cath blackfeather

Meet Cath Blackfeather, Hysteria Writing Competition 2015 finalist

Cath Blackfeather is a poet and finalist in the 2015 Hysteria Writing Competition Poetry category. She has just had a collection of short stories and some poems accepted for publication by Three drops from a Cauldron threedropspoetry.co.uk/seasonal-specials Some will appear on their e-zine and some in print editions at various times over the coming year. She is Canadian but was brought up in England and now lives Berkshire.

cath blackfeatherThe Cath Blackfeather Interview

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

I’m a bit of an open book, so people do usually know most things about me. My blog profile covers pretty well all the different aspects of who I am. Perhaps the only way I surprise people is that those who know me as a performer, are often surprised to find me quiet and reserved in person, and those who know me as quiet are surprised to discover that I am not at all shy when I get up on stage.

Are the names of your characters important to you?

Not really, I tend just to pluck names from the air, but I am synaesthetic so the names have to fit with the way the character feels to me. But the character always comes first.

How did you choose a title for your book?

The collection of short stories I will be having published by Three Drops from a Cauldron Press is just ‘The Darkling Child and other Stories’. I can never think of names for stories and usually just call them after the main character.

Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?

I’ve spent too much of my life being and doing things other than writing – I allowed myself to be discouraged by lack of self-confidence when I was younger and now I wish I could just concentrate on writing and not have all the other responsibilities.

Do you think there is any elitism attached to the different genres of books, both in the fiction and non-fiction worlds?

I think there is but I just write the things I want to write and don’t worry about what genre it fits.

What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

I am facing it now – I have so many other calls on my time and creativity that I find it hard to just sit down and get to work. I used to be able to write on trains and in cafes, anywhere, but that is getting harder as I get older.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

I still class myself as an aspiring writer.

Are you jealous of other writers?

Only since I started writing myself, but I also read things very differently as a writer. I notice the skill/talent when before I just enjoyed the story.

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

Tea – far too much of it.

Are there any habits you wish you didn’t have?

Biting my nails – I’m not bothered about how it makes my nails look or how other people feel about it, but it has started to affect my teeth, and I don’t like that.

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hysteria 4WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT Cath and Hysteria 4?

You can find Cath in the Hysteria 4 anthology which supports the Hysterectomy Association.

Hysteria 4 is the anthology of winning stories,poetry and flash fiction from the 2015 Hysteria Writing Competition.

You can also find Cath on her blog at: cathblackfeather.blogspot.co.uk

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