Good morning and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?
Good morning, Jo, and thank you so much for having me over for a quiet cuppa. The calm is very much appreciated as when I’m not writing, I’m a mum to twin toddlers. They turn 3 in July and it’s safe to say my life can be pretty hectic.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? How did your journey begin?
I’ve written stories for pleasure since my teen years, but I trained to be a physiotherapist and worked for the NHS for several years. It was only when illness meant I couldn’t continue in my job that I decided to pursue my writing dream.
What gives you the inspiration for your books?
Waiting for You came about with a dinnertime conversation about the ideal number of children. It inspired a What If? moment and the story evolved from there. All That Is Left Of Us was inspired by a visit to the zoo. I tend to take moments from the everyday and turn them into something more.
As a busy mum with twins how do you organise your writing time?
I’ve had to make a few sacrifices. Evenings and nap times are my writing time along with two mornings a week when they head to preschool. When the girls were young I reverted to pen and paper and would write when they were eating.
If money was no object what would be your ultimate travel destination?
My top choice at the moment would be to spend a week in Canada in a lodge by a lake and be extremely lazy all week. I daydream about being lazy. I’ve forgotten what it’s like.
Who is your favourite author and why?
I think that has to be Katie Fforde. She was a favourite of mine before meeting her through the RNA and going all fan girl. She is a big supporter of the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme and I was beyond honoured that I was chosen as the 2015 Katie Fforde bursary recipient. I love that not only is she a great writer, she also supports new writers having gone through the process herself
What advice would you give to newbie writers?
Don’t wait to get in the zone to write, just write whenever you get ten minutes spare. That way you’ll have a novel before you know it.
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MORE ABOUT CATHERINE’S DEBUT NOVEL
WAITING FOR YOU
You’d never guess that Fliss Chapron doesn’t have it all
All Fliss wants is to see two blue lines telling her she is pregnant with her much longed for second baby. But as the negative tests stack up, dreams of completing her perfect family feel more hopeless every day.
After years of disappointment, Fliss’s husband Ben is spending more time at the office than in their marital bed, and Fliss finds herself wondering who could be responsible for their inability to conceive another child. Yet, where do you lay the blame when it comes to having a child – and can anyone really be at fault…
As Ben becomes increasingly distant, Fliss begins to question whether her desire for a baby is just a sticking plaster to save her marriage. Because in the end, how well can you ever know another person…even the man you’re married to?
Waiting for You – Amazon UK
Waiting for You – Amazon.com