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By Catherine West
Paperback & ebook, 362 Pages
September 10th 2019 by KDP
Sometimes we’re placed in the strangest of circumstances for the most important reasons.
After her carefully constructed life crumbles, Liz Carlisle finds herself back on Nantucket, picking up the pieces. With the family estate under renovations, the solitude she craves seems out of reach.
Matthew Stone intends to steer clear of his new tenant. She’s carrying a load of baggage, but as long as she pays the rent, he’ll let her be. He’s got enough to deal with caring for his wayward niece, Mia.
Liz doesn’t have time for teenagers and her track record with men is abysmal, but an unlikely friendship forms between the three.
When her former boyfriend is charged with assault, Liz is called to testify against him. But he knows the darkest secrets of her life—secrets she’d hoped to keep buried forever, and he’s ready to reveal them. Telling the truth is the right thing to do, but it may cost her everything she’s worked so hard for, and all she’s come to love.
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Why I Decided to write General Market Fiction
Some of you may know that my previous books are considered “Christian Fiction.” For those who may not know what that is, it’s basically a story written from a Christian worldview. The faith message can be subtle or not, the characters all believers or not, but the theme of redemption is (usually) always present. Some books will be successful in both the Christian market and the general market, many will not.
I’ve always written stories with themes of redemption and restoration, and I love weaving in threads of hope, grace, and forgiveness. It was also always my intention that my books would be enjoyed by everyone, readers with strong faith, no faith or those questioning faith. I never liked the idea of ‘writing for the choir’, because I like to leave my readers with something they didn’t have before they read that book. A new way of looking at something perhaps, or a deeper understanding of an issue, or simply a little more compassion for others in unimaginable circumstances.
I love dealing with the tough topics. To date, I’ve written about adultery, suicide, depression, death, addiction . . . the list goes on. Tough topics can often mean tough sales. And my experience has been that not everybody enjoys stories that wade into deep waters. So really, the decision to try to reach a wider market with my books, is one that’s been brewing for a while.
Is As the Light Fades “Christian fiction’? Yes and no. As the Light Fades is not being published by a Christian publisher. Well. Except that I’m the publisher, and I’m a Christian, so there’s that. J However, we’re not marketing the story specifically for the Christian market. That said, I believe you can find God in this book. You will find faith and grace and forgiveness, all trademarks of mine, that are not going to change. I believe in writing stories that peel back the curtain and expose the sometimes raw realities of life. And sometimes those things aren’t pleasant or fun to read about, but they happen, and we should not be afraid to be exposed to them.
I’m not expecting the switch to be an easy one. I have been labeled a Christian fiction author for a lot of years, and I think readers who don’t know that I’m now writing for general market will still expect a faith-based novel. And to be honest, I hope that’s what I’ll still be giving them. While I don’t know what the future holds as far as what publisher I’ll land with, I do know that my writing, and what I believe in, won’t undergo any drastic changes. If anything, I hope my writing will get even better over time, my stories richer and deeper. All that to say that I’m still planning to give my readers the very best books I can, and I appreciate each and every person who picks up one of my novels! I truly have the best job in the world.
Catherine West is an award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband reside in Bermuda, and have two adult children and one beautiful granddaughter. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew). Where Hope Begins released May 2018, and her latest novel, As the Light Fades, releases September 2019.
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