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Catherine Chant

Catherine Chant is the author of a young time travel series available at and other online retailers, and two installments in the Vampire Diaries franchise via Amazon’s Kindle Worlds. She teaches several online classes for writers throughout the year, and her popular workshop GROW A BOOK: TURNING YOUR STORY IDEA INTO A WORKABLE PLOT is now available as an eBook, exclusively at

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June 2017

Interview with Suspense Author Kishan Paul

Suspense Author Kishan Paul


What inspired you to write mystery books?

For as long as I could read, I have loved books. Stories that made me turn the page and stay up all night reading to find out what happened next have always been my weakness. Writing The Second Wife Series had a similar impact on me. Once the idea of a kidnapped therapist entered my brain, I obsessed about it. Ally's story kept me up at night. I truly had no choice but to write it down – if for no other reason than to find out for myself what happened to her.

When you start a new mystery, do you plot it all out from the start (all the clues and red herrings) or does the story evolve as you write it?

My stories are very fluid and evolve as I write. Yes, I do plot the elements before I begin writing but things rarely go the way I planned. In fact, the clues and red herrings change completely and surprise the heck out of me. I contribute these changes to the fact that my characters evolve as I write them. The more I get to know them, the more I realize what they are and what they are not capable of doing. For example, in The Second Wife, there is a doctor – Nasif. When he first emerged, I saw no redeeming qualities about the man. But, as I got to know him better, he became human and endearing. As a result, his role in the story and the story itself changed dramatically.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on Book 3 of The Second Wife Series as well as on a contemporary romance.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block, and if so, how do you overcome it?

I wouldn't describe myself as “suffering” from writer's block. “Torment” or maybe even “torture” might be better descriptors of what writer's block does to me. Through experience, I have learned that I must keep writing (no matter how bad the writing is) and keep editing what I've written.  Sometimes rays of light come through those forced writings. Rays that then inspire me and create breakthroughs. Looming deadlines, however, appear to be the most effective destroyers of my writer's block.

How long does it typically take you to write a mystery book?

My books typically take a good six months to a year to craft. I have to admit, part of that time is spent walking away and spending a good day or two or three thinking/obsessing about what I've written and making mental tweaks before returning to the computer and fixing it.

When you start a new book, do you always know whodunit or does it sometimes come as a surprise to you?

LOL. I am finally coming to terms with the fact that I am a panster. In other words, the story comes to me as I write it.  Which means, I am usually surprised by the events in the book. When I start a new book, the story is usually inspired by a single scene. With The Second Wife, the scene was Ally locked away in a dark room. In The Widow's Keeper, it was a goodbye scene. The rest of the story is weaved around that one incident. Although the entire story may change in the process of writing, that one piece typically remains the same.




The Second Wife by Suspense Author Kishan Paul

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The Second Wife

***Amazon 2016 Kindle Book Awards WINNER***
***The McGrath House Independent Book Awards 2016 WINNER****
*** Maggie Award for Excellence 2016 Finalist ***
***BRAG Medallion Honoree***

If you want to live, you must let go of the past...

Twenty-eight-year-old psychologist, Alisha Dimarchi, is abducted by an obsessed client and imprisoned in his Pakistani compound for over two years. Forced to change her name and live as his second wife, her life is filled with trauma and heartbreak. Thrust into a world of violence and oppression, Ally must fight not only to keep herself alive but to protect the lives of the people she now considers family. At night, she retreats into her memories of the only man she has ever loved—a man she believes no longer loves her.

Thirty-four-year-old handsome surgeon, David Dimarchi, has spent the last two years mourning the disappearance of his wife. After a painful and isolated existence, he begins the process of healing. It is then he is visited by a stranger, who informs him that Ally is very much alive and needs his help. In a desperate attempt to save her, David enlists the help of a mercenary. Together they find themselves in the center of more than just a rescue mission. Will he be able to reach her in time, and if he does, will she still want him?

Don’t miss the next book in the series:
The Widow’s Keeper
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About the Author

From daring escapes by tough women to chivalrous men swooping in to save the day, the creativity switch to Kishan Paul's brain is always in the 'on' position. If daydreaming stories were a college course, Kish would graduate with honors.

Mother of two beautiful children, she has been married to her best friend for over 19 years. With the help of supportive family and friends, she balances her family, a thriving counseling practice, and writing without sinking into insanity.

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