Today we travel to the UK to chat with Catherine Greenall about how environmentalism, driving change, animal welfare, Hayley Mills, playing the guitar, The Beatles, going for walks, Alfred Hitchcock, being brave, and living on Mars come together as part of Catherine’s outlook on life.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am based in the UK. I am an environmentalist and a vegan and I write to send a message about the harm humans do to our environment and animals.
In which genre do you write?
I write Post-Apocalyptic sci fi thrillers.
How many published books do you have?
Six. The trilogy, a vegan cookbook ‘Vegans Can’t Eat Anything!” and two short story collections.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer and what ignited your author’s flame?
I have always wanted to write and began this more seriously when I had more time after retiring. I was concerned about the issues that humans cause to the world around them. I wanted to drive change, however small.
What are you currently reading?
Pandemic by A.G Riddle which has a lot of resonance to my Quirk of Destiny trilogy
Where did the idea for your most recent book come from?
From my concerns about the environment, animal welfare and the damage we are doing to our health from GM and other toxic food.
What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of?
I love Whistle Down The Wind starring Hayley Mills, which was filmed in the area where I was brought up and the children were about my age at the time when I first watched it. I love the innocence of the children and how they misinterpret adults’ actions. . Also, I must include A Hard Day’s Night starring The Beatles! A favourite band of mine.
Can you play a musical instrument?
I can play guitar – and would play it even better if I practiced more!
What do you do when not writing or marketing your books?
I love walking in the countryside and by the sea, wildlife watching, reading, theatre and music.
What songs hit you with a wave of nostalgia every time you hear them?
Anything by The Beatles!
What is the most enjoyable thing you’ve found through writing?
When I get feedback from readers that it has made them think about the world and the way they behave. That’s my job done!
What were your favourite Saturday night programmes when you were growing up?
Westerns! I loved Bonanza, The Big Valley, Tenderfoot. Later on I got into psychological horror like Hitchcock films.
At this stage in your life, what advice would your young self give to your more mature self?
Look, no-one cares about how you look or what you do or say! You should just be brave and true to yourself.
If you could turn into one of your characters for a day, which one would it be and why, what would you do?
It would have to be environmentalist Jessie, who is partly based on myself. Because she campaigns for the truth about what governments are up to and to inform the people. She tries to do the right thing. It’s what I try to do every day.
If mars or another planet was livable, would you accept a one way ticket there? why or why not?
No. You expect the Martians to put up with a lot of pesky humans!
What are you currently working on?
I am writing a book about a ten-year old girl who has to save the world. It is called Lucy and the Angel and is aimed at children and teens and aims to raise awareness of environmental issues. Although I think a lot of them are pretty switched on anyway!
Tell us about your most recent book.
My most recent book is ‘Destiny of Light’ the final book in my Quirk of Destiny trilogy. The story reaches a shocking end as everything becomes clear.
It was great learning more about you, Catherine! My son and I are vegan also, and I love how you’ve put your passion into writing. I live about 30 minutes from where Bonanza was filmed! All the best to you, Catherine! – Camilla
A Quirk of Destiny Book blurb:
The Best of the Year 2013. Best books, another definite must-read thriller. Michael Smith, Green (Living) Review
A global conspiracy to control the world by big corporations and evil government infiltrators masterly presented. You will love this conspiracy, presents enough of today’s food service doubts to keep you reading. I’m hooked, will certainly keep a close eye on “what if” this really was to happen, makes this book so much fun to read. Burntroot Broadcasting, Canada
What happens when too much power is held by too few people, where science is used against rather than for the good of mankind. A government scientist is puzzled by a number of incidents involving fellow scientists finds himself caught up in a deadly worldwide epidemic. Dark forces try to manipulate science to control the worlds’ population, as climate change will eventually make it impossible to feed everyone. An anti-GMO novel examines the impacts of new technology on the world with possible environmental and animal right consequences. My Green Directory
Corrupt systems. An evil plot. Can a scientist save humanity from certain death?
Calum still hasn’t recovered from his fiancé’s suicide. So, the principled government scientist throws himself into his work, despite his friends’ efforts to pair him off. When he raises concerns that food not adequately tested has already been approved, he is shocked at attempts to silence him.
As a deadly sickness sweeps the world, the natural leader feels responsible for keeping the survivors safe, especially attractive scientist Jessie. But he finds himself in mortal danger as he unearths a terrible conspiracy and mutants with paranormal powers attack survivors.
Can Calum save humanity from annihilation by an ancient evil force?
Based on real science, A Quirk of Destiny imagines our future if we continue headlong on the current path of toxic food and environmental destruction, combined with political and corporate corruption.
If you like zombie apocalypse, global conspiracy and intelligently written fiction then you’ll love Catherine Greenall’s shocking book.
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Social media links: https://linktr.ee/CatherineGreenall
Quirk of Destiny Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Catherine-Greenall-A-Quirk-of-Destiny-672514749502441/
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2 Replies to “Meet the Author: A Quirk of Destiny by Catherine Greenall”
Thank you for doing such a fantastic job with my interview! I loved rewatching all my old favourite films!
Wishing you all the best with Meet The Authors – you’re doing a great job!
You’re welcome, Catherine! It was a pleasure having you be a part of MTA! Wishing you all the best and much success! xoxo