AUTHOR INTERVIEW 65 – Catherine Mary D. McCoy


Catherine Mary D. McCoy

Catherine Mary D. McCoy wrote her first book when she was a six year old child. She hand-wrote another novel at the age of twelve which was over 100 pages and yet another, which was a 205-page novel in the eight grade, when she was merely thirteen. Throughout her teens she continued to write and began to dream of becoming a published author one day. But between physical abuse, sexual assault, her ordeal with human trafficking, and the murder of her first love, depression and PTSD forced Catherine to put her family and wellbeing first.
Eventually, through counselling and the support of a few people dear to her, she would begin to recover and chase her childhood dream once again. She recreated her novels, resulting in the masterpiece “Walk on the Wild Side “ that we know today. and is working on “Fame In the Fast Lane“ which is the second of her series she hopes will hit the big screen in a film or TV series. Catherine was raised in Mississauga Ontario, and is an animal lover who loves to play her tenor recorder in her spare time. She aspires to open a shelter for women who are victims of violence and human trafficking to better assist them in becoming the best versions of themselves they can be.
Eighteen-year-old Davina is an ambitious student with big hopes and dreams. But when her mother’s untimely death turns her world upside down, she finds herself lured into the world of prostitution. Desperate to escape, the betrayal of the person she least suspects costs her nearly everything. And just when the chance of a romance begins to blossom between her and her knight in shining armor, she not only discovers she is pregnant with her pimps’ baby, she also finds a series of her mother’s secret diaries that change her world forever. With her mother’s horrific secrets and web of twisted lies revealed, in a world where having money and committing crimes seem to be the only way to get what you want, sweet little Davina doesn’t stay innocent for long. Her whole life is a lie, and she needs to grow up fast. But how does a girl begin to find herself, when nobody is who they say they are, and nothing is what it seems? From mafia connections, romance with role-playing, to murder and betrayal, this is the first novel of the series that started it all. Introducing, “Walk On the Wild Side.”

Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: Stress for me causes writer’s block, so I only surround myself with positive people, and I try to keep a positive attitude too. We can’t control everything that comes our way, but there’s a lot let stress when you don’t have people who tend to cause trouble around you. 

Romelia: DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: Yes, there are a few in particular who cheer me on the most, but I’m fortunate to have a large family too. I have a brother who tells me like it is, when I need to be brought back down to earth for a minute LOL, a sister who gives good advice, a friend who is the most understanding person in the world… it’s like the perfect team! 

Romelia: IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: I wish I would have realized earlier in life the aftermath and affects of abuse. It hindered my progress because I ended up with very low self-esteem and depression. I didn’t see the signs. I would have focused on getting help earlier on so I could enjoy my writing career sooner. That being said, I still have no real regrets though. The mistakes I made when I was younger, I think of them as adventures LOL.! My life was pretty exciting, and it gave me lots of fun things to write about. 

Romelia: HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: Approximately a year. If I had no distractions I could say 6 months but that’s not very  realistic when you have other responsibilities. 

Romelia: DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: Yesss I do! The struggle is real LOL! 

Romelia: AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: If you can complete a masterpiece, be it a poem, song, story or a book…the second you realize you loved doing it and will continue to do it again and again; you’re a writer! 

Romelia: WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: I believe that a writer is a broad title used for anyone who can write a piece of work, such as a screenplay, song, story, article, or poem for example, but an author is the noun for the one who composed the piece. 

Romelia: HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: To be honest I haven’t experienced any yet, but I’d take it as a learning experience and way of life. We can’t expect to please everyone. And we have to develop a thick skin, just like an actor or singer would have to do if they were to be in a tabloid and received some bad publicity. It’s bound to happen eventually, at one point or another. 

Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: Right now it’s having the time to write my sequel and market my book at the same time. The days just don’t seem to be long enough. And in a perfect world I imagine being able to write all day long. I would just love that!

Romelia: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: Well the first book I ever wrote was when I was 6. I was in grade 1, and it was a mystery called “Who Stoled My Cookie”. I was so proud of it I handed it in to my teacher, Mrs. Holiday. I shall never forget her. I’d hoped she’d praise me for it. When she gave it back she had corrected the word “Stoled” by crossing out the ‘d’. She was my favorite teacher and I tried hard to please her. She said nice things about me in my report card so I knew she liked and had faith in me. It really encouraged me to pay attention in English class and do my best in writing all forms of literature. The next book I wrote was a 205 page book I had wrote in the 8th grade. I let all my friends read it and I still have it! In fact, it was the original version of “Walk on the Wild Side” which before it’s big edit in 2009 was about a teenager who escaped prostitution and tried to live a somewhat normal life afterwards, but to no avail. It was this book that started it all, and it was then that I took all the books I had written as a teenager and turned them into “Walk on the Wild Side; the series” in progress today. 

Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: Don’t waste time. If you think you have talent, get as much work out there as you can! Start growing your audience right away and don’t be afraid to start off small. It takes time to grow an audience so start doing it right away! 

Romelia: WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: Strong characters people can fall in love with. That and writing in a way that really makes your audience feel that they are there, in that scene with your characters. They need to feel that they can really escape into that book. Into a different time and place. That’s magic. That to me, is the perfect novel. 

Romelia: WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: For me it’s the plot, because I need to feel I have a really exciting story in order to develop those characters. The plot helps me decide just what kind of characters I need. Their personalities, then their appearances then their names. It’s usually in that order. 

Romelia: HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: Usually when I’m developing the plot it just comes to me. Like I will wake up out of my sleep in the middle of the night. Or first thing in the morning. And the idea will just come to me. I write it down. Next thing I know I’m jotting notes and the ideas just keep flowing and flowing. As the story comes along , I will come up with ideas when I’m in the shower or doing dishes or on the bus. It’s in these random moments where something just fits, or feels right and I will write the inspirational thought in my notes on my phone until I can get to my laptop. When it comes to characters I see them very clearly in my mind. The way they dress, their voices, their body language and gestures. What does Rico do when he’s thinking hard? How does Davina look when she’s nervous? How does Erika behave when she gets caught in a lie? Well Erika probably wouldn’t care if she got caught in a lie because she can be a real bitch LOL but you get the idea right? You have to be able to SEE and HEAR every detail of your characters as if they were real to you. Make them real! 

Romelia: WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: When I was a teenager I knew I wanted to be a writer but I didn’t call myself a writer until I rewrote “Walk On the Wild Side” the first time in 2009. 

Romelia: HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: I mostly use Facebook under the name Catherine Mary D.McCoy and on Instagram I’m “Walk on the Wild Side series “. 

Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: My least favorite part is the back and forth process of perfecting it, and my favorite is the excitement of it all and knowing your masterpiece is almost complete. 

Romelia: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: Go for it! 

Romelia: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: I’ve written about six books, and my favorite is a tie between Walk on the Wild Side and Fame In the Fast Lane because I’m just so in love with my characters. Especially Davina, Rico, Erika and Talia. 

Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: Fame In the Fast Lane because I had to completely transform it to being a sequel instead of it’s own novel. And Talia went from being a sweet, innocent ballerina to someone a little more…shall we say complicated? LOL 

Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: The funniest part was definitely writing about Davina’s transformation from her young innocent self, to the boss she becomes in Fame In the Fast Lane. There are definitely two sides to her and I can’t decide which I love more! 

Romelia: WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: As much as I love my main characters in each novel, Davina and Talia, I think I can relate to Erika the most because her little evil streak, and her adventurous side come from a place of pain and abandonment. Loss and grief. She’s the kind of girl everyone loves to hate, but when you understand what makes her tick, you can’t help but have a soft spot for her. 

Romelia: IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL. CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT?

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: The second novel in line is “Fame In the Fast Lane” and it’s the continuation and conclusion to Davina and Rico’s story. And “Rush to the Runway “ is Erika’s life story from beginning to end. There will be a lot of graphic sex and violence in this novel. Drug use too. More than there was in “Walk on the Wild Side” so “Rush to the Runway” will also have an 18+ content advisory. 

Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: I’m kind of still a big kid deep down and I still love dolls LOL I don’t play with them anymore but I do collect them. And I also still love comic books as much as I did as a kid growing up in the 80’s. 

Romelia: DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A FEW SENTENCES. TELL US SOMETHING WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU AND SOMETHING YOU HATE ABOUT THE WORLD.

Catherine Mary D. McCoy: I guess what a lot of people don’t know is that I’m really sensitive and wear my heart on my sleeve. It gets me into a lot of trouble in some ways, like I make emotional decisions at times. I just can’t help but follow my heart. And I sure have had my heart broken enough times because of that. The thing I hate the most about this world is racism. I wish I could change that. And violence against women. Those are two things that if I could snap my fingers and make things different in an instant, nobody would have to endure again. And I aspire to make that happen. 

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