Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Author Interview: Catherine Bennett

Catherine Bennett
author, Devon's Choice


Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family,traveling adventures)

I grew up in Ohio where I currently live with my husband, my two sons and our two rescue Labradors. Some of my favorite things include reading, shopping, pizza, and Hershey bars (or anything chocolate). I’m also an only child, which means all the chocolate is mine!

Though I haven’t traveled extensively, I’ve been to Canada, Hawaii and various other states (prefer warm climates)! A long time anglophile, I’ve always wanted to visit the U.K.

What is your favorite genre to write?

 My first book, “The Trouble With Charlie” was fun to write because it was a romantic suspense (at the time, I was reading a lot of Agatha Christie’s novels).  When I decided to write another book, I wanted it to be an inspirational romance. My next book will be an inspirational as well.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I like to read clean romance (Victorian era romance – or later - set in the U.K., is a particular favorite). I also love a good mystery, but nothing too gory.

What is one silly fact about you?

I hoard  - and hide - my snack food. My husband calls it “only child syndrome”.

What got you started on your writing journey?

Since I was young, I loved to read and write poems and short stories (some of them I did my own illustrations). I had a lot “imaginary” friends, which found their way into some of the tales I’d write. I especially enjoyed fantasy books such as “The Hobbit”, “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Chronicles of Narnia”.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?  Do you write steamy romance as well?

I wouldn’t write what I would be embarrassed to have someone else read, so I stick with clean romance. “Devon’s Choice” is an Inspirational romance based loosely on events in my own life.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

I drew from difficult experiences in my own life where I had to trust God’s plan. Likewise, the main characters in the book face heartbreak and disappointment, but have to make choices about their faith in God. Also, Devon and I share the experience of being an only child.

In my first book, “The Trouble With Charlie” the heroine, “Charlie” aka Charlotte, is very spirited and adventurous. She would be more like my alter ego!

How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?

I have two books published by Clean Reads: “The Trouble With Charlie” and “Devon’s Choice”.

What are the elements of a great romance for you?

Realistic characters that make me think, ‘Hey, I know someone like that!’

No heroine is completely virtuous; nor is the hero honorable at all times.

Some surprise twists and turns. When I can say, “Wow! I didn’t see that coming!” then I know the writer got it right.

Unless it’s a book in a series, I want everything resolved between the hero and the heroine. Of course, happy endings are best.

Please share about your book

Back Cover Blurb:

Life holds no surprises for Devon Murphy. Her life consists of keeping tabs on her aging Irish father, working part time at a coffee shop, and building her online graphics design business. Devon’s only tricky situation is a shallow relationship with the pampered and affluent Michael Turner, who sees her as just another woman to conquer.

Following his father’s death, Brandon’s only goal is to expand the family business and live life on his own terms. That is, until he walks into the coffee shop one snowy evening and meets the enchanting, red-haired barista behind the counter. But can Devon and Brandon’s attraction for each other be strong enough to help erase their deepest disappointments and renew their faith in God?

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be? 

Loyal, friendly, caring, dog-lover, feisty

What are your hero and heroine of the story like?

Both characters are family oriented. Devon watches out for her dad and Brandon helps his mom whenever he can. Devon is Irish so she has some feistiness about her and is a devoted friend. Brandon is a hard worker and endeavors to grow the company he inherited after his father died. He is intensely loyal to those he cares about. They are also fitness enthusiasts.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

The characters face life choices that most people can relate to. It is a heartwarming story about love, loss and discovering God’s purpose in your life.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?

I loved Devon’s father Charles Murphy. Since he was Irish, it was fun creating his dialect and humor. He also mirrored some traits of my own dad whom I loved dearly. I also have a crush on the hero in the story, Brandon (yes, author’s do fall in love with their characters)!

1 comment:

  1. I have added to my TBR list. Love these books and I agree, I would not to write what someone would read. I picked up a book today, just opened a page and saw the f word and put it back on the shelf. Great interview.

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