Now that Samhain has dropped its horror line, I know that you’ve found a new publisher. Would you tell us about who they are and what your publishing schedule looks like?
I have indeed, MommaCat. Crossroad Press is an independent, up and coming publisher with an impressive track record. They have Clive Barker and Jack Ketchum on their roster – to name but two, of many excellent authors. A number of former Samhain horror authors can be found there – and more will follow in the coming weeks and months. My publishing schedule is hectic. These guys work fast! The Pendle Curse and Linden Manor are already out there, to be swiftly followed by Saving Grace Devine, Dark Avenging Angel and The Devil’s Serenade. At the moment, it looks as if by the time everyone is reading this, all of them will have been reissued. Exciting times.
I love your smile! You look like you’re about to burst out laughing. Tell us what you like to do for fun when you’re not writing.
Thank you. That photo was taken at a special dinner for my mother’s 90th birthday. It may have been the champagne!
Let’s talk cats now. Who lets you live with them?
A little black lady called Serafina Pandora. Serafina for short. She is five months old and totally rules the roost. She was a rescue, but thank goodness she had not had a rough start in life. She was just a little underweight and very shy. Now she is a sleek, gleaming, well socialized girl who knows what she wants – and how to ensure she always gets it. We love her to pieces.
And tell us about where you live. Across the pond from me is all I know. (I’m in Utah in the US)
We divide our time between my mother’s house in Liverpool and an apartment in North Wales. The apartment is housed in an unusual building half way up a steep hill, so the ground floor varies, depending on where you are at the time. It is also 260 years old and we have a friendly – well, let’s call her a presence, shall we? She turns up now and again and announces her ‘visit’ by doing strange things to the washing machine or turning lights on. Nothing sinister. Oh, and she seems to like cats, so that’s a bonus.
Most authors have held many many jobs on their way to becoming successful. What are some of the jobs you have had?
I worked in advertising for a number of years, and also in redundancy and career counseling, helping unemployed (or under-employed) adults of all ages find sustainable employment. I have been an Advertisement Administration Manager, Sales Manager, Customer Service Manager and University Administrator.
Do you read paper books? Or have you gone digital?
I love both. To me, there is nothing more comforting than to be in a room surrounded by books but, when you’re traveling or attending medical appointments where you have to wait around for hours on end, a Kindle is so handy.
What are you reading now?
At the moment, I am researching ancient Egypt for a trilogy I am writing for Kensington-Lyrical, so any by Dr. Zahi Hawass (‘Cleopatra: The Search For The Last Queen of Egypt’, ‘Curse of the Pharaohs’ to name but two.)
Do you have any guilty pleasure books/authors? You know the ones…stuff you don’t let your friends see you reading.
Kerry Greenwood’s Miss Phryne Fisher Mysteries, Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swenson mysteries, but I don’t mind who knows I read those! I also return to childhood favorites for comfort reading now and again Enid Blyton’s Mallory Towers and St Clare’s Stories and, for some reason, Jane Shaw’s Crooks Tour – but we’ll keep those among ourselves!
If you were to give just one piece of advice aspiring writers, what would it be?
Keep at it – writing and learning your craft.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I would love to be more self-confident. I keep working at it.
Thank you for having me again, MommaCat! My best to you and your kitties. See you on the dark side…
Boo! It was great hearing from Cat Cavendish again, wasn’t it? I’m so glad her titles are available again. The hissing cat above is just a bit of inspiration for her upcoming Egyptian books. She can’t go wrong with a cat in them.
If you’re new to her writing, she delivers delicious chills and frightening thrills. Her work is historically accurate and she writes for everyone. I wouldn’t class her books in women’s fiction or British fiction, but in true paranormal, occult or horror.
THE PENDLE CURSE is a story of time travel and witches. Four hundred years ago, ten convicted witches were hanged on Gallows Hill. Now they are back…for vengeance. Laura Phillips’s grief at her husband’s sudden death shows no sign of passing. Even sleep brings her no peace. She experiences vivid, disturbing dreams of a dark, brooding hill,and a man—somehow out of time—who seems to know her. She discovers that the place she has dreamed about exists. Pendle Hill. And she knows she must go there. But as soon as she arrives, the dream becomes a nightmare. She is caught up in a web of witchcraft and evil…and a curse that will not die.
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