Cathy Pace Matthews

Biography

I started writing in October of 2013 and haven't stop since. I came across a certain object in a certain place and my imagination took flight. The result was my first book Blood Lines 'The Curse'.
When I started I wanted to write something that would entertain the reader. I wanted to write a story that centered around strong good grown women but with a bit of a comical turn. I wanted a little romance in it but not about romance as a whole. I wanted to bring back the idea of gentlemen and chivalry and good men. Yes ladies they do exist, I married one. Don't worry there are guys you will love to hate as well.
I have three books in the Blood Lines series and two books of short stories that somehow became a series. I guess when you have a reoccurring character in several stores even in a book of short stories people will fall in love with them. I was asked to do a book about this character but the only way to do it justice was three a series of short stories and this allows the reader to get to know the character through how he responds to others. I also have short stories in other books as well as many published on internet sites.
I'm married to a wonderful man, Buddy, and between us we have three very beautiful daughters. We love to travel in our converted 1963 Greyhound 4106 and discover new places and meeting new people. I grew up with four wonderful brothers, one of which is no longer with us. I was born in Mississippi, grew up in Tennessee, and fell in love with Missouri as well as a man who comes from there.
I am surprised at how much writing has helped me grow as a person. I pay a lot more attention to things around me than I used to and can find a story in almost everything I see and hear. I have also learned what a truly dark sense of humor I have. I love making people raise an eyebrow at me on occasion.
My husband and I were recently at a local restaurant and were picking at one another. The waiter walked up about that time and I asked if they had an oven large enough to put a body in. He asked why and after a short explanation with a wicked little gleam in his eye he told me they did. What concerned me was that wicked little gleam. I have since found out that a lot of restaurants do have ovens big enough to put a human body in. My suggestion to you is not to make the waiting staff of any eating establishment angry. You might end in up on the menu the next night.
With five books of my own under my belt, one exceptional book of short stories along with eight other gifted writers and the one that will be out shortly I'm pretty happy with where I am in my life right now.

Smashwords Interview

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They take the chance that other publishers don't. Smashwords is the greatest thing to come along for new authors since the invention of the printing press.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The area I have written about I fell in love with through my wonderful husband. He introduced me to the Southeast portion of Missouri and the history of the area and the people. Writing about something you love is amazing and wonderful.
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Books

Laugh, Cry, Die - A Collection Of Short Stories
Price: Free! Words: 30,060. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(5.00)
What is the scariest thing you think you could run into in the woods? Well you’re wrong. I along with two very talented young writers who I’m spotlighting in this book have done our best to give you stories that will amuse, entertain, and scare you to death. So come on… Laugh, Cry, Die
Something in the Shadows An Anthology of Horror Stories
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,290. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Here are nine amazing writers who take great pleasure in scaring people. They sit up nights weaving their special brand of horror just to keep you up at night. I think you'll find they have done an outstanding job in that. So if you're brave enough, step into our tome of horror and let us give you nightmares.
Nightmare Express
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,060. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A collection of short stories that will take you to places you're never been, places you don't won't to go or want to see. You will take a journey not only to different places but along the way you'll learn the history of John. John will be your guide but be careful. John has a job to do and getting to close to him could have a real back outcome so please, keep your distance.
Blood Lines 'Family Ties'
Series: Blood Lines, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 123,880. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
What happens when a girl leaves the farm? She gets herself in one hell of a mess. When Emma’s cousin Christine shows up on her door one night clothed only in her pajamas and a robe Emma is set on a journey that takes her down a very dark and dangerous path. She travels to her cousin's home where she finds destruction and something in the woods behind the house she doesn't want to get close to.
Journey into Nightmares
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,350. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
A collection of short stories for the very brave especially if you love to travel, camp, own an RV, have a fear of semi trucks, or even just sleeping alone at night. These stories will scare you in ways that you have never been scared before. Don't look for the old tried but true here. That went out the door with this one.
Blood Lines Buried Treasure
Series: Blood Lines, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 125,110. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
When Emma inherited her family’s estate she learned it came with more than the land. There was a curse, a few specters, and now it seemed a buried treasure as well. Now there are people looking for that treasure and they are far worse than any ghost she had fought. Can she and her friends she now considers family stop them or would Emma and her friends be added to the rising body count.
Blood Lines The Curse
Series: Blood Lines, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 138,310. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(5.00)
When your life depends on you finding a secret buried in a grave but the grave isn’t where it should be what do you do? You start digging up answers and they aren’t always buried in the ground. It doesn’t help when someone or something is trying to stop you cold put you in the ground. Emma is learning quick that not only is her life in jeopardy but so are the lives of all the people she loves.

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