Please welcome Catherine Castle who will introduce her new release “A Groom for Mama.” If you like romantic comedy, you’ll love this book. Welcome, Catherine.
On the release day of A Groom for Mama, I was handing out the book’s promotional excerpt booklet to an employee in the natural foods store I frequent and was asked, “Are any of your books made into plays or movies?”
I wish! Wouldn’t that be the absolute pinnacle for an author?
Unfortunately, I had to tell the clerk, “No.” But, the question did present an opportunity to talk about the origins of the story since A Groom for Mama started as a radio play.
A number of years ago, long before I was published in fiction, my husband and I heard about a contest for a radio play, held by a local radio station. You may not be old enough to remember radio plays, but my husband and I are. Before television entered into the American home, radio programs were one of the family indoor entertainments. Some classics included The Shadow, Sherlock Holmes, Fibber McGee and Molly, The Jack Benny Show, Burns and Allen, and The Lone Ranger. The shows were run live, and the dramas and comedies were complete with sound effects to let the listener in on what was happening: things like doors slamming, horses galloping, and piles of stuff falling out of Fibber McGee’s overstuffed closest.
Although we weren’t raised on radio plays, we knew what they were and enjoyed listening to them whenever we could find them on the airwaves. So, when the opportunity presented itself to write a radio play, we jumped at the chance. Our radio playfinaled in the contest, but didn’t win. So, we set it aside, considering it an exercise in playwriting, which we were into at the time.
A number of years later, I was looking for a new story plot and I remembered our radio play. I asked my husband if he’d mind if I used the basic premise—a dying mother wants her son to find a bride before she dies—to write a romantic comedy. He agreed.
I changed the main character to a female, added an ex-boyfriend to the mix, slipped in some sneaky ulterior motives on the characters’ part, and lengthened the story way beyond the original 30 minutes of air time. A new story, A Groom for Mama, was born, where a string of disastrous dates on a cross-country trip to find a cure for her mother’s cancer and a groom, put ex-lovers Allison and Jack in the path of a determined Cupid’s helper—Mama.Here’s a peek at the blurb, which I hope will whet your curiosity.
Beverly Walters is dying, and before she goes she has one wish—to find a groom for her daughter. To get the deed done, Mama enlists the dating service of Jack Somerset, Allison’s former boyfriend.
The last thing corporate-climbing Allison wants is a husband. Furious with Mama’s meddling, and a bit more interested in Jack than she wants to admit, Allison agrees to the scheme as long as Mama promises to search for a cure for her terminal illness.
A cross-country trip from Nevada to Ohio ensues, with a string of disastrous dates along the way, as the trio hunts for treatment and A Groom For Mama.
Want to read more about Mama’s, Allison’s and Jack’s escapades? Go to Amazon for your copy of this emotional, sweet romantic comedy A Groom for Mama.
About the Author:
Multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle has been writing all her life. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. Besides writing, Catherine loves traveling with her husband, singing, and attending theatre. In the winter she loves to quilt and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) in her sewing case. In the summer her favorite place to be is in her garden. She’s passionate about gardening and even won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club.
Her debut inspiration romantic suspense, The Nun and the Narc, from Soul Mate Publishing was an ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2014 EPIC finalist, and the winner of the 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award and the 2014 RONE Award. Her most recent release, A Groom for Mama, is a sweet romantic comedy from Soul Mate Publishing. Both books are available on Amazon.
Where to find Catherine on the Internet:
Catherine’s website: https://catherinecastle1.wordpress.com
Catherine’s blog: http://catherinecastle1.wordpress.com/blog/
Catherine’s Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/catherinecastle
Catherine’s Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7085414.Catherine_Castle
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorCCastle @AuthorCCastle
Stitches Thru Time: http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/
SMP authors blog site: http://smpauthors.wordpress.com/
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Thanks for hosting me today, June!
Catherine, thanks for sharing your book A Groom for Mama. I love romantic comedy. Best wishes with your sales. I hope many readers discover this great book.