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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Spotlight Saturday: Guest Post and Giveaway with Catherine Astolfo, author of Sweet Karoline

Hi, everyone!

Welcome to another edition of Spotlight Saturday at Darlene's Book Nook, where we feature authors and their books!

We will be joined today by Catherine Astolfo.

About Catherine:

Catherine is a past President of Crime Writers of Canada and a Derrick Murdoch Award winner (2012). She was a Zonta Club 2012 Nominee for Women of Achievement.

Writing is Catherine’s passion. She can recall inventing fantasy stories for her classmates in Grade Three. Her short stories and poems have been published in a number of literary Canadian presses. In 2005, she won a Brampton Arts Award. Her short stories won the Bloody Words Short Story Award (second and first) in 2009 and 2010. She won the prestigious Arthur Ellis Best Short Crime Story Award in 2012.

Catherine’s novel series, The Emily Taylor Mysteries, are published by Imajin Books and are optioned for film by Sisbro & Co. Inc. Sweet Karoline was released on July 14, 2013.


Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Catherine!

Catherine has written a guest post, so I will now turn the floor over to her!

Oh The Voices in My Head
by Catherine Astolfo

If you heard an echo of “Gloria” in yours at that title, you are probably close to my advanced age!

I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea, but I have to admit that I go around hearing voices. They are pretty real to me, since I gave birth to their owners.

The characters in my novels have birthdates, full names, height, weight, colour of eyes, hair and skin, personalities, quirks, strengths and weaknesses – all from me. Most of them live in a little village that I created too. Although Burchill (my town) is based on Merrickville (near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), my characters have no such origin. They are totally fabricated.

Well, okay, maybe they’ve got some basis in fact. I do know a lot of people, have met many more, and worked with lots of different personalities. But my characters would be insulted if they were told they were based on someone else. They’re full-fledged people in their own right. (That does sound a bit crazy, I know.)

The characters of Burchill—Emily, Langford, May, Alain, Edgar, Frances, Chief Dan and so on—are all people I can picture instantly. Like old friends whose faces you can never, ever forget. The moment you are back in one another’s company, it’s as though you’ve never been apart.

The stories and the plots are always there in my head, too. (It gets very crowded sometimes and circuits do tend to overload.) Formulating scenes causes me to stare at everything and everyone, and (nowadays) make notes. Life is endlessly fascinating this way, even the low points. I have written my way through my sister’s early death, breast cancer, and my mother’s dementia.

The Bridgeman was a reaction to my niece’s job in a vet clinic that dealt with animals from “farms” as well as a study of how someone very ordinary can be quite—far from ordinary. Victim gave me a chance to explore my fascination with the Ojibwa culture and philosophy. For Legacy, I drew on some experiences from the schools in which I taught or administered. As well, I was able to throw in a vision I had long ago about an evil preacher. In Seventh Fire, I gave the backstory for Langford and Emily, the dark past that had been lurking since the first book.

Now I’ve got a fifth book coming out, Sweet Karoline, about the complicated and twisted relationship between two women. A little bit of history and romance show up in it, too. Oh the voices in my head!

Come on over to Catherine’s website and sit a spell. There you’ll find the links to her blog and all five books.
Thanks so much for joining us today, Catherine!

Two lucky winners will win a copy of Catherine's latest mystery, Sweet Karoline!

Grand Prize (Canada/US): Paperback copy

Runner-up Prize (Worldwide): Digital copy

PUBLISHER: Imagin Books
FORMAT: Kindle Edition, 225 pages
GENRE: Mystery


If I knew what I know now, would I have searched so hard for the truth.

Anne Williams says she killed her best friend, Karoline. But did she? Or is there more to Karoline's mysterious death than meets the eye?

Anne embarks on a compelling journey to discover her past and exposes an unusual history, horrific crimes and appalling betrayals. Through unexpected turns and revelations, Anne learns about love, family and who she really is. Can she survive the truth?

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Catch up with the rest of Catherine's tour!


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