What’s the hardest part of being an author?
The hardest part of being an author for me is putting myself out there. Each time I write a story, be it a novella or novel, I put a little piece of my heart and soul in to the writing. I don't write a novel expecting it to have plot holes or grammar issues, I work really hard for that not to happen! I'm a reader first, so I know it sucks to be so excited for a novel and then be let down. I hate the idea of my work being a letdown for someone.
Can you give us a short synopsis of You Own Me?
One line: This story is about happiness and how it doesn't simply happen because you fall in love.
Oh and there's some action with a psycho-ex, a bit of best friend tomfoolery, some finding yourself, and a really hot landlord with secrets.
What inspired you to write this book?
You Own Me is one of what I call my “bipolar books.” I wrote it before I was diagnosed with bipolar and was having a manic episode. Before my diagnosis, I would periodically get super inspired, write like half a novel, then forget about it and move on. When I was finally diagnosed and got on meds I went back and organized all of my bipolar books and started reading You Own Me again. I was like, “hey this is kind of good!” At that time, You Own Me was just a shell of what it is now.
When I began to really write You Own Me it transmogrified in to semi-autobiography (semi, because I don't have a psycho, stalker ex). Lennox's journey to find what happiness really meant and get over the gnawing, sinking hole inside and be your own happiness was very similar to my own this year.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I don't judge how much I write by hours, but by word count. I try to get at least 1k words a day, but aim for around 2-5k. I'm a full-time student, have a part time job, and I'm also recovering from a chronic illness that's shackled me for the past ten years. My health has to come first in all things. I'd love to just say screw it and write all day, but then my health would fail.
Name your top five favourite books.
Such a hard question! I'm going to leave something out, I just know it. Okay...
Lying Game by Karina Halle is top 5 (as is her entire Experiment in Terror series).
Next comes the Kindred series by Evangeline Anderson. My entire Goodreads favorites shelf is basically Evangeline Anderson and Karina Halle!
I really love the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning.
The Sons of Wrath series by Keri Lake has had me gripped lately!
Last but not least is Sanctuary by William Faulkner & Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
I went over the five limit. Sorry!
What are you working on now?
I'm working on so much! I want to get two novels out this year. The first one is a comedy about a woman who owns a bookshop in Salt Lake City (my home town) and a man who wants to be a UFC fighter. The woman, Kay, is trying to get in shape and the man, Ryan, is studying for his GED. They strike a deal to help each other.
The idea for this novel came to me while I was trying to get in shape. My god the ridiculousness that ensues while being out of shape in a gym...
The second is a horror/romance set in Dublin.
While I write the novels I'm also periodically releasing erotic novellas on my nom de plume, Eva Natsumi.
Title: You Own Me
Author: Mary Catherine Gebhard
Genre: New Adult, Psychological Romance
“I’ll love you until you break my heart. I’ll give you the broken pieces of my heart as an offering to you, because you own it. Whole, shattered, alive, or dead; you own my heart no matter what condition it’s in. I’ll stay with you until you figure out how to feel. I’ll stay with you even if you never do.”
This is a story about happiness, and how it doesn’t simply happen because you fall in love.
Lennox is on the run from her ex-boyfriend. She had to drop everything, tell no one, and move to a new town, alone. She expected to be lonely, she expected to be afraid, but she never expected to meet a man named Vic who drove her crazy with lust and anger and called her “Lenny.” If it’s at all possible, Vic is more twisted than the man she ran away from.
She should ignore him, but they’re drawn to each other like magnets. Lennox ran from from Seattle to Santa Barbara to get away from violence, to create a new life, and to be something simple. Instead she’s found herself wrapped up in great friends and an epic love. This new life is the opposite of everything she wants, but it might just be everything she needs.
Mary Catherine Gebhard bites off more than she can chew and sometimes calls herself Eva Natsumi. She’s lived in Salt Lake City, Utah her entire life, but occasionally goes on vacation from reality. Don’t worry, she sends postcards.
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