Reader Naomi Smith met and interviewed me at the recent Edinburgh Book Festival… find out what we talked about and ask some nosy questions of your own!

Naomi: You’re a really big author now, but if your books had never been published, what would you be doing?

Cathy: Teaching art, writing short stories, being an agony aunt and bringing up my kids in the Scottish countryside. I’d be dreaming of making it as a children’s author, though!

Naomi: Who is your fave character from the books and why?

Cathy: Mouse, definitely. I loved him in Dizzy, so lost and alone, and was determined to give him a happy ending in Lucky Star. I loved writing about Mouse and his talent for trouble… the world needs more boys like Mouse!

Naomi: What has been your worst job ever?

Cathy: Shredding up roast chickens in a BHS cafe to make chicken sandwiches when I was a teenager. I was a veggie – not good. I was also a spectacularly bad waitress….

Naomi: If you had a magical power, what would it be and why?

Cathy: I’d like to grant wishes… or maybe fly!

Naomi: What was your most embarrassing moment?

Cathy: Getting my swishy skirt trapped in the toilet door on the flight to Sri Lanka this spring. I was stuck, blocking the aisle, and the stewardesses couldn’t get the trolley past me… the whole plane was smirking. When the door opened again and I was released, there was a round of applause, but by then I was too embarrassed to go to the loo anyway!

Naomi: You’ve said you are quite a shy person, how do you overcome that to talk in front of loads at people, like at the Edinburgh Book Festival?

Cathy: I am shy, and I get REALLY nervous, but I’ve learnt that I can survive – and often people don’t even notice that I’m nervous! Shyness is a pain, but never, ever let it beat you… go for it!

Naomi: What’s the best thing about being an author?

Cathy: It’s a dream come true for me, and I get a real buzz from seeing my books in a shop, but the best thing ever is getting feedback from my readers and knowing that they love the stories as much as I love writing them.

OK, your turn now… if you’ve got a question for me, post it below… I’ll answer the best online!


  1. Hey Cathy I have a writing test coming out at school and my grade will pass onto the highschool. I am wondering if you could give me any tips?

    Posted by: C on 7th November 2017
  2. hey cathy,
    i don’t know which one of your books if my fave, and most ppl find that wierd as i hav read the ALLL a gizzillion times! LUV ALEX xx

    Posted by: A on 7th November 2017
  3. hi you are the best eva,that is y i chose to do my topic for school on you.an you tell me by today(8th march) who inspired you to write Thanx your best fan evaxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Posted by: G on 7th November 2017
  4. How many books have you written and what inspires you to write?

    Posted by: K on 7th November 2017
  5. Hiya!Im writing a biography on you at school! Im having trouble finding out something: Have you won any awards or prizes for your work???

    From Holly XxXxX

    PS. If not, i know that you will soon because your books are so fab!!!

    Posted by: H on 7th November 2017
  6. i superly duperly want to enter a writing comp but there are none open at the moment

    Posted by: R on 7th November 2017
  7. hi cathy i just wanted to say how much i love your books and you and i also wanted to ask if you hav ever considered coming for a holiday in australia? because i love you and ur books soooo much but you seem sooo far away

    Posted by: R on 7th November 2017
  8. Hey Cathy…I LOVE YOUR BOOKS! Only that,im dying to read Cherry Chrush and I never knew you had 2 other mini books other than Love, Peace and Chocolate!!!

    So, may I know when is Cherry Chrush, Ice-cream and Dreams and Cupcakes and Kisses are in Malaysia????

    And you could come here for a bookfair during Nov or Dec! I’ll be definately there!

    Posted by: S on 7th November 2017
  9. Hello Cathy cassidy my name is Chloe i love all your books. You came to my school today at moria house junior school were the seniors came too. I have read all 3 of your books. I have got some quistions to ask you. 1: Were do you get all your ideas from? 2: How long does it take to write a book? 3: I love all your stories do you get your ideas from a story?

    Posted by: C on 7th November 2017
  10. I really enjoyed reading the book Ginger Snaps , i really good and i would recomend it to anyone

    Posted by: K on 7th November 2017

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