Update: "Framed for Murder" is one of the five nominees for the 2014 Bony Blithe mystery award, to be announced on June 7.
The curious thing about Cathy Spencer was that she didn't write any fiction before the age of forty-nine. Up until then, she had held a variety of administrative assistant positions with an insurance company and some post-secondary educational institutions, but she was never happy in her work. She tried to find something better, attending teachers college for three weeks and a theatre program for one term, but nothing seemed like a good fit.
Years later, with a husband and two children, she abandoned her quest for career fulfillment and settled for a decent pay cheque and a good benefits package. But the family was suddenly uprooted to a new province, and she found herself in yet another administrative assistant position, this time with a small town office in which she was particularly miserable. What to do?
One night she had a dream (corny, she knows) that became the kernel of an idea for a story. And never having even kept a journal, Cathy decided to write a novel - a regency romance, of all things. Nine months later, that novel was completed. Although she was in a better job by then, a job she stuck with over the next five years, she finished two more novels, a second regency and the first novel in a mystery series, when her family was uprooted once more. This time Cathy decided to gamble on a full-time writing career because she had found something she loved to do at last - writing novels. She started her own publishing company, Comely Press, and will write and publish her stories until she is physically incapable of continuing.
So, let this be a lesson to you, or a promise. Sometimes you can spend years of your life just settling until you suddenly discover - not just fulfillment - but magic. It happened for Cathy; she hopes that it will happen to you.
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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
By Cathy Spencer
Published: August 27, 2013.
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
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
By Cathy Spencer
Published: May 25, 2013.
2 mysterious short stories in 1 book.
In "The House on Cliffside," Colonel Booth fears that his doctor is spending too much time with Booth's wife. When her body is found at the foot of a cliff, he 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 children in a playground - but why?
The Affairs of Harriet Walters, Spinster
(3.00 from 5 reviews)
By Cathy Spencer
Published: November 29, 2012.
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 chooses an unconventional path to happiness and love. A sweet regency romance.
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- 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.