Interview with Catherine Balavage

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Probably not the very first. I don't remember ever not writing. I got published for the first time when I was 12. It was just a poem but it gave me confidence.
What is your writing process?
To just get on with it. I write when I can and I ignore all distractions. There is no such thing as writer's block. That is just an excuse. Just start and the words will start coming.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
So many books had an impact on me when I was young. Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, J.R.R Tolkien. The list is endless but the impact is everlasting.
How do you approach cover design?
With panic. I am artistic and I draw but I actually got a designer friend to do my first book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Hard question. In no particular order and subject to change:

The Life of Pi. Yann Martel. It changed my life. Just amazing.
The Guests of The Emperor Janice Young Brooks. I have read it many times. It had a huge impact on me. I love historical novels and this one is set during World War II.
A Much Married Man.” Nicholas Coleridge. Endlessly brilliant. I re-read it a lot.
Lazy ways to earn a living.” Abigail Bosanka. Set in Edinburgh. A fun, well-written and intelligent book.
Crime and Punishment” Fyodor Dostoyevsky. If even just for the last page. A classic.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything. Few things in life are better than a good book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle and an iPad. So, I don't really mind. The book is what matters.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I write guest posts for blogs and websites. I also am active on social media. Another tip is to ask people to review your book for you. That always helps.
Describe your desk
I have a desk which I try to keep clean and tidy. No distractions. I also write on our kitchen table, in bed and on the couch with the TV on. I like to mix it up.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Scotland. Not sure how it has influenced my writing yet. I grew up in a small town so I got easily bored. I read a lot and wrote a lot. Maybe that is the lasting influence. Scotland is very beautiful. I would love to write a novel that is set there.
When did you first start writing?
I have never not written. It would be impossible for me to ever not write.
Published 2014-09-19.
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Books by This Author

The Wedding Survival Guide: How To Plan Your Big Day Without Losing Your Sanity
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 69,680. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Weddings » Wedding planning and checklists, Nonfiction » Weddings » Bride preparation
Engaged? Daunted by wedding planning? Not sure where to start? Don't worry, this book is a no-nonsense guide to planning the perfect wedding no matter what your budget. With time and money-saving costs, advice on handling difficult relatives and hints and tips to plan your perfect day. This is the only wedding book you will ever need.
How To Be a Successful Actor: Becoming an Actorpreneur
Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 58,800. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Entertainment
A book that cuts to the truth of the acting industry- written from an outsider's point of view. Catherine Balavage grew up in a small Scottish town without either the proper training, or industry contacts prior to her career. The book includes advice from casting directors Amy Hubbard and Richard Evans, actor Andrew Tiernan and an exclusive interview with Spotlight amongst industry professionals