Summer and autumn are battling it out, but I have reason to be grateful. The weather here is finally showing signs of getting nippy and the holiday season is fast approaching. I’ve always thought Halloween was a great way to usher in a period of time full of whimsy and enchantment. I can think of no one better to interview at this time of year than Catherine Green, a writer of paranormal stories filled with the creatures that frighten and fascinate. Her books are sure to get you into the spirit of this coming season!
First things first, what’s the name of your current book?
My most recent published novel is Return of the Vampire Hunter, released December 2017. My most recent book included the short story The Trouble with Wolves (A Redcliffe Short Story) in the anthology Filth – An Anthology for naughty girls with dirty desires.
New ideas are always cropping up. Give me your best book title that doesn’t have a story.
Night Stairs to Dormitory – I saw it on a sign at Lindisfarne Priory during my summer vacation.
Words are kind of our thing. What’s your favorite word?
Ooh, I have so many favourite words! OK, Xenophobia is one that I discovered during research for my university dissertation many years ago – I like the way it sounds.
Some people need the light of day to function and others prefer the quiet of night. When do you write?
I am definitely a night owl, although most of my writing nowadays is done during school hours. I used to write while my babies were in bed, and that was a very productive time for me.
Names really help set a mood. What’s your process for picking people and place names?
They tell me! I haven’t struggled to find names too much, at least not for my main characters and locations.
Even finishing a scene feels like a reason to throw a party. Have a favorite way to celebrate finishing a project?
I drink a glass of wine and eat a bar of chocolate – usually Galaxy or Dairy Milk!
We know writing is primarily a creative endeavor. Tell me something you never expected to get from writing.
I never realized just how satisfying it is to write. Even when I scribble in a notebook or write in my journal, I come away smiling. It just feels good.
Beta-readers are our first fans and critics. If you could pick any writer, past or present, to be your beta-reader, who would you pick?
That’s a tricky question! I would probably ask Laurell K Hamilton – she inspired me with her Anita Blake, vampire hunter series.
Tell the truth. How many notebooks and journals do you own?
I don’t know! We moved house recently and I still can’t find a bunch of notebooks with story ideas and reports that I need now. I must have about three notebooks waiting to be written in, three journals on the go, my witchy notebooks, my Tarot ones, my general writer ones… 15, 20 maybe?
Writers keep their eyes open for inspiration, which makes us notice a lot more than most. What random piece of everyday beauty do you love?
Our local canal. The boats are always changing, and I experience new sights, smells and sounds with them. We have a resident heron, lots of ducks and swans, and of course the daily dog walkers (of which I am one). So much inspiration!
As much as we love to write, some parts of being a writer can be a chore. What’s your most tempting distraction?
Crafts! I gaze longingly at my Decopatch kits, my cardmaking supplies, and all those seasonal projects, and have to sit on my fingers or glue them to the keyboard (figuratively speaking, of course!) to make me write.
We indies need to stick together. Any indie writers on your radar right now?
Yes! I am keen to support Joy Pearson, my very good friend and local writer who recently released her new book Untangling the Webs.
And shoutout to my fellow contributors in the Filth anthology – C.A. Bell, Holly J Gill, Rachael Stewart, Jennah Thornhill and Sienna Grant.
Catherine Green Author Bio:
Author of British paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels, Catherine Green was raised on books from a young age and has happy memories of Saturday mornings spent in her small local library, devouring the contents of the shelves. Catherine has always been fascinated by the supernatural world, and it feels natural for her to write about vampires, werewolves, witches and other mystical creatures in her contemporary stories.
If you sign up to Catherine’s newsletter, she will send you a free copy of her Redcliffe short story, It’s Complicated, to introduce you to her fictional supernatural seaside town in Cornwall, England.
More recently, Catherine released her contemporary English Gothic novel, Vampire of Blackpool. These novels will show you the darker, sexier side of our favourite British seaside resorts!
Known as SpookyMrsGreen: The Pagan Housewife, Catherine runs a pagan lifestyle blog chronicling her adventures in mothering and magic, with a series of non-fiction books to follow, when she finds time to write them!
You can find Catherine in the following places:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SpookyMrsGreen
Author blog – http://www.catherinegreenauthor.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter page – https://twitter.com/SpookyMrsGreen
The Pagan Housewife Blog – http://spookymrsgreen.com/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/spookymrsgreen/
Amazon US Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/author/catherinegreen
Amazon UK Author Page – https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B005BTNHTG