Sharon E. Cathcart
Q: How did you come up with your story?
The “what if” in my story was “What if Erik, the Phantom of the Opera, met a woman who was not a simpering virgin.” I was studying dressage at the time I started writing the book, so it became very easy to make Claire, my female protagonist, an equestrienne.
Q: Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I think my inspiration was that I am a voracious reader.
Q: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be? Why?
I have been a newspaper editor, journalist/reporter, education manager, and a whole host of other job titles. I am always a writer, regardless of how I subsidize my life. 🙂 That said, when I was a little girl I always told people I was going to be a veterinarian like James Herriott (“All Creatures Great and Small”). I have a bunch of pets, but that’s as close as I’ve ever come.
Q: Favorite genres to read?
Bio. and Memoirs, History/Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Noir
Q: What are your pet peeves?
People who use their beliefs as a bludgeon. Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
I don’t swim very well; I have panic attacks if my face is covered with water because I get claustrophobic. I had swimming lessons for several years as a child and never could overcome the sensation that I was drowning.
Q: Where else can we find you, other titles, or anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you so much for this opportunity!