We had the privilege of meeting Cathy West last year when she release Bridge of Faith (A Chat With Catherine West About Bridge of Faith). I am excited to have her back to visit with us again today about her newest novel, The Things We Knew! (If you missed last week’s post, you can find my review of this amazing story here: ‘The Things We Knew’ by Catherine West: a Review.) Before we visit with Cathy, here’s a quick summary of the story.
After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to blame their father for their mother’s death, but nobody will talk about that tragic day. And Lynette’s memory only speaks through nightmares.
Then Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, bringing the past with him. Once Lynette’s adolescent crush, Nick knows more about her mother’s death than he lets on. The truth could tear apart his own family⎯and destroy his fragile friendship with Lynette, the woman he no longer thinks of as a kid sister.
As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets surface that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question their faith, their willingness to forgive, and the very truth of all the things they thought they knew.
Welcome back, Cathy! Let’s start with five fast favorites. What is your:
Favorite Color? Green
Favorite Season? Fall
Favorite Beverage? Coffee
Favorite Animal? Dog
And you have one of the cutest… Favorite Movie? Gone With the Wind
I loved so many of the characters in The Things We Knew, it would be hard to pick a favorite! So I’ll let you… 😉 Do you have a favorite character from the story? Why is this character your favorite?
Okay, this is probably a little cliché, but I really love Gray Carlisle. He’s the typical bad boy, down on his luck, he’s been around the block a few times and made some really bad choices. He doesn’t have anything left except the home he grew up in and the family he left behind. But he has some redeeming qualities, his love for his sister Lynette, for starters. I loved being able to take Gray from where he was at the beginning of the story and set him on a journey of healing and redemption.
His journey is filled with so much hope. I love that! You’ve published multiple novels. Would you say it’s gotten easier or more difficult to write over the years?
Both. ☺ Easier because I’ve learned the skills needed to produce a novel. I’ve honed them and apply them to everything I write, so knowing what I’m doing makes it easier and I spend less time on editing than I used to. I’m still learning though, this is a never-ending process! The hardest thing now is trusting myself as an author. Not worrying about making the next book better than the first, but simply telling the best story you can in the best way you know how. Of course I still do a lot of second guessing and sometimes my confidence wanes, but I have learned to keep pushing against the wind and eventually those storms die down. I love what I do so much, it’s important for me not to lose sight of how much fun this is.
After reading this one, I can safely say… Have confidence! 🙂 Can you give us any hints about what you’re working on now?
I just finished a big edit on next year’s release. That’s gone back to my editor now and we’ll still have a few back and forths I’m sure, and then line editing etc. ☺ The story is about Natalie Mitchell, a young woman who’s had a rather traumatic past, and is now faced with traveling back to her grandfather’s winery in Sonoma, where her twin sister died the year they turned thirteen. Natalie must find peace with the nightmares that haunt her, help her grandfather resurrect his ailing business, and show her father that she can succeed where he believes she’ll fail. All being well, the book is set to release through Harper Collins, March, 2017! Title and cover reveal will be coming soon!
How fun! Another to watch for, for sure! If you could offer a word of encouragement to an aspiring author, what would it be?
Don’t ever give up. If you truly believe this is what you’re called to do, do it. Surround yourself with people who believe in you. Learn the craft. Go to conferences when you can (I highly recommend this), but most of all, have fun!
Great advice, Cathy! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us today!
Your turn! Do you find yourself rooting for the “underdog” in a story? Why or why not?
More about Cathy:
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 reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine’s novel, Bridge of Faith, won the 2015 Grace Award. Her new novel, The Things We Knew, releases July 12th, 2016, through Harper Collins Christian Publishing.
Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com
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‘The Things We Knew’ Giveaway:
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