Catherine MacDonald graduated from the University of the Pacific with a B.A. in English and a Minor in Communication Arts. She earned a Masters in Education from the University of Nevada, Reno. A former school teacher, she owns and operates several small businesses with her husband. She was the vice-president of the Romance Writers of Nevada before it disbanded in 2002. Her published works include The Jeweled Path, Divine Diva, Comstock Rose, Road Queens, Coming Home, and The Way. She is a Reiki Master Teacher who has pursued the Diva trail for over twenty years and she urges everyone to empower their life by accessing their own power and creating the life they deserve at www.supernovel.com/blog.
The Artist Way, by Julia Cameron, inspired me to write Reaching the Summit. Sadly, out of print, but it was my first novel about a marathon, which is really what life is all about. (And I did run for thirty years, and it is like Harrison Ford said in the movie, It's the years and the miles. So now I power walk and do lots of yoga.)
What books have influenced your life the most?
I am always discovering new books that influence me, but off the top of my head it would be: The Artist Way, Atlas Shrugged, Gift from the Sea, all the OZ books, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior.
Plus I always wanted to be Nancy Drew and drive that cool convertible.
What are your current projects?
Currently I am writing The Divorce Ranch, set in 1936 on a divorce ranch outside of Reno. I have a rough outline for a non-fiction book, a children's novel, and a fairy tale. (I do love all those OZ books.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I wouldn't change anything about Seasons of the Vineyard because I am like Hemingway. When it's done, it's done. Then I'm on to the next project. This is actually a very good way to live your life because you don't wander in the land of no regrets.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
Criticism: we all get it, you can't let it bother you, so I have learned to not listen. Okay, there are times I listen but I've learned to really listen for the truth. If it's constructive and has a valid point, then yes I listen. I have readers of a pre-published project give me their input and I listen and then go home to my studio and chew on it. Many times the insight is invaluable. But if you're the frustrated artist and ripping me up because you're too scared to try, I've learned to see that energy and walk the other way.
What has been the best compliment?
Compliments: I am shy about compliments because I am so hard on myself and always think I can do better, but I do let it go. I've had letters thanking me for writing a book that changed their lives. The Jeweled Path. And for Seasons of the Vineyard, readers want a sequel. Will I write one? Hmm. I've never written a sequel and I think that might even be harder than writing a novel, but I'm pondering the idea. I even have the title: Romancing the Vines. Do you like it?
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
Least favorite quality? Well, you might have to ask my employees or siblings, but I am bossy. It comes with the territory. I am the oldest of a large brood, a mother, grandmother, and I taught school for twenty-five years before owning this business. So I guess I'm rather bossy.
Anything else to share?
Read my blog. You'll find a out a great deal about me and I always try and challenge the reader to make their life even more spectacular. I do believe that we get what we put into life and I am a firm believer that you are here to suck the marrow out of life. The Divine wouldn't want anything else, so why limit yourself? www.supernovel.com/blog