Cathleen Townsend Interview on Longshot Island

LI-Logo-xsIn my post about my tale of a feral refrigerator, I told everyone about an upcoming interview over at Longshot Island, and I’m happy to announce it’s up and ready for viewing.

Cathleen Townsend Interview

bio pic with dogs

Cathleen Townsend loves a good tale, especially if it involves history or fantasy. She resides in gold country, nestled in California’s beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills, which is fortunate because it encourages her to leave her keyboard and take her dogs for walks. She loves to chat with readers on her blog:

Cathleen has been published by Raven International Publishing, Thinkerbeat, Everyday Fiction, Fantasia Divinity, Story Emporium, Just a Minor Malfunction, and of course, the terrific folks at Longshot Island. A free digital copy of her first short story collection, Dragon Hoard and Other Tales of Faerie, is available to all comers on her website/blog.

Longshot: What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
Townsend: I’ve visited Jack London’s house, which is a state park in the Santa Rosa area of northern California. I have fond memories of White Fang and The Call of the Wild from childhood, so I was predisposed to like the place going in. And it turns out the grounds are gorgeous, surrounded by mature oaks festooned with hanging Spanish moss. Inside are all the author’s books, along with the place where he actually wrote some of his work, and pictures and letters from his extensive travels.

The best trip was the Calaveras County fair, also here in northern California. They have a jumping frog contest, a la Mark Twain in The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. You can actually rent a frog to enter. So of course, I had to try it.

I plunked down my cash and was soon the proud temporary owner of a purportedly competitive amphibian. I christened him Tom Frog after my husband and gave him a kiss as instructed, even though that last bit is really so people can take pictures of you doing something silly.

jumping frogThe frog is allowed three jumps from the center…

Read the rest here:

And as a bit of extra spiffiness, my interview is also displayed on my very own author page on Longshot Island here:

It’s terrific to have some happy news to pass along. Consider submitting to Longshot Island. I’d love to read about your successes, too. 🙂


Avid writer and reader of Faerie tales and noblebright fantasy.

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21 comments on “Cathleen Townsend Interview on Longshot Island
  1. What a fun interview, Cathleen. A frog jumping contest – who knew?

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  2. interesting. I liked the frog competition aspect.

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  3. Jennie says:

    Congratulations, Cathleen!

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  4. Jennie says:

    It would be fun to write a story for them…

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  5. Carolee Croft says:

    Just read your story about the feral fridge. It’s very well done, sad and funny at the same time.

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  6. Well done Cathleen!!

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  7. Congrats on a great interview, Cathleen! I’ve only managed to visit the Calaveras County Fair once and seeing the jumping frogs did not disappoint!

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  8. Annika Perry says:

    A great interview, Cathleen and I loved learning more about you. Seeing Jack London’s house!! I’m nearly jealous as I love his books and was a fan of Lassie Comes Home as well when young. Tolkien’s books were central in my life at one stage I will have to look at Chant’s book which I’ve never heard of. I had to smile at your procrastination and difficulty of killing off the father in your first book – ouch! I feel for you and never easy.

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  9. Christy B says:

    The superpower to be typo-free is a good choice 😉 Great interview, Cathleen! Congrats xx

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  10. Tina Frisco says:

    Terrific interview, Cathleen. The ability to type utterly without typos is something I also aspire to 🙂


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