Author of British 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. 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.
More recently, Catherine released her contemporary English Gothic novel, The Vampire of Blackpool. These novels will show you the darker, sexier side of our favourite British seaside resorts!
Could you share your background as an author?
I have always loved books, and I loved writing words. When I was a child I would copy pages out of my favourite story books, and as I grew older I wrote diaries and short stories. My first novel, Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel) began to form in my mind when I was a teenager, but it was a chance conversation with my younger sister that sparked my entry into the writing world.
I write primarily in the paranormal romance and contemporary English Gothic genres, although I may be open to experimenting in the future.
What do you use your mailing list for?
My mailing list is very much a work in progress at the moment, as I try to bring more readers into my circles. I use it primarily to share details about my free eBook, about upcoming author events and related activities, and to share blog posts with my subscribers.
It was very easy to set up, not so easy to spread the word in the right places.
3. Do you have any advice for aspiring or new authors?
Yes. I am learning that the key to finding your readers is to find the right people to collaborate with. For example, I spent a good few years trying to work with online forums that represented a whole variety of genres but had no specific focus. Not surprisingly, I never had a good response from that.
Now I am focusing more on a targeted market by finding book bloggers and author events that represent my genre, and will bring in my kind of reader. You really have to narrow down the targeting and try and put a business mindset onto your marketing plan.
Thanks to Catherine for her time! You can find out more about her on her blog, where you can also sign up to her newsletter to receive a free copy of her Redcliffe short story, It’s Complicated, to introduce you to her fictional supernatural seaside town in Cornwall, England. You can also find Catherine on Facebook and at The Pagan Housewife Blog.
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