Catherine, thank you so much for stopping in! Grab a cookie and let’s chat. Many of our viewers are writers looking for writing secrets. Being the success you are, I know you will inspire them.
The Doubt Monster is a common topic around the Scribes. We define him as: the nagging feeling while writing, that your prose is terrible, your plot is silly, your characters are insipid and no-one in their right mind would read this drivel, let alone buy it. Tell us, how do you battle the Doubt Monster?
I think every author has gone through moments of doubt. Okay, make that hours, days, maybe even weeks of doubt! I always wonder if a new book will be a success with readers. Launching a book is a bit like having a baby!
But as for the day-to-day doubts when it’s two in the morning and the words won’t come and sweat is running down my face and I want to take a hatchet to both the computer and the story line, I have a guardian angel. My wonderful husband Sid is both a master plotter and an experienced Stressed Writer Comforter. He can blend both comforting an upset wife with skillfully encouraging a doubting author. He’s rescued more books than I care to remember.
All right, have another cookie and tell me if you have ever thought about writing something that is completely different for you? Perhaps writing in a new genre or just taking a story someplace that you haven’t done before.
Of course, I should have guessed. And you would be a wonderful Mommy to them. But, you know you don’t have to stop writing to do that…sorry, Sid!
I’ll stop there and ask you the question…a question writers need to know. How do you come up with your shtick? The thing that tells the reader this story belongs to Catherine Anderson.
That one’s easy. I didn’t have adequate backup on the new computer I bought last year. I thought I did…but I was wrong. The thing crashed and I irretrievably lost a great deal of “Lucky Penny.” Believe me, I had to do some very fast writing to meet that deadline!
How horrible! I have to wonder if I would be able to rewrite something and have it feel and look the same. I’m glad you were able to.
Yum, spice cake. I’ll have to remember that the next time we chat. And because I can barely stand it any longer, start spilling it about LUCKY PENNY!
The hero is David Paxton, the younger half-brother of gunslinger Ace Keegan, whom you may remember from “Keegan’s Lady” and “Summer Breeze.” David is a lawman who walks the straight and narrow and doesn’t take kindly to deviations or deceptions. When a packet of old letters, misplaced for years, is delivered to him, it sets him on a quest to track down the writer. The woman claims to be his wife and the mother of his child. The catch is that David has never been married, and he’s sure never heard of this nutty woman.
Who is this petite auburn-haired lady named Brianna who makes it clear when he shows up that he’s about as welcome as a case of cholera? She acts like her favored method of transportation is to throw her leg over a broomstick, and he suspects the first thing she does upon waking is to sharpen her tongue. He’s dead certain he’s never clapped eyes on the woman before in his life…but then who is the little golden-haired girl who calls Brianna “Mama,” carries his family birthmark, and has been taught that David is her papa? And if Brianna somehow is his wife, how come she wants nothing to do with him, especially when he’s offering escape from her desperate financial circumstances and a stable home for her and the little girl, Daphne?
There’s a mystery here, and the virago with fiery tresses probably has the answers, but cooperation is a virtue that was left out of her makeup. The woman can spit out more lies than the Colorado River has curves. Stubborn, determined David isn’t about to leave until he’s straightened things out. For her own very good reasons, Brianna, equally resolute, isn’t about to stick around town while he tries.
I fell in love with David while writing his story, and I adore the tale of these two strong-willed people and the little girl they both love so dearly. I hope you will, too. I never take the success of a book for granted. Every time, it’s a little like giving birth. Will readers like the characters? Can they root for the heroine and fall in love with the hero? Will they enjoy the story line? After all, it’s you, my readers, for whom I write. I wish I could dedicate my book to every one of you.
And let me just say, readers will love it. It’s such an intriguing story, and as always, beautifully written.
Thank you, Catherine for chatting with us today. Let’s lift our pinky fingers and raise our tea cups to Lucky Penny!
Readers can keep in touch with Catherine at her website: www.CatherineAnderson.com or her FB page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/catherineandersonbooks
Lucky Penny is now available for purchase! http://www.amazon.com/Lucky-Penny-Catherine-Anderson/dp/0451236033/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328740506&sr=8-1