How I Decided to Write A Groom for Mama

September 9, 2017

One date for every medical test—that’s the deal. Allison, however, gets more than she bargains for. She gets A Groom for Mama.


Like my first book, this newest book A Groom for Mama, was a long time in the making. This sweet, romantic comedy, with a touch of drama, began as a radio play my husband and I wrote for a contest back in 2003, in which a dying mother insists her son get married before she passes. The whole radio play had to fit into a time slot of about 20 minutes. Events happened fast and furiously, with snappy dialogue, and a lot of sound effects to illustrate what was happening. The play finaled in the contest, but didn’t win, and we set it aside, calling it an exercise in playwriting. We were into writing plays and skits back then.


Some while after that, I finished my first book, The Nun and the Narc, and I was searching for a

new book plot. I asked my husband if he would mind if I took the basic premise of the radio play we’d written, which had a male protagonist at the time, and used it to create a romance novel. He graciously said, “Yes,” and I began the process of turning my main character into Allison Walters.


Beverly Walters is dying, and before she goes she has one wish—to find a groom for her daughter. To get the deed done, Mama enlists the dating service of Jack Somerset, Allison’s former boyfriend.


The last thing corporate-climbing Allison wants is a husband. Furious with Mama’s meddling, and a bit more interested in Jack than she wants to admit, Allison agrees to the scheme as long as Mama promises to search for a cure for her terminal illness.


A cross-country trip from Nevada to Ohio ensues, with a string of disastrous dates along the way, as the trio hunts for treatment and A Groom For Mama.


The writing of the book was derailed a few times with house moves, our daughter’s wedding, parental caregiving, and the release of my multi-award-winning book The Nun and the Narc. And, when the first draft of A Groom for Mama was finally finished, it wasn’t long enough, so I had to go back to the drawing board.


I waited a long time for this book.



Multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle has been writing all her life. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. Besides writing, Catherine loves traveling with her husband, singing, and attending theatre. In the winter she loves to quilt and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) in her sewing case. In the summer her favorite place to be is in her garden. She’s passionate about gardening and even won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club.


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