Bear with me a moment while I compose myself -breathes-. Not long ago, I thought I would chance my luck and tweet Cathy to see if she was available for an interview. I nearly fell off my chair when she replied saying yes! Just like a huge percentage of the population, I am a huge fan of Cathy’s, so to interview her and talk about books that I read well before I began blogging, is a dream come true. -fangirl moment-. It is with such great pleasure that I welcome THE Cathy Bramley to The Writing Garnet!
TWG: For those that may not be aware, could you tell us a little about yourself?
I am the author of the best-selling romantic comedies Ivy Lane, Appleby Farm, Wickham Hall, Conditional Love and The Plumberry School of Comfort Food. I live in a Nottinghamshire village with my husband, two daughters and a dog.
TWG: Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Not at all! I’ve always been an avid reader, but it didn’t cross my mind to write until a few years ago.
TWG: Have there been any books which have made you wish you wrote them? If so, which ones and why?
Pride and Prejudice. It’s such a captivating love story and the royalties would come in handy.
TWG: How easy was it to get the inspiration for all of your books?
It varies book to book. The idea for some novels come to me fully formed, others take lots of work.
TWG: Did you find yourself struggling to write any of the books?
My first, Conditional Love took me the longest because I was learning on the job (I’m still learning). I struggle to write all of them really; it’s the hardest job I’ve ever done.
TWG: Do you have a favourite out of the books you have written so far?
I feel very close to my characters as I’m writing a book, so all new books feel like my favourite. But I do have a soft spot for Ivy Lane.
TWG: You write what I call ‘cosy books’. Books that you can curl up reading with a cuppa, was that what you set out to do?
Thank you! That’s a lovely way to describe my books and it is exactly what I set out to do.
TWG: Have you disliked any of the characters in your stories?
I try to give my ‘baddies’ redeeming features because I like to think that there is good in everyone. However there was a character in Conditional Love who I was glad to see the back of!
TWG: Have there been any books that you can quite happily read multiple times? If so, what ones?
My TBR pile is too big to allow me that luxury, but the Big Stone Gap series by Adriana Trigiani would fit into that category.
TWG: Lastly, if you could give advice to writers just starting out, what would it be?
Enjoy the luxury of writing what you want to write, experiment, try different voices and genres until something really clicks. And if you are hoping to be published, don’t labour over every sentence; get the voice right and get to the end!
Thank you again Cathy! Cathy’s latest novel ‘The Plumberry School of Comfort Food’ was released in paperback on the 30th June.
Love the cover!
‘Verity Bloom hasn’t been interested in cooking anything more complicated than the perfect fish finger sandwich, ever since she lost her best friend and baking companion two years ago.
But an opportunity to help a friend lands her right back in the heart of the kitchen. The Plumberry School of Comfort Food is due to open in a few weeks’ time and needs the kind of great ideas that only Verity could cook up. And with new friendships bubbling and a sprinkling of romance in the mix, Verity finally begins to feel like she’s home.
But when tragedy strikes at the very heart of the cookery school, can Verity find the magic ingredient for Plumberry while still writing her own recipe for happiness?’
Plumberry School is available to buy right now from Amazon UK.
Not only that, it is also available to buy from Tesco, Asda (chosen as their charity book with 30p of every copy going to Breast Cancer charity), and Sainsburys (currently Sainsbury’s ‘Book of the Week’)!
To keep up to date with the latest news from Cathy herself, you can do so via Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you so much to Cathy Bramley for being in TWG’s spotlight!