Saturday, March 2, 2013

Author Interview – Catherine Astolfo


What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? This question surprised me. Or rather, my answer was a shock. I discovered that I am quite a proud person! Aside from personal milestones like my children, I am most proud of winning the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Short Story in Canada and the Derrick Murdoch Award 2012 from Crime Writers of Canada. I’m also proud of writing four books and having them published. I’m proud of the fifth one coming up. I’m proud of…never mind.

What is your favorite food? Pasta! It’s also my downfall. Bread smothered in butter, pasta in any kind of sauce piled high on the plate – they make me swoon. And swell.

What’s your favorite place in the entire world? My favorite place in the entire world is anywhere with my husband, family, friends and my cats near by. I love to travel, adore Manzanillo, Mexico, but I do love coming home.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing? My family was—and still is—interesting, raucous, loving and fun. My mother was a huge influence on me. She loved writing, reading and telling stories. I grew up in a small town in Canada that had lots of warts and growing pains as it transformed into a city. At a very young age I became a teacher and that career provided lots of fodder for my imagination.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I’ve always had the feeling I was born with it. I don’t remember a time when the words weren’t floating in my head. The compulsion to share my stories seems to have been part of me forever.

When and why did you begin writing? I wrote fairy tales in Grade Three, when I was still seven years old. The kids in my class loved my stories, which inspired me to write more. A couple of years ago I met someone who’d been in my class that year. All these decades later she still remembered them!

When did you first know you could be a writer? In Grade 8, a teacher read my stories and told me I had a terrific style. He thought I was a writer already. I agree with his assessment. Anyone who has the urge to put words on paper might be a writer. It’s the follow-through that counts. Sometimes I use the word “author” to make the differentiation. For me, an author is a writer who wants his/her creation to be read by others. You have to be willing to rip apart your initial output and edit, edit, edit. It’s a lot of work. Only authors are dedicated (obsessed?) enough to put in the time.

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Genre – Mystery

Rating – 18+

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