Sunday, February 8, 2015

Don't Forget to Breathe

Meet Cathrina Constantine today who is getting ready to launch her new novel, Don’t Forget to Breathe. She lives in Western New York with her husband, five children, two Labrador Retrievers and two cats. When not with her family or stationed at the computer writing, you can find her walking in the backwoods with her dogs, conjuring up a new tale.  

Welcome, Cathrina! I’m excited for new readers to meet you and find out more about your work. First let’s talk about your newest release. I’m going to insert a blurb here so everyone can get a taste of what to expect.

Sixteen-year-old Leocadia arrives home from school to find her mom’s bloody body. Unaware that the killer still lingers, she rushes to her mother’s side, only to be grabbed from behind and then everything fades to black.

After a year of retrograde amnesia and battling personal demons, Leo’s dreams are getting worse—she’s starting to remember. More bodies are discovered and they seem to be oddly linked to her mom’s unsolved homicide.

When Leo allows her friend, Henry to drag her into the haunted Lucien Mansion, misty ghosts appear, ghosts that just might lead to her mother’s murderer.Will Leo let her memories threaten her into a relapse or, will she fight to find her mother’s killer – only to become his next victim?

I’m already intrigued, Cathrina. How did your formulate this story in your head? Was it while you were walking in the woods one day?

Truthfully, I get many ideas while walking in the woods. The eerie sounds of tree limbs scraping together. The cawing of a flock of crows taking flight. Deer leaping in the distance. And I’ve written these scenes in a few of my books.

The actual village in my book of Don’t Forget to Breathe is based on my small hometown. The railroad tracks and graveyard are exactly how I remember them.

How much time do you spend writing and researching before you begin the task of writing?

Actually, I’m a little unorthodox when it comes to writing. I don’t have a clue where I’m going with my story. I get a tiny spark of an idea and run with it. It’s like driving at night with the headlights on; I can only see a short distance in front of me. I get plenty of roadblocks and hit  potholes, that’s when I need to take a break. 

Cathrina ConstantineCan you talk about your target audience and why you chose them?
I love to read all types of genres. But I like to write YA that also appeals to Adults. I guess I’m still young at heart. 

How does writing play into a busy family like yours? Do you set aside time each day to write or do you just have to crave out time for the art of writing?

I’m lucky not to have a full-time job at the moment. However, I’m now taking care of my first grandchild and life seems to have come full circle. I like to write first thing in the morning or, when I can’t sleep, in the middle of the night. Actually, I get more writing done around 3 am, but then morning are a little rough.

I can’t write when my husband is around. He’s a terrible disturbance, and doesn't like to see me glued to the computer. So, now, I do carve out time to write while the baby is napping.

I do research while I'm writing.

Some writers have little quirks they do to settle down and write. I have to make my bed or I’m wasted. Other writers have to wear a hat, have their dog next to them or brew a hot cup of tea. What makes you focus?

I never thought of that, but I do like to have a cup of tea sitting next to me when I write. And I love when my dog curls up on my feet.

Do you play music while you write? If so what kinds do you use?

Never. I tried. I love music, but it takes me to another place other than my writing. I need complete quiet to delve to hear my characters speak.

When did you get the itch to write? And why do you?

I dabbled in writing as a young girl and as a teenager, then life got in the way. Now that my 5 children are grown, I've found time for myself. Years ago, a story popped into my head: A paranormal thriller with a religious undertone for young adults and adults. I've always been fascinated with supernatural happenings. And that’s how Wickedly They Come and Wickedly They Dream came into being.

     A Touch of Winter

Tell readers how they can reach you and purchase your books. 

Wickedly They Come: Amazon:

Wickedly They Dream: Amazon:

Tallas: Amazon:
Don’t Forget to Breathe: Amazon:


  1. I was so excited to see that Tierney had you on her blog. I LOVE the title of your book. Put it on my TBR list, but now I'll just have to go buy it. That is one catchy title. Good luck from another soon to be BOB author. Curious to know how you market your books.

    1. Hello, Shirley. YAY another BOB author! Thank you for your comment. To tell you the truth, I dislike self-promotion with a passion, but it must be done. And sometime all the hard work doesn't end up with sales. Needless to say, like any business I'm finding you need to spend a little money to make a little money. If you have an Author's FB account, you can boost your ads and yourself, giving you exposure. Also join as many book sites as possible to promote your book. And search online for book advertising, but that does cost money. Let me know when your book comes out. I'd like to help.

  2. I'm already a fan. This book sounds great and enjoyed learning a little about you. Thanks for sharing. I am definitely going to buy this one. It sounds like a great read. Lynda

    1. Hi, Lynda. How are you? You have some great books available. Thank you for the nice comment. If you do read it, let me know what you think.

  3. Tierney, thank you for hosting me on your blog. It looks absolutely wonderful. I truly appreciate the support!

  4. You are very welcome. Looks like you have a nice fan base. Can't wait to read it.