An Interview with CD Hersh

SON OF THE MOONLESS NIGHT_505x825Tell us about your current series. Three ancient Celtic families. A magical Bloodstone that enables the wearers to shape shift. A charge to use the stone’s power to benefit mankind, and a battle, that is going on even today, to control the world. Can the Secret Society of shape shifters called the Turning Stone Society heal itself and bring peace to our world? Find out in The Series The Turning Stone Chronicles.

The Promised One, 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.

Blood Brothers, 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.

Son of the Moonless Night, book three:

Thrust back into the world of paranormal huntress, Deputy Coroner Katrina Romanovski must unravel a string of murders she believes are vampire attacks. When she discovers the shape shifter she’s in love with is the murderer, she must reconcile her feelings for him, examine her life of violence against paranormals, and justify deceiving him in order to bring him to justice.

How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book? They might not end up but some characteristic might. Catherine has a list of interesting physical characteristics of people that she likes to work into a characters profile. If you have an interesting name we might use that, too.

Give us an elevator pitch for your book. Thrust back into the world of paranormal huntress, Deputy Coroner Katrina Romanovski must unravel a string of murders she believes are vampire attacks. When she discovers the shape shifter she’s in love with is the murderer, she must reconcile her feelings for him, examine her life of violence against paranormals, and justify deceiving him in order to bring him to justice.

Do you have a view in your writing space? What does your space look like? We both have views. Catherine’s office overlooks the front flower garden and Donald’s the back garden. Our spaces are full of books, very cluttered, and Donald’s desk has two computer monitors for when we do editing and revisions.

Has your muse always known what genre you would write and be published in? Our muse in confused as we have numerous story ideas that we’d like to work on after our urban fantasy/paranormal romance series is finished. The one thing the muse is certain of is that there will always be a hint of romance. Hence our brand line “Two Hearts Creating Everlasting Love Stories.”

Tell us a little about yourself and your latest book. We’re high school sweethearts and husband and wife writing team. We’ve written separately since we were teenagers and discovered our unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s after writing drama for our church. Our latest book is the third installment in The Turning Stone Chronicle Series, Son of the Moonless Night.

Do you write under a pen name? Why or why not? Yes we do. Hersh is an abbreviated form of our real name. The C stands for Catherine and the D stands for Donald. We use the abbreviation because it fits on the book cover better.

Do you have any rejection stories to share? Catherine got a rejection letter that said “We’re sending this back to you with out thanks.” She’s glad they rejected it since they couldn’t even catch their own typo.

What is your writing routine like? As co-authors we talk about an idea until we both have a good grasp of what is happening. Then Donald puts it in scene format with any research notes. Then Catherine begins the first draft which is edited by Donald at the end of the day. When the first draft is complete we go back over again using the double monitors in Donald’s office, adding missing elements, and taking out all the bad stuff. When that’s done we read it out loud.


A crash in the alley stopped Katrina Romanovski mid-stride. Like the October mist swirling in off the lake, her gypsy blood stirred sending her intuition into high gear. Something unnatural was happening.

Go see what’s wrong. She heard her father’s voice as clearly as if he stood next to her.

On the heels of his words came her mother’s pragmatic warning in clipped British tones. You know what curiosity killed. Katrina pushed the ever-present warning aside. Mom never approved of Dad’s supernatural hunts and even less of his drawing her into them.

Pulling the oversized cross she always wore out from under her shirt, Kat looked around for a weapon. Please, not a vampire. I hate vampires! A piece of wood sticking out of the trashcan at the front of the alley caught her eye.

Grabbing it, she broke the end off into a sharp point. The mist-filled air filtered the light from the single bulb over one of the alley doorways. The wind swirled the loose trash around making a quiet approach difficult. Sidestepping the paper, with the stake in one hand and holding the gun she took from her purse in the other hand, she crept into the alley.

A roar echoed against the buildings, the sound nearly sending her running. That roar wasn’t a vampire. It sounded more like an animal. Kat inched closer. In the yellow pool of light from the back door of the building, a black bear, over seven feet tall, reared on its back legs and swung its paw at the man standing at the edge of the light. He crashed to the ground, shirt torn open from the slashing claws. Blood covered the fabric, and he clasped his left hand over his shoulder to stem the flow. The bear bent toward him, teeth bared in a smile. A wicked smile.

Kat aimed her gun, but before she could pull the trigger, a shot rang out. The flash of gunpowder lit the face of the injured man. The blast reverberated against the buildings. With an enraged bellow, the bear staggered backward against the wall. Shaking his head, the animal dropped to all four paws. Weaving like a drunk, he lumbered toward his attacker. The man took aim again, shooting the animal between the eyes. Animal and human collapsed on the dirty, littered pavement.

As she started to move forward, Kat’s gypsy senses crawled over her skin like angry red ants. As she slipped back into the shadows, the bear shed fur. Changing size. Then, finally, turning into a man.

Shape shifters. Her stake wasn’t any good against them, and her bullets weren’t silver. This one appeared dead anyway. Had the wounded man seen the shift? Tossing the stake aside, she paused by the shifter and quickly moved to the wounded man. Out cold. Still human.

When she touched him, his eyelids fluttered open. “Did I get it?”


“The bear.”

Amazon buy links:

The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 1):



Blood Brothers (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 2):



Son of the Moonless Night (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 3):



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.

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