We are very excited about Cathy’s new book, Digging for Diamonds, which has just been published. We caught up with her to celebrate the launch and see what writing your first book takes.
Congratulations Cathy on your very beautiful looking first book! Can you give us the short version? What’s it about?
I really do believe that what you can’t see always shapes what you can see. Digging for Diamonds is a really a call for us all to venture beneath the surface to discover valuable truths and treasures that will shape us. It grapples with the fact that sometimes in the dark and messy places we find unexpected riches that we would never have imagined.
This is your first book, what made you want to write a book at all?
I’ve asked myself that same question a few times over the months of writing. But the truth is – I love writing and writing this book has been a marvellous adventure.
How have you found the process of writing?
It is basically jolly hard work. Crafting words onto an empty page is not that easy. Add in two teenage children, a visually-impaired church-leader husband (with accompanying pastoral crises), commitments to Spring Harvest, touring with Care for the Family, writing articles and occasionally brushing my teeth into the mix, it’s even harder. But, finding that elusive word or making myself laugh out loud has made it all worthwhile. One thing I have discovered for sure: it’s amazing what you can do when you have a deadline.
How do you think you have developed in the writing of the book?
Mainly, I have had to become marginally less of a control freak. Writing 500 words is one thing – you can fiddle with every word until you are half-crazy. 50,000 words worth of fiddling is a very silly idea. But I did try. There I was – writing about not being a perfectionist and ignoring every word upon the page. I had to really work through my own issues as I wrote.
What are your hopes for the book?
Hand on heart, I genuinely hope and pray that Digging for Diamonds ends up in the hands of all kinds of readers and connects with them and strengthens them. I believe the message of the book is really important at this time. We do need to dig beneath the surface: we need to value the right things, and we definitely need to see more transformation – even in the tough places. And then after that, of course, I hope the book goes global, gets turned into a Spielberg movie and that Kate Beckinsale will play the role of me in it. I’m sat here now, just waiting for the call.
We have three copies of Digging for Diamonds published by Authentic Media to give away. For your chance to win, visit www.libertimagazine.com/competition
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