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Cathrina Constantine interview and giveaway…

By Georgia Lyn on September 4, 2013 in Blog

I haven’t been on my blog for a while with moving house and stuff, but what better way for a quick breather by snagging an interview with debut author, Cathrina Constantine.

So, drop everything and let’s spend an entertaining time with her.

Screen Shot 2013-09-04 at 12.11.09 PMBio:

Cathrina Constantine resides in Western New York with her husband, five children, two Labrador Retrievers and two cats.

After a long hiatus, Cathrina finally picked up pen and paper and began to hone her craft of writing. She is excited to announce the release of her debut novel, WICKEDLY THEY COME published by Black Opal Books. Constantine is represented by The Belcastro Literary Agency, and is extremely happy to be working with Sharon Belcastro and Ella Marie Mohan Shupe.

When not with her family, baking, crafting, reading, or stationed at the computer writing, you will find her walking in the backwoods with her dogs, conjuring up a new tale.

You can find Cathrina at these sites: Blog, Web, Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads.

And her book is available through:

Black Opal Books


Barnes and Noble



Now for my fave part, cornering this busy lady for Q&A time…

GHL: Cathrina, first off, a huge congrats on your release.  Of all the books you’ve written, which character do you relate to the most?

CC: I love the main character, Jordan. She’s strong and tenacious everything I was not as a teenager. I relate most to the mother, Seeley. She is like me.

GLH:  What would  be your  favorite line from one of your characters?

CC: This is the mother, Seeley speaking—“I’m an optimist. I believe love conquers hate, faith overcomes despair, and that life is stronger than death.”

GLH: It’s a wonderful line. So, what do you do when your muse decides to play hide?  I tend to ignore mine, work on something else, until he comes running back.

CC: Take a breather. Usually a walk is very mind defragging.

GLH: How long did it take you do write first draft of Wickedly They Come and then completion of said manuscript before sending it off for querying?

CC: Almost two and a half years with revision after revision. I’ve gotten quicker since.

GLH: Wow! Do you trash a story after it’s written, or set it aside for a look later when it didn’t work the way you want?

CC: I’ve heard it’s always good to set it aside for a while and then go back and read anew. You can find many interesting faults by doing this. I’d written two manuscripts before WTC and I recently went back to read them. I was astonished at the astronomical mistakes. I can only hope my writing has somewhat improved. Even when I go over WTC I find many paragraphs and sentences I could’ve improved upon.

GHL: I cringe when I see some of my earlier works 🙂 Right then, moving on, as a writer, we often spend almost as much time researching a book as writing it. Do you explore internet sites or visit specific locations?

CC: Google, You Tube. I’m constantly asking people who might know the answers I’m searching for.

GHL:  What was your publishing experience like?

CC: This is my first publishing experience and the people at Black Opal Books have been amazing. My Editor, Lauri is extremely pleasant and easy to talk to. If I have any questions, she’s always there with a quick reply.

GHL: How do you balance your writing life with your family one?

CC: I’m one of the lucky ones. I only work part-time at a local University which gives me plenty of time for writing.

GHL: that’s good, so we expect to see another book from you soon 🙂 I know some authors complain about this, but how would you feel if your writing well ran dry?

CC: That has happened. I remember thinking there’s nothing left. You can’t force out your imagination. I truly believe that’s break-time. But don’t stay away too long, a writer must write even if it’s on their blog or a flash fiction story.

GHL: And what’s your current WIP about?

CC: It’s a Contemporary YA about two best friends. A boy and a girl—complete opposites. The boy is sweet and awkward and the girl is strong and his defender. A mess of teenage conundrums and hopefully character growth.

GHL: Sounds intriguing. Is there anything you would like to share about your writing and publishing experience that might inspire and support new and struggling writers?

GHL: Yes, and I’ve said it before and I will repeat myself if I may. Ceaselessly read the genre you wish to pursue, and everything else you can get your hands on. It totally helps to hone your craft. And next persevere, persevere, persevere. It’s not easy. Writing is mental, hard work.

Okay then, let’s do a quickie…

Fave time of the day?– Mornings

Fave non-alcoholic drink? —coffee

I hate…headaches

I adore…my family and friends

And my fave romance author is….countless

Wickedly They Come, is a thought-provoking, dark and gritty, YA Paranormal Thriller,


Haunting visions, unusual strength, and special paranormal talents are the norm for Seeley and her sixteen-year-old Screen Shot 2013-09-04 at 12.09.28 PMdaughter, Jordan. Their lives become perilous when the leader of The Black Order stalks them, trying to fulfill a prophecy to consecrate Jordan to his lord—Lucifer.

Previously homeschooled and naive, Jordan is inducted into the social culture of teendom at Elma High, where she encounters Mark, a mysterious new classmate who is hell bent on keeping her unscathed from the forces of evil. The battle between heaven and earth is escalating—and earth is their battleground!


Something dripped on Seeley’s shoulder. Then a wet dribble skimmed her cheek and landed on Jordan’s arm. There, she could see that the wetness was bright red. Raising her head and sucking in her breath, Seeley gawked at a mammoth pentagram embedded into the rocky dome. The five-pointed star sparkled mysteriously in the flickering light, and a planked balcony bordered the elevated fortification.

Seeley craned her neck and peered directly upward, her bloodcurdling scream split the air. “Oh my God! Oh my God!” Violently, Seeley cried, “Jack—what have they done?!” Her knees buckled.


GHL: Thank you Cathrina for letting me pick your brains–had a zombie moment there 🙂  Your book sounds fascinating, and totally love the fiery cover.

 For a chance to win a copy of this exciting book, or one of the five $5 Amazon gift card make sure to enter the rafflecopter giveaway below!

Happy reading and have a great day 🙂

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  1. Cathrina Constantine September 4, 2013 Reply

    Georgia, thank you for hosting me on your blog today. It looks great! I had fun answering your interview questions. By the way good luck with your move.

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      Georgia Lyn September 4, 2013 Reply

      it was a pleasure having you here, Catherina 🙂

  2. Debbie Christiana September 4, 2013 Reply

    Nice interview ladies. I just started Wickedly They Come last night and am looking forward to really sinking my teeth into it.

  3. Julie Flanders September 4, 2013 Reply

    Nice interview! And I had to laugh as I would have answered the “quickie” questions the same way. We seem to have a lot in common, Cathy. 🙂

    Nice to meet you, Georgia!

    • Cathrina Constantine September 4, 2013 Reply

      Funny how two people can be so much alike. Thanks for commenting Julie!

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      Georgia Lyn September 4, 2013 Reply

      Nice to meet you too, Julie and thanks for stopping by.

  4. Nana Prah September 4, 2013 Reply

    Lovely interview ladies. I love your favorite line, Cathy. It sounds like Seely is a phenomenal woman, just like you.

  5. CJ Burright September 4, 2013 Reply

    Fun interview, and Wickedly They Come sounds awesome!

  6. Gina September 5, 2013 Reply

    Nice interview, ladies!

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