Stories that Matter

Crazy Times!

Well, I have to apologize – due to technical difficulties and traveling non-stop for the last few weeks – I’ve been lax in my blogging, and have not managed to post my Featured Friday Author. But then I figured, since last Friday was my birthday,(not sure what that has to do with anything),  and I am an author, I could feature myself. And do a giveaway!
Pretty smart thinking, eh? So, here we go!

Who Are You?

I’m an incredibly blessed wife to an amazing man, we’ve been married 26 years now, so when people ask me if I think my daughter is young to be getting married at 23, I say no, I was married at 20 and it worked out just fine!! We have two incredibly talented children – Sarah, the daughter getting married in May, is a photographer, and our son, Chris, is a musician studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. We’re so proud of them both we can hardly stand it. 🙂

I’m someone who is constantly amazed by God’s grace. And awed that He calls me His.

I love dogs – we have a four-year-old Border Collie, Noah, who is my third child, since ours have both flown the coop! He’s pretty much a one person dog and when I’m home he’ll be right there by my feet. And yes, he does collaborate on my stories with me. 🙂

I love to write stories about forgiveness, redemption and hope, and being able to share them with readers is such a cool thing!

Where Are You Now?

I’m in a very satisfied place in my life. I’ve had two books released, Yesterday’s Tomorrow, and Hidden in the Heart, which has been a dream come true in so many ways. I get to stay home and do what I love to do, which is write. I’ve got a couple projects with my agent at the moment that we’re going to be sending out in the near future, so I’m excited to see what will happen with those books. I’m working on another story now that’s been on the back-burner for a while. And I’m just trying to keep my head afloat amidst it all!

Where Are You Going?

That’s the exciting part – I don’t really know! But I do know that God has it all laid out, and I’ll just go along for the ride! It’s been a great one so far, along with some ups and downs and hard times, which served to bring me closer to Him, so I’m just trusting that next chapter of my life will be full of the same. I wouldn’t mind if there were no hard times though, but that’s all part of the journey, isn’t it?

Cathy’s Latest Book:

Everything Claire wants seems to be beyond her reach…

 After losing her mother to cancer and suffering a miscarriage soon after, Claire

Ferguson numbs the pain with alcohol and pills, and wonders if her own life is

worth living.

Adopted at birth, Claire is convinced she has some unknown genetic flaw

that may have been the cause of her miscarriage. She must find a way to deal

with the guilt she harbors. But exoneration will come with a price.

With her marriage in trouble and her father refusing to answer any

questions about her adoption, Claire begins the search for her birth mother.

For the first time in her life, she really wants to know where she came from.

But what if the woman who gave her life doesn’t want to be found?


For all those who have loved, experienced loss,

and lived life’s roller-coaster 

How to win a copy!

Leave me a comment on this post, LIKE my Facebook Author Page, and FOLLOW my blog or sign up for my newsletter on my WEBSITE (one or all of the above!) and that’s it. I’ll pick a winner and announce it next week.!

I’ve been told that 1 in 3 people have been affected by adoption. Have you or do you know someone who has? 



  1. Dana Spille on October 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Would LOVE to WIN a copy of your book. Thank -you ,Dana

    • Cathy West on October 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Dana!

  2. luggagelady on October 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    My husband endured a crazy adoption experience as a child (ie: abandoned by two mothers in a row and raised by an alcoholic adoptive father)…When I first met him, I wasn’t certain my heart was big enough to fill all his “voids,” but I loved him to pieces. I researched everything I could get my hands on regarding the lingering impact of adoption/abandonment on the adoptee. We also did a lot of work as a couple.We’ve been married over thirteen years now! I too have written a novel about this issue, but from the male perspective of learning to trust a woman enough to ever find love. My heart goes out to you and congratulations on your well deserved success! I’d absolutely love to read your book!! 🙂

    • Cathy West on October 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Yours sounds like an interesting book! What is the title?

      • luggagelady on October 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm

        Hi Cathy, so great to hear from YOU! “Have written” the book, but still editing/re-tweaking for the umpteenth time. As I’m sure you can appreciate. 😉 Fingers crossed for publishing this SOON. Title is UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE. Main characters happen to be a pilot/flight attendant respectively. So the title is both a literal and figurative spin on how the baggage of one’s past can influence their future if not addressed and “checked” so to speak. That’s where my “Luggage Lady” blog idea came from…We ALL have baggage. Some is just a lot more cumbersome…

  3. Kaye Whitney on October 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    My husband’s two brothers and their wives adopted a son, after they had had their first child. Their purpose was to reach out and adopt a child already born, instead of having a second one themselves. I totally respected their choices and they loved all of their children equally. I was blessed in loving my nieces and nephews.

    • Cathy West on October 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      That’s awsome, Kaye! 🙂

  4. Carrie Chwierut on October 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    i read the first chapter online and I’d love to win the book! 🙂

  5. Amy C on October 19, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I have not or have known anyone affected by adoption. My best friend is thinking about it.
    I follow blog and Facebook.
    Campbellamyd at Gmail dot com

    • Cathy West on October 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      Hi Amy, thanks for dropping by the blog!

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