Bookpleasures.com welcomes as our guest, Catherine Fairfield Hayes author of Contemplations On God And Orgasm. Catherine has a degree in philosophy and is a published novelist (under a pseudonym).
Norm: Good day Catherine and thanks for participating in our interview.
Please tell our readers a little bit about your personal and professional background.
Catherine: There is not much to tell, really. I had the usual middle-class upbringing--piano lessons, dancing lessons--muddled a bit by dysfunctional parents. I've done a bit of teaching, and quite a lot of travelling.
Norm: How did you become involved with the subject or theme of Contemplations On God And Orgasm?
Catherine: I believe the muddled childhood helped a great deal with that, as it made me a bit of a rebel not afraid to look outside the envelope, which is basically what the book is all about.
My involvement came from a lifetime of observation, the study of religion and science, and the delving into my subconscious, perhaps the main source of my intuitive ideas.
Norm: Can you explain some of your research techniques, and how you found sources for your book?
Catherine: I found confirmation, on an almost daily basis, for my intuition that God and orgasm are two sides of the same coin, from newspaper articles, books, writers, and current events, expressing the parallels between the two.
Norm: What challenges or obstacles did you encounter while writing your book? How did you overcome these challenges?
Catherine: The challenge was to overcome my own fears. That I was breaking taboos and stepping on holy ground was very difficult. Indeed, it caused my to break out in a rash and keep my stomach in almost constant turmoil.
Norm: What purpose do you believe your book serves, what matters to you about the book, and what are your hopes for the book?
Catherine: If this book can help sweep away the superstitions, the hatred and violence which religion festers with, that would be a wonderful thing and well worth the rash and the upset stomach.
Norm: What is the most important thing that people don't know about your subject, that they need to know?
Catherine: I don't think there is one most important thing, but there are many little things, such as how Christianity is rooted in the ancient religion of Mithras. The bread and wine of Christ's body (the Eucharist) is based on the bread and wine that came from the body of a bull killed by Mithras. Mithras, by the way, is alive and well in Germany! So many strange and wonderful connections that people don't know about, but would feel better about themselves if they did!
Norm: What was the time-line between the time you decided to write your book and publication? What were the major events along the way?
Catherine: Well, many of the articles I clipped from various media sources, date back to the 1980's. By the time I got up the nerve to put it all in writing, there were several boxes full. This time frame puts the beginning of the book to about three or four years ago. As you know it was published this year.
Norm: What was the most difficult part of writing your book and what was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing the book?
Catherine: Trying to express concepts that were mainly intuitive into words that would clarify these here-to-fore unheard of ideas was difficult. The surprising thing was that the more I wrote about it, the easier it became to understand what I wanted to get across.
Norm: Have you heard from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Catherine: The responses have been so positive! I was afraid people wouldn't understand or wouldn't like what I was trying to get across, and it's just the opposite. Maybe I AM on the right track.
Norm: Are you working on any books/projects that you would like to share with us? (We would love to hear all about them!)
Catherine: I am not ready yet for another rash of rashes. But I would like to add new material to the book, so there may be second edition, but not any time soon.
Norm: Where can our readers find out more about you and Contemplations On God And Orgasm?
Catherine: Well, I'm afraid I don't really like talking about myself. I'm a shy person, and even now can't believe that I wrote this book. My book is available on Amazon.com.
Norm: As this interview comes to a close, what question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has?
Catherine: I can't imagine, unless it might be if I was glad I wrote the book, and the answer, I think, is yes.
Norm: Thanks once again and good luck with all of your future endeavors