Cathy Spencer

Biography

Award-winning Canadian author Cathy Spencer lives in Ontario with her husband, an actor/teacher.

Cathy is the author of the Anna Nolan mystery series featuring an amateur sleuth who works as an administrative assistant for a fictitious university. Book One, Framed for Murder, was the winner of the 2014 Bony Blithe Mystery Award. In it, Anna discovers the body of her ex-husband while out for a walk one evening, and quickly becomes the focus of his murder investigation. Book Two in the series, Town Haunts, is set at Halloween. Cemetery custodian Sherman Mason asks for help from Anna and her friends when he hears his dead wife calling to him from beyond the grave. In the third book, Tidings of Murder and Woe, Anna is looking forward to a happy Christmas when her new friend, the CEO of a big oil company, starts receiving anonymous death threats.

Cathy has also written two romances. The Affairs of Harriet Walters, Spinster, is an historical novel about a spinster whose life is turned upside when she is sent to live with a persnickety aunt after her father's death. The Dating Do-Over is a contemporary romantic comedy about a thirtyish school teacher with a sympathetic heart and lousy taste in men.

Cathy is also the author of 2 short story collections, Tall Tales Twin-Pack, Mysteries, and Tall Tales Twin-Pack, Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Connect with her online:
Website: http://cmspencer.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CathySpencerAuthor

Smashwords Interview

What mystery authors influenced your writing?
I write a cozy mystery series about a female amateur sleuth living in a fictional small town in the Alberta Foothills; the 3 grand dames of cozy mystery writing influenced me to write in this sub-genre: Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Margery Allingham. Agatha Christie taught me the importance of crafting a good plot, Sayers taught me to use humour and to make my hero likable, and Allingham taught me to make my characters complex and have them change and grow over time. The work of all 3 ladies follows the cozy rules: no gore, no sex, no profanity. Cozy mysteries are escapism; readers feel comfortable with these stories while enjoying a good plot, and sometimes a little romance.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My goal for 2014 is to publish 3 novels, something I have never done before and am not sure I can accomplish. Of course, I want to maintain the quality of my stories, not just dash off something of which I'm not proud. So, with all the writing, I don't have a lot of down time. When I do, I spend some of it "taking care of business": exercising, shopping, cleaning, and laundry. When I want to relax, I enjoy a good book, go out to dinner with friends and family, go for a walk, and occasionally take in a movie. I'm afraid my life isn't terribly exciting this year, except there's a move afoot this summer. I wonder which city we'll be moving to?
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Where to find Cathy Spencer online


Where to buy in print


Books

Tidings of Murder and Woe
Series: An Anna Nolan Mystery. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,380. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
(4.50)
Julia Moreland, CEO of a big oil company, has a secret to announce to the press, but someone's sending her threatening notes to keep her mouth shut. Anna Nolan’s boss, Magdalena, is dating Julia’s stepson. Soon she’s turning to Anna for help, but a third criminal investigation in one year is more than Anna’s nerves can handle. A real page-turner with plenty of plot twists, humour, and romance.
The Dating Do-Over
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 82,490. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.67)
Elementary school teacher Viv Nowak has a sympathetic heart and abominable taste in men. She expects an engagement ring when her live-in lover of six years lands a terrific job in a new city. Instead, she gets dumped . . . on Valentine’s Day! Her friends insist on a dating do-over to fix her life, but no one expects the choice she makes when Viv finally knows what her heart wants.
Town Haunts
Series: An Anna Nolan Mystery, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,710. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
(5.00)
Cemetery caretaker Sherman Mason is horrified to hear his dead wife calling to him. He asks Tiernay Rae, a gorgeous witch, to hold a séance to find out what’s troubling his wife’s ghost. Tiernay needs a coven, however, so Anna Nolan and her friends volunteer to help. But with Halloween fast approaching and the séance unleashing a malicious evil in the small town, can Tiernay stop it in time?
Tall Tales Twin-Pack, Science Fiction and Fantasy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,410. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Two short stories in one book, one science fiction and one fantasy. "Your Daughter is Marrying an Alien" is set in the year 2080. Simple farmer Lloyd Hodgkin suddenly learns that his only child is engaged, and not to the boy-next-door. "Willimede's Quest" is the story of a young female guard who needs help to gather a life-saving potion for her queen, but first she must establish her credibility.
Tall Tales Twin-Pack, Mysteries
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,740. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom
(4.00)
2 mysterious short stories in 1 book. In "The House on Cliffside," Colonel Booth fears that his wife is spending too much time with their doctor. When her body is found at the foot of a cliff, Booth knows it isn't an accident. "In the Playground," 2nd place winner in Suspense Magazine's 2011 writing contest, is a thriller about a suspicious stranger who watches over a playground - but why?
The Affairs of Harriet Walters, Spinster
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,780. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
(3.17)
Harriet Walters, a twenty-six year old spinster, is evicted from her home and sent to live with a persnickety aunt. Resigned to the life of an unpaid companion, fate intervenes and Harriet becomes an heiress. Leaving her small town life for the glittering attractions of London, Harriet meets several interesting new people, including a devilish young cad who wants to awaken her sensual side.
Framed for Murder
Series: An Anna Nolan Mystery, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 76,060. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(4.33)
Winner of the 2014 Bony Blithe Mystery Award. Anna discovers her ex-husband, Jack, on a country road one night ... dead. To divert the suspicion of the tall, cool Brit investigating the crime, Anna delves into Jack's personal life, only to discover that the actor had been romancing three very different women on a nearby film set. But had Anna better be careful. One of them could be a killer!

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Smashwords book reviews by Cathy Spencer

  • Who Tells the Moon to Sleep? on Dec. 30, 2012

    I quite enjoyed WHO TELLS THE MOON TO SLEEP. The story depicts the hard living conditions of a young slave girl and her mother while working on a tobacco plantation. The questions the girl asks about nature and the creatures living around her help her to ponder her own life and the difference between being free and enslaved. The illustrations are beautiful with warm colours and a rustic style well-suited to the story. It's a great children's story; both entertaining and thought-provoking. I recommend it.