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Author Interview

6 Ws with Author Heidi Catherine

Heidi Catherine is the next Crooked Cat Books author to be featured in this series.

Truthseeker CoverCrooked Cat Books draws authors from around the globe. Heidi, who currently focuses on fantasy romance, is from Australia.

The theme of her current series — The Soulweaver, The Truth Seeker, and The Shadowmaker —  is about loving the same souls over many lifetimes. “It explores not only romantic love, but love between a parent and child, between siblings or even just friends,” she says.

The Truth Seeker will be released March 19.

Here are Heidi’s responses to my 6Ws — who, what, when, where, how, and why.
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Who is author Heidi Catherine?

Me! I’m an Australian writer, from Melbourne. I’m married with two sons and think I might possibly have a charmed life. My family and I live in a fabulous little part of the world. At one end of our street is a wildlife sanctuary with kangaroos and emus and at the other is a disused church from an old mental asylum. Even though we love it, we’re a little obsessed with the beach, so most weekends we head to the coast where we have a house. It’s a great place to spend time together, go for walks and get inspired. I feel extremely lucky.

What does she write?

My current focus is on my romantic fantasy series, The Soulweaver. It’s a story 51Oi7cRi2uLabout loving the same souls over many lifetimes. The second book in the series, The Truthseeker, is out on 19 March and will be quickly followed by the third and final book, The Shadowmaker on 31 May.

When does she write?

I write on weekdays when I have the house to myself (apart from my dogs, who watch me work, hoping I’ll get writer’s block and take them for a walk). It hasn’t always been this way though. When I first began writing seriously, I was in my 20s and would write on weekends. When I was in my 30s and my kids were young, I’d write any time I got the chance, usually with one of my boys pulling my hair or throwing a ball at my head. It’s a lot easier now!

How does she write?

I put on some music and sit down at my laptop. I’ve gotten into a habit of lighting a candle and I’m now superstitious about it, believing it helps my writing – at the very least it makes the house smell nice! I draft my stories using Scrivener, which I find really useful for being able to quickly jump around within a manuscript. It’s also great for setting daily word targets to meet a goal. When the book is finished, I compile it into Word and edit that version.

Where does she write?

Almost always at home. I don’t like to be locked away in a room, so I have set up a library right in the middle of our house with a small bureau and that’s where I base myself. It’s a little bit too close to the kitchen, which doesn’t help my waistline, but has great light and I enjoy being surrounded by books while I write.

Why does she write?

Growing up, my father was a forensic scientist with the police and my mother was a teacher, so conversations at our dinner table were never boring! I think this was where my imagination got a kick start in life and I was always writing something in the background. Then my mum had a middle grade novel published and I started to wonder if maybe this was something I could think about doing too. The first book I ever wrote was a middle grade novel and I’d still like to get that published one day. I’ve also written two crime novels, inspired by some of my dad’s stories. Again, I’d like to think about getting these published too. I just need to figure out the best way to do this now that I’ve established myself as a romantic fantasy author. A nice problem to have!

More: The Soulweaver and The Truthseeker are both published by Crooked Cat Books and are available to purchase on Amazon in either for Kindle or in paperback. They will soon be joined by The Shadowmaker, which is the final book in the series. The Soulweaver won Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award, for the best unpublished manuscript, although it’s more of a “romantic elements” novel than your usual love story.

The series is about loving the same souls over many lifetimes. It explores not only romantic love, but love between a parent and child, between siblings or even just friends. Readers have been describing it as a highly original series that’s made them look at life and love in a different way.

Here are the links:

http://myBook.to/thesoulweaver

http://myBook.to/thetruthseeker

Heidi Catherine on social media:

Website

Amazon author page

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

 

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Isabel Long Series

And Now for the Sequel

Here’s some very welcome news: Crooked Cat Books has signed Redneck’s Revenge. The mystery will be published several months after its prequel Chasing the Case — Crooked Cat has that one too.

Two mysteries written and signed this year. Damn, I’m excited.

Those who know me also know that it’s been a challenge breaking into the business side of writing. I thank Laurence and Steph Patterson for providing that break.logosmall2

So, here’s the lowdown on Redneck’s Revenge, which like most of my books takes place in Western Massachusetts — although my characters and towns are pure fiction.

Isabel Long, a journalist turned amateur P.I., has taken on her second case: the suspicious death of a junkyard owner.

Despite her success, Isabel is feeling a bit lost months after solving her first. Her relationship with Jack, the owner of the Rooster Bar, has cooled. Then the police warn Isabel she must work for a licensed P.I. before she can go out on her own.

With the encouragement of her 92-year-old mother, Isabel snaps out of it by hooking up with a P.I. and finding a new case. The official ruling is that Chet Waters, an ornery so-and-so, was passed out when his house caught fire. His daughter, who inherited the junkyard, believes he was murdered.

Topping the list of suspects she gives Isabel are two dangerous drug-dealing brothers, a rival junkyard owner, and an ex-husband. Isabel is unfamiliar with the hilltown of Caulfield and its rough-and-tumble residents. But as she did when she worked as a journalist, Isabel checks out leads and builds a story.

Could Chet’s death simply be a case of redneck’s revenge? Isabel is about to find out.

Right now, Chasing the Case is in the hands of my editor Miriam Drori. And I’m onto writing the next one. It’s called Checking the Traps. Yup, Isabel is once again in the thick of things.

Here’s the link for Crooked Cat Books: www.crookedcatbooks.com

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