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Guest Post: Author Cathrina Constantine – Don’t Forget To Breathe

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   24 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Hello y’all, and happy Wednesday! I hope the midweek hump is going well for you. If it is, great! If not, well, I have something to boost your positive vibes. I’ve turned today’s Writing in the Buff over to YA/New Adult author Cathrina Constantine. Cathrina is the author of Wickedly They Come, Wickedly They Dream, Tallas, and her latest, Don’t Forget to Breathe.  Please read on to learn more about Cathrina, and leave a comment for your chance to win a free e-book of Don’t Forget to Breathe.




Cathrina Constantine resides in Upstate New York with her husband, five children, two Labradors, and two cats. After a long hiatus while raising her family, Constantine finally picked up her pen and paper and began to hone her craft of writing. When not with her family, baking, crafting, reading, or stationed at the computer writing, you will find her walking in the backwoods with her dogs, daydreaming.




Thank you, Lisa, for letting me haunt your blog today.

Let me tell you about my journey in writing a new genre novel called, Don’t Forget to Breathe. To be perfectly honest, I sat at the computer and looked at the winter white page in front of me and went—hmmmm . . .

A long buried thought bumped into my head about an incident I had as a teenager. A couple of friends gathered at a graveyard at night to . . . ummm . . . talk. All of a sudden, a boy grabbed my hand and said, “Run.” I was never so scared in my life. My heart crashed against my rib cage as we ran and hid.

So began, Don’t Forget to Breathe.



I based the story about the graveyard and the adjacent railroad tracks in my small hometown. I never expected the book to turn into a murder mystery, a genre I’ve never written before. But being a strange pantser, the characters began to make all the decisions for me. The hardest part was the ending, which I rewrote, revised many times. None of my characters wanted to fess up to the murders.

I’ve penned three paranormal thrillers, and in Don’t Forget to Breathe there is a supernatural element. Since I thoroughly enjoy a haunting tale, I worked it into the suspenseful novel.

Thank you, Lisa, for hosting me on your blog today. I truly appreciate your support!

Please read below for a summary of the novel and a short excerpt.

Sixteen-year-old Leocadia arrives home from school to find her mom’s bloody body. Unaware that the killer still lingers, she rushes to her mother’s side, only to be grabbed from behind, and then everything fades to black.

After a year of retrograde amnesia and battling personal demons, Leo’s dreams are getting worse—she’s starting to remember. More bodies are discovered and they seem to be oddly linked to her mom’s unsolved homicide.

When Leo allows her friend, Henry, to drag her into the haunted Lucien Mansion, misty ghosts appear, ghosts that just might lead to her mother’s murderer.

Will Leo let her memories threaten her into a relapse? Or will she fight to find her mother’s killer—only to become his next victim?


I trekked farther along the tracks. Using the heightened berm to observe the area, I could scarcely make out the tombstones that pocked the ground amidst the fog; it looked eerie and lonesome. Then, spotting remote figures, I counted three. It could be kids looking for a place to party in private. I crouched and balanced on my heels to monitor the dark shapes, and wondered if one might be Henry. They traveled behind a large monument, losing sight of them. To the left a prowling cat distracted me when suddenly, a blood-curdling scream scraped into my bones, clutching my heart.


To read reviews, or purchase Don’t Forget to Breathe, click here:    buy3._V192207739_

Take a look these at other books by Cathrina:

Wickedly They Come      Dreams 5 (2)      Tallas Ebook Amazon (1)

Ways to connect with Cathrina (please click on the links below):

Amazon Author Profile





Thanks for visiting Writing in the Buff today. Please leave a comment for your chance to win a free e-book of Don’t Forget to Breathe. If you have any questions for Cathrina, please ask. She’ll be happy to connect with you here in the comments.


Please come back next week to find out about the promise I made to my daughters a number of years back that I was forced to recently fulfill. All I can say is, be careful what you promise, Buttercup!

See you next week –


24 Responses to "Guest Post: Author Cathrina Constantine – Don’t Forget To Breathe"

  1. Comment by Cathrina Constantine
    February 25, 2015 at 9:12 am  

    Thank you Lisa for hosting me today. Your blog is awesome!!! I truly appreciate the support and looking forward to your new release too!!!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 25, 2015 at 2:39 pm  

      Thanks Cathrina, and thanks for posting today. 🙂

  2. Comment by Claudia
    February 25, 2015 at 5:27 pm  

    This was interesting. It sounds so intense. I wondered at first if too intense for YA but then remembered about all the CSI stuff running nightly that YA ages can view. Thought the words about the ending thought provoking…no one would fess up!

    • Comment by Cathrina Constantine
      February 25, 2015 at 10:08 pm  

      Claudia, it’s not really that frightening. Perfect for Young Adults.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 26, 2015 at 9:56 pm  

      I liked that description as well,Claudia, the notion that none of the characters would admit whodunit. One of the benefits of being a pantser!

  3. Comment by Sioux
    February 25, 2015 at 7:36 pm  

    Cathrina–I love your “strange pantser” phrase. It’s delightful when the story takes over, and you—the writer–are just the conduit, the vehicle for the story to get written down.

    “Don’t Forget to Breathe” sounds intriguing. Murder/mystery books are not usually what I read, but if a story is well-written, it transcends all genres.

    Good luck. And since I don’t have a question at this time for you (it’s too late in the day and I’m bone tired) what question would YOU like to be asked, Cathrina? And then, what is your answer?

    • Comment by Cathrina Constantine
      February 25, 2015 at 10:10 pm  

      I am a total pantser. I never know what’s going to happen next! I never thought I’d ever write a mystery. Sioux, I can’t think of a good question, I’m tired too!! Goodnight!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 26, 2015 at 9:57 pm  

      You have five kids, Cathrine, so I don’t blame you for being tired. 😉 Thanks for checking in to answer questions!

  4. Comment by buttonsmom2003
    February 26, 2015 at 3:47 pm  

    While not my typical go to kind of book, it sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing it with us. Thanks, Lisa, for introducing me to a new author.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 26, 2015 at 9:58 pm  

      One thing I’ve learned about YA books is that often, even though they aren’t a “usual read” for some of us, it’s easy to get pulled in by a compelling plot. This looks like a good one for sure.

  5. Comment by T'Mara Goodsell
    February 26, 2015 at 8:06 pm  

    Love the cover and title, and the summary sounds delightfully chilling! I want to know how you find time to write with five children at home. Makes me tired just to think about. Thanks, Lisa, for introducing us to another author!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 26, 2015 at 9:59 pm  

      That’s a good question, Tammy. How DO you find the time,Cathrina? I only have three kids, and the youngest is 21, but I still find it tough on some days to get my writing in. Do you stick to a firm schedule?

      • Comment by Cathrina Constantine
        March 4, 2015 at 9:02 am  

        Hahaa, well I have 5 grown children now. I was hard pressed to write when they were younger. Not until recently did I begin my writing quest which I’d shoved off to the side for many years. But I’m still busy, busy, busy babysitting my first grandchild!!!

  6. Comment by klelange
    March 1, 2015 at 8:56 pm  

    It’s nice to meet Cathrina! Thanks for the intro, Lisa. A “strange pantser” – yeah, I can see how that could work. Love the term!

    I’ll pass on the giveaway this time around. The TBR pile is out of control. 🙂 Have a good week!

  7. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    March 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm  

    Sounds like an awesome book, Cathrina! I am always intrigued by stories of amnesia and misplaced memories — can’t wait to meet Leo. And I love how the idea came to you. Your description of the graveyard and railroad tracks is eerie, and that winter white page is equally daunting — “Run!”

    Lisa, thank you for introducing us to Cathrina and her work. Great post!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      March 3, 2015 at 7:49 am  

      Thanks for commenting, Theresa. 🙂

      • Comment by Cathrina Constantine
        March 4, 2015 at 8:58 am  

        Theresa, thank you for commenting. If you happen to read Don’t Forget to Breathe, I hope you enjoy the mystery.

        • Comment by Theresa Sanders
          March 8, 2015 at 3:23 pm  

          I do plan to get your book, Cathrina, and I can’t wait to read. I know I will enjoy the mystery.

  8. Comment by Pat
    March 2, 2015 at 9:14 pm  

    I always enjoy hearing how authors get their story ideas. This story sounds like it could easily send a chill up the spine.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      March 3, 2015 at 7:51 am  

      I agree, Pat. Just the book cover alone is eerie.

      • Comment by Cathrina Constantine
        March 4, 2015 at 8:57 am  

        Yes, I like to hear where authors get their ideas too. This one just came to me, which started the ball rolling per se….

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