Interview with Catherine Herzog

What is your writing process?
Honestly, I write in a hybrid journaling style. My emotions direct what scene I am going to work on until it is editing mode. Then I go from the swing by the seat of my feelings to using my outline and timeline and almost type A personality. Editing is hard for me. Building a story is much easier. My oldest daughter is just the opposite and so she will go over everything I edited and tell me everything that's wrong! I love it because she sees what I don't and her knit picking betters my writing. Sometimes as I am working on a scene I think of how she would see it and then change it to get it closer. From editing we go to proofing-- That is my daughter's total strength, but we both go through with a fine tooth comb. Still we miss things so then I have other readers go over my manuscript. With The Key To Her Heart I had 8 beta readers. So I guess that is the whole process.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. I remember the stories my dad read to me every night when I was a kid and I couldn't get enough. I lived for them. I didn't begin reading well until I was around 11 or 12 because I struggled with Dyslexia. Finally in 7th grade the school put me in a special reading class. The teacher used poetry to gain my interest, and the next step was writing poetry. I was hooked. Reading became my life and anything I could get my hands on I read.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a blessing. My second daughter is an artist. She is awesome. Also my oldest daughter's best friend is a graphic designer and she is also awesome. So I approach cover design with these two experts, and the first one came out beyond anything I expected.
What do you read for pleasure?
Beverly Lewis. I love stories about the Amish.
The Bible-- it's an awesome 'how to' on life. I have at least 15 different versions (no joking. I want to say 20 but I am being conservative).
Anything related to history-- besides writing/composition it is my favorite subject.
Curriculum-- I homeschool my children.
Various different stories-- just what strikes my interest.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have one, but I don't use it. I keep saying I am going to use my tablet, but so far I haven't ventured there yet. I am old school, and learning new tricks-- like doing this on Smashwords.
Describe your desk
I almost skipped past this question, but then it gave me a chuckle! We moved, where we live now, about a year ago. Our house, where we use to live, we are still moving things out of. So it isn't even on the market yet. My pretty, big, white, desk is right now in the back of van, waiting to be moved in as soon as the spot it goes gets cleared of its boxes and an old TV that we should probably give away. Hopefully that will happen this weekend, but in my family there are no promises. Life moves fast and sometimes keeping up is all I can do.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up with my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and parents. At one point I lived in a house with fourteen of my family. Besides that my family was very close knit. Some of that was really good, and some not so good. Oh by the way for anyone that has preconceived ideas about Southern California-- I was raised smack dab in the middle of it-- In Riverside. Which is about a half hour from Orange County. My writing started as an outlet for some issues I had. I fictionalized it because I was afraid of what anyone would think if they found my writing. That led to The Key To Her Heart ultimately. The whole series is about a big family... Gee wonder where that idea came from??
When did you first start writing?
I began writing at thirteen after my grandmother died. It was the only outlet for her death and other things from my childhood. She was in love with the English language, and I think it was in part as a tribute to her I began... I don't know, but writing does make me feel closer to her. Thirty two years later I still miss her and I am still writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Honestly, The Key To Her Heart is my story in fiction form. It's my oldest daughter's story. It's a friend of mine's story. It's the story of several women I know, and even a few men.

My main character Anna is pursued and almost destroyed by a beast in the form of a man. She reaches out to a hometown close friend, Patrick, but doesn't at first tell him how her life is going. He refuses to back away even when he probably should.

The real story though is her survival. How she goes from hate to choosing to love the unlovable and forgive even the most unforgivable. The story is about the change from victim to survivor. It's about choices we make in the most awful of circumstances, and how those choices change the direction of our life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I looked into publishing houses. --Even talked to a few editors. The problem was I am independent to a fault. I like doing things my own way. I am not good at being forced into a certain mold. So going indie just seemed like the choice for me. Honest I wouldn't change it. I like the freedom it has given me to keep my work the way I intended it to be.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing has been going on the Love The Unlovable book tour and meeting some of my readers and hearing their stories. Until then I didn't realize that my story resonated with so many! Their stories touched my heart. I loved spending time with my readers. They are a wonderful group of people.
Published 2015-09-19.
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Books by This Author

The Key to Her Heart
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 73,000. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Christian » Suspense
Anna is a successful model in the early seventies. She attracts the attention of the fashion world’s biggest tycoon, and is pulled into a vicious game of cat-and-mouse, leaving her running for her life. Between her father’s vow of vengeance on the Rueschel family and her dark secrets from California, a life with Patrick Rueshcel is out of the question. Or is his love the only thing to save her?