Celebrate 100 Books with Cathy Williams
Author Cathy Williams has been writing passionate, glamorous reads since 2004, and we are so excited to celebrate her 100th book! The Mills & Boon blog had a chance to sit down with her and learn more about the life of a Harlequin Presents author.
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First of all, congratulations on your 100th book! What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned on your writing journey so far?
I suppose the biggest lesson learnt when it comes to writing is the importance of order and discipline. Working from home can be subject to a thousand and one interruptions, from vital cups of coffee with friends to a tempting dash to the shops! It takes effort to arrange the week in a way that follows a routine because without routine, deadlines would stand a very high risk of being bypassed. All these years later, it’s hard to think of what I would do with a week if I took the writing out of it!
What are some of the standout moments from your career as a romance author?
There have been many standout moments over the years but I guess the nicest one was receiving that very first letter inviting me in to chat about becoming a Mills and Boon writer. An absolutely exciting and joyous moment and the start of a truly fulfilling career.
Did you always know that you wanted to be a writer?
I can honestly say that I had no idea that I would end up writing. I always enjoyed writing but as a career? It never occurred to me until I was pregnant with my first child, at which point I returned to my love of reading Mills and Boons when I was young and wondered if I could give it a go. Have never looked back!
How would you describe a signature Cathy Williams book?
When it comes to my books, I like to make the plots and characters as varied as possible. Life is full of twists and turns and unlikely outcomes so why not reflect all of that in what I write!
What was the inspiration behind your 100th book, His Secretary’s Nine-Month-Notice?
For my 100th book, I returned to one of my favorite themes, which is the boss/secretary dynamic. There is so much scope to explore how working with someone can lead to loving them without even realizing it! It is always a pleasure to explore how familiarity can grow into something much deeper, taking hero and heroine by surprise.
What do you do in your spare time when you’re not writing?
As a grandmother of three, and soon to be four…much of my spare time is spent with grand children, and when I’m not with them, I try and get out onto the golf course, where I enjoy playing terrible golf. I love walking (and my two dogs don’t let me forget that) and experimenting with food. Cooking and eating!
USA Todaybestselling author Cathy Williams delights with her 100th book — you won’t want to miss this sparklingly sexy pregnancy romance!
There’s a billionaire on her doorstep…ready to secure his legacy!
As commanding tycoon Matt’s secretary, it’s Violet’s job to be prepared for anything. Though absolutely nothing could have prepared her for today. Handing in her notice was not part of dedicated Violet’s plan…and definitely not because she’s carrying her boss’s baby!
Still, nothing is quite as unexpected as Matt’s reaction. He wants his child—and Violet! It’s a negotiation he’s determined to win…but he’ll need to offer more than just passion for Violet to sign on the dotted line of a marriage contract!
This post originally appeared on the Mills & Boon blog.