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Do you read a variety of genres? I do, and sometimes when I’ve finished a particularly intense story, I need something light and/or funny to counter it. A Groom for Mama, the newest release from Catherine Castle, looks like it might be a perfect fit for one of those times. I’m happy to have Catherine visiting with us today to share a little about the story as well as a little about herself. Before we begin, let’s take a quick peek at the story.
The last thing corporate-climbing Allison wants is a husband. Furious with Mama’s meddling, and a bit more interested in Jack than she wants to admit, Allison agrees to the scheme as long as Mama promises to search for a cure for her terminal illness.
A cross-country trip from Nevada to Ohio ensues, with a string of disastrous dates along the way, as the trio hunts for treatment and A Groom For Mama.
Ready to read? You can find a copy here:
Welcome, Catherine! Tell us a little about A Groom for Mama. What inspired you to write this story?
A Groom for Mama was originally a radio play I had co-authored with my husband in 2003 for a local radio play contest. The play was entitled A Bride for Mama and featured a hero whose dying mother wanted to see him married before she passed. The whole radio play had to fit into a time slot of about 20 minutes. Events happened fast and furiously, with snappy dialogue, and a lot of sound effects to illustrate what was happening. The play finaled in the contest, but didn’t win. After the publication of my first inspirational romantic suspense book, The Nun and the Narc, I was looking for something new to write and I asked my husband if he’d mind if I used the basic premise for a romantic comedy. He agreed, so I changed the main character to a female, gave her a string of disastrous dates set up by an old boyfriend in exchange for Mama seeking a cure, and A Groom for Mama was born.
It sounds like a fun story! Do you have personal experience with any of the events in your story, and if so, could you share about that?
Actually, Mama is named after a dear friend who died of cancer, and the book is dedicated to her memory.
I’m so sorry for your loss. What a sweet tribute to her, though! We’d love to know more about you, and we haven’t talked about recipes for a while… What is your favorite dessert? Would you be interested in sharing the recipe?
I don’t eat much dessert anymore, but I will always give in to Pumpkin Bread. Here’s a recipe I picked up from a newspaper years ago when I was a teenager. It’s the best Pumpkin Bread I’ve ever eaten.
Mennonite Pumpkin Spice Bread
(Makes 2 loaves)
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 ¼ cups sugar
½ teaspoon ground allspice
½ cup walnuts
¼ cup raisins
4 eggs, well beaten
1 cup oil
2 ½ cups pumpkin puree, canned or fresh
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pans. In a large bowl sift together flour, soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, sugar and allspice; add walnut and raisins. In another bowl, mix eggs, oil and pumpkin puree. Combine the contents of both bowls and beat well. Spoon into loaf pans and bake 1 hour. When cool, remove from pans.
Pardon me while I run to the kitchen… Okay, I’ll try to wait, but that sounds yummy! 🙂 What accomplishment means the most to you?
I’m going straight to materialist items on this one. I’m rather fond of my BEST HILLSIDE gardening award (You can see pictures of it on my blog) and my BEVERLY HILLS BOOK AWARD and the RONE AWARD for Best Inspirational Book, which I got for my inspirational romantic Suspense, The Nun and the Narc. After receiving the awards I went around for weeks with a smile on my face. Best things that happened to me besides my hubby and my daughter.
I can certainly see how awards like that would have you smiling for a long time! Authors are busy people. How do you juggle all of the demands on your time, so that you can maintain your sanity?
I don’t juggle. I’m an all-in or all-out sort of person. Procrastinators tend to do that. I work on the tyranny of the urgent that calls the loudest to me at the moment.
Tackle what’s next. That works! How did your education or previous career impact your journey to publication and where you are now?
I spent the ten years before getting published working as a freelance writer. Those years taught me how to write tight, get to the point, tease the best hooks and endings out of a piece, and strengthened my grammar. Although non-fiction and fiction are different animals, they use a lot of the same techniques in telling a story. I also had to learn to write fast. So I spent a lot of time thinking about a story before I ever put in on paper. That made the rewrite process much less.
As for now, I think the ride is just beginning. I’m looking forward to a long, happy career writing books I love. I’m currently working on a Christmas romance and plotting a new book with my husband. And I have several other ideas waiting in the wings.
How fun! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Catherine!
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Sarah. I hope readers will enjoy getting to know me and will enjoy my new romantic comedy, with a touch of drama, A Groom for Mama. I’m giving away one free e-copy below!
Your turn! I’m starting to see pumpkin everything everywhere! Are you a pumpkin fan, just waiting for all this pumpkin goodness in the fall, or not so much? (And if you are a fan, what’s your favorite?) Share with us in the comments below! 🙂
More about Catherine:
Multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle has been writing all her life. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. Besides writing, Catherine loves traveling with her husband, singing, and attending theatre. In the winter she loves to quilt and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) in her sewing case. In the summer her favorite place to be is in her garden. She’s passionate about gardening and even won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club.
Her debut inspiration romantic suspense, The Nun and the Narc, from Soul Mate Publishing was an ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2014 EPIC finalist, and the winner of the 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award and the 2014 RONE Award. Her most recent release, A Groom for Mama, is a sweet romantic comedy from Soul Mate Publishing. Both books are available on Amazon.
You can connect with Catherine online:
Catherine’s website: http://catherinecastle1.wordpress.com
Catherine’s blog: http://catherinecastle1.wordpress.com/blog/
Catherine’s Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/author/catherinecastle
Catherine’s Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7085414.Catherine_Castle
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorCCastle @AuthorCCastle
Stitches Thru Time: http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/
SMP authors blog site: http://smpauthors.wordpress.com/
Also by Catherine:
Where novice Sister Margaret Mary goes, trouble follows. When she barges into a drug deal the local Mexican drug lord captures her. To escape she must depend on undercover DEA agent Jed Bond. Jed’s attitude toward her is exasperating, but when she finds herself inexplicably attracted to him he becomes more dangerous than the men who have captured them, because he is making her doubt her decision to take her final vows. Escape back to the nunnery is imperative, but life at the convent, if she can still take her final vows, will never be the same.
Nuns shouldn’t look, talk, act, or kiss like Sister Margaret Mary O’Connor—at least that’s what Jed Bond thinks. She hampers his escape plans with her compulsiveness and compassion and in the process makes Jed question his own beliefs. After years of walling up his emotions in an attempt to become the best agent possible, Sister Margaret is crumbling Jed’s defenses and opening his heart. To lure her away from the church would be unforgivable—to lose her unbearable.
A Groom for Mama Giveaway:
Catherine has graciously offered to give away an e-copy of A Groom for Mama. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.