Where There’s Smoke by Cathy Cole

Firefighter Jo Woods’ life stopped the night her husband and daughter died. Discovering they were murdered just kick-started it again.

Jo Woods is struggling to hold on to her job and her sanity. Banished to the backwater town of Mourne Lough she vows to stop making waves, admit her family’s death was an accident and the guilt she feels is just plain old survivor guilt.

Then she finds the roses and everything changes. The killer hasn’t stopped. He’s here. In the same town. Stalking her.

And once again no one believes her.

After seven years of avoiding family and friends, Jo is alone and friendless in a strange town. In order to survive and, more importantly, bring the killer to justice, she must overcome her fears, embrace her new life. And she must do it quickly, because the killer has his sights set on her and he’s willing to kill anyone who gets in his way.

Enter Ian “Coop” Cooper, who sets her pulse fluttering and her antenna into overdrive. Does she dare trust him?

One thing Jo is clear about: This killer destroyed her past once before. No way is she going to let him destroy her future.

No matter what it takes!

Targeted Audience: Adult

Author Bio:
Cathy Cole lives in Northern Ireland with her husband, two sons, and Dexter, a dog who thinks he's her third son.

After being diagnosed with AS (Ankylosing Spondylitis), Cathy was forced to give up work and began writing. She writes both short stories and novels. Her first short – a humorous take on giving up smoking – won a national award and was broadcast on local radio. Her next took second place in the University of Winchester "Reaching Out" competition. You'll also find her work in the 2009 and 2010 A Writers' Christmas—anthologies published for charity. Her latest short story success was with Bridge House Publishing's Crime After Crime anthology, released December 2012

Spurred by the success of her short stories, Cathy turned to writing novels. Her debut novel Where There's Smoke—published by Fireborn Publishing—was inspired by the bravery of firefighters everywhere, but especially by those who gave so much on 9-11. Cathy has drawn directly upon her family's experience in the fire brigade in order to bring realism to her story.

At the moment, Cathy is hard at work on her next novel The Hungry Ghost.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve always been in awe of the work that the emergency services do – never more so than after 9/11. They are a tight unit, more like family, which got me thinking. What if a firefighter thought a murderous arsonist was at work, and none of her comrades believed her? How would she react? What, if anything, could she do? From those questions the story was born.

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About the Author
Cathy Cole lives in Northern Ireland with her husband, two sons, and Dexter, a dog who thinks he’s her third son.

After being diagnosed with AS (Ankylosing Spondylitis), Cathy was forced to give up work and began writing. She writes both short stories and novels. Her first short – a humorous take on giving up smoking – won a national award and was broadcast on local radio. Her next took second place in the University of Winchester “Reaching Out” competition. You’ll also find her work in the 2009 and 2010 A Writers’ Christmas—anthologies published for charity. Her latest short story success was with Bridge House Publishing’s Crime After Crime anthology, released December 2012

Spurred by the success of her short stories, Cathy turned to writing novels. Her debut novel Where There’s Smoke—published by Fireborn Publishing—was inspired by the bravery of firefighters everywhere, but especially by those who gave so much on 9-11. Cathy has drawn directly upon her family’s experience in the fire brigade in order to bring realism to her story.

At the moment, Cathy is hard at work on her next novel The Hungry Ghost.

What inspires you to write romance books?
Love is what makes the world go round. A book isn’t complete unless it has some element of romance in it – at least to me. Most of my themes are dark – revenge, jealousy, murder – adding a touch of romance stops the book from becoming too bleak.

Tell us about how you write:
I’m a panster all the way. I have tried to plot out the story beforehand, but it never works for me. Usually, I’ll have a first line in mind and a good idea of how the story will end up, but the rest is a mystery.

I’m inclined to jump from scene to scene as they come to me. I use Scrivener to help me keep my chapters and characters under control. It’s a brilliant writing aid. I try to write every day. Sometimes I’m successful, other times…well, I call them ‘Thinking Days’. When the writing isn’t going well, I take the chance to do research or flesh out characters.

Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Of course. Doesn’t every writer? I love the way we’re strangers at the beginning of the book, but by the end, we’ve become good friends. I usually write out a detailed background for my main characters. Most of it is never used, but it’s a good way to get to know them.

What advice would you give other writers?
Write what inspires you and don’t give up. Writing can be hard, it can also be lonely, but there’s no feeling in the world like finally completing the first draft of a novel.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
In the beginning, I wasn’t that bothered about getting the book published, I was just happy to have finished it. It wasn’t until a few beta readers told me how it good it was and that I should definitely try publishing it that I decided to do something about it. Being a total newbie, I started subbing to publishers, having no idea I should try and get an agent first. I had a lot of rejections and a few requests for fulls, which kept me going. When nothing came from the fulls, I shelved the book for a while. Then, last year I decided to start subbing again. I immediately got an offer from Fireborn Publishing.

I've no idea why, after so many rejections, the book finally started to get offers. Maybe it was timing? I am a member of a couple of writing sites, and the writers there helped me craft and refine my query and cover letter until they were the best they could possibly be. That’s the thing about most writers, they’re generous with their time and advice – not many professions can say the same.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the demand for e-books will rise, as will the demand for shorter novels. People don’t have time anymore to sit down to a huge book. That’s not to say that print books will go out of fashion. A lot of people – myself included – prefer a physical book. There’s just something about the feel and smell of a book that thrills me.

What genres do you write?
Romance, mystery, suspense

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

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