another amazing paranormal romance guest blog
Today I’m thrilled to be interviewing the amazing paranormal romance author CD Hersh. I love the fact that CD actually stands for Catherine and Donald, husband and wife, and that they work together as a team. Having both the male and female point of view for their books lends a terrific balance and unique read that I know my readers will love. And today, they’re giving away One readers choice of either The Promised One or Blood Brothers in ebook format. Just leave a comment to enter to win shifter romance!
Hi and thanks for guest blogging on JessicaAspen Writes.
Thanks for hosting us, Jessica. We’re glad to be here and share with your readers about our book and series.
AUTHOR’S PERSONAL SPECIFICS:
- Tell us a little about yourself and your book.
We are a husband and wife writing team who’ve been writing together since the 90s when we first started writing drama for our church. We got into writing romance because Catherine gave Donald a romance book she thought he would like. He thought the hero did not react as a man would and told Catherine that we could do better. So we started looking for an idea for our book. We found one while brainstorming on a road trip when we passed a road sign that said Turning Stone NY. We tossed around the idea of what a turning stone would be, and came up with a different type of shape-shifter world, based on magic from a bloodstone given to three ancient Celtic families by Druid priests. Blood Brothers is the second book in the Turning Stone Chronicles series.
- What is your writing environment like?
This depends on whether you are talking plotting, first draft, or revisions, as our writing environment is different for each stage. We tend to plot in the car on trips or in a restaurant over a meal. After much plotting and scene arrangement by Donald, first drafts are generally done in Catherine’s office, where she has control of the keyboard. When the first draft is done, we transfer the document to Donald’s computer, which has dual monitors so we can sit on opposite sides of the desk. At this point Donald has control of the keyboard. We revise together line by line, making sure sensory, setting, emotions, and any other items which create depth are in the story. We generally hole up in Donald’s office for at least a week doing this.
- Give two random thoughts, quotes, or surprising tidbits about yourself, something that might surprise your readers
A quote Donald likes is “Don’t take life too seriously, nobody gets out alive anyway.”
Catherine is fond of “UFOs.” Unfinished objects: unfinished quilts, unfinished knitting and crochet projects, unfinished gardening, unfinished you name it as she tends to procrastinate.
- I like that one, I’m a procrastinator too! Tell us the story behind your pen name?
Our pen name is a combination of the letters of our first names and a shortened version of our last name. The only story behind our pen name is that when signing books we both sign part of the name. Readers often comment on that when we do a book signing.
WRITING BACKGROUND & THOUGHTS:
- What do you want your readers to take from your books?
We want the reader to just have fun reading the books. We hope we make them laugh a little and maybe get involved enough to forget about the day to day troubles.
- That’s nice. What is your favorite part about writing?
This is probably a toss-up between the plotting and the final line by line review when we add the depth to the story. During these times we are laughing, crying, or just generally having fun with the characters, and we’re working together.
- Come on, dish…is there anything unusual about your writing habits?
When Catherine gets to within approximately 50 pages of the end of the first draft she won’t stop writing for anything. Since retirement, Donald stays up with her until she writes The End. Then we’ll take a nap, since it’s usually three or four in the morning, get up and go to brunch at Bob Evans to celebrate the finish of the first draft.
GENERAL WRITING INFORMATION:
- What do you come up with first in starting a story: Title? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict?
What we tend to come up with first is the title and the blurb. This gives us our outline to plot the stories that sometimes cause the blurb to change. LOL.
- How do you research the time period, setting, plot specifics, character specifics?
Research is fun as we like to travel to the location to try and get as much direct information as possible, and if we can’t, we often use books or the internet. Our current stories primarily take place in Cleveland, Ohio. One year after actually visiting the city, Catherine had some questions about setting. So, we took a virtual tour of downtown Cleveland in Donald’s office via Google Maps. Several months later, while writing our Christmas newsletter, Catherine wrote we had traveled twice to Cleveland to research the book. Donald just about died laughing and had a hard time convincing her one was a virtual tour. LOL.
- Do you have a writing schedule? How do you juggle writing, family, work, and life’s surprises?
We have a schedule only if we have a contract deadline. We tend to be feast or famine when it comes to writing because we have so many projects going on at the same time. We’ve been known to take a laptop to the hospital when visiting family to keep writing on deadline. Our daughter has also learned not to call during deadline times as she will get very short answers or be sent to voice mail.
- Was there anything that surprised you while writing this book?
For Catherine, that would be the fact that we didn’t travel to Cleveland twice. LOL. No, really, we were surprised at the timing of when Rhys discovered his animal ego. We knew what it was but hadn’t decided when it would occur in the book. It happened in the end-of-the-book, during the last 50 page run that Catherine always does.
- Did you have a favorite character in this book?
You would think this would be one of the heroes or heroines, since we have two in each book, but it is actually a supporting character named Eli McCraigen. He’s an immortal, Scottish character who loves to speak in proverbs.
- Is this a series? Will there be any sequels to this book?
Yes, this is a series. This is the second of five planned books.
- What are you releasing next, and when?
Son of the Moonless Night, (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 3) is the next one in the series. We are currently working on edits for a possible release in 2015.
Thanks for the interview, Catherine and Donald.
And readers, CD Hersch is giving away a super prize today: One readers choice of either The Promised One or Blood Brothers in ebook format!
Blood Brothers (The Turning Stone Chronicles, Book 2)
When Delaney Ramsey is enlisted to help train two of the most powerful shape shifters the Turning Stone Society has seen in thousands of years, she suspects one of them is responsible for the disappearance of her daughter. To complicate matters, the man has a secret that could destroy them all. Bound by honor to protect the suspect, Delaney must prove his guilt without losing her life to his terrible powers or revealing to the police captain she’s falling for that she’s a shape shifter with more than one agenda.
The minute Captain Williams lays eyes on Delaney Ramsey, he knows she’s trouble. Uncooperative, secretive, and sexy, he can’t get her out of his mind. When he discovers she has a personal agenda for sifting through all the criminal records in his precinct, and secretly investigating his best detective, he can’t let her out of his sight. He must find out what she’s looking for before she does something illegal. If she steps over the line, he’s not certain he can look the other way for the sake of love.
Buy now at Amazon: http://www.amzn.com/B00OVNFC8W
Title: Blood Brothers (The Turning Stone Chronicles, Book 2)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Release date: October 29th, 2014
Putting words and stories on paper is second nature to co-authors C.D. Hersh. They’ve written separately since they were teenagers and discovered their unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s. As high school sweethearts and husband and wife, Catherine and Donald believe in true love and happily ever after.
Together they have co-authored a number of dramas, six which have been produced in Ohio, where they live. Their interactive Christmas production had five seasonal runs in their hometown and has been sold in Virginia, California, and Ohio. Their most recent collaborative writing efforts have been focused on romance. The first book of their paranormal romance series entitled The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles) is available on Amazon. The second book in the series Blood Brothers is coming October 29, 2014 from Soul Mate Publishing.
Amazon buy link for The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles):
paper back: http://amzn.com/1619353504