“Catherine Wiltcher is an international bestselling author of ten dark romance novels, including the Santiago Trilogy. A stage 4 cancer thriver and a self-confessed alpha addict, her writing is best described as sinfully sexy and her characters always fall hard and deep for one another.”
“She lives in the UK with her husband and two young daughters. If she ever found herself stranded on a desert island, she’d like a large pink gin to keep her company… Cillian Murphy wouldn’t be a bad shout either.”
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Where are you from?
“I was born in South-West London. I now live in a village just outside Bath in the English Countryside.”
When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?
“I was always writing stories about ponies as a kid, and then I studied Journalism at University. After I graduated, I fell into movie and TV production for seventeen years which I loved. Unfortunately, I then got sick and had to give it up. That’s when I fell in love with writing all over again.”
When did you write your first book and was it ever published?
“I wrote my first book in 2017 and sold it to a traditional publisher. It was a spicy romance called Hot Nights In Morocco and was loosely based on my own experiences on a movie set. After that, I had the idea for my first dark romance novel, Hearts of Darkness. My publisher was too scared of that one so I decided to self-publish. It’s the best decision I ever made!”
What is a work schedule like when you’re writing?
“Hectic! With two young children and a puppy there never seems to be enough time in the day, especially during lockdown. I often find myself working late into the night. Before Covid I had more of a routine: I’d drop the kids at school, walk the dog and then write until it was time to pick them up again!”
What is the hardest part when you write a book?
“The first 10k words are usually horrendous. I edit as I write, and I never plan so it takes me AGES to get going! I do everything wrong!!”
What is your favorite genre to write or read?
“Dark romance, for sure. Especially mafia. There’s something about damaged men who know how to use their weapons….”
Who/What inspired you to write the Grayson Duet?
“My readers! I never planned to write Joseph’s story, and then Santiago took off and suddenly I was receiving message every day asking for a book about him and Anna.”
“Initially I was scared to take that leap because I knew their story was going to be tricky. In the end, I researched Colombia cartels like crazy, took my cues from Thelma and Louise and ran with it!”
Are there any new releases in 2021? Share details.
“I have two anthology co-writes coming out in February and March with Cora Kenborn. The first is Born Sinner that will feature in the Stalk-ers Anthology releasing in February. For all those who like Rick Sanders, you’re going to LOVE his stepson! The second is a dark and taboo story called Cast Stones which features in the Possessed By Passion Boxset releasing March 21st! Both are available to pre-order right now for only 99c”
“I also have an epic co-write with Cora coming up—The Corrupt Gods Duet. Book 1: Bad Blood releases in April and Tainted Blood releases in May. This will be next generation Santiago and Carrera (Cora’s Mexican cartel series). Let’s just say Dante’s second daughter is just as dangerous as him!”
“After that I have a new mafia romance standalone called Rush. This is the one I’ve been waiting to write for around twenty years!! It’s an epic love story spanning decades.”
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
“I’ve written ten so far! Hearts of Darkness will always my favorite because that’s the book that changed my life. My favorite character?? I have a soft spot for Aiden Knight from Black Skies Riviera. He’s like Rick Sanders on speed. Those quips just keep on coming!”
What do you think makes a great story?
“The ability to immerse the reader into another world and memorable characters. Love him or hate him, Dante Santiago is a hard one to forget!”
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
“One has taken me sixth months to write and another has taken me two weeks! It all depends on where I’m at with my health, kids etc…”
What advice can you give to an unpublished author?
“Shrug your shoulders at rejection, keep your circle small, and always take reviews with a pinch of salt!!”
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I want to thank Catherine Wiltcher for participating in the Author Spotlight for February 2021.
Interview done by HVDB Book Life