Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Cathleen Townsend loves a good tale, especially if it involves fantasy. She resides in gold country in California’s beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills, which is fortunate because it encourages her to leave her keyboard and take her dogs for walks. She loves to chat with readers on her blog: cathleentownsend.com.
Cathleen has been published by Raven International Publishing, Thinkerbeat, Everyday Fiction, Fantasia Divinity, Story Emporium, Just a Minor Malfunction, and Longshot Island. A free digital copy of her first short story collection, Dragon Hoard and Other Tales of Faerie, is available to all comers on her website/blog.
Also available free is Stolen Legacy, for everyone who signs up for her newletter list. This tale explores how far someone will go to save their only friend.
For sale are two more titles: The Golden Key, a fairy tale set in the trenches of WWI, and Twelve Tales of Christmas, a holiday themed collection of fantasy and contemporary short stories.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Golden Key is about a man who saves a golden bird during WWI, and it guides him to the trenches to search for news of his son.
I read a tale in Grimm's collection, also called The Golden Key, but it's one of those curious ones that's not a complete tale at all, more of a story outline. At the end, the story told the reader to imagine the ending, so I did. That covered the fairy tale part. : )
I set it in the trenches of WWI because 2018 is the hundred-year anniversary of the Armistice that ended the war, and I felt a need to connect to that with a story.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Tolkien has been my favorite for many years, but I also owe a great debt of gratitude to Patricia McKillip, Robin McKinley, Diana Wynne Jones, Joy Chant, and Connie Willis.
What are you working on now?
I'm polishing up the final draft of my Greek demigod story, Bellerophon.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Improve your craft always and stick with it. : )
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
It is the job that is never started that takes the longest to finish. J.R.R. Tolkien
What are you reading now?
Seanan McGuire's October Daye series.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Next year (2019) I hope to release my two-book set, Snow White and the Civil War. This tells the story from the point of view of both the daughter of a merchant prince and her unlikely suitor. Set in the backdrop of California Gold Country during the Civil War.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Lord of the Rings.