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Vincent Lowry (vlowry) | 294 comments Mod
This week we have an interview with author Sharon Cathcart!

1) How long have you been writing and when did you first start?

It's hard to remember a time when I didn't write. I was coming up with little plays and skits at about age 8. As for writing stories, I think I started at about age 10 and never really stopped. For a time, I was lucky enough to be a newspaper journalist and editor, so I got to write for a living.

2) Where do you get your ideas? (Readers always ask this question.)

Primarily current events. However, sometimes a phrase or concept occurs to me and I give it a go to see what happens. With my novel, "In The Eye of The Beholder," I had a rather profound emotional response to the 2004 film version of "Phantom of the Opera;" the story concept came to me because I was studying dressage (equestrian sport) at the time and I wonder how an equestrienne at the opera would interact with the Phantom.

3) What is your favorite genre?

It's hard to pick just one. I go in phases with what I like to read; right now, it's police procedurals and thrillers.

4) What is the name of your latest book and where can readers find it?

"In The Eye of The Beholder: A Novel of the Phantom of the Opera," is available in paperback from my publisher in the UK: E-book editions are available at or The latter site is best for those who use Kindle, Sony Reader or the Stanza iPhone application.

5) If you had to give one great book recommendation, what would it be?

Some books have a profound and lasting impact on readers. For me, I always come back to "The Man Who Fell To Earth," by Walter Tevis. Tevis writes of an alien who comes to Earth looking to trade phenomenal technology for water, as his planet is dying from drought. The book looks at how we, as a culture, tend to treat people who are different from us. I first read it when I was in high school and re-read it periodically to this day.

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Jaimey (jaimeygrant) | 47 comments Great interview! :o)

message 3: by Sharon (new)

Sharon (fiona64) Thanks, Vincent, for inviting me to participate. And thank you, Jaimey, for your kind words. :-)

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