#AuthorInterview + #Giveaway: Catherine West | The Things We Knew

22 Jul

Author Interview- Catherine West

Hello, dear readers! I’m so excited to welcome Catherine West back to Buzzing About Books! She has graciously answered a few questions about her latest release, The Things We Knew, and is offering a print copy for giveaway. Trust me, this is one you don’t want to miss!  Read my review of this compelling story here and purchase a copy here.


The Things We Knew- CoverWelcome, Cathy!!  I know you are beyond thrilled about the release of The Things We Knew! Please tell us about your road to publication with HarperCollins Christian Publishing.

CW: How much time do you have?  🙂  While I’ve been previously published with a small press, and then Indie published, my dream has always been to write for a traditional publisher. Even when the Christian publishing world began shrinking, with everyone telling me, just stick with Indie, I knew I had to pursue this dream, crazy as it might be. Fortunately, I have an agent who shares my dreams, and she never gave up on this one. It all came together in God’s perfect timing, and we are both absolutely thrilled!

What is one of the most memorable moments of your writing journey thus far?

CW: Probably getting that email from my agent that Harper Collins was offering a 2 book deal. I was just coming out of a very rough patch, where I’d totally surrendered everything to God, and this was a very surreal moment in my life – almost as though I felt Him reaching down and giving me a hug, and whispering, “Told ya to trust me.”  🙂

I love family dramas, and you portrayed the dynamics of the Carlisle family so well. Who or what inspired this complex family?

CW: I love family dramas too! It had been a goal of mine to write one, so when this story came together, I was super excited. I don’t think there was anything in particular that inspired the story, I just delved into my experiences with family and kind of went from there. If we’re talking author inspiration, then I admit to being heavily inspired by the great authors who do family drama so well – Karen Kingsbury was one of my first CBA authors I ever read, and I loved the Baxter series.

Be sure to check out Cathy’s The Things We Knew Pinterest board!

Did the characters surprise or challenge you in any way as you were writing this story?

CW: I’m always surprised. Lynette went through a lot of changes in the several re-writes of this book. She’s actually a lot stronger now than she was when I first wrote her. In a good way. She’s learned to stand on her own two feet and speak for herself. Gray was the character that kind of took the pen out of my hands, if you will. I didn’t know how much of an impact he was going to have when I first thought him up . . . and I had to really work to tone him down or he would have happily taken over the entire story.

The Things We Knew is beautifully written and the imagery is vivid! Have you spent much time on the island of Nantucket? Do you paint?

CW: I haven’t actually been to Nantucket, although when you post this, I will have! My husband surprised me with a trip and an arranged book signing the day The Things We Knew releases! While I was writing the story though, I spent a lot of time on Google maps, and walked the island as much as I could . . . it was fascinating then of course, but I can’t wait to see it in person!
Do I paint? Not a lot now, but yes, I was quite artistic all through my school years. I dabble now and again, but time is really the big block there. When I am not writing, I want to read. I’m hoping when life calms down some (if!) that I’ll pick up a brush again some day!

You address a number of issues in this novel that I believe will resonate with many readers. Did a particular message or lesson resonate with you as you penned the narrative?

CW: All my books carry the theme of redemption and forgiveness, and I think this particular story points toward those things as well. And hope. Even when things look the bleakest, there is always hope.

Do you have a favorite story moment or scene you would like to share?

CW: Ah, hard. There are so many. But since I mentioned Gray, I really love this scene – it’s a bit from the flashback scene of when he first met Tori:

Gray played a few chords. Scribbled on the sheet music in front of
him and tried again. They’d had their first gig the previous night. A
small bar in LA, but the place was packed out. Neil was ecstatic, already
on the phone booking more gigs. A record producer had been in the
crowd. They were meeting with him later that afternoon.
Neil convinced the hotel manager to give Gray use of the piano in
the ballroom for a couple of hours. They’d made mistakes last night.
That couldn’t happen again.
Gray concentrated on the music and tried not to think about what
might come next.
The sound of someone clearing their throat stilled his fingers
and forced his eyes upward. A young woman stood in the doorway,
watching him.
Gray blinked as she came into the room. She was short, but
walked with a self-assured air that told him to pay attention. Her jet-black
hair hung straight, rested on slender shoulders, and framed a
pale, perfect face. Luminous eyes the color of caramel looked him up
and down. And then she smiled.
Holy Mother of Wonderful.
Gray sucked in a breath and steadied himself on the bench. “Do
I know you?”
“Not yet.” She came a little closer. “I hear you’re on your way to
becoming the next Springsteen. Thought I’d come see for myself.”
He managed to get a grip as he checked her out. She was hotness
to the tenth degree. Tight jeans, a well-fitting T-shirt,
and Chuck Taylors. A bit too much makeup, but it didn’t matter. She had the most beautiful smile he’d ever seen.
A grin tickled his lips. “You don’t look old enough to know who
Springsteen is.”
Her laugh was even more enticing. “I’m from New Jersey. It’s in
the first grade curriculum.”

What do you hope readers will take away from this story?

CW: A sense of hope, an appreciation for family, and the knowledge that second chances are always possible when we walk in light and commit to seeking truth.

Do you plan to revisit the Carlisle family in future novels? I would love to continue their stories!

CW: Oh, I would love that too. I guess we’ll just have to see what God’s plan is there.  🙂


Must-havesIn your refrigerator? Blueberries and cheese
On your night stand? Water
When writing? Coffee. Coffee. Coffee.
When reading? A cozy blanket in winter, and a cold drink in summer.
When traveling? iPad and laptop. Not one. Both.


What can we look forward to next?

My next novel will release March 2017, and it takes place on a vineyard in Sonoma.  Here’s the synopsis:

The Memory of You

Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?

When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.

And Natalie never says no to her father.

Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family’s winery back in business. When Natalie Mitchell shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. Natalie intends to close the gates, unless he can convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he’s not so sure he likes the woman she’s become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.

But finding freedom from the past means facing it.


Giveaway- The Things We Knew

GIVEAWAY DETAILS – (US/CAN mailing addresses only)
One lucky reader will win a print copy of The Things We Knew!

To enter the giveaway:
Leave a comment below, and be sure to include your email address. The giveaway ends Saturday, July 30th at midnight CDT. The winner will announced and emailed on July 31st.

To earn additional entries:
Follow this blog and/or share the giveaway. Be sure to let me know what you’ve done to earn additional entries!


Catherine West

Thank you so much for joining us, Catherine!

Thank you for having me! I love to hear from my readers so if you want to chat about The Things We Knew or anything else, feel free to get in touch via email or FB or any of my other social media haunts! And thank you for reading!  

Connect with Catherine:
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51 Responses to “#AuthorInterview + #Giveaway: Catherine West | The Things We Knew”

  1. kim hansen July 22, 2016 at 9:17 am #

    Sound like a good read.

    • kim hansen July 22, 2016 at 9:18 am #


    • B. Adams July 22, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

      It’s a very compelling novel, Kim!

  2. KayM July 22, 2016 at 9:38 am #

    Great interview. I’m so happy for Catherine that God blessed her with her dream of publishing with a major publishing house. (I am a follower and I shared on Pinterest).

    • B. Adams July 22, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

      I’m thrilled for her, too! Thanks so much for following my blog and sharing the giveaway, Kay!

  3. joy taylor July 22, 2016 at 11:35 am #

    Keep dreaming..

    • B. Adams July 22, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

      Dreams certainly do come true! 🙂

  4. pattymh2000 July 22, 2016 at 3:14 pm #

    Sounds like a very good story! Family can play such an important role in our lives. The family we come from is often a very big factor in who we become as adults.

    I follow the blog via email.

    • B. Adams July 22, 2016 at 9:42 pm #

      So true, Patty! Thanks so much for following my blog!

  5. Jackie Smith July 22, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

    This book is on my wish list so I am excited about your giveaway! I follow your blog and enjoy it so much.
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

    • B. Adams July 22, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

      I love your bookish enthusiasm, Jackie! Thanks so much for following my blog!

  6. Maryann July 22, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    I love the Nantucket setting of the book. Perfect for summer reading! Thanks for introducing us to Catherine.
    I follow you blog by e mail.

    • B. Adams July 22, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

      I love the setting, too, and hope to visit the island one day! Thanks for being a blog follower, Maryann!

  7. Melody B July 22, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

    Lovely interview! 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading The Things We Knew. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

    • B. Adams July 22, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

      You’re welcome, Melody! Thank you for stopping by and entering the giveaway!

  8. joannebischof July 22, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

    I am really eager to read this book. It looks amazing and the cover is GORGEOUS. So happy for Catherine!!

    • B. Adams July 22, 2016 at 9:58 pm #

      The story within is just as beautiful as the cover! Thanks so much for stopping by, Joanne!

  9. Lisa Redecop July 22, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

    These books sound very interesting, I would love to read them. lisaboesehaems@hotmail.com

    • B. Adams July 22, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

      Good luck in the giveaway, Lisa!

  10. Pam K. July 22, 2016 at 9:11 pm #

    Both of Cathy’s book’s highlighted here sound great. More books to put on my “want to read” list!

    • B. Adams July 22, 2016 at 10:07 pm #

      If your list is like mine, it never stops growing! 😉

  11. Gena S July 22, 2016 at 10:33 pm #

    I have been wanting to read this book. Thank you for the chance to win one! I entered to follow this blog. And I shared the facebook post about the interview and giveaway.

    • B. Adams July 22, 2016 at 11:06 pm #

      Thanks so much for following my blog and sharing the giveaway, Gena!

  12. Terrill Rosado July 23, 2016 at 12:55 am #

    I’m so excited for this book. I’ve already requested for our library to purchase it. One way or another, I will be reading this book soon. 🙂

    • tlrosado July 23, 2016 at 12:56 am #

      P.S. I absolutely follow this blog and I will share the post on FB. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • B. Adams July 23, 2016 at 10:18 pm #

      Yay!! I love that you’ve already requested it, Terrill! Thanks so much for being a blog follower and sharing the giveaway!

  13. Rose Milligan July 23, 2016 at 11:59 am #

    You are a new author to me! I’m leaving this page to add your books to Goodreads. Thanks for having the giveaway! I follow this blog by email, and I shared this giveaway on Favebook!!!


    • B. Adams July 23, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

      I’m happy to introduce you to Cathy! Thanks so much for following my blog and sharing the giveaway, Rose!

  14. Linda Kish July 23, 2016 at 9:32 pm #

    This sounds like an interesting story that I would enjoy reading.

    • Linda Kish July 23, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

      Forgot my email address… lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    • B. Adams July 23, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

      Good luck in the giveaway, Linda!

  15. Karen July 23, 2016 at 11:01 pm #

    I’ve been so excited to read this, but I love knowing how the characters evolved during the writing process!

    mylittlebirdie (at) yahoo (dot) com

    • B. Adams July 25, 2016 at 10:37 am #

      I, too, love learning about the writing process! Thanks so much for sharing the giveaway, Karen!

  16. Karen July 23, 2016 at 11:02 pm #

    I shared this giveaway!


  17. gypsysapphire July 24, 2016 at 5:42 am #

    Wonderful to meet you, Catherine West. And thanks for this chance to win your book in print.

    • B. Adams July 25, 2016 at 10:38 am #

      I’m happy to introduce you to Cathy! Good luck in the giveaway!

  18. Brenda Murphree July 24, 2016 at 11:18 pm #

    I would love to have this book. It sounds like a great one! I shared on FB & Twitter and signed up for blog but it said I had already done that. Thank you for the opportunity to win your book!

    • B. Adams July 25, 2016 at 10:39 am #

      Thank you so much, Brenda, for being a blog follower and sharing the giveaway!

  19. Brenda Murphree July 24, 2016 at 11:20 pm #

    I forgot email.

  20. Letty Blanchard July 25, 2016 at 10:24 am #

    This book sounds lovely. Would love to read!

    • B. Adams July 25, 2016 at 10:40 am #

      Good luck in the giveaway, Letty!

  21. Judy Jordan July 25, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

    Your books have such gorgeous covers. I’m aching to read them all.

    • B. Adams July 27, 2016 at 10:49 am #

      Good luck in the giveaway, Judy!

  22. Cathy West July 26, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

    Britney, thank you for having me on your blog, and thanks to everyone who left a comment. I have been in the midst of editing and traveling, and just now catching up on all this fun!!

    • B. Adams July 27, 2016 at 10:50 am #

      You’re welcome, Cathy! It’s always a pleasure to visit with you!!

  23. Janet Estridge July 27, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    Thank you for introducing me to Catherine West. I’m not familiar with her books but I can’t wait to read, ” The Things We Knew”.

    • B. Adams July 30, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

      You’re welcome, Janet! Good luck in the giveaway!

  24. carylkane July 28, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

    Great interview with Cathy! I’m so excited for this release.

    Brit, I follow your blog. I shared the giveaway on FB, Pinterest and Google+ tagged you in each share.

    • B. Adams July 31, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

      Thanks so much for being a faithful blog follower and sharing the giveaway, Caryl! I appreciate you!

  25. conniepsaunders July 30, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for sharing your review and this giveaway.
    I follow you.
    I shared on Google+
    I shared on Twitter.

    • B. Adams July 31, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

      My pleasure, Connie! Thanks so much for following my blog and sharing the giveaway!

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