I am so incredibly excited to host this spotlight for a very good fried, Catherine Winn, for her newly released book! I hope you enjoy her spotlight!
SATURDAY AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT
Welcome to the Saturday Author Spotlight with Catherine A. Winn!
Read on to learn more about Catherine, her books, and where you can find her!
And this time, I'm giving away a PAPERBACK copy of BEYOND SUSPICION to 1 random commenter!
(To qualify, leave a comment by Friday, May 15th)
Spotlight Interview with Catherine
1. How did you get into writing?
I always wanted to be a writer because my parents exposed us to books and stories from the time we were toddlers. They told us bedtime stories or read picture books, bought books for us, took us to the library every week, and they always had a book in their hands when they had a moment to read. Their fostering in us a love of the written word made me want to become a writer just like the authors of my favorite books.
2. Where is your favorite place to write and do you listen to music or need silence?
I need silence. I have set up a small bedroom as my “writing room” and use it only for writing. I actually do bills and other things in another room. Of course I have the internet in there and more times than not I get distracted for a while and have to force myself to get to work.
3. How do you meet up with your writing muse?
Usually it’s early morning. I get up and put the coffee on, then head to the computer. If I wait until later in the day my muse has given up on me and gone out to play. If it’s crunch time and I’m desperate to meet a deadline, it comes back to rescue me.
4. What do you like about being a writer?
Getting lost in the story being created. I love it when my characters insist on doing things I never planned. When that happens and the plot unfolds in surprising twists and turns I feel the thrill I hope my readers will feel.
5. Do you have any sneak peek tidbits about what you're working on now?
I’m working on Shelby’s next mystery. She’s sixteen, driving, in love, and tossed into the murder of one person and attempted murder of another in downtown San Antonio, Texas.
Thanks, Kimberly, for including me in your Saturday Spotlight. It’s been fun!
Catherine A. Winn, a former art and elementary school teacher, lives and writes in Texas. An avid reader of all types of mysteries from cozies to thrillers, she’s found writing them to be equally thrilling. She is currently working on her next Whispering Springs mystery.
BEYOND SUSPICION BY CATHERINE A. WINN
Her mom's remarriage has been hard on fifteen year old Shelby. Roger is strict and treats her like a child. At least they're letting her go to her first boy-girl party. That is until she gets home from school and finds that Roger has changed his mind—he wants Shelby to babysit her year-old brother Josh. It's so unfair! Fuming, Shelby takes Josh in his stroller to the park. After all, it's not his fault. Someone sets off fireworks, distracting Shelby. When she turns around—Josh is gone.
Shelby tells the police she's seen a white van cruising the neighborhood lately, and she thinks she saw it at the park as well. But to her horror, the police are not interested: Pointing to angry texts to her girlfriends about getting back at Roger, they accuse her of causing Josh's disappearance! The police focus on the woods around the park, driving Shelby wild with fear and anger that the kidnappers will get away. With TV reporters all over the front yard, Shelby sneaks out the back to find her brother, any way she can.
So begins Shelby's race against time—and against a world that has turned on her. And yet she finds help along the way. There's mysterious Matt, who says he wants to help, but doesn't seem to want anyone to know it. And there's Jess, who watches out for Shelby as, against the odds, she tracks down the kidnappers just as they are leaving town.