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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Write Spot: Cathy Ace

Cathy Ace was born and raised in Swansea, South Wales, and worked in marketing communications for decades across Europe. Having migrated to Canada in 2000, she now lives in beautiful British Columbia, where her ever-supportive husband (and two chocolate Labradors) ensure she’s able to write full-time.

Bestselling author Ace writes two series of mystery books: the Cait Morgan Mysteries, and the WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries. Her fourth Cait Morgan Mystery, The Corpse with the Platinum Hair, won the 2015 Bony Blithe Award for Best Canadian Light Mystery.

Welcome, Cathy Ace, to the twentieth edition of The Write Spot, a bi-weekly author series spotlighting the many and varied places where writers write.

I must start by saying I thoroughly enjoyed The Corpse With the Garnet Face – five stars! With smart mysteries and interesting locations, this series gets better with every instalment.  Protagonist Cait Morgan is one of those book people I'd love to meet in real life. She's a middle-aged, Welsh-Canadian criminologist, a 'woman of size' with a brilliant mind who struggles a bit to cope in social situations. She's strong, capable, and opinionated but underneath, just wants to be liked. I think we'd get along famously and I'm delighted to host her creator here on the blog.

Cathy, please tell us a bit about your Write Spot.

My study is the place where I feel most calm. It's painted in a soothing aqua colour (walls and ceiling) with all black furnishings and even a black carpet - it makes me feel almost as though I'm in a pool of tranquility. It also offers super views of the garden and a lot of desk space so I can spread out my research notes and all the other bits and pieces I accumulate when I'm in "prep" phase.

As for the back deck - well, the views are spectacular, and I enjoy being outside in the fresh air, while having the awning to protect me from either too much sun or the rain.

Other than your computer or laptop, what's the one thing you couldn't be without in your Write Spot?

Honestly - my dogs...two chocolate Labs named Poppy and Gabby. Even when they are fast asleep, their snoring (yes, snoring!) keeps me company. I enjoy the sense of companionship, and I'm able to take them for a walk when I need to stop, stretch, walk and think.

Poppy and Gabby are lovely girls! How nice to have faithful companions at you side while you write. What are you working on now?

I'm in an editing phase on two books: Cait Morgan Mystery #8 The Corpse With the Ruby Lips (due out in November 2016) and The WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery #3 The Case of the Baffled Bookseller (hopefully due also in fall 2016). As soon as they are off for more editing with their respective editors I have some secret plans afoot!

I'm looking forward to both! Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Visit me at my website, or connect on social media:

The Corpse With the Garnet Face, book seven in the Cait Morgan series, finds the eccentric Welsh criminologist-sleuth accompanying her husband Bud to Amsterdam to try to unravel a puzzling situation.

To Bud’s surprise, he discovers he has a long-lost uncle, Jonas, who’s met an untimely death. Bud's mother assures him Jonas was a bad child, but, from beyond the grave, Uncle Jonas begs his nephew to visit the city he adopted as his home to delve into the life he built for himself there, founded on his passion for art.

With an old iron key as their only clue, Cait and Bud travel to Amsterdam to solve the cryptic message left by Jonas—and to honor the final wishes of a long-lost relative.

About The Write Spot:
I've always been fascinated by what goes on behind the scenes. Whether it's backstage photos from my favourite play, a peek into the kitchen where a chef is working her culinary magic, or simply a glimpse through an uncurtained window into a stranger's private world, there's an undeniable thrill of discovery, a sense of secrets shared. It's no surprise, then, that I'm immensely curious about where other writers do their work. I've blogged about it before in this post about my own 'write spot' and so enjoyed the comments, I was inspired to launch a regular feature here at stillpoint. Watch for The Write Spot every other Wednesday and join me as I discover the many and varied places where writers write.

stillpoint is the blog of Canadian author Cheryl Cooke Harrington

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At 9:41 am, Blogger Sandy Cody said...

Another interesting post, Cheryl. Like you, I love having a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes. Cathy's dogs complete and picture. Love their names too. Thanks for bringing this to us.

At 9:52 am, Blogger Joanne Guidoccio said...

Hi Cathy, Love the aqua and black decorating scheme! And the dogs are adorable. Your books sound intriguing. :)

At 10:39 am, Blogger Marlene Ezell said...

I really like your office. Black carpet would be great in my house as the Schipperke hair would blend right in. I am afraid, though, that I wouldn't be able to find them on it.

At 10:42 am, Blogger Cathy Ace said...

Thanks Sandy - we used to have Howie and Winnie too...but Poppy & Gabby are still with us, so that's good :-)

At 10:43 am, Blogger Cathy Ace said...

Thanks Joanne - I adore that aqua colour (I used to live in a true art deco block of flats in London, UK, and that was the colour of the bathroom suite....yes, I painted the entire rest of the room black!)

At 10:45 am, Blogger Cathy Ace said...

Thanks Marlene - I like it too! To be honest, it's a bit of a nightmare to keep the black carpet "clean" with two brown dogs, but I don't mind... at least I can spot them on it. I've always wanted a room with black carpet and now I have it. The carpet fitter was bemused ;-)

At 5:45 pm, Anonymous Anne Louise Bannon said...

What great spaces, but the dogs - what gorgeous babies. Gotta have the dogs hanging around when I'm working. Nothing like the sound of a basset hound snoring for amusement and relaxation.

At 4:53 pm, Anonymous Susan McNicoll said...

I am halfway through your Cait Morgan series and I cannot get enough Cathy. They are so well written. I am looking forward to reading your other series now too. You have created a wonderful character in Cait. I love that you need your dogs with you as I do Jay, my cat. They just bring a sense of calm that helps us. You also have lots of desk space and I envy that. good luck moving forward.


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