1.What is your name/pen name? I use my real name, Cathy Skendrovich
2.What do you write? Genre? I write romance; contemporary, historical, and romantic suspense
3.Tell us about yourself? I have always loved a good story, and spent many hours scribbling what is now called Fan Fiction. The current heartthrob of the time featured heavily in all my stories. Unfortunately, once I went to college, my writing took the form of term papers, written on typewriters instead of computer keyboards.
Upon graduation, I took a job as an English teacher in a predominantly Hispanic middle school. Along the way, I married my husband of now thirty-two years, had two sons, and moved to southern Orange County, California. I chose to work part-time after the move, and did so for eighteen years before taking early retirement last year.
Now I have returned to writing, and recently published my first romance novel, Prisoner of Love, in 2015. The Pirate’s Bride is my second published book, due out January 1, 2017. I like writing romance because I feels it's lacking in today's technological world.
4.What prompted you to pitch your book in #Pit2Pub? Honestly, it was completely spur-of-the-moment. I stumbled on #Pit2Pub trending on Twitter, and I froze. I had just completed editing The Pirate’s Bride in hopes of sending it to publishers, and then I saw the hashtag and thought, why not? I already had written a blurb for the book; I just needed to narrow it to 140 characters. I did, and within minutes, perhaps seconds, an editor from Literary Wanderlust “Liked” it, and the rest is history.
5.Tell about your #Pit2Pub experience. I think it is a great avenue for new authors. So many of us don’t know who to send our manuscripts to, and many publishers have loonnngg response times. #Pit2Pub wipes away that wait. Instant gratification, if you will. Of course, an author must be careful. If she is solicited by a publisher, it is up to her to do the research to make sure the requesting publisher is a good fit for her and her book. In my case, I couldn’t be happier. Literary Wanderlust is an up and coming publisher with whom I hope to have a long-standing relationship.
6.Which publisher did you sign with? Literary Wanderlust
7. Tell us about your upcoming book. The back cover blurb tells it best: “All Sophie Bellard wants is her freedom, freedom to sail the seven seas, and freedom to be her own person without interference from some controlling husband. But an arranged marriage to handsome and dangerous Captain Andre Dubois derails all her hopes. After a disastrous wedding night where a ruinous secret is discovered, the two go their separate ways with hopes of never meeting again.Sophie becomes a pirate while Andre sets off for the Orient where he makes a murderous enemy. After escaping with his life, Andre returns to home waters, and in an unexpected twist of pirate fate, reunites with his estranged and unwilling wife.
When Andre’s murderous enemy threatens Sophie’s life, he vows to protect what is his, and attempts to win his wife’s forgiveness and love, once and for all.”
8.When is your book scheduled to be released? It’s scheduled release date is January 1, 2017.
9.What is at the top of your bucket list? I want to have a really popular book. Perhaps not a best-seller, but one that readers snatch off the shelves, and/or download on their reading devices. One that cracks the top 100 on Amazon. And, on a personal level, I want to live a long, fulfilling life, get grandchildren, and spoil the heck out of them!
10.Parting words for other authors? Write, write, write! And then, share what you write. Find an online site where you can share your stories, like Wattpad or Fictionpress. I was so afraid for anyone to read my books, because I was concerned about negative responses, but these sites have other people doing the same thing. Readers give positive feedback as well as constructive criticism, and fellow writers offer loads of help. Once you feel comfortable with people reading your work, do your online research for publishers, and start sending out those queries. It’s a lot of prep work, but so gratifying when you finally sign that contract. I’m doing exactly what I’ve always wanted to do in my life; I just let fear of rejection hold me back too long. Don’t make that mistake.