Talkshow Thursday: Sit down with Catherine Castle
Linda: Thanks for joining me today. You recently published a new book that is a romantic comedy. Can you tell us a bit about it?
Catherine: A Groom for Mama is a romantic comedy with a touch of drama. The premise of the book is based on a radio play my husband and I wrote in 2003 as a contest entry for a local radio station that was looking for radio plays. The play finaled in the contest, but didn’t win. We set it aside, considering it an exercise in playwriting.
Later, I asked my husband if I could use the premise to write a romantic comedy. He agreed. I tweaked the title and the character, the main character was originally a male, and added a bunch more stuff because the play was only 20 minutes long, and A Groom for Mama was born. Here’s the book blurb.
Beverly Walters is dying, and before she goes she has one wish—to find a groom for her daughter. To get the deed done, Mama enlists the dating service of Jack Somerset, Allison’s former boyfriend.
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.
LM: You write books, poetry, and plays. Which of those is your favorite?
Catherine: That’s a hard choice, Linda. Each one has its own rewards. Poetry was my first writing love. I’ve done that since I was a teen. With books, there’s a great satisfaction in coming up with a story line and getting to the place where you write those all-important word: THE END. And nothing beats the thrill of seeing your words acted out on the stage. It’s impossible to say which is THE FAVORITE, because I love doing them all.
LM: You have co-authored books with your husband. How do you share the writing process?
Catherine: We plot heavily and talk a book or play to death. He’s more the idea guy who can braid multiple story lines together. I’m the first draft writer who follows what we’ve laid out, but not always to the letter. He edits each day’s work. Sometimes the characters do things I don’t expect, and I have to go to hubby and say, ‘Oops. This didn’t go where we thought.” If he doesn’t like the direction the characters took me, then we hash it out and I start over. When the first draft is done, we retreat to his office and begin the editing process, making sure all the plot lines mesh, there are no holes, and all the other fun editing stuff writers have to do when the first draft is done.
LM: What do you do to prepare yourself for writing? For example do you listen to music or set up in a specific place?
Catherine: Other than thinking about a project constantly when I’m working on it, I don’t do anyritualistic prep. I have a dedicated, very messy office where I write. Sometimes we’ll do a lake retreat and write.
LM: If money were no object, what is your idea of the ultimate vacation?
Catherine: My own waterfront house in a seaside village, or maybe on Lake Michigan, with caretakers to mow the lawns keep the beautiful gardens and clean the house. I think I’d snowbird there. A house on the water is so relaxing.
LM: What is the quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?
Catherine: I don’t have much quirkiness or dare devil in me. I did ride a rollercoaster backward once.
LM: Yikes! That was brave of you. So, what is your next project?
Catherine: I’m working on a Christmas story and plotting a new book with my husband.
LM: Sounds intriguing. I can’t wait to hear more about them. Where can folks find you on the web?
Catherine: I’m on several social media sites, but my most active one is my blog. I also post on Stitches Thru Time and the SMP authors blog site, listed below:
Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/catherinecastle
StitchesThruTime Blog: http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/
SMP Blog: http://smpauthors.wordpress.com/
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