PICKENS COUNTY—A local resident has written five books in the last eight years, and she says she isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
Catherine S. Watson, a former librarian, has always considered herself to be a story teller. Five books later, she is looking to tell a few more.
“I’ve always been a story teller,” Watson said. “I started writing because I needed something to do and I really enjoyed it.”
Watson’s work incorporates her travels with her Christian faith. Her published books, available on Amazon.com, include: Peter Falls for Nessie, Emmie ‘N Sam, Split, Trevor’s Treasures and Déjà vu (sequel to Trevor’s Treasures)
“I’m an avid reader,” Watson said. “I have a very active mind, and I’ve always been a goal setter. God has blessed me with many gifts and His word has given me stability and it enables me to think. My abilities to think, plan and figure all of these things out comes from God.”
Watson said she began writing after her husband Gilbert passed away in the early 90s.
“My husband died in 1992, and after that I began writing his journal,” Watson said. “That was the first thing I tried to write, and from then on I really enjoyed it. You are who you want to be, and my strength comes from God.”
The local author was married to her husband for more than 50 years, and said the key is to give and take.
“There’s no easy way of staying married because you come from different backgrounds but you just have to give and take,” Watson said. “You have to make up your mind not to take the easy way out, which is divorce. You just keep on. Each one has to give and each one has to take.”
In her writing career, a strong will to succeed has driven Watson.
“I’ve always been very goal-oriented,” Watson said. “I graduated high school Suma Cum Laude, and after that I raised seven kids. I always told myself that I wanted to go back to school, so at age 50, when the kids were out of the house, I went to college. I got my BS degree in 1973 and my masters in 1978.”
What’s next for an author who has already published five books? The sky is the limit, according to Watson.
“I’ve already got another book in my computer,” Watson said. “When that’s through, my next project will be to do a series in the book of Daniel. What I want to do is make it simple so that people will understand what is going on.”
Watson’s work can be found on www.Amazon.com where copies of each book are available for order.