All Kate wanted was a peaceful life.
All Ryan wanted to do was destroy it.
Living in the remote Scottish Highlands under Witness Protection, life is finally happy for Kate Ward and her young son Joe, until someone from Kate’s past appears. Ryan Albright is the only person that knows all of Kate’s secrets, and what she had to do to escape her previous abusive relationship. Ryan is determined to complete the mission set for him by Kate’s ex-husband. Systematically and violently, he pulls Kate’s new world apart with devasting consequences for everyone around him, including Kate who must face up to the lie she told.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I am very lucky to have a writing shed in my back garden “Shed of Words’ so this is where I spend most of my time. I’m an early bird so mornings are my most productive time.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
Not really. I listen to music and that varies depending on the scene I’m writing. If it’s character building, then just the radio on in the background as the chatter helps me concentrate weirdly. If the scene is intense or full of high drama, then anything by Hans Zimmer.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Coffee – lots of coffee!
– What is your favourite book?
My favourite book of all time is an old classic called Forever Amber which is an eighteenth-century historical love story. If I was to choose from the crime genre then there are far too many to pin it down to one!
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Hmmm, not sure. I feel I’ve found my groove with crime thrillers but if a new idea came knocking that was outside that genre, I’d give it a go!
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Subconsciously, yes. My son recognised himself as young Joe in The Lie She Told, and this wasn’t deliberate.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I do, and in my family I’m renown for it – everyone knows I’ll have paper & a pencil somewhere, but I increasingly use my phone for notes too.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I don’t think there is one. I struggle with Science Fiction and fantasy – I’m too much of a realist in everyday life, I think.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Stephen King, no question.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Maine, US – see above 😊
Thank you, Catherine Yaffe and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Catherine Yaffe is a former freelance journalist, magazine editor and digital marketing agency owner. Catherine has previously written non-fiction books on Digital Marketing before following her passion for writing crime novels full time.
The Lie She Told is the first in a series of books that challenge the status quo of relationships and makes the reader question how well you know those around you.
Catherine lives in West Yorkshire with her husband Mark and their 2 cats Jenson & Button (she’s also a F1 fan!)