Today, I’m pleased to introduce Authors C.D. Hersh.
Putting words and stories on paper is second nature to co-authors C.D. Hersh. They’ve written separately since they were teenagers and discovered their unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s. As high school sweethearts and husband and wife, Catherine and Donald believe in true love and happily ever after.
Together they have co-authored a number of dramas, six which have been produced in Ohio, where they live. Their interactive Christmas production had five seasonal runs in their hometown and has been sold in Virginia, California, and Ohio. Their most recent collaborative writing efforts have been focused on romance. The first book of their paranormal romance series entitled The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles) is available on Amazon. The second book in the series Blood Brothers is coming this summer.
When Delaney Ramsey is enlisted to help train two of the most powerful shape shifters the Turning Stone Society has seen in thousands of years, she suspects one of them is responsible for the disappearance of her daughter. To complicate matters, the man has a secret that could destroy them all. Bound by honor to protect the suspect, Delaney must prove his guilt without losing her life to his terrible powers or revealing to the police captain she’s falling for that she’s a shape shifter with more than one agenda.
The minute Captain Williams lays eyes on Delaney Ramsey, he knows she’s trouble. Uncooperative, secretive, and sexy, he can’t get her out of his mind. When he discovers she has a personal agenda for sifting through all the criminal records in his precinct, and secretly investigating his best detective, he can’t let her out of his sight. He must find out what she’s looking for before she does something illegal. If she steps over the line, he’s not certain he can look the other way for the sake of love.
How long have you been writing?
We’ve been writing together for a little over 16 years, starting out with skits and plays for our church. We moved on to romance books because of one Catherine suggested Donald read. While reading he said that the male characters did not act or sound like men and he thought we could write them better. Never one to avoid a challenge Catherine said “Let’s do it.”
What attracted you to writing?
We’re going to tweak your question a bit and tell you what attracts us to writing as co-authors. The easy answer is that it is fun. The other answer is that we always have something to talk about. Now that doesn’t mean we don’t have anything other than our stories to talk about but when the mundane, everyday things become boring we can go off into our writing world and have fun. We are never going to be like those folks you see in restaurants who just sit there eating not saying a word to each other. We have romance and romantic settings to create and enjoy, mysteries to solve, and people to kill, on paper (LOL).
Where did the idea for your story come from?
The catalyst for the series happened during a trip, where we often plot to pass the time. We were reading road signs, brainstorming book ideas. We came up with several book ideas, but the one that caught our interest came from a road sign in New York State pointing to a place called Turning Stone. That idea just took off for us.
How did you figure out what to name your characters?
Naming characters is always interesting. Sometimes the story is almost written before a character’s name occurs based on what they have done or said. Other time we start with a character name. We’ve combined names that we like from various places and even have had some folks ask that their name be used.
What is your favorite thing about writing?
We can do it most anywhere as long as there is a way to record the ideas we come up with so they are not lost. Also, that we are able to develop a world that where people have different abilities, but they can’t be too farfetched.
What is your least favorite thing about writing?
The least favorite would have to be all the advertising, social medial, and internet work that is required of writers today. That all takes away from the fun of writing.
How do you respond to a negative review?
This is always a question that is passed around at any gathering of authors and we’ve attended several conference training sessions where this topic has come up. Our conclusion is that the best way to handle them is to just ignore them. They are folks who either really didn’t like your work, which is okay, or they just like to be mean.
Do you have a favorite quote?
Not sure who or where this came from but a favorite quote is: “Don’t take life too seriously, nobody gets out alive anyway.”
If your story was turned into a film, what Hollywood stars would play the two main characters?
Well since our 5 book series has three characters that run through them all we would have to say that:
Alexi Temple – Angelina Jolie
Rhys Temple – Chris Pine
Eli McCraigen – Sean Connery
What is your favorite book? Why?
We read in a wide variety of genres. Donald enjoys mysteries like Sherlock Holmes where the reader gets to try and figure out the answer along with the character. Catherine likes fantasy like the Lord of the Rings. And of course, there’s romance.
Do you have an odd quirk that not a lot of people (or a lot of people) know about? What is it?
Since we are coauthors we spend a lot of time sitting on the opposite sides of the desk looking at a double screen computer with the same information.
Coffee or Tea: Catherine Coffee – Donald Tea
Dog or Cat: Neither
Sweet or Salty: Mix of both
Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, or White Chocolate: Catherine Dark Chocolate – Donald White Chocolate
Chunky Peanut Butter or Smooth Peanut Butter: Catherine smooth – Donald chunky