Grace was in love with Vincente Marino, but she only loved him from afar. She knew that she was totally out of his league, but at the same time, she had hope. She believed that love was a mathematical equation. She believed that true love was predetermined. It was like any other mathematical formula—you just had to search, seeking it out until you found the perfect golden mean. Then, and with all of the numbers from the correct sequence in place, the universe would help conspire for two people, any two people, to fall in love. Grace Greenway was waiting for her golden mean to click into sequence so that she and Vincente Marino would find that perfect state of love.
Cathy McGough lives in Stratford, Ontario, Canada with her husband, son and two cats Rosie and Layla. Cathy is the published author of three novels Three Friends, Interviews With Legendary Writers From Beyond and A Mathematical State of Grace, plus a book of poetry Painting With Words and several short stories including Death Wish. Cathy is the Publisher of a quarterly magazine which is distributed in print and digital form called Stratford Living. For information on Cathy’s writing people visit her website http://www.cathymcgough.com. For information on Stratford Living http://www.stratfordliving.ca.
Interview with Vanessa Kings’ Books
HI Vanessa. I was born in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. My first part time job was at K-Mart printing signs. My background is in print (newspapers.) I am the oldest of 5 children (two brothers and two sisters.) I have a husband of 29 years and a son who turns 18 in July. I have two cats, Rosie and Layla.
How did you come up with the title of “A Mathematical State of Grace”?
I had finished several drafts, but could not find the right title. Then I read Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love this was his line:
“I think that while we were still converging, before we made contact, we were in a state of mathematical grace.”
From that quote was born A Mathematical State of Grace.
Grace is my favourite character. She is very brave and she has a very big heart.
What genre do you enjoy writing the most and why?
I don’t choose the genre the genre chooses me. This is my first book in YA. I also have a book called Three Friends which is Romance/Adventure and one in Historical Fiction called Interviews With Legendary Writers From Beyond. Plus I have a book of poetry called Painting With Words and a Short Story called Death Wish. After I am finished with the Book 2 A Mathematical State of Grace I will be working on a new novel called Ribby’s Secret which is a Thriller.
How would you describe your writing style?
I write with my heart – sometimes the technical stuff can fall through the cracks but that is what a good editor is for.
What authors inspire your writing?
I classify inspiration in two different ways: Authors who are still on the planent and author who aren’t.
In the Living category:
Ian McEwan is one of my favourite authors who is currently with us. He inspired the title of my current novel A Mathematical State of Grace. I’m a big fan of the Jack Reacher series (Lee Child) and Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone mysteries. I love exploring characters who flesh out like Jack and Kinsey and this inspires me. Margaret Atwood Canadian too with such longevity and diversity. Stephen King, again diversity and integration of pop culture into his work. Paul Coehlo lifts my spirit.
In the passed on category:
Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, Stephen Leacock, Kipling, all of these I “interviewed” in my book “Interviews With Legendary Writers From Beyond.) Also Richard Adams, John Fowles – I could go on. So much inspiration out there if only I had more time!
What would you like to be if you weren’t a writer?
I am the Publisher of a magazine I started called Stratford Living Quarterly Magazine and I also write articles. I would find a way to write, one way or another.
What are you working on now?
I am finishing the final edit for Book 2 of A Mathematical State of Grace.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just do it! There is no one else in the world who can tell the story like you will! Read, then Read some more, then Read some more and so on and so forth. An excellent resource highly recommended: Stephen King’s On Writing.
Thank you for the opportunity to do this interview!
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