Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Interview with Catherine Wolffe - Plus Giveaway

Today we're chatting with author Catherine Wolffe. Have a seat and enjoy the interview, then be sure to leave a comment. Two commenters will each win an ebook of THE LADY IN THE MIST.

Welcome to We Do Write, Catherine. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I live in the south with my incredibly supportive husband and my loving sons and their families (including two beautiful grandchildren). I enjoy writing western romances that have a bit of a twist on the traditional themes. In my books, you may find Indian women with a determined disposition, cowboys who have gentle hearts, or those who hold on to a sense of honor or their dreams. I love to imagine new destinations for these traditional men and women of history, and explore where it’ll lead me.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing about seven years ago.  With the ending of my job, I took a good look in the mirror and asked myself “When are you going to stop talking and start doing?”  Writing is a great release for me.  While the process can frustrate the control freak in me, it’s also very therapeutic.
Tell us about COMANCHE HAVEN, THE LADY IN THE MIST, and A DANCE IN TIME. What are the stories about?

Comanche Haven is my first novel.  You’re taught to write about what you love.  I love the old west and cowboys.  Give me a western or a John Wayne movie and I’m happy.  Besides that, growing up on a farm and having married a cowboy, my first novel couldn’t be about anything else.  The book took five years to finish.  I’ve jokingly labeled it my writing course project.  The blurb from the book I think explains it best.  
From the moment Celia, the emerald-eyed, Comanche half-breed, gets off the stage in Tyler, Texas, Seth Loflin realizes he is on a collision course with the past. She was his first love and now the Shooter Creek's ranch boss can't allow her to succumb to the danger that stalks her. Someone wants to kidnap her and sell her as a slave, but now that she's in his protective arms, he intends to keep her safe.
Celia can't run back to the safety of her former life in South Carolina. And if she stays at Shooter Creek with Seth, she'll be putting the man she has always loved and his ranch in danger of harboring a Comanche. But Seth refuses to leave her side, and his vow to protect her gives Celia the hope and courage she needs. Now she'll fight for her new life with Seth...or die trying.

A Dance in Time is a novella series involving time travel, visits from dead people, clues to the mystery of a mysterious necklace and the reason two people so totally different are attracted to each other – it couldn’t be anything but love.  We’ll follow J.T. Leighton, an ex-marine turned private investigator as he helps a raven-haired dancer discover what her deceased parents are trying to tell her about the family heirloom necklace.

The Lady in the Mist, The Western Werewolf Legend is my latest work.  The novel is set in 1863 Civil War Pennsylvania.  The young widow, Sonja Brooks struggles to come to grips with the fact she’s a werewolf and falling in love with the enemy.  Tyler Loflin is a Rebel soldier dying of his wounds when Sonja finds him.  Saving his life changes hers in more ways than one.  I’ll be continuing the story of their journey in self-discovery and self-preservation with “Waking Up Dead” due out in the spring of 2013.

Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?  

I’m extremely lucky to share the editing process with a wonderful editor, Wendy Ely.

Are you a planner or a pantser?

I’m a pantser of the first water!  (insert laughter here)  I wing most of my scenes with only a skeletal structure to go by.  Usually, I know how I want the story to end and work up a character profile for the hero and heroine before launching myself off into the deep end of the pool.  (more laughter)  ‘Wandering in the weeds’ is a pastime of mine however I’m getting better at staying on track.

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?  

Editing still gives me fits.  I love writing the first draft and wish I could stop there.

What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?

Coffee – pots of the stuff!

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Endless energy.

What's the weirdest thing you've googled?  
Lately, it has to be how to edit my Wordpress blog.

Quick writing test! Use the following words in a sentence: foggy, aptitude, and zebra.
Without the aptitude for recognizing the zebra in the foggy mist, the big game hunter would’ve gone home empty handed.

Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...

Editing or playing with my grandson.

Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
My first shout out goes to Ally Thomas.  She’s the rock I lean on when things are difficult, she also the very talented author of ‘The Vampire from Hell’ Series.  Then my editor, Wendy Ely.  Our relationship had evolved into friendship, which is much more precious to me.  She also has a new release out entitled Jesse’s Brother.  Both ladies deserve my utmost appreciation, not only for putting up with me but being such good friends.

And finally, where can people find you and your books online?  

I’ve listed my publisher, Smashwords as well as Amazon and Goodreads to name a few.  Contact me anytime to chat.  I love to hear from readers!

www.shootercreek.wordpress.com  Catherine’s Blog
Catherine Wolffe @ Pintrest
award-winning author catherine wolffe
Author page at Amazon
The Lady in the Mist – The complete book
The Lady in the Mist – the free sample
A Lady in the Mist
Comanche Haven


vatrask said...

Nice to hear from you Catherine, I love hearing about writer's journeys and it always makes me feel so much better about the slow process I'm taking. I look forward to reading more of your work.

Tonja Drecker said...

It's always fun to read about writers' journeys, and find new, great books to dive into. Oh,and I have to agree, endless energy would be wonderful!