Life experience of Catherine Nuza

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Date: 3rd May 2018                                  By: Catherine Nuza

Born and bread in Gibraltar, a British colony on the southern tip of Spain, makes me incredibly lucky to have such a diverse variety of people, regions as well as cultures right on my doorstep.

Being a 33 year old author has been an amazing experience for me in so many ways and has opened my eyes up to the complete process involved in writing and publishing my work.

From a young age I always loved travelling the world with my family and learning about about different cultures and beliefs. As I ventured out on my own at the age of seventeen to claim my independence, several life changing experiences set me on a new path. The world of poetry, art and writing captivated me and fuelled my passion for the arts and the various platforms and mediums I could create it in. Poetry has no limit, wasn't rigid in it's form or ruled by do's and don'ts and so my abstract raw emotions were able to take form on countless pages. This became part of my identity and way of expression, but like with any part of who we are, it grows and changes with us. I started to write short stories when I was eighteen based on dreams, imagination or inspired by real events. Story after story, my voice as an author and my characters changed and grew with me, slowly evolving into a bigger, stronger voice.

Being an extremely visual person I carried on with other artistic pathways such as painting and photography. Photography for me was about expression and showing a contrast between the rough and polished, social issues or just for fun. I had several friends who were wanting to pursue modelling so there was a natural drive to complete photo shoots and find the best pictures of the day.

I never knew at the age of seventeen how every aspect of art can lend itself and become a story or the cover image of a book, but I do now. On the two books I have published so far you can see how I have used my photography as part of the cover design to give the books a unique visual quality.

I don't think I could ever explain or find a reason of why I am an author, I just believe in fate and always knew that my words would play an important part in my life. I have never had writers block or run out of new ideas, in fact at any given time I have several plots for new books floating in the ether of my mind.

Even though I had written the bare bones of Psycho-Analysis: The Beginning when I was seventeen I decided to finish and publish it in 2017 with Publication Consultants. I had so much more to add to the story which seemed so incomplete as I had grown so much in my own experiences of life as well as in the complicated sector of care. I felt exited to flesh out the novel and as the days passed it grew into a full length book. The characters were multifaceted, no longer a flat version but complex characters with backgrounds, experiences and feelings.

I am thoroughly enjoying writing my first trilogy and can't wait to have it completed for my readers. Expanding the world by using other books based in Dawn Vines or in one of my made-up neighbouring towns such as Hags Cliff.

As a child I was surrounded by friends and loved socialising, playing games, making up worlds and having a blast. When I was alone I would live in my head for hours on end, thinking about amazing new places, drawing out the characters and where they would live. If I wasn't sketching I was either reading or writing. I was amazed by the diversity that this world had to offer and was thirsty to learn anything I could about people, places, feelings, emotions, experiences and so much more. Even holding a Latin dictionary in my hands made me feel like I was looking into something new and exiting.

Now being married for one year my wife Angelique has been with me on this journey from the beginning of my publishing endeavours, having faith in my work and the stories I have created. She is an angel who has been an integral cog and helps me with the editing and writing of my books and everyday continues to believe in me.

I have always been drawn to the psychopathy of what makes a person a psychopath and the whole debate of nature verses nurture. I think that the journey is the most interesting part of the psychopaths life and it is rare to find a trilogy which encompasses fully their experiences, relationships, environment, wants and needs. Therefore not creating a monster that is commercialised but rather a real psychopath and the way they grow and change in life and what makes them do such horrific things.

I am passionate about being a psychological thriller author and love to hear from my readers, their positive reviews and words makes my day. I hope you have enjoyed getting to know a bit more about me.

 

By Catherine Nuza


The psychology of a psychopath. By Catherine Nuza 29th April 2018

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When thinking about a psychopath, many people assume that there must be a “type” of person who can be distinguished via their appearance or by a certain style. Possibly a crazed animal stained in blood and mad eyes would seem to fit the title of a person who loved to kill. Psychopaths live along side us and are indistinguishable from anyone else as not all of them kill people in there lives. Many have risen into positions of power in order to temper their need to rule and control others.

Films usually demonstrate the psychopath's life as a crazed beast living in a frenzy and usually fail to portray accurately the manipulative side to there nature. Lacking in compassion, empathy and most of all conscience, their minds are ruled by wants and the pure desire for power and control.

 

For example, psychopaths are twenty to twenty-five times more likely than non-psychopaths to be in prison and four to eight times more likely to violently lash out compared to non-psychopaths. Studies have shown that they are resistant to most forms of treatment.

Psychopathy is a collection of psychological symptoms which typically comes out in early childhood and affects all aspects of a their life including relationships with family, friends, work, and school. The symptoms of psychopathy include shallow affect, lack of empathy, guilt and remorse, irresponsibility, impulsivity and pathological lying.

Psychopaths are twice as common than someone suffering from schizophrenia, anorexia, bipolar disorder and paranoia. They are more or less as common as conditions such as bulimia, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder and narcissism. The only mental disorders which are more common than psychopaths are those connected to drug and alcohol abuse, addiction, depression and PTSD. (post-traumatic stress disorder.)

It's hard to absorb the fact that there are people in this world who lack a conscience, no empathy, guilt or sympathy and can seem cruel or inhuman when you see the lack of it show up in all it's glory. Psychopaths view others as people they can take advantage of in order to get what they want or as someone in there way.

So what is our fascination with psychopaths and why are there so many books and films with the psychopaths shown in all their bloody, murdering glory? Literature has eloquently interwoven these psychopathic characters into the pages of books for hundreds of years dating well back to Greek and Roman mythology even in the bible, especially in the old testament, starting with Cain.

It all comes down to the question of nature versus nurture? The question if psychopaths are being created biologically or if the persons environment and experience was the true swaying factor for the birth of a psychopath? When we turn to science it states that psychopaths have reduced connections between the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, this is the part of the brain which is responsible for sentiments such as empathy and guilt, and the amygdala, which mediates fear and anxiety.

There is reduced structural integrity in the white matter fibres connecting the two areas. In regards to the brain activity, a functional magnetic resonance image, would display less coordinated activity between the ventromedial prefrontal cortex and the amygdala is about 18% smaller. So nature seems to have a lot to answer for.

If we look to nurture for the answer we have to look not at psychopaths but rather Sociopaths. Their brains have suffered damage, created out of abuse throughout their adolescent years and mainly due to a need to protect themselves. Abuse could have presented itself in many different forms such as: physical, emotional and verbal. Their brain doesn't form properly and instead forms a kind of wall to protect them against abuse. This inevitably results in the individual developing a very weak conscience, where in contrast, the Psychopath doesn't have one at all. Adolescence is the pivotal time for the development of the brain and symptoms can usually be seen as early as at fifteen years of age. This is due to the damage to the ventromedial frontal cortices. Adult individuals with initial normal personalities would develop defects in certain areas such as in decision making and planning that are especially revealed in an abnormal social conduct. The defect repeatedly leads to negative personal consequences. The pathology of this disorder is an enigma.

 

I think it's down to the fact that a psychopaths mind biologically along with their way of thinking is so different and mysterious to us, that makes the subject so interesting and draws us in deeper. Even with all the scientific evidence showing the differences in our brain and function, our human nature still has an unshakeable need to try to connect with them, through our sympathy, empathy and fear. Unfortunately connecting with a psychopath would and could only be superficial and fake and most certainly had been created just so they could gain something beneficial from us.

 

By Catherine Nuza


 

REVENGE!

Posted: 07/03/18                By: Catherine Nuza

 

Falling into Revenge.

 

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Psycho-Analysis, Khedlar's Story

Revenge; the second in my psychological thriller trilogy By Catherine Nuza.

Published by Publication Consultants 1st March 2018.

What emotion is left once the heart and mind stops caring? Khedlar has an unquenchable thirst for revenge and will stop at nothing to punish those responsible for the murder of his wife and child. No one is safe in his psychopathic path, not even himself. In a warped world of madness and deceit, he makes it his mission to save his daughter's soul which pulls him deeper into the web. This unique, fast paced psychological thriller will horrify and exhilarate your senses all at once. Dawn Vines makes us question what is normality while leaving you wanting to know more. How many fragments of the puzzle were still hidden in the shadows and is Demetrious the only one who knows the untainted truth? Revenge is relentlessly gripping, with an intensely captivating story, a must read that will be impossible to put down and not for the faint hearted.

I have loved writing Revenge, watching the story develop in front of me. All the intricate details from The Beginning all came together beautifully making this journey even more intense for the reader. I am currently writing the third in the trilogy; In The Shadows which shows the deeply hidden secrets of Dawn Vines underbelly.

It all reaches a head when the cracks in the lies around him show through and Khedlar seeks out his wrath of pure REVENGE. Fall even deeper into his world and see how the world has changed him. There is no turning back for Khedlar and blood lust is just one way he can have his Revenge.

 

Psychologically what is happening to Khedlar? You have to read Revenge to really understand the horrific path his life has set him down.

How much can one man handle? Is the real question.

What would be a true breaking point? We wonder. Theses are questions which come to fruition in Revenge.

 

A visually written novel which encapsulates a different kind of darkness that draws in readers by dragging you deeper into the darkest corners of your mind.

 

 

Catherine Nuza

 

Personal Thoughts

Posted: 21st February 2018 By: Catherine Nuza

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Having Psycho-Analysis: Khedlar's Story - The Beginning published and I'm now waiting for my second book in the trilogy Revenge to follow in it's steps on the 1st of March. It makes me feel exited at how far my novels have come and the journey they have sent me on.

Psycho-Analysis: The Beginning first came to me as an idea for a short story. I had never intended to eventually expand on its young bones and allow it to grow in this life as I did, picking up more ideas and becoming well rounded in formation.

In July 2017 my first psychological thriller was written and published for the world to read. I was happily surprised by the lovely comments and reviews that readers gave as their feedback. This placed me firmly on the road to creating a trilogy, a kind of psychological thriller that was different from the norm. It boosted my confidence and belief that these books needed to be written.

Being an extremely visual person I adore books that allow you to step into the shoes of the main character and experience the story from their perspective along with the persons confusion, highs and lows. You get to see and taste their world from the lens they use, not mine, to view the world around them.

The name Dawn Vines came to me one night when I was writing the first draft of my novel and I knew it suited the towns name perfectly. It was a brilliant fit right from the very start!

By growing up in Gibraltar, a British colony on the southern tip of Spain, I knew how small towns can allow you to personally know the majority of locals and stories about their lives.

What if this peaceful aspect was messed with in some way and held dark secrets that could stir your soul? This thought of “what if?” set my mind racing deeper and deeper into the image I had created of Dawn Vines and the more I wrote, the more the characters just seemed to become unique in their own right.

I enjoyed writing my first book in the trilogy so much that my second book, Revenge pretty much wrote itself. It should be out on www.Amazon.com on the 1st of March 2018 so keep checking this blog for more details and updates.

 

Catherine Nuza

Revenge!!

Posted on: 19th Feb 2018         By: Catherine Nuza

I know you have been waiting for the release date for Revenge...

I am pleased to announce that Revenge should be out by the 1st March 2018

Falling deeper into Dawn Vines has never been so captivating...

...Where will it take you?

Keep you eyes on Amazon.com

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Psycho-analysis, Khedlar's Story The beginning

It’s Here – Psycho-analysis, Khedlar’s Story

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Catherine

With It’s new release August 2017, Psycho-analysis, Khedlar’s Story. The beginning has hit the world by surprise. A fresh new take to stimulate readers in their curiosity and ignite the readers minds. Fall into Khedlar’s shoes to feel submerged in the intricate world of Dawn Vines.

Check out the Buy tab on this website to view links for purchase.

This is just the beginning!!!

Next the beginning of revenge!!!

What do people look for in a psychological thriller??

Posted on: November 7th 2017   By: Catherine Nuza

What do people look for in a psychological thriller??

By: Catherine. S. Nuza

It may be obvious to some that suspense, twists and turns and most importantly a “good guy” and a “bad guy” are what makes a good psychological thriller.

I would agree that these are some of the elements but the list is in no way complete. So where do we start?

  1. What is familiar is not always safe:

    A great way of engaging your reader with a novel is by introducing elements that may be familiar or a comfort in some way. When people feel connected to something on a personal level it will draw them in. This works really well when taking place in a home, bedroom or school for example and then changing that place of comfort, into a place to be feared. It pulls at our raw need for safety and confuses the reader. These places are supposed to be safe and they suddenly discover that they should be scared of them.

  2. Why are Killers always so perfect?

    When people think of a killer there is a lot of dissociation going on. You would never kill anyone, so logically they must be different to you. This distinction is so vast that in your eyes the murderer is no longer as human as you are. This is incorrect as killers are just as human as anybody else but the reason why they kill is deeply routed in the psychology of their past. Every killer has a story and life just like any other person.

    I have read countless books where the killer who is planning a murder is so cool and collected, it's very rare to see them make an error. Like anyone who is learning, mistakes will always happen. So in writing a psychological thriller allow the killer to not be so perfect, as no one is. It will portray them for what people are, flawed.

  3. Confused?

    When trying to create a story that will leave the reader intrigued, enjoying the journey and wanting to know more, we can sometimes create too many twists and turns. The reader can lose interest and stop enjoying the story if they think the plot is too complicated or hard to follow as this can ruin the overall flow. In fact just one twist can be enough for readers to enjoy. This really depends on what kind of storyline you are writing and if twists are needed to make the reader as confused as the main character.

  4. Reality or fantasy?

    Regardless if your story is rooted more in fantasy or reality, the characters have to come across to the reader as someone they might know or knew once upon a time. That familiar element will help ignite feelings inside the reader such as shock, horror, disbelief or satisfaction when things happen to the characters in the story. A novel needs to create some sort of emotional reaction in the reader for them to relate to it better. When a person reads a romance novel they know what to expect, the same goes for reading a psychological thriller. They want to be left in suspense, kept on the edge of their seats, shocked and surprised; so give the reader what they want.

  5. Unique:

    When writing a book it is very easy to describe things in the same way others have, but where is the uniqueness that readers often search for? Wherever and whenever you can, implement your own style and flare, after all it is your story. Be original and creative with your imagination.

  6. Why a psychological thriller?

    Genres like the classic thrillers have characters in the story that are portrayed as being in the moment because they physically respond to external threats. Whereas in the subgenre of psychological thrillers, the story mainly tries to manipulate characters or situations. It twists and plays with the characters emotional and mental state of being. The true element of a thriller can be shown by using suspense, fear, trauma or horror as well as many other factors under the same umbrella.

    I personally love writing psychological thrillers as when playing with what the mind knows is real or thinks is real, it can open up an unlimited platform to create a different and new world for the reader to enjoy.

  7. The story:

    When writing a psychological thriller, unexpected people and events or surprises can give the story a more realistic feel; as life is never plain sailing. The depth of the story depends on how much detail you have added into it.

  8. Backgrounds:

    With every character I write about, I know their background story. Keeping this in mind you can add in nuggets of knowledge for the reader as they get to know the characters. This background will also help you know exactly how each one of the characters are going to react to each other throughout the story. Having well rounded characters helps to bring that realness into the story and gives them a certain presence.

  9. Fun:

    Most importantly writing a novel should be enjoyable for the author and enjoyable for the reader. If you have written out a skeleton mock-up of your story but are unsure if it's a story someone would enjoy reading ask a friend to read it over. They can give you honest feedback and possibly help you correct any errors. Writing is limitless and creative so just have fun with it and allow it to flow.

I hope these points help you with any writing you wish to pursue.

I would love read any feedback you have about this article, please feel free to Email me at: catherinenuza@gmail.com

Revenge is on it's way!!

Posted on 13th Feb 2018   By: Catherine Nuza

I would just like to keep everyone updated as I am pleased to announce that Revenge is on it's way and will be hitting Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com soon. I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone for their support and kind words as it means the world to me.

If you are new to my website please feel free to check it out, if you would like to learn a little bit about me check out my Webinar. Just click the link below and it will take you to a page that you will be able to select the date and time to watch it that would be convenient for you.

http://www.onlinemeetingnow.com/register/?id=l6sgxufce4

If you would like to have a sneak peak of the new cover of Revenge just take a look below...

Revenge is the second book in my new psychological thriller trilogy, one that is not for the faint hearted.

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