Interview with Catherine Sabatina

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was nine and it was about six children who discovered Santa Clause in their living room one Christmas Eve, and they travelled back to the North Pole with him. They got stuck there due to a terrible storm, and had to find their way back home. I can remember they ate some berries that made them fly.
What is your writing process?
I write whenever I feel inspired. Once i'm in the zone, I can think of nothing else.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, it was a Town Like Alice. I was very young at the time and was probably quite a grown up story for a child my age. I believe I wasn't even in double figures. I have never forgotten it.
The book that has made the biggest impact on me however is The Secret, and I only read it six months ago. Its really changed my thought pattern.
How do you approach cover design?
I am a great fan of character lead books, therefore I wanted my covers to represent the leading character and to depict the title through pictures.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I like books that make me laugh, chick-lit is highly underrated, the skill involved to write a novel that is witty and comical, takes a lot of talent. I loved Brigitte Jones and of course two major Hollywood films stemmed from its genius.
Then of course anything to do with witches and vampires!
What do you read for pleasure?
I like Dan Brown, I love his style and the fact that you learn some really interesting facts throughout the actual story.
I enjoy self help books, as its always good to pick up tips on how to improve your wellbeing. Chick-literature and supernatural novels. I especially enjoy the True Blood books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle via my Ipad mini.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Teaming up with local charities to produce book launches and raise money. Facebook is great, email, Twitter...
Describe your desk
My lap!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Bournemouth. The New Forest influenced me, as it just screams witches and supernatural delight. I live near the spooky village of Burley, and visiting it's surrounding New Forest in the Autumn inspires me greatly. Burley is mentioned in books.
When did you first start writing?
Five years ago, not long after I discovered I was dyslexic. However, I loved writing when I was child and I Knew one day I would write books. Before that I encouraged to be a figure skater. I did it, but deep down it wasn't my passion. Writing about the supernatural and allowing my creativity to flow is what I love to do best and I want to continue with it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My books are about a modern day witch living in London and her coven. The first book finished in a way that I could continue on with a sequel. The sequel is my latest book to date called Sweet Jasmine Stakes and Magic. All your favourite characters are there again once more, along with some new ones, and I would say this novel is slightly more vampire influenced.
The reader will still discover recipes, quotes and tips located at each chapter, and of course my wicked sense of humour. However, be warned this book is much darker than the previous release.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to write books and sell them to people all over the world. I soon discovered that unless you have agent who has an agent, publishing houses keep their doors firmly locked. So, decided to do it myself. Once I started on my journey I was hooked and I discovered that there are companies such as Smashwords and Amazon who give you a chance.
Published 2013-10-06.
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Books by This Author

Sweet Jasmine, Cakes and Magic
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 142,680. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
If you enjoy supernatural chick-lit, then you'll love this magical novel. Follow the life of Adrianna Jasmine, the witch from London who loves to bake, hates the thought of love and has a cat called Jupiter 10. You can cook Adrianna's delightful recipes, which you discover at the beginning of each chapter. However, be warned in places this novel is darker than a rich chocolate mousse.