I’m doing something a tad unusual.
I’m excited to participate in the Writing Process Blog Hop. I don’t do blog awards, but this is different.
- I introduce the writer who invited me.
- I answer 4 writing questions.
- Introduce 2 or 3 other writers.
This fits with my blog’s purpose to encourage writing and writers.
It also interested me because there were no rigid rules as to when I had to fit my post in either. So grab a cup of coffee (sorry we ate all the donut holes) and then let me introduce to the welcoming writer who invited me.
Cate developed a love of reading early on – it was the perfect escape for a shy and introverted child. Reading led naturally to writing and creating her own worlds, but she never thought to pursue a writing career until mid-life. During those intervening years, she served in the military, raised four children, and studied computer programming and accounting. Then a story about a family marooned on a desert planet formed in her mind and brought her back to her first love.
Fantasy and science fiction are the genres she enjoys writing the most (as KL Wagoner). There is something exciting about having a strange world spill out of one’s brain and onto paper, and then grow into a very real place with a history of its own. Some of these tales fit perfectly into short stories or novellas, and others stretch out to fill novels or a whole series of them.
In a departure from speculative fiction, she wrote the memoir This New Mountain for private investigator and grandmother, AJ Jackson. Cate first met AJ when they both worked for the same attorney. The stories she told as she paused in her rush through the office were so remarkable, it wasn’t long before Cate offered to write her memoir – and so began a twelve-year journey culminating in the publication of This New Mountain (Casa de Snapdragon Publishing, 2012).
When Cate isn’t reading or writing, she goes on Lego adventures with her nine-year-old granddaughter, takes long hikes in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico, and enjoys spending time with her newly-retired husband.
These are the four questions I was asked to answer.
4 writing Questions
What are you currently working on?
My most recent accomplishments is a devotional published with Upper Room (July/August). A scan of the printed copy is here. I was also asked to contribute a corresponding blog post which you can access here.
I’ve written devotions, short stories, articles, blog posts and even sold an idea for a greeting card. I recently submitted a story to Glimmer Train, which is a great resource for anyone writing short stories. I go through cycles of writing and researching writer markets. I have set a goal for submissions by the end of the year, but I’m saving this for a later post.
How does my work differ from other genres?
Unlike many others on the writing process blog hop, I’m not working on a book. There may be a point in the future when I compile stories, or even write something instructional. My writing often makes unusual connections or looks at common concepts in a surprising way. So, it shouldn’t shock you that Alfred Hitchcock, Rod Serling and Ray Bradbury were some of my early influences.
Why do I write what I do?
That’s simple. I believe in people and in the power of words. I think all people can benefit from the process of writing, whether or not they consider themselves a writer. Writing helps creativity, relaxation and problem solving. Writing helps you express gratefulness in good times and assists you in navigating dark times.
How does your writing process work?
First, my process requires coffee and something chocolate. OK, neither one is a requirement, but they do help it along. I’m usually a planner. For articles, I outline at least the basic points I want to cover. I then flesh them out and work on the openings, and the closings.
With stories, it is usually a similar process. There are times that I simply sit down and write. I make a mess on the page and then go back, clean up, and organize after I have it out of my system; but I’d rather organize and edit some as I go along. This usually ends up being less work. And although I can write just for pleasure or practice, I usually like to know what I am going to do with the work before I start doing it.
Now I’d like to introduce you to two other writers whom I’m inspired by, and respect.
First is writer Jillian Lisa Pearl:
Hello, for the last fifteen years my family and I have called the stunning Rocky Mountain region of Denver, Colorado home. Due to injuries my mom sustained in two car crashes she needs help to care for herself and the house. I live with her and act as her caregiver and I’m happy that I can do this for her. The unexpected benefit of this is that I was able to begin telling stories again. I believe that the three keys to a happy life are live, laugh, and love. All my writing revolves around these ideas.
The Fire-Pit is my début romance novel. Here is short synopsis.
Jake’s life is moving along according to plan. He wants a wife and kids, but not until he can provide a good life for them. All his plans go haywire the day he sees a beautiful redhead dipping French fries into her strawberry shake. Even though he’s never believed in love at first sight his heart insists Kari is the one.
Kari enjoys working with her mom and aunt at The Hideaway Inn, a bed and breakfast started by her great-grandfather in the 1920s. When she was a little girl, her dream had been to have a husband and kids, a dozen or so, and run the family business. Kari isn’t sure she wants that life after a callous ex rips her heart out and casually throws it away, along with her trust in men. So why does Jake’s handsome face keep flickering at the edges of her mind?
The other writer is Deanne Schultz:
Hi, I’m a freelance writer specializing in human interest stories, newsletters, press releases, and proofreading. When I’m not doing all that serious stuff, I read; political and historical biographies, murder mysteries, and books with a little sand in their teeth. (Think Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton or To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and you’re on the right track.)
I’m often asked who my favorite historical figures are, a kind of “who would you have to lunch?” scenario. If Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, Abigail Adams or Eleanor Roosevelt would stop by for grilled cheese sandwiches, I’d be in my glory. Imagine the things I could ask them, the stories they’d share! Questions bubble in my mind when I think about this.
Stories motivate me. Whether I read them in a book or meet an interesting person, the possibilities are endless. I believe everyone has a story. Everyone. That’s one thing I’ve learned from doing hundreds of interviews over the years. Never dismiss someone, because their story could be one that changes things for you. Be open to what everyone has to share. And enjoy!
Deanne is working on a book, The Green Hornet Suit & Other Musings. Find out more about what’s behind this title at, http://dmswriter.wordpress.com/
Deanne has summed up some the same reasons for the existence of this site. I respect people and the power of words. If that describes you as well, then go ahead and sign up for future blog updates. Please also show some love by visiting the other writers presented here. Until next time, keep writing.