Catherine has been an avid writer for years, writing her first novel with her younger brother when she was eleven years old. The UK publishers who saw it were enthusiastic with their feedback, which spurred more and more writing; from novels, occasional poetry, thoughts and feelings, to satirical accounts of life events (usually howling with laughter as she did it).
Catherine lives in Canada, in Kemptville, Ontario with her daughter and quirky quarter horse. She emigrated from England in 2009, where she lived in Kent and worked in London as a project manager. She grew up in the beautiful county of Sussex, which inspired the setting for Catherine’s first published novel, The Japson Club.
The novel was started while her daughter, just a baby at the time, took naps. Catherine, still missing the rolling comfort of the Sussex Downs and their endless bridleways and footpaths, and the cosy country pubs, poured her memories of them onto the pages.
Nowadays Catherine works in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, still as a project manager, and possibly slightly grisled from her years in the construction industry; she knows the corporate game, as well as the hard face of being on site in the midst of the dust and rubble. In her downtime she can either be found hanging out with her daughter, writing late into the night, practicing yoga, or of course, riding her horse.
The inspiration for the lead character’s horse in The Japson Club is drawn from an enigmatic equine belonging to a dear friend. He was a characterful, kind, and sometimes volatile thoroughbred, and did not exclude Catherine from unceremonious unloading on the odd occasion!
Catherine has begun work on her next novel, the sequel, following the characters as they get to their feet after the shocks and dramas of the climax of The Japson Club, and life is changing again, but is the danger over?
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The Japson Club
by CJ Butler
How had she gone so astray? Six months ago she had been a slightly lonely but perfectly respectable young woman; now, mired in scandal, illicitly involved with a married man, she was three sheets to the wind at the wheel of her car, driving away from a criminal with whom she had spent the night drinking...
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