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Cathy McDavid Cathy McDavid <div class="ExternalClass61A6536866F34678B2E98BBF66F8A9BF"><h2><a href="https://phoenix.overdrive.com/phoenix-phoenixpl/content/media/6301357"><em>​Wildfire Threat​</em></a> by Cathy McDavid <br></h2><p> <br>In the third grade, <em>NY Times</em>, <em>USA Today</em> and Amazon bestselling author Cathy McDavid made it her goal to read every <em>Black Stallion</em> book ever written. Who knew such an illustrious ambition would eventually lead to a lifelong love of all things western, owning a stagecoach pulled by six mules, and a career writing contemporary romances for Harlequin? With over 55 titles in print and 1.6 million books sold, This “almost” Arizona native and mother of grown twins is married to her own real-life sweetheart. After leaving the corporate world eight years ago, she now spends her days penning stories about handsome cowboys riding the range, busting broncs, and sweeping gals off their feet — oops, no. Make that winning the hearts of feisty, independent women who give the cowboys a run for their money.<br></p><p><br></p><h3>Q + A<br><br></h3><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What inspired you to write this book?  </span></h4><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">For many years, my family owned a charming vacation home in Young, which is considered the most remote town in Arizona. Several years ago, we came "this" close to losing our home during the Young fire. We could see the flames and smoke filling the sky from our front porch, and it seemed so close. It was terrifying to know there was absolutely nothing we could do to prevent the fire from destroying the town and our home. All we could do was grab what few personal possessions we could fit in our vehicle and evacuate. Fortunately, the fire was contained before reaching the town. Still, pretty scary. There a many ranches in the Young area, and how to save the livestock was a serious concern during the fire. The loss of all those cattle and horses would have been tragic. How to "save the ranch" became the idea for <em>Wildfire Threat</em>.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span><br></p><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What attracted you to this genre?</span></h4><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I was a romance book lover long before I started writing. I'm a sucker for happy endings. Really, I am. I want that big, happy sigh at the end of the book. As a writer, I enjoy the challenge of throwing insurmountable obstacles in front of my characters and then finding realistic ways for them to overcome the obstacles. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> ​</span></p><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What book are you currently reading? </span></h4><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>​Razorblade Tears</em> by S.A.Cosby. I belong to a book club (I may be a writer, but I'm still a reader), and this is our current selection. I've only just started the book and am enjoying it immensely.</span> <br> </p><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Are you writing anything now? If so, when will it come out?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span></h4><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I'm writing another inspirational romantic suspense that will be out in June of 2023. This one takes place in the Superstition Mountains. The characters wind up in grave danger when they accidentally stumble upon an illegal mining operation. Before then, my book <em>Blizzard Refuge</em> will be out November 2022.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span><br> </p><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">If you weren't a writer, what would you do?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span></h4><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I spent over thirty years in the corporate world before leaving to write full-time. Truthfully, I'd probably still be there. But I'm glad I'm not. </span><br></p><h4><br><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Do you use your local library? </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">If so, which library is it and what do you do there? </span></h4><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Local libraries are my writing home away from home. Sometimes, I need a change of scenery. The four walls of my home office can close in on me. About once a week, I take myself to the library and write or edit there for a couple hours. Rather than distract me, the people watching energizes me. If I'm lucky, a new idea will come to me.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> ​</span><br></p><p><br></p></div>

 

 

 

 

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