My name is Cat Herzog. My passion is God, family, and literature. I love reading as much as writing. I have 5 children and 3 grandchildren and have homeschooled my kiddos since the late nineties. When my oldest girls were teens I read The Key To Her Heart to them as I worked on it. In 2013 they helped to convince me it was time to publish. It has been an adventure! It proves to continue to be a fun ride as I am working on the second book in The Heart of a Family series, Patrick's Rose.
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.
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?