Here’s my hub for finding things that interest you. Recent posts can be found on my sidebar, along with archives, although stories and articles are also sorted by category below. Everything can also be accessed from any page via the tabs at the top. If you know the name of a certain post that you’re looking for, you can enter it in the search box on the top of my sidebar.

My Books

book covers for blog home page 2017These include works offered by my publishing imprint, Phoenix Flight Press, as well as tales published in trade anthologies. All of them are speculative fiction, usually fantasy.

Two books are free–Dragon Hoard, which I give away to all comers, and Stolen Legacy, which you can get by joining my Reading Friends, near the top of my sidebar.

Check back from time to time–I’ve also written eight novels, and I submit to the occasional anthology, so this section will be expanding on a regular basis.


*Β Short Stories

fairy-tale-1653150_1280I’ve blogged quite a few of these, and they’re mostly fantasy. However, I also offer ghost stories, memoirs, and even a contemporary for your reading pleasure.

There’s nothing quite like taking in a whole story in just a few minutes. I hope you have as much fun reading these tales as I did writing them.




Words can be elegant, beautiful, and sometimes frustrating, and they’re always necessary to convey meaning in print.

We need to entice people to read our words, and to do that, we have to make them interesting. We must provide value for the time people spend reading them.

So I have some quick tips to assist you on your road to mastery.



tree-lake-sunset reflectionThis is a catch-all, where I write what’s on my mind. Like everyone else, I have thoughts about the world around me, although I promise not to bore you with complaints about gas prices or my co-workers.

The world can be marvelous, puzzling, and maddening, sometimes all in the same day. This is the place where I share things that seem particularly noteworthy to me.

Hopefully, this will spark thoughts for you to share in return.


Social Media and Promotion


Is it time to join the millions who have Facebook pages, who know how to tweet and have figured out how to blog? Perhaps like me, you’ve discovered that like it or not, social media is part of your chosen career. Or maybe you’re passionate about something that no one close to you understands (novel writing counts–trust me on this). And now you want to connect to others who share your enthusiasm.

Whatever your reasons, I have some tips here.


Book Reviews

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This one’s self-explanatory.

I won’t post anything that I don’t like, so nobody has to worry about me blasting their book publicly. Β That said, I don’t read horror or erotica at all, and I’m not the best choice for steamy romance. I like my mysteries cozy, not graphic, and I generally read historical and fantasy.

Currently, I’m only accepting review requests from folks I’ve met blogging or on Absolute Write.


Author Interviews

soul-746560_1280Find out about the people behind the stories–funny moments, favorite characters, writing tips, and writing heroes.

Writers have a love of words in common, but how they conjure their stories varies widely.

Check here to see what makes writers tick.Β We’re a unique bunch, each with our own take on what makes a good tale.



publishIs there anything more frightening than hitting that publishing button? You’ll have to work through the fear on your own, but some background knowledge can help.

So I’ve got some tips here, some from me, some from others, to help you feel more confident about putting your work out into the world.


38 comments on “Home
  1. Mick Canning says:

    Eighteen months…seven novels…whoa! what’s going on? I’m seriously impressed with that!

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  2. You’re very kind. But bear in mind that they were only drafted. I’m still doing beta swaps and learning the fine art of revision. Not to mention discovering the joys of formatting. Ugh. πŸ™‚

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  3. Looks interesting. I’ll be back!

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  4. frenchc1955 says:

    Thank you for following my blog!

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  5. milliethom says:

    Hello Catherine. Your blog looks like a very interesting – and a very varied – one to follow. I’m impressed by the number of books you’ve written, or are still working on. I’ve published the first two of my historical fiction trilogy and am now working on the third. I’ll be very interested to see what you say about social media as a means of promoting ebooks because I’m really hopeless at promotion! I’m ashamed to say I joined LinkedIn and about.me ages ago and have done nothing with either. The same applies to Twitter – and I haven’t been active on Goodreads for a while, simply because I haven’t had the time (and other such lame excuses!). I’m sure your blog will do me good, so thank you so much for following me, I’m very happy to follow you back.

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  6. Wow. Nice place. I’ve finally visited and had a look around. Impressive place you have here. πŸ˜€

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  7. lovessiamese says:

    I love your theme and what a great blog! I’ll be reading some of your fantasies. Have you read Viv Drewa’s “Edric the Gryphon Hatchling”? It’s a cute and interesting fantasy story, too. I’ll definitely be visiting your blog more often.

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  8. Thanks so much, everyone. And a gryphon story might be just what I need. πŸ™‚

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  9. Gary says:

    Thank you for the follow…one had to come over and return the generosity…and wow…nice blog and avid writer…it’s brilliant!! I’m at the stage with my book that says what next? It all seems bewildering post writing it…them…I have a slush pile…writing is my way of prevaricating and not moving them to the next level πŸ™ƒ

    Lovely to meet you!

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  10. The post-writing thing can be a head-scratcher. I’ve spent almost two years learning to edit, making passes, trading with beta friends, and now taking a stab at building a platform. (Okay, I admit I wrote a couple more in there, too.) Sometimes I just want to write the silly things and be done, since that’s my favorite part.

    It’s lovely to meet you, too, Gary. πŸ™‚

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  11. spearfruit says:

    Very nice and wonderful blog you have here. Thank you for following my blog, I will certainly take time to visit yours as well. I hope your day is a happy one! πŸ™‚

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  12. Lovely Blog, Cathleen. So much to see here! Thanks so much for visiting and following mine.

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  13. The pleasure is mine. πŸ™‚

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  14. Cathleen, congrats on this blog, and of course, on all of your writing. My best wishes to you.

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  15. Hi Cathleen,
    Thanks so much for visiting my website. I really like your blog. You have so many intriguing sections, I look forward to reading them!

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  16. Best wishes in return to both of you, Cynthia and Kimberly. May we all help each other along on this writing journey we’re all on. πŸ™‚

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  17. elizabeth stokkebye says:

    Thanks for the follow! I love your profile picture of Little Red Riding Hood, is it?

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  18. You cover so much here! I like your approach to book reviews–probably because I agree with it. I rarely dislike a book publicly (just don’t write about it) because I’m thinking of all the work that went into it.

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  19. I feel you. Somebody put a ton of work into that thing. Maybe it’s just not to my taste.

    Thanks for the attagirl, and congrats again on your new release! πŸ™‚

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  20. reocochran says:

    I came by to apologize “in person” since I missed some amazing and kind comments of yours, Cathleen. I am horrible at forgetting about my awaiting approval section of WordPress! Thank you for such nice comments and hoping we can now be better connected. Happy September to you! πŸ™‚

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  21. TanGental says:

    A follow! I’m chuffed to bits. Thank you so much!

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  22. Jainey says:

    Seven novels in eighteen month?? :-O
    That’s an interestingly amazing feat. Forget they being drafted – that’s pretty awesome.

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  23. Just letting you know I’ve nominated you for a Sunshine Blogger Award https://jessicabakkers.com/2017/05/12/im-walking-on-sunshine/

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  24. Hi Cathleen,
    I wanted to let you know, that I now have a new website, and the old site will be deleted very soon. So that you don’t miss out, I have popped you onto the Follow Me subscription so that you can continue receiving notifications of my blog posts. Could I ask you to confirm the subscription by press the “Follow” button and please put your email in? Thank you so much. That is all you have to do.

    I look forward to being able to keep in touch with you on my new website.
    I follow as well.

    Thank you very much

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    • Gigi, I’ve gone to your new site and tried to comment on posts, but it tells me there’s a security violation. Hope you see this so you can fix that. πŸ™‚

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      • HI Cathleen, I am so sorry about that. My editor did my website, and i have told her that for several times already. But up to now, it was only when i wanted to comment, but now it’s as well, from others. That is just awful. I have no idea and can’t fix it. sorry. My editor has to do it. I will confront her with the problem again.
        Thank you for letting me know. πŸ˜€

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  25. Cathleen, I am so impressed with your blog and I, too, do not read erotica at all or real horror stories. I love historical fiction (have you read The Winter Sky by Susanna Kearsley, wonderful), and fantasy novels that are cozy, and beautiful, elegant, true love stories. I also like witch stories that are cozy with time travel and true love. Oh, yes, the paranormal, and a witch with a ghost love story, that I am currently writing. K. D. (Karen) I now following you. πŸ™‚

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  26. It’s great to connect, Karen. My favorite fantasy would be the opposite of the grimdark stuff, more in the tradition of Tolkien, Lewis, and McKillip. Ghost stories are okay, but they’re challenging to write, at least in any quantity. A ghost story really only has one arc–unfinished business. I’ve been trying to think of tales to complete my half-finished collection, and I’ve worked out a few. I think I’ll have to make them longer stories to have a collection worth publishing. πŸ™‚

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