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Monday, June 8, 2020

Cathy Richmond and Free Books!

She wants to race Amelia Earhart. He's afraid of flying. Will their relationship ever get off the ground?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Denise Hunter's contemporary romance, Carolina Breeze, is:


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And now let's chat with novelist Cathy Richmond, author of the historical inspirational romance, Off the Ground (November 2019).

Cathy Richmond was working as an occupational therapist and raising her children when a special folk song sparked a story within her. Nineteen years later, her mail-order-bride story, Spring for Susannah, was published.

Her novel, Through Rushing Water, gave her the opportunity to share an untold chapter of the civil rights movement and use her experience as a missionary in Jamaica.

Third Strand of the Cord is her tribute to the amazing families of special needs children she's worked with.

Since her mother is a Virginia history librarian, Cathy took advantage of her expertise and set Gilding the Waters at mineral springs resorts in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

And now in Off the Ground, she shares her love of flying and her grandfather’s courage in starting a business during the Great Depression.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I have a private pilot’s license.

So you definitely wrote Off the Ground from a place of knowledge! Please tell us a bit more about the plot of the book.

As the Roaring Twenties come to a close, Mac McFarland falls head over heels for live-wire Corrie Tinley. Now that she’s graduated, they’re allowed to date. But before he can sweep her off the dance floor and into his life, her father gives her a winged death trap—a biplane. Refusing to stick around to see her crash, Mac leaves without saying goodbye.

Corrie’s family treats her like a dumb Dora, but her former basketball coach is respectful and attentive. Mac has a noble air like Lindbergh and dark hair waving over his forehead like Gary Cooper. She can’t wait to take him flying in her new biplane, but he’s disappeared. If she can’t find him, is she destined to fly solo the rest of her life?

What is it about Corrie that will make your readers care about her?

When flying becomes an obsession for Corrie, Mac wonders how to rein in her enthusiasm without crushing her spirit. He discovers the fear that drives her and gives her the love she needs to heal.

If your publisher asked you to write a novel incorporating the coronavirus in some respect, what might you write about?

I work in a hospital, so the story would have heroes overcoming fear and conquering COVID!

Again, you would be able to write from personal experience! 

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

I just finished Julie Lessman’s A Wing and a Prayer, about another female pilot who has a big lesson to learn. What fun to be back with the O’Connor family again!

And I’ve been on a Kellie Coates Gilbert kick. I’m in awe of her skill weaving plots and propelling the story with cliffhangers.

What are you working on now?

America is known as the land of the rugged individualist, but the US was also a hotbed of communes, cults, and utopian societies. Most of these groups imploded after a few years. I’m exploring one in Iowa. Why did people join? What caused the group to fall apart? How do you recover from that?

What a fascinating subject, Cathy. I'll bet there aren't that many people aware of that part of our history (I wasn't). 

Where else can readers find you online?

I love to hear from readers! You can find me at www.CatherineRichmond.com, and Facebook

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

Readers, if you would like to read a sample reading from the book, click HERE (and click on Look Inside).

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

Corrie’s biplane has two seats. What’s the smallest plane you’ve ridden in?

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Stacey said...

When I was a child, my Grandfather has a Cessna Skyhawk. He used to take me up all the time. I'm convinced he gave me my love of flying.


StarofMoonDancer said...

My best friends father had a Cessna and I got to fly it the first time I went up.
It was amazing....Women can do anything they set their mind to...WRITE ON.
Sandra Beck

Cathy Richmond said...

What fun to fly with your Grandfather, Stacy! Hooray for getting to fly the first time you went up, Sandra! Cessna's are great - with the high wing, you can see so much! Blessings!

Lori said...

When our two kids were young, we all went to an airshow. Each plane fit six people. So our family of four and two pilots got to fly up. That started our son loving planes. He fell in love with the Tuskegee Airmen before that time. After we flew that day, he got to talk to three of these wonderful men. They were so excited to have a young man of six, who knew so much about them, that they spent extra time with our son. They gave him some things that they didnt have on the table for everyone else to take. He has them along with a picture of him standing with these men in a memory box on his wall to this day. He is now 35. Oh one random thing about me? I did rodeo barrel racing for a few years.
quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

Faith said...

Wow! Cathy, you have such a wealth of lie experiences and talents to draw from when writing your novels!

I have only been on a plane once, it was a commercial airplane with one aisle down the middle and 2 seats on either side, I think there were about 40 of us on the plane. It is the smallest and biggest plane that I have ever been on ;)

crazi.swans @ gmail dot com

Caryl Kane said...

I've flown in a two seat plane. It was several years ago, so I don't remember the type.

Cathy, I enjoy aviation stories. I'm adding yours to my Goodreads shelf.



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Esther said...

Took my grand daughter to get a flight with a friend pilot for her 14th birthday and he gave me a flight...only two seats as a trainer plane. It was a very tight fit but loved the view. I've always loved flying as my desire growing up overseas in missions I wanted to be a jungle pilot.

Patricia Hawes said...

I don't know. It was a major airline.

Cathy Richmond said...

Lori, What an honor for your son to meet his heroes, the Tuskegee Airmen! Faith, some people would call the plane you rode on a puddle jumper, but I call it an airliner! Caryl, thanks for adding OFF THE GROUND to your shelf - let me know what you think! Sarah, I hope you'll enjoy flying with Corrie! Esther, I got to fly in a small plane with a missionary pilot who flies in Ecuador - rugged country! Patricia, no doubt your airline had a larger plane than Corrie's two-seat biplane! Thanks all, for sharing your airplane stories!

Joan A said...

My first plane ride was in a 5 seater! I am afraid of heights and was terrified! My next one was in a 747 to Hawaii! I wanted to go so bad that I decided to try another flight -- a long one. I love flying on large planes now! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

Cathy Richmond said...

Joan, those big jets are comfortable and fast, but for seeing the country smaller planes are the best!

Trish Perry said...

Most of my experience flying has been in large commercial planes. But back in the 80s, my sister and I were on our way home from a trip to Italy. We were in New York and managed to get tickets on a small plane to fly down to DC. It held maybe 20 people. It was a noisy and bumpy flight because we were flying through a storm. In fact, the storm had hit before we got on the plane. I still remember being drenched in my little pantsuit and sitting in that freezing cold AC, my wet hair plastered against my head. And to boot, we realized as we waited to get on the plane that the long-haired guys waiting with us were Led Zeppelin. Needless to say, they did NOT hit on us.



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