By +Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka
I was first introduced to Catherine West on a blog shortly after she published her first book, Yesterday’s Tomorrow. I loved the premise of her story. We’ve connected online in different places, and my respect for her continues to grow. Meeting her in person was the icing on the cake, as they say.
In reading her most recent release, Bridge of Faith, I discovered she has a heart that feels deeply, and a way with words that speaks with authenticity. I am absolutely loving this book! The depth of her characters and the way Cathy brings real life into her story keep me reading late into the night.
Please welcome . . . Catherine West!
First off, what’s it like to live in Bermuda? What do you like? What would you change if you could?
Well, since I was born and raised here, it’s home. I have lived other places, England and Canada, and I can truly say there is no place like Bermuda. It’s just a slower, more peaceful way of life, really. Kids don’t seem to grow up as fast. And of course, no snow. Ever. ☺ It’s wonderful to have greenery and flowers year round.
What would I change? They way we relate to each other here. Unfortunately, race can be an issue, and it’s been that way ever since I can remember. I wish people would find a way to get past it and see each other for the person, not the color of their skin. I think big strides have been made, but we have a ways to go. Still, it’s a wonderful island and for the most part, our troubles are small compared to other places in the world.
When and how did your writing journey begin?
I’ve always loved to write. I started writing stories just for fun when I was a teenager. No, you can’t see them. ☺ I guess I began thinking seriously about pursuing publication when I was in my early 20’s. But kids came along and you know how that goes. I continued to write, but it wasn’t time then. By the time both my kids were in school, I went back to the computer and really started to take it seriously, wrote a few books, and began to look for an agent. I attended my first ACFW conference then, and it was so long ago I can’t even remember who I pitched to! But it was a blast and I was hooked. That’s really when I knew I wanted to do this.
What inspired your story about Julia and Reid in Bridge of Faith?
I love stories about lost love and second chances. I can’t say there was any one thing that really inspired this particular story. Like everything I write, I played around with a few ideas, tried out a few characters, and it all came together.
What’s next for you on the writing journey?
Ah. ☺ Can I say “To Be Announced!” ? I’ve got some very exciting news in the works but I’m not yet able to share. You’ll have to check my Facebook Author page for updates, but the good news is, more books will be on the way!
What are three little known facts about you?
Little known? Hmm. Well, I’m actually quite shy! I love being online because it’s much easier for me to sit behind a screen and interact than have a face-to-face conversation.
I hate to fly. Which is rather inconvenient since I live on an island and have to fly if I ever want to go anywhere! I’m getting better, but I had a bad experience with turbulence some years ago, and ever since then, I’ve been more nervous than I used to be.
Let’s see, what else … I spent two years at an all-girls boarding school in England. I hated it, but I don’t regret it. I had a lot of fun experiences as well and got to see quite a bit of the country. But it was very difficult being so far away from home at the age of fifteen.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Oh, I have so many! LOL! Okay, I’ll pick one. Cheese. I love cheese. I could eat tons of it every day. I’m not terribly fond of smoked cheese, but any other kind, send it my way and I’m happy!
Thanks for joining me today, Cathy! I loved getting to know more about you.
Cathy has generously offered to give away one copy of her book, either in ebook format or paperback—winner’s choice! Anyone who leaves a comment today will be entered into the drawing. I’ll announce the winner on Friday’s blog.
Two lives taken down different roads – one enduring love – one shot at starting over.
If only they believed in second chances.
Julia Connelly is finally free from twelve long years in an abusive relationship. Now able to live the life she’s longed for, Julia takes her two children back home to Vermont, hoping for peace and healing. The last person she expects to see is the man she eloped with at eighteen—who then abandoned her two months into their marriage, with little explanation.
When an assignment in the Middle East ends in tragedy, popular news correspondent, Reid Wallace, returns to his hometown seeking answers and peace of mind.
Confronting his past was not in the plan.
Now he’s asking different questions. Like why the only woman he’s ever really loved still mesmerizes him. Why the haunted expression she wears reaches right into his soul.
And why her twelve year-old son looks just like him.
They say you can’t go home again. Sometimes you don’t have a choice.
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.
Website – http://www.catherinejwest.com
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Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Catherine-West/e/B004RWZUHK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Amazon link to Bridge of Faith – http://tinyurl.com/kje35ju