Thursday, 21 March 2013

Guest Blogger--Catherine Green.

Everyone welcome our first ever Hump Day Hook Guest blogger, Catherine Green! *Loud clapping* Take it away, Catherine... 

Hello and thank you to Kerrianne Coombes for very kindly hosting me over here on the Hump Day Hook blog! Today I will share a little of my experience about becoming an author. My decision to become a professional writer came around the time I wrote my first novel Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel). That process began in 2009, while I was working full-time for a logistics company in Northern England.

Many authors I know juggle their writing careers alongside full-time work that serves to pay the bills and run a home. There are also many female authors (and one or two men) that stay home in a domestic capacity and write their novels and stories around the care of children and family. I fall into the second category. I married my long-term partner and became pregnant while I was writing my first novel. It seemed a natural progression to extend my maternity leave and focus on developing my writing career, since we would struggle to afford nursery fees if I went out to work.

What is it that motivates us to write stories and keep working away around all the additional stress of our daily lives? For many people writing is considered a hobby, mainly because it seems to become a very costly affair when we set about publishing our novels. For me, once I made the decision to write the story that had been brewing in my mind for so many years, I knew that I had to publish my novels and I had to make a professional job of it.

I am interested to hear the background stories from fellow authors. Why not post a comment and share your own experiences? It is wonderful to see where all the ideas come from for so many varied and exciting novels at our disposal. A lot of my personal inspiration came from reading novels by American authors such as L. J. Smith and Laurell K Hamilton, and British novelists Daphne Du Maurier and Enid Blyton. Who inspired you to develop the wild ideas in your mind?


Author of adult paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels, Catherine Green was raised on books from a young age, and has happy memories of Saturday mornings spent in her small local library, devouring the contents of the shelves. Aside from the Redcliffe novels, Catherine has short stories published in YA anthologies, writes non-fiction spiritual and occult articles for Suite101, and contributes to the independent author website Write and Share.

Catherine has always been fascinated by the supernatural world, and it feels natural for her to write about vampires, werewolves, witches and other mystical creatures in her contemporary stories. She is a shaman in training and a mother of one, with an interest in crafts and social history. Catherine practises Law of Attraction and truly believes that everyone can achieve their dreams if they can step beyond the fear of social conformity.
For more information about the author, please see Catherine’s blog 


  1. I too nursing full time and writing. I love all romance so it just seemed natural to combine my love if storytelling with my night shift job as a Registered Nurse and write medical romances.

  2. Hi Catherine! I started writing for publication when I was on maternity leave with my second child. I could afford child care after the first, but the hubs and I decided it would be best for me to stay home rather than go back to work and have to pay child care. Now, I write and provide part-time child care for a couple of other kids.

  3. Hello! Yes, it is interesting how we can mix writing and mothering when the time comes... Thank you Kerrianne for hosting me today!

  4. Very nice post, Catherine. I started writing in 09 too. My daughter was 3 at the time and I needed something for myself that didn't revolve around cooking, cleaning, etc.. One night, after the family went to bed, I started writing my first novel. I've been doing it every day since then. Thanks for sharing your story! :)

  5. I love your books, Catherine, and thanks for sharing a little about yourself. I've written off and on all my life, including participating in NaNoWriMo. After taking early retirement from the library field in 2011 I decided to actually become a writer. Best decision ever! As for children, I now get to spend time with my Snickerdoodles (grandboys)ages 5 and 3.

  6. I tried to comment earlier, but apparently, it didnt stick! So here goes again. LOL I am the same as you. I am a stay at home mum, because--at first--there was no choice because of the cost of childcare. Now, i would have it no other way. I adore writing and i treat it like a part time job. I write from 10 until 2 and do mummy stuff in between. It actually is hard work, and i am proud that i made something of my 'free' time.

    thanks for blogging here today x

  7. I have been an on and off writer all my life really but since the internet commeth I have tried to take it all a little more seriously.

    Nice to learn a little about you...x