I’m so happy to feature Donald and Catherine again. This husband and wife team knows how to spin a tale, especially in their latest project–Blood Brothers…
Putting words and stories on paper is second nature to co-authors C.D. Hersh. They’ve written separately since they were teenagers and discovered their unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s. As high school sweethearts and husband and wife, Catherine and Donald believe in true love and happily ever after.
Together they have co-authored a number of dramas, six which have been produced in Ohio, where they live. Their interactive Christmas production had five seasonal runs in their hometown and has been sold in Virginia, California, and Ohio. Their most recent collaborative writing efforts have been focused on romance. The first book of their paranormal romance series entitled The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles) is available on Amazon. The second book in the series Blood Brothers is coming October 29, 2014 from Soul Mate Publishing.
What inspired you to become a writer(s)?
What inspired us to become romance co-authors was a badly written male POV in a romance novel Catherine gave to Donald. He felt the hero did not act or think as a real male would and said, “We can do better.” The rest is history.
Give us some background on your books/series. Share your favorite scene. Who’s your favorite hero/heroine?
Here is the series blurb which gives you an overview of the series story arc.
Three ancient Celtic families. A magical Bloodstone that enables the wearers to shape shift. A charge to use the stone’s power to benefit mankind, and a battle, that is going on even today, to control the world. Can the Secret Society of shape shifters called the Turning Stone Society heal itself and bring peace to our world?
Our favorite scene is an emotional, dramatic scene at the end of book two, Blood Brothers, but we can’t share that with you or it will give part of the ending away. However, we will share another excerpt with you starring Rhys Temple who is proving his shifter skills, which are not the normal skills, to the Turning Stone Society’s senior council. Eli is the Keeper of the Stone, head of the council, and Rhys’ mentor.
The hot scene…
Eli led them to the living room indicating Rhys should stand in the middle of the room, while the council members all took seats. “I know this ’tis highly irregular, but I promise ye once ye’ve seen what the laddie can do, ye’ll know ’tis the proper thing tae do. I’ve seen him, with my own eyes, pull oot life force and the alter ego.”
A murmur ran through the room. “Impossible,” Devin said. “No one has ever been able to do that.”
“Until now. Come on, laddie. Let’s give ’em a demonstration.” Eli held out his hands to Rhys. “Just like we practiced,” he whispered.
Rhys wiped his sweaty palms on his jeans. Practicing with Eli, alone, was one thing. A command performance was quite another. He exhaled loudly then grasped Eli’s outstretched hands. “Break the contact if you need to, old man.”
“Dinna worry aboot me. Show them what ye’ve got.”
He let Eli determine the amount of grip he wanted. When he nodded, Rhys concentrated on the old man’s face. Rhys’ heartbeat, staccato and rapid, pounded in his ears within seconds of focusing. Eli’s heartbeat joined his, beating steady and slow. How could he be calm?
Rhys tuned Eli out, concentrating on the woman who floated to the surface. He willed her image forward. Within seconds, Eli’s hands changed from gnarled to soft as the old man disappeared and the woman took his place. A startled gasp ran around the room. The woman squeezed Rhys’ hands and let go.
Facing the group, Eli’s alter ego addressed them. “Council members, I give ye the new, true Promised One.”
Cornelius jumped to his feet. “Can’t be. This has to be some sort of trick.”
Eli morphed into his natural form. “Nae, ’tis not a trick.”
Cornelius strode forward and thrust his hands at Rhys. “Do it again. To me.”
Eli nodded his approval. “Go ahead, laddie. Show them what ye can do.”
“I don’t have full control of this,” Rhys told Cornelius. “I don’t want to hurt you.”
Cornelius addressed the other council members. “I told you he was a fake.” He sneered at Rhys. “You won’t hurt me because it is a trick.”
Rhys’ temper flared. No one called him a liar and got by with it. “I may not know how to completely control it, but it’s not fake.” He took Cornelius’ hands and held them lightly in spite of his urge to give him a caveman grip.
“You hold hands like a sissy,” Cornelius said.
Rhys crushed Cornelius’ hands in his. “Do you want me to kill you?” The anger crept into his voice.
“Laddie,” Eli said. “If ye kill him, not even I can protect ye.”
For a split second, fear raced across Cornelius’ features, then he recovered.
Rhys loosened his grip. “You control the touch. If you feel your life is threatened, let go of me. Otherwise, hold on and introduce me to your lady.”
Our favorite hero/heroine is Rhys Temple and Alexi Jordan. You will see them in every book of the series. In book one, they are the hero and heroine and in subsequent books they are secondary characters. However, they are the hero and heroine of the series story arc.
Any advice for mastering the art of writing a book/series?
Keep a world book. We can’t tell you how many times we have referred back to our characters sheets, world rules, and plot lines for the various books. The character sheets not only contain the normal eye, hair color, etc. but also the character’s special skills, motions, and speech tags. This, hopefully, keeps a character’s traits like “runs his hands through his hair” the same in different books.
What’s your personal favorite out of all the novels you’ve penned? Why?
Honestly, this has seemed to be the book we are working on currently. We loved The Promised One, but when Blood Brothers was finished we loved it, too. Currently, as we work on finishing the third in the series, Son of the Moonless Night, we’re loving this book and it will rank right up there with the others. After all, how can you love one baby more than another?
What’s your most successful marketing strategy?
We are still trying to figure this out. We’re going for as much free promo as we can because of budget constraints. We rather like what the senior editor and owner of Soul Mate Publishing said. Write the next book so you have a back list when your break out book comes.
What’s your astrological sign? Do you fit the characteristics associated with it? How?
That’s tough since we are co-authors. Whose sign do you use? Anyway, Donald’s is Gemini, Catherine swears he fits it. Libra is Catherine’s. She always likes things in balance. As co-authors mixing Gemini and Libra, we probably break the mold. There’s two of us but we’re not twins. In fact, we are kind of opposites and not just where we sit when we work. And life is never balanced when we are writing. It’s feast or famine, all work or all play.
Favorite Color: Blue for Donald, Turquoise and red for Catherine.
Favorite Actor/Actress: Catherine’s favorite actors are Robert Redford, Patrick Swayze and Robin Williams. We both love Sandra Bullock.
Favorite Movie: We have seen so many that this is a terrible question to try and answer. We love The Lake House with Sandra Bullock, but the movie we walked out of saying we wished we had written was Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner.
Favorite century and why? Catherine likes the 1800s because so much was changing in America that made it an interesting time. Donald’s favorite century is the 1900s because of all the various advancements made in industry, travel, communication, and don’t forget the computer and internet.
Favorite Food: Donald wants his steak and potato. Catherine wants chocolate.
Just so you know C & D, they serve chocolate sauce over steak!
Least favorite vegetable: Beets for both of us.
First boyfriend/girlfriend How old?/Why did you like him/her? Catherine’s first was Larry who was the next door neighbor’s younger brother. She was thirteen and liked him because he was cute. Donald, on the other hand, was a nerd and really didn’t have a girlfriend until his senior year in high school when he made the varsity tennis team. The girl, believe it or not, was Catherine. Yes, the same one he is now married to.
Describe yourself in 5 words: C.D. Hersh – dual personality, and laughs a lot.
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