story and I'm also working on another romance and a family saga type story as well.

What is your favorite season?
Spring. I love watching the flowers come up.

Your dream vacation would be?
Probably a lengthily stay in Europe, being able to visit as many countries as I could and not be rushed.

Best childhood memory?
I'm blessed to have many. I guess I just really enjoyed the summers and hanging out at the beach with my friends.

If you were given the chance to do any one thing over again, what would you do over?
Probably nothing. Everything happens for a reason and the mistakes we make serve to smarten us up, hopefully! But I'd probably have to say I'd like to do my last few years of high school and first year university over - I was pretty stupid back then!!

If you were given the chance to re-live any one moment, what would it be?
Hmm. My wedding day. Some parts of it are a blur! Could be because it was so long ago...!!

What are you most looking forward to this summer?
Relaxing. Hopefully!

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Write the book on your heart, don't worry about all the rules at first, just write. Then go back and make that baby shine. Do your homework, study the craft and network, and don't ever give up!!

About Cathy:
Cathy was educated in Bermuda, England and Canada, Catherine holds a degree in English from the University of Toronto. 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. Catherine and her husband live on the beautiful island of Bermuda, with their two college-aged children. Catherine is a member of Romance Writers of America, and American Christian Fiction Writers, and is a founding member of International Christian Fiction Writers. Catherine's debut novel Yesterday's Tomorrow, released March 15th, through

OakTara Publishers.

Connect with Cathy:
Website: catherinejwest.com
OakTara Website: oaktara.com
Blog: catherinewestblog.blogspot.com

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