I would like to thank Linda Mitchelmore for inviting me to take part in the My Writing Process blog tour. You can discover more on Linda and her writing process on her blog

1)  What am I working on?

I’ve just sent my current novel “Galway Girl” off to my publisher and awaiting edits. But, I have a new novel going on inside my head.  I’m getting to know some of the characters and the setting.  I have kind of planned the whole novel in my mind. And I’m excited about starting to write it. I have no idea if it will work at this stage, but I’m looking forward to the research that will be involved.  I’m hoping it will take me across the sea yet again to the city where I was born, as well as other places of interest.  My characters rarely stay in the same place throughout the book.   I’m planning to have a new website created in the New Year. And I can’t wait to see the finished product.  It will enable me to promote myself in a clearer light and show off my work to its best advantage.

2)  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well, I don’t know, except to say that I write Irish romantic suspense. I aim to find a good story and then set my characters in a setting that they will feel comfortable in.  All authors regardless of what they write about have their own special brand and style. I write about what I know and places I am familiar with, set in the 50s/60s.  I sometimes use a working title and then choose an Irish title when the book is completed.  “Galway Girl” is my first historical set in 1900.

3)  Why do I write what I do?

I love to write about bygone days.  When people read my books I want them to feel a sense of nostalgia for the clothes, food and a social way of life that has totally vanished. I also want them to appreciate what it was like for women, back then, with little or no choices apart from marriage and rearing a family.

4)   How does your writing process work?

Before I was published, my writing day was nine in the morning, right through the day, until I was forced to quit at the end of the day.  But, now that I’m a published author, other, equally important, things have taken over, such as promotion.  This makes the writing process less but it’s a necessity if you want to sell books.   I answer important emails first thing, then do some writing, and later in the day go onto the internet and start promoting. Return to writing and editing while keeping an eye on certain blogs I’m on, or someone I know is on. I juggle my way through the day in this fashion, doing a little bit of everything.   In the evening I go on facebook and twitter and other network sites.  By then, I’m too tired to be creative, so I stay on the circuit, but really wish I was writing my book.

Following me on the blog tour will be Liv Thomas and Liz Harris. Liv thinks her life is pretty ordinary, but in fact there is more to her than she cares to admit. You can find out more about Liv on her URL at the end of her bio.

Livvi says:   I was born in the South of England, am married, with grown up children, and a Westie. I work in a clerical capacity at an NHS Obs & Gynae hospital.   Have travelled fairly extensively…USA, Caribbean, Morocco, and many countries in Europe, but I’ve never flown. My favourite place in the world is the Republic of Ireland.   Life’s ambition to be a published author was achieved after Choc Lit took Beneath an Irish Sky, which was co-written with Val Olteanu, who I met on a Lord of the  Rings message-board, and we’ve never met in person..

I support Manchester United, love Bryan Adams and Westlife, my fav. tv progs are Coronation St. Father Ted, and Once Upon a Time?   My favourite actor is Chris Evans (as in Capt. America).

Also following on the blog tour is Liz Harris. Liz was a finalist for the RNA’s Joan Hessayon Award in 2013.

Liz was born and brought up in London. After graduating with a Law degree, she moved to California where she led a varied life, trying her hand at everything from cocktail waitressing on Sunset Strip to working as secretary to the CEO of a large Japanese trading company, not to mention a stint as ‘resident starlet’ at MGM. On returning to Britain, Liz completed a degree in English and then taught for a number of years before developing her writing career.   Published by Choc Lit, her novels in paperback include THE ROAD BACK and A BARGAIN STRUCK. EVIE UNDERCOVER and THE ART OF DECEPTION have been published by Choc Lit as ebooks.  In addition, she has written several short stories which have been published in anthologies in 2012 and 2013, and her pocket novel, A DANGEROUS HEART, is available in libraries in large print.  In 2014, IN A FAR PLACE will be published in paperback, and her third novella, A WESTERN HEART, will be published as an ebook.

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8 Responses to “MY WRITING PROCESS”

  1. Stephen says:

    I found that really interesting to read about your writing process Cathy. But, the best bit was hearing that you have an idea for a new book!! Exciting!

    • Cathy Mansell says:

      Thanks for your comment Stephen.
      Yes, I’m 11,000 words into my new novel. What started as an idea
      grew so I carried on. Now I’ve written the whole story in my head
      and just need to get it down on paper as a first draft.

      I’m excited too.

  2. Liv Thomas says:

    Thanks for inviting me to take part in the blog chain, Cathy. Found your Writing Process really interesting – thanks for sharing it. And your new novel sounds as brilliant as your last two.

    Liv x

    • Cathy Mansell says:

      Thank you for your kind words Liv. I appreciate you popping
      in to leave this comment.

      Take care

    • Thanks Livvi,
      I’d like to say a huge thanks to both Liz and Livvi for
      agreeing to be my follow on writers on the My Writing Process blog tour.
      A bit daunting trying to get people to follow but great fun once
      you get going.
      Great results.

  3. Liz Harris says:

    I really enjoyed reading this, Cathy.

    When you first approached me about doing the blog hop, I thought then what a great idea it was at the start of the year to let people know what we’re all working on.

    A familiar question is, What are you writing now? When people read this series of blogs, they’ll know!

    Liz X

    • Cathy Mansell says:

      You’re so right Liz. But it’s a nice idea despite the hard work.
      Now it’s back to writing.

  4. Cathy Mansell says:

    Just thought I’d welcome my two guest writers to my blog.
    Hope we get a few comments on my blog this week.

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