Cathy Spencer


Award-winning author Cathy Spencer lives in Ontario with her husband, an actor/teacher. She publishes her novels as e-books and paperbacks through her publishing company, Comely Press.

Cathy is the author of the Anna Nolan mystery series, in which there are currently 2 installments, Framed for Murder, winner of the 2014 Bony Blithe Mystery Award, and Town Haunts. The 3rd book, Tidings of Murder and Woe, will be available this December 2014.

Cathy has also written a regency romance, The Affairs of Harriet Walters, Spinster, and is publishing a contemporary romance on September 18, The Dating Do-Over.

She is also the author of 2 short story collections, Tall Tales Twin-Pack, Mysteries, and Tall Tales Twin-Pack, Science Fiction & Fantasy.

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Smashwords Interview

What mystery authors influenced your writing?
I write a cozy mystery series about a female amateur sleuth living in a fictional small town in the Alberta Foothills; the 3 grand dames of cozy mystery writing influenced me to write in this sub-genre: Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Margery Allingham. Agatha Christie taught me the importance of crafting a good plot, Sayers taught me to use humour and to make my hero likable, and Allingham taught me to make my characters complex and have them change and grow over time. The work of all 3 ladies follows the cozy rules: no gore, no sex, no profanity. Cozy mysteries are escapism; readers feel comfortable with these stories while enjoying a good plot, and sometimes a little romance.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My goal for 2014 is to publish 3 novels, something I have never done before and am not sure I can accomplish. Of course, I want to maintain the quality of my stories, not just dash off something of which I'm not proud. So, with all the writing, I don't have a lot of down time. When I do, I spend some of it "taking care of business": exercising, shopping, cleaning, and laundry. When I want to relax, I enjoy a good book, go out to dinner with friends and family, go for a walk, and occasionally take in a movie. I'm afraid my life isn't terribly exciting this year, except there's a move afoot this summer. I wonder which city we'll be moving to?
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Tidings of Murder and Woe
Series: An Anna Nolan Mystery. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,210. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Julia Moreland, CEO of a big oil company, has a secret to announce to the press, but someone's sending her threatening notes to keep her mouth shut. Anna Nolan’s boss, Magdalena, is dating Julia’s stepson. Soon she’s turning to Anna for help, but a third criminal investigation in one year is more than Anna’s nerves can handle. A real page-turner with plenty of plot twists, humour, and romance.
The Dating Do-Over
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,000. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Toronto school teacher Viv Nowak has a sympathetic heart and abominable taste in men. She expects an engagement ring when her live-in lover of six years lands a terrific new job in Vancouver. Instead, she gets dumped ‒ on Valentine’s Day! Her friends insist on a dating do-over to fix her life, but will they like her choice when Viv finally decides what her heart wants?
Town Haunts
Series: An Anna Nolan Mystery, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,340. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Cemetery caretaker Sherman Mason is horrified to hear his dead wife calling to him. He asks Tiernay Rae, a gorgeous witch, to hold a séance to find out what’s troubling his wife’s ghost. Tiernay needs a coven, however, so Anna Nolan and her friends volunteer to help. But with Halloween fast approaching and the séance unleashing a malicious evil in the small town, can Tiernay stop it in time?
Tall Tales Twin-Pack, Science Fiction and Fantasy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,410. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Two short stories in one book, one science fiction and one fantasy. "Your Daughter is Marrying an Alien" is set in the year 2080. Simple farmer Lloyd Hodgkin suddenly learns that his only child is engaged, and not to the boy-next-door. "Willimede's Quest" is the story of a young female guard who needs help to gather a life-saving potion for her queen, but first she must establish her credibility.
Tall Tales Twin-Pack, Mysteries
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,740. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
2 mysterious short stories in 1 book. In "The House on Cliffside," Colonel Booth fears that his doctor is spending too much time with Booth's wife. When her body is found at the foot of a cliff, he knows it isn't an accident. "In the Playground," 2nd place winner in Suspense Magazine's 2011 writing contest, is a thriller about a suspicious stranger who watches children in a playground - but why?
The Affairs of Harriet Walters, Spinster
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,180. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
Harriet Walters, a twenty-six year old spinster, is evicted from her home and sent to live with a persnickety aunt. Resigned to the life of an unpaid companion, fate intervenes and Harriet becomes an heiress. Leaving her small town life for the glittering attractions of London, Harriet chooses an unconventional path to happiness and love. A sweet regency romance.
Framed for Murder
Series: An Anna Nolan Mystery, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 75,540. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Winner of the 2014 Bony Blithe Mystery Award. Anna discovers her ex-husband, Jack, on a country road one night - dead. To divert the suspicion of the tall, cool Brit investigating the crime, Anna delves into Jack's personal life, only to discover that the actor had been romancing three very different women on a nearby film set. But had Anna better be careful - one of them could be a killer!

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Smashwords book reviews by Cathy Spencer

  • Who Tells the Moon to Sleep? on Dec. 30, 2012

    I quite enjoyed WHO TELLS THE MOON TO SLEEP. The story depicts the hard living conditions of a young slave girl and her mother while working on a tobacco plantation. The questions the girl asks about nature and the creatures living around her help her to ponder her own life and the difference between being free and enslaved. The illustrations are beautiful with warm colours and a rustic style well-suited to the story. It's a great children's story; both entertaining and thought-provoking. I recommend it.