Award-winning author Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine’s novel, Bridge of Faith, won the 2015 Grace Award. Her latest novel, The Things We Knew, released July 12th, 2016, through Harper Collins Christian Publishing. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com
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Welcome back to the blog, Cathy. I’m so honored to have you here today. Congratulations on your new release, The Things We Knew.
First of all, I have to say CONGRATS again on signing with Harper Collins! I have so enjoyed following your publishing journey. What’s something you’ve learned and will never forget about getting to where you are today in your career?
Thanks Savanna! It’s been an amazing journey so far, for sure! The most important lesson I have learned so far, and I’m still learning, is to trust God. There were several instances over the last several years where things just did not seem to be moving forward and I was so tempted to give up. My dream was always to work with a major publishing house, but at times it didn’t look like that would happen. I had to accept that if that was the way it would be, I’d be okay with it. But if God still wanted to work it out, that’d be good too. 🙂 I had a long season of waiting and really putting it all in perspective, which I believe placed me in a far better position to handle the pressures that come with a career in publishing.
What do you hope readers will take away from The Things We Knew?
There’s a real sense of family in this story and I hope readers enjoy The Carlisles as much as I do! Takeaways would be redemption, forgiveness and hope. Because even when things are at their absolute worst, we need hope. Each of my characters has to come to that realization, and forgiveness is also a huge part of their journey.
Any plans on how you will celebrate this special book release yet?
Actually, yes! My amazing husband surprised me by organized a book signing on Nantucket, where the book is set, so that’s how we’ll be celebrating. Once this posts it’ll be over, so I’m sure your readers will be able to check in on social media to see how it all went!
That sounds like such fun! Which of your books proved to be the hardest to write and why?
I’d probably have to say Hidden in the Heart. The story is loosely based on my own adoption search and reunion journey. All of the emotions that Claire goes through as she wrestles with the decision to first search for her birth family, and then deal with an impending reunion, are similar to what I went through. So although it was great to write a story that I hope will resonate with all readers, not just those who are part of the adoption triad, it was at times difficult to relive those memories.
Can you share with us a favorite Scripture verse that has encouraged you recently?
‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.’ Isaiah 49:19.
This verse really hit home for me after I’d been offered my contract with Harper Collins. The final offer came after a very hard season that I honestly wasn’t sure how I was going to come out of. It was like God saying, see, I told you it would all work out! Sometimes I really need to listen to God more, and not to myself! LOL!
Thank you so much for sharing with us today, Cathy! Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?
My next novel will release March 2017, and it takes place on a vineyard in Sonoma. Thanks for having me on the blog – I love hearing from readers so hope everyone will keep in touch, and let me know how you enjoyed The Things We Knew!
That sounds great! Looking forward to reading it. 🙂 Have a great summer, Cathy!
Cathy has graciously offered to give away one copy of The Things We Knew to one lucky winner. Enter below and it could be YOU!
Thanks for entering! Contest is open for US residents only. Contest ends July 26, 2016. The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!