Why did you choose to write Romantic Suspense?
I am a romantic at heart. If you have ever loved and been loved in return, then you can write about the subject with some authority. I suppose, that is one of the reasons that I chose to write romantic fiction.
After I had written my first novel, Where the Shamrock Grows, a rags to riches saga that included some of Ireland’s past history and America’s depression, and getting nowhere with it, I began to realise that it was missing an important ingredient by today’s standards; that page turning quality which makes a reader want to read on.
That was when I decided to try added suspense to my stories.
Shadow across the Liffey, has a villain by the name of Vinnie Kelly, a selfish, mean character, who, when he cannot win back the heart of the heroine, Oona, he becomes set on revenge with dire consequences.
Her Father’s Daughter, also has a bad guy by the name of George Milford, a rich landowner who sets out to ruin the hero, Dan, by having his thrown off the council and sacked from the newspaper.
Likewise, in my current book, Galway Girl, the heroine, Tamara has a real tough time, and is pursued throughout the book by the iniquitous Jake Travis.
I love writing and reading romantic suspense with strong plots that keep the reader hooked until the last page.
A gripping story of how family secrets can wreak havoc on the present.
In 60’s Ireland life is hard for widow, Oona Quinn, grief-stricken by the tragic deaths of her husband and five-year-old daughter. Struggling to survive, she meets charismatic Jack Walsh at the Shipping Office.
Vinnie Kelly, her son's biological father, just out of jail, sets out to destroy Oona and all she holds dear. Haunted by her past, she has to fight for her future and the safety of her son, Sean. But Vinnie has revenge on his mind . ..
The sun had just come out, and McNally cursed the task ahead of him. The child’s death had touched him deeply. At the station, he had seen tears in grown men’s eyes. This was, by far, the hardest thing he had ever had to do.
He parked the car outside the house with the shiny green door and well-maintained garden, and walked slowly up the path. He hesitated. From inside he heard laughter and music, and it pained him to be the bearer of such shocking news. A lump formed in his throat. He removed his hat and held it in front of him, before knocking on the door.
Oona stared at the uniformed man on her doorstep. ‘That... that’s me.’ She clutched the door. ‘Has, has something happened?’
‘I’m Sergeant McNally. There’s been an accident. May I come in?’
Connie joined her in the hall, the smile slipping from her face.
‘Are you a relative?’ he asked.
‘We’re sisters. What is it?’
He thought Oona was going to faint but her sister’s hand guided her towards the living room.
A moment later, the two women sat on the sofa clutching hands.
‘May I sit down?’
Oona nodded. She was trembling. McNally could see a glimmer of hope in her big brown eyes.
‘I’m afraid your husband’s been in a serious accident, Mrs Quinn.’ He saw all her fears encapsulated in that one terrible moment as he delivered the news.
‘Please, tell me he’s not dead.’
Cathy is an experienced writer of romantic fiction. Her early work was competition short stories and articles published in national magazines. She was Editor in Chief of the Leicestershire Anthology, ‘Taking Off’, a book promoted and supported by Arts Council UK.
Member of Leicester Writers’ Club, Just Write workshop, Life President of Lutterworth Writers’ Group, Member NAWG, Member Romantic Novelist Association and past president of Riverside Speakers club.
In recent times, Cathy has turned to writing full-length novels that are set in Ireland/England. Her debut book Shadow Across the Liffey was published on 7th February 2013 by Tirgearr Publishing. She was a recent contestant on the TV show Food Glorious Food to be broadcast on 27th February 2013