Author Spotlight #HDH - Catherine Green
Hello and thank you to Kerrianne for hosting me on the Hump Day Hook blog today. I have been a member of HDH for several months now, and I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the community. Not only is it a wonderful opportunity to showcase my books, both published and those in progress, but I am motivated and inspired by the excerpts I read from my fellow authors. I have also trebled my TBR list as well!
Aside from the writing, I thought I would share a little about myself, Catherine Green, author of the Redcliffe novels. We are all allowed a little self indulgence from time to time! My biggest non-writer related news is that I am currently pregnant with my second child, and the baby is due any time during the next month or so. Consequently, I am having to scale back my workload and take some semblance of maternity leave. I cannot totally abandon my writing community, however. That’s just not possible!
There seem to be a lot of authors, especially women, who juggle their work around raising children. I know this isn’t unusual. Most of us will raise a family at some point in our lives, regardless of the nature of our professional work. What I mean is that I feel both comforted and empowered to see women in similar situations to myself. We all have our call to write. We have the Muse nagging at us and demanding attention just as much as our children. So we have to diversify. Some of us get up very early in the morning to do some work before the children awake. Others stay up late at night. I seem to be a mix of the two at the moment. I used to be a night person. Now I am generally more of a morning person.
Away from the fiction writing, I have an interest in women in business, and the situation with female entrepreneurs in the workplace of today. My focus is generally on the UK, since this is my home country. I am fascinated at the ways in which women have to work so much harder and faster than their male counterparts, simply because they have the responsibility of child rearing. I know times have changed, and men have become more involved in the domestic side of life, but I also know that it is a moderate improvement at best. Certainly in my circle of parent friends, it is the mothers who take on the bulk of the childcare and domestic duties, often alongside part time jobs and careers as well. Some have even given up their careers temporarily, in order to support their children.
When I am not writing or mothering, I enjoy following a spiritual path and studying urban shamanism. My interests have always fallen in the occult and supernatural realms. I am a keen ghost hunter, having participated in overnight séances and events at many reputedly haunted locations around the UK. Some of my most memorable events were at Margham Castle in South Wales, the Edinburgh Vaults in Scotland, and Belgrave Hall in Leicester, England. It is definitely a more unusual hobby!
Well, I should wrap this up. If you would like to read a few of my ghost hunter diaries, then check out my personal blog at http://www.spookymrsgreen.wordpress.com For more details about my adult paranormal romance series the Redcliffe novels, see my author blog http://www.catherinegreenauthor.blogspot.com for excerpts, buy links, and news of my next release. Thank you for stopping by!