MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CATHERINE COWLES
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Catherine Cowles. I write contemporary romance with elements of suspense.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Beautifully Broken Pieces was born out of the grief I felt when I lost my dad. I really wanted to explore the tougher parts of grief. Then I started to daydream about what might happen if my heroine fell in love while in the midst of that grief. My greatest hope is that I’ve written a book that will resonate with others who have lost a loved one.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always been a huge reader but I fell in love with the romance genre after suffering a back injury. I had long period of time where there wasn’t a lot I could do other than read and watch tv, books were my escape. I started inhaling them, reading 1-2 a day. And I simply fell in love with a world where no matter how difficult the circumstances the couple always prevailed. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a happily ever after!
What kind of research did you do for this book?
The hero in Beautifully Broken Pieces is a police officer, so I met with an officer to pick his brain, get a tour of the police station, and generally just get a feel for what it would be like to be in law enforcement in a small town. I also was lucky enough to be able to ask him questions throughout the writing process to make sure I was getting things as accurate as possible.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Sutter Lake series will be four books, all interconnected standalones. They all take place in the fictional Central Oregon town of Sutter Lake. I can’t wait for you guys to see what I have in store!
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Right now, Beautifully Broken Pieces, because it’s so close to my heart!
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I write on my couch with a lap desk. Typically, I write 3000-4000 words a day when I’m writing a first draft.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Beautifully Broken Pieces releases Monday, February 25th, and after that will be Beautifully Broken Life this summer!
Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas come from everywhere! My own life, news stories, podcasts, eavesdropping, people watching. Be careful around me because you never know what might end up in a book!
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’d love to write a paranormal or YA book one day.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The first couple hundred words of each writing session.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love them! Here’s one for Beautifully Broken Pieces:
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Finishing my first book!
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Two things: weaving a story and messages from readers!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully having written a ton of books!
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write even when you don’t feel like it! Soak up information like a sponge. There are so many amazing classes, podcasts, and social media groups for you to learn from, and a ton of them are free. Learn as much as you can and never stop. I really recommend Alessandra Torre’s classes and The Creative Penn podcast.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I read early reviews of books but once it’s released I usually stop. If I know the person and the review touches my I’ll definitely shoot the person a message to thank them. I never respond to bad reviews. Here’s the thing, we’re all totally unique individuals so no one book is going to be for anyone. I’m just grateful they gave my words a chance.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
For me the first editing pass is always the toughest part of the process. There is a lot of questioning what works and what doesn’t, how to fix it, and lots of banging my head against the wall.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
“Don’t dim your light for anyone. Never again.”
Where did your love of books come from?
My parents! They read to me my whole childhood and always took me to bookstores.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
So many! Some of my favorites are: Kristen Ashley, Nora Roberts, Mariana Zapata, Jennifer L Armentrout, Abbi Glines, Suzanne Wright, KA Tucker, Samantha Young…I could go on and on!
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I can’t pick!
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Those first few words of any writing session.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Neither, I just follow the story in my head.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CatherineCowlesReaderGroup/
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️