3Q’s – Catherine McCarthy keeps churning them out!


Here we are today with another fantastic female author that you should be reading!

My guest today is the always amazing… Catherine McCarthy!

Welcome, Catherine!

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Steve: What does your writing time look like? Do you try to write at the same time each day? Do you have a word count you attempt to hit?

McCarthy: I tend to write (or edit) from around three in the afternoon until perhaps seven or seven-thirty. That’s what suits me best. Mornings are for chores or for going to the gym or shopping etc., and I don’t function well after eight in the evening because I’m a morning person. The afternoon is when I’m most calm, so it suits me best.
I don’t give myself a specific word count, but I might aim to finish a specific chapter or scene. When writing or editing I tend to work in stints, forcing myself to stay away from social media for periods of at least thirty minutes before allowing myself a five minute doomscroll. It’s what works for me.

Steve: If you started a series and for some reason had to have another author finish it, who would you choose?

McCarthy: First of all, I’ve always said I could never write a series. I don’t have the kind of commitment it takes. I know I’d get bored, and it would show in my work. I hardly ever read series for the same reason. A recent exception, though, has been Daniel Barnett’s Nightmareland Chronicles. I’ve had to intersperse them with other books because my TBR is so long, plus I get ARC and blurb requests, but it’s a series I will definitely read to the end.
To answer the question though, if ever I did write a series and disappeared off the face of the earth before I got to finish it, I would be thrilled if Laura Purcell picked it up. I love her work, and feel an affinity with her as a writer. Having said that, I’d be more than thrilled just to have her read any of my work, never mind continue my writing.

Steve: Tell me about your newest release (novel/story/poem/novella) and why someone should read it!

McCarthy: I’m going to cheat here, because there’s more than one. I have a fair few short stories due to be published in anthologies this year, but these are the ones I’m allowed to speak about so far…
My short story, M1-k1, will be published in Issue 11 of Dark Matter Magazine this September. It’s best described as an Artificial Intelligence story with heart.
I also have a story called Monster Mistaken in the forthcoming anthology, Human Monsters (Dark Matter and the Night Worms team in October), which I’m ridiculously thrilled about. This one plays with the concept of human monsters and puts a spin on the title by telling the story from a child’s point of view—a child who has behavioural issues. It’s a real heart story, because I based it on a boy I taught.
My story called Soul Cakes is coming out in Gaby Triana’s (Alienhead Press) anthology Literally Dead: Tales of Halloween Hauntings this October. This one offers an insight into the Welsh tradition of Ysbrydnos – Night of the Spirits. Ysbrydnos is the one night of the year when the barrier between the living and the dead is rice-paper thin, so that might give you a hint of what’s to come.
I also have a tale called The Peddler’s Promise in Black Spot Books’ anthology Into the Forest: Tales of the Baba Yaga which will be published early November. The TOC for this one is ridiculously good!
Perhaps most exciting of all is my forthcoming novel, A Moonlit Path of Madness, which will be published in 2023 by Nosetouch Press. I don’t have a precise date yet, but fans of Gothic ghost fiction with a twist will hopefully love it.
Last but not least, I’ve signed a contract on another novel, but the details have not been released publicly yet, therefore I’d better stay quiet.
Exciting stuff!

Steve: Bonus Question! If they made a movie about your life, what actor or actress would you suggest they get to play you?

McCarthy: Geez, now I know you’re kidding! I’ll let you into a secret…when I was younger, I quite fancied acting. I guess that’s why I became a teacher. There are a lot of similarities. Seriously though, this is a difficult question to answer. I won’t even think about it from a ‘looks’ point of view because that would be ridiculous, so I’ll choose Eva Green, because her role as Vanessa Ives in the series Penny Dreadful was outstanding. She does dark and moody to perfection, though at heart I’m bright and cheerful. I just write dark and moody.


Great choice!

Thanks so much for doing this, Catherine!

Now – you all need to go click those links and discover her work!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/serialsemantic

Website: https://www.catherine-mccarthy-author.com/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Mrs-Catherine-Ann-McCarthy/e/B07RQYTT4P/

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