Author Spotlight – C.D. Hersh!

I’d like to welcome authors C.D. Hersh today. They are a husband and wife duo and fellow Soul Mate Publishing authors!

cd hershMeet Catherine and Donald ~Putting words and stories on paper is second nature to co-authors C.D. Hersh. They’ve written separately since they were teenagers and discovered their unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s. As high school sweethearts and husband and wife, Catherine and Donald believe in true love and happily ever after.

Together they have co-authored a number of dramas, six which have been produced in Ohio, where they live. Their interactive Christmas production had five seasonal runs in their hometown and has been sold in Virginia, California, and Ohio. Their most recent collaborative writing efforts have been focused on romance. The first three books of their paranormal romance series entitled The Turning Stone Chronicles are available on Amazon.
Double the success together 😀 What song would be your theme song? The theme song that describes our relationship would be the golden oldie “Side By Side” sung by Pat & Shirley Boone. You can hear it HERE.

Lovely! What would you pick as a superpower? Donald would want to fly like superman, not like some of our characters who have to change into hawks. Catherine would like super speed so she could clean the house really quick.

I like that – it would leave more time for writing! What’s your favorite dessert? Watermelon for Donald, chocolate anything for Catherine.

Yum! Catherine and Donald, can you tell us how you planned your series, The Turning Stone Chronicles? CD: We are sure there are many other ways to go about this process. This is working for us.

In writing the series, The Turning Stone Chronicles, we started with the series title, which we took from a road sign while traveling. Then we just talked about what we could do with the name. Catherine always likes to start with a title and blurb. So we created those first. Since we were creating a new world with shifters that didn’t fit into the established shifter genre, we started keeping track of things in what we call a world book. Shifting rules, what characters abilities were, research about things like auras, hawk vision (because one of our characters is a hawk), character sheets, plot lines, and scenes became part of the book so we could stay consistent through the six-book series.

Story consistency for us, however varies, because the series has gone from six to five to six books as original plot lines have not worked and new characters appeared on the pages wanting their own story. In fact, the fourth book in the series, currently being written, ended up with a major overhaul when the original heroine got bumped by a character who appeared in Son of the Moonless Night.

Some advice we have for authors planning to write a series is:

  • Think about how the current story impacts the stories you have planned. Not thinking the series through completely can paint you into a corner.
  • If characters carry over through the stories be sure to have character sheets on them to keep them consistent in physical attributes, speech, and mannerisms.
  • If you don’t do a synopsis for each story at least have a longer blurb to help you remember where your series is going.
  • If the series occurs in a single location, put together a map so street names remain the same and run in the same direction. We had to draw a map of one location as we didn’t agree on how it looked.

Does anyone else have advice for authors planning to write a series?

I think it’s interesting how a series can change as the stories are written. Somehting similar happened to me as I wrote the Perfectly series and Book 2 ended up being a prequel instead of a sequel! Tell us about your books.

son of the moonless nightSon of the Moonless Night, The Turning Stone Chronicles, book three, is an Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Suspense Romance. 

Owen Todd Jordan Riley has a secret. He’s a shape shifter who has been hunting and killing his own kind. To him the only good shifter is a dead shifter. Revenge for the death of a friend motivates him, and nothing stands in his way . . . except Katrina Romanovski, the woman he is falling in love with.

Deputy coroner Katrina Romanovski has a secret, too. She hunts and kills paranormal beings like Owen. At least she did. When she rescues Owen from an attack by a werebear she is thrust back into the world she thought she’d left. Determined to find out what Owen knows about the bear, she begins a relationship meant to collect information. What she gets is something quite different-love with a man she suspects of murder. Can she reconcile his deception and murderous revenge spree and find a way to redeem him? Or will she condemn him for the same things she has done and walk away from love?

You can buy it HERE.



the promised one

The Promised One, The Turning Stone Chronicles, book one. 

When homicide detective Alexi Jordan is forced to use her shape shifting powers to catch a paranormal killer, she risks the two most important things in her life—her badge and the man she loves.

You can buy it HERE.





blood brothersBlood Brothers, The Turning Stone Chronicles, book two. 

Shape shifter Delaney Ramsey’s daughter is missing, and she is bound by honor to protect the man she suspects of the deed. To bring him to justice, she must go against her code, the leader of the secret shifter society, and the police captain she is falling for.

You can buy it HERE.




Thank you very much for dropping by. Good luck with the series- the stories sound intriguing! If you’d like to connect with CD, here’s how ~



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  1. Ping from Joanne Guidoccio:

    Excellent advice! Thanks Catherine & Donald 🙂

  2. Ping from C.D. Hersh:

    Linda – thanks for hosting us today. We hope your followers enjoy finding out about our series The Turning Stone Chronicles and our newest book, Son of the Moonless Night.