Guest Post: Cathy Perkins

Thanks for inviting me back to the Mysteristas!

It’s been fun reading all the collecting posts this month.

I was at the beach last week—a writing retreat with a wonderful group of authors—and watched people stroll the beach, head down, collecting shells. Don’t get me wrong, I have quite an scstateshellassortment of shells at home—whelks, sand dollars, scotch bonnets, conchs and shark’s teeth. Bits and pieces that remind me of places we visited and good times with our children.

That day I was looking for shells for a friend—another author who’d never seen a lions paw or auger, much less a lettered olive, the smooth shiny official state shell. Of course, she’s convinced an alligator is going to lumber out of the shallows or a shark will show up in the waters beyond our island cottage—but that’s a different story.

Except, when you think about it, maybe it is the story. Everyone at the rereat needed to write to meet deadlines—and because writing is what we do—we were also collecting memories, weaving new sections of a friendship tapestry. Those shells serve as a trigger—a remember when—to memories that nurture freindships. A network of friends sees you through the darkest—and brightest—times.

In my latest release, CYPHER, Cara Wainwright calls on her network of friends for insight into the deadly mystery surrounding Cypher, her family’s business. Although Detective David Morris wishes Cara would stay out of the investigation—and out of harm’s way—Cara can’t stand by and watch her family be destroyed.

My network of friends offers a different kind of support from brainstorming to cheering each stage of a new story. While I write stories where the plot twists and turns and everyone has a secret, I’m glad I’m not running from an assassin when I do it!


Cypher-Cover-Final-72dpiAn award-winning author, Cathy Perkins works in the financial industry, where she’s observed the hide-in-plain-sight skills employed by her villains. She writes predominantly financial-based mysteries but enjoys exploring the relationship aspect of her characters’ lives. A member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America (Kiss of Death chapter) and International Thriller Writers, she is a contributing editor for The Big Thrill, handles the blog and social media for the ITW Debut Authors, and coordinated for the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.

When not writing, she can be found doing battle with the beavers over the pond height or setting off on another travel adventure. Born and raised in South Carolina, the setting for CYPHER, HONOR CODE and THE PROFESSOR, she now lives in Washington with her husband, children, several dogs and the resident deer herd.


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13 thoughts on “Guest Post: Cathy Perkins”

  1. Thanks for visiting, Cathy. I love shells (I think I had a pair of earrings made of the kind in the picture). And yes, having friends to cheer you at each writing stage is priceless.


  2. Some of my most peaceful moments as a child was walking by the edge of the sea and picking up shells from the abundance scattered there.


  3. Good morning! Thanks for letting me visit with you. I love walking the South Carolina beaches – long stretches of sand and gentle surf. Although I live in the Pacific NW now, like the sea turtles, I have to go back to those SC islands at least once a year.


  4. Since I love the beach, I loved this post. And I didn’t realize it until someone asked me about the theme of my first novel, but it was friendship. And many of my later work has also have female friendships running through them. They are so important to every woman’s life. Good luck with your latest book.


  5. I love the beach, too, and especially the Carolina beaches! Sounds like a very productive writers retreat, and all the better with friends.


  6. Attending a writers’ retreat is on my wish list; a writers’ retreat near the ocean? Heaven! I’m always happier, calmer, and more creative near the sea. Love the concept of a friendship tapestry! Beautiful. Thanks for visiting us again!


  7. I love wandering the California beaches looking for pretty/interesting shells. I once was so taken by their beauty that I said I would collect several and give them out as Christmas presents. (I was told the recipients would not understand…).

    I particularly love this part of your blog post: “Except, when you think about it, maybe it is the story. Everyone at the retreat needed to write to meet deadlines—and because writing is what we do—we were also collecting memories, weaving new sections of a friendship tapestry.”

    I think I need a writer’s retreat!


  8. @Theresa – The beaches near Seattle (and further up the coast) are wonderfully dramatic! I love the sea stacks and all the creatures you find in the tidal pools. (But I have to admit, it’s not ‘the beach’ for me)


  9. @Pamela & Diane – writing retreats don’t have to be big extravaganzas! Grab your best writing buds and go! Find a house, split the cost and everyone piles in to share cooking. I come home so re-energized 🙂


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