Stories that Matter

It's ACFW Conference Time!

I know, it’s been an age. And honestly, I’m not sure you’ll hear much from me around here anymore. I haven’t quite ‘hit’ the formulae that keeps people hooked. So this is more of a fun post that my friend Laurie Tomlinson has going, so I thought I’d join in the fun. It’s almost time for the annual American Christian Fiction Writers conference! I’ll be heading to Dallas next week to spend a few days learning craft, talking books and writing, and hanging out with friends, and squeezing in a few meetings in between all the fun. But the meetings will be fun too. So generally, it’s a grand old time and I can’t wait! So let’s find out who’s going, and get to know each other!

Here’s how to play:

– Copy/paste the questions and fill out your own answers in a post on your own website and paste the URL to that specific post (not your homepage) using this handy link-up tool. Just click on the button below that says “Add your link”. If you don’t have a website, feel free to answer the questions in the comments below!

– Make sure to link back to Laurie’s post after you fill out your answers so any of your readers who are conference attendees can participate, too! The more, the merrier.

Here are my answers!

Name: Cathy West

Location: Bermuda

What you write/tagline/trademark: Stories that Resonate. I write Women’s Fiction for Harper Collins Christian Publishing.

Place in the book world: I have three indie pubbed book and two traditionally published books out in the world, and one on the way!

On a scale of hugger to 10-foot-pole, please rate your personal space: Um. It depends. 🙂 But if you want to hug me, I’ll probably be fine with it.

Something VERY serious: How do you take your Starbucks? I like Pikes Place with milk and sweetener. I also love iced vanilla lattes and caramel machiattos but they’re totally bad for me. 🙂

The unique talking points that will get you going for hours: Wow. I have no idea. Dogs? My new baby granddaughter. The publishing industry, writing real. And we could talk politics but let’s not. 🙂

Loved ones at home you’ll be missing: Hubby, daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter and my border collie Noah!

Conference goals we can pray for? I don’t do so well in big groups of people, so I always need a calm and collected spirit, as well as some boldness. Meeting new people is sometimes challenging too. I would also love to do some brainstorming for what to write next, and come home with a clear idea of that.

Anything we can celebrate with you? My next book releases June 2018, and it has a title, When Hope Begins, and a beautiful cover in the works too!

One or two ways we can help you build your platform? You can like my author page on Facebook and sign up for my email list by visiting my website!

Now it’s your turn! And don’t forget to go back to Laurie’s page to post your blog link when you’re done!
Hope to see you in Dallas!!



  1. Stacey Zink on September 15, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    I’ll be at ACFW, too. I’d love to meet you! I hope our paths cross.

    • Cathy West on September 17, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Okay I will look out for you!

  2. Sherrinda Ketchersid on September 17, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Congratulations on the new book AND new grandbaby! Sounds like blessing abound!

  3. Laura C. Brandenburg on September 18, 2017 at 10:44 am

    It’s nice to meet you, Cathy! Congrats on your new book. I hope I see you in Grapevine.

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