YAY!! Catherine West is here today – author, dog mom, and NEW MIMI!! 😀
Catherine West is an award-winning author who writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children (and a brand new granddaughter!). Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com
Her latest book, The Memory of You, released March 28 from Thomas Nelson.
Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?
When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.
And Natalie never says no to her father.
Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family’s winery back in business. When Natalie Mitchell shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. Natalie intends to close the gates, unless he can convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he’s not so sure he likes the woman she’s become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.
But finding freedom from the past means facing it.
Hi, my friend! Welcome back to the blog! As you know, I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Cathy: I would say chocolate but it gives me migraines so we can’t do that – there’s a dessert that our favorite restaurant makes called Ginger Sticky Toffee Pudding, and it is to die for.
Carrie: Oh that sounds divine!
Cathy: I love them all!! But I’ll pick rose.
Carrie: Roses are always a good choice 🙂
Carrie: But of course!
Cathy: so many! But probably one that’s stuck with me the last few years is Say Something, by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera.
Carrie: Oh that is a good one!
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Cathy: Who says I don’t? Ha. I wish. I would love to write faster. If I had a superpower I would write a novel a month and they would all be bestsellers.
Carrie: haha!!! (And of course they would be bestsellers)
Which books are “on your nightstand”?
Cathy: I’m re-reading Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert, just finished Life After (oh my word) by Katie Ganshert, and I’m almost finished Flight Patterns, by Karen White.
Carrie: Life After – right?!?! Such an amazing book!
Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Cathy: I have an office in our home – it’s my writing spot – that’s where my desk is and I can shut the door if I need to just have quiet. I like to write in silence, so it’s perfect for that. Usually though if I am not on deadline or just puttering about with ideas, I will sit in the family room or outside if it’s not too hot!
Carrie: With your stunning view there in Bermuda, how are you not out there all. the. time?? Heat notwithstanding… lol.
Your new book, The Memory of You, revolves around a family winery. Hypothetically ? if you were a wine drinker, which wines would pair best with each of your novels?
I love this question!! Ha, let me think . . .
- The Memory of You – I would say a golden, buttery Chardonnay that reflects the sunshine and rolling hills of the Sonoma scenery, chilled to perfection for a warm afternoon.
- The Things We Knew – a deep rich cabernet with unexpected flavors, perhaps a hint of chocolate – because you never know what mysteries might be uncorked with the Carlisle family!
- Bridge of Faith – I’m not sure about this one, perhaps a bit of a spicy Zinfandel – flavorful but not too heavy, or perhaps a nice Merlot since we’re getting into fall in Vermont and that’s a nice one to sit in front of the fire with.
- Hidden in the Heart – Well, let’s see. Poor Claire, she likes her father’s French wine, so we’ll have to go for a nice Bordeaux for this one. But she manages to slay that dragon eventually, so after that it’ll be tea or coffee! 🙂
- Yesterday’s Tomorrow – Whatever is on hand. 🙂 Not much selection in Vietnam during the war so you made do with anything you could find that was semi-drinkable. I would pair this story with a deep rich Cabernet though, because there are many layers to it, and it’s heavy. 🙂
Carrie: I love your descriptions!!! It makes me want to grab a glass even though I can’t stand the stuff LOL Will just letting it sit there while I read have the same literary effect? 😉
You’re about to become a Mimi for the first time! If you could tell your new grandbaby one piece of advice for his/her life, what would it be?
Cathy: Lots of things! I actually wrote a letter to him/her a couple days ago and it’s up on my blog – https://catherinewestthewordsmatter.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/were-waiting-for-you/
And that pretty much says it all. Do all the things. Don’t waste a moment. Don’t be afraid. You can be whatever you want to be!!
Carrie: UPDATE – it’s a girl!! Congratulations to Cathy and her family on this beautiful new addition ❤
What do you most want readers to take away from The Memory of You?
Cathy: Well, you know my love of a good story, so first and foremost, I’m thrilled when a reader says, wow, that was a great story. But as far as takeaways, I think it’s important to know that forgiveness and healing are possible in any situation, no matter how impossible it may seem. God always provides a way. Redemption and restoration are my trademark themes in my books, and I think The Memory of You delivers the hope of both.
Carrie: “Redemption and restoration” is one of the reasons I love you and your stories so much 🙂
Thank you so much, as always, for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Cathy: Hmm. At the moment my schedule has worked quite nicely in that I have a break, so I can focus on being Mimi and helping out my daughter and son-in-law at this exciting time! We have a couple of projects on the table at the moment, but I have nothing official to announce yet, but as always, I’m always mulling over the next book as well, so even though I may not be actively working on something right now, I am pretty sure I will be soon!
Thanks so much for having me on RIMSP – Noah sends his love to Zuzu!!
Carrie: Zuzu sends her love (and a happy tail wag) back to to Noah!
I have an extra paperback of The Memory of You to give away to one of my readers! (US only due to shipping costs) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? If you could give Cathy’s new granddaughter a sentence or two of advice for her sweet little life, what would you say?