Catchpenny: Wicked Lover by Sarah Wathen @SWathen_Author



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On writing Catchpenny:

Have you ever wondered about that girl at the edge of the crowd? The one who has dark, bushy hair that hides her eyes while she’s reading, but tight shirts that don’t even try to hide the size of her breasts? You’ve heard the rumors, you know the rude nicknames, and you wonder what she really does when she’s not in school. She never comes to parties and she lives in a part of town to which you’d never venture. Everyone tries to ignore her…but there is something about her that’s impossible to ignore. Especially for the star quarterback, apparently. Because he just asked her to the Homecoming dance, after dumping the head cheerleader.

Catchpenny tells the story from the eyes of “that girl,” and Wicked Lover is just the beginning of this coming of age serial novel. The idea of this story came about as an off-shoot from The Bound Chronicles, and the Catchpenny protagonists have become some of my very favorite characters.

Bound…it has all an audience might look for in a good long read. Action–murder, maiming, and treachery. Love–passion, heartache, and longing. Drama–unfolding mystery, interwoven social connections, and twisting plot-lines. As much as I’ve enjoyed writing about Candy Vale and all her friends and enemies in Bound, the fact is I just can’t stuff everything into one story, especially in my small town Shirley County setting.

After I finished the first book in the series, The Tramp, and I awaited the return of my manuscript from my editor, thoughts naturally continued to blossom. I wondered about all those minor characters in The Tramp that I never expounded upon. What else happened in that classroom, at that game, at that dance? Who do the main characters mention in passing, that could be the most interesting?

That’s what Catchpenny is about, and it was such fun to write. Forget about all the intricate plot details and mysterious weavings of the Bound Chronicles. Catchpenny is a love story, plain and simple. I liked to call it an unabashed romance. Don’t think too hard–just enjoy.

That’s how I felt until I really got into the meat of it anyway! But, how can a teenage love story really end up simple? Catchpenny has blossomed into a full-scale, coming of age novel. In six parts.

Part One: Wicked Lover is scheduled for release July 1, 2015. Click here to get an email reminder when it comes out. Click HERE for an excerpt.

You may have noticed the dueling cover art at the top of the page? In the beginning, I had an online vote and the right side won. But, I still love the left painting and I just couldn’t let it die. It will live here at least, though the final results were in a long time ago…

About the Author:

An artist turned author, Sarah Wathen is a storyteller by trade and a painter at heart. She was trained in Classical Painting at the University of Central Florida, then completed graduate studies in Fine Art at Parson’s School of Design in New York City. Her first step into the world of independent publishing was as an illustrator, and Sarah quickly realized she wanted to write her own books rather than illustrate others. That reinvention came as no surprise to family and friends, who remember her as a child always ready to turn a tale. Hours spent under the backyard stairs with her sister—dreaming up imaginary friends with outlandish names like Afisha and Pekins, and designing social networks called the Plant Club and the Tutu Group—were recorded and illustrated, too. Copies still exist under lock and key!

Sarah currently resides in Florida and runs the indie label, LayerCake Productions. Look for her first novel, a paranormal mystery due for release in April 2015: The Tramp, Book One of the Bound Chronicles.

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