Yuck, an introduction… (sticky post)


My fellow campaigners have suggested I’d tell you some more about me. They might as well have asked me to run a marathon (slightly undersized, like Garfield, it would feel like a suicide mission), but I’ll try my very best.

What would you like to know? Shall I tell you about the tomboy who turned the forest around her house into a haunted grove or into Little Red’s riding grounds? Or about the seven-year old who decided to become a forester – and who did? Maybe, you’d be more interested in the school girl who wrote one page stories for all her friends and relatives and even corrected the few she got back.

All that is part of my past – and I keep it in my memory where every moment is as vivid and alive as way back when. I still see myself as Rainbow Girl, sliding though hollowed out tree trunks to help Mother Nature fight evil polluters. I still sing evening songs with the wood nymphs – except I’ve got to walk quite a bit longer these days to reach the woods. And I still make up stories for those around me.

One day I stumbled over a true story about my best friends ancestors. It fascinated me so much, I decided to write a book about it. Much, much later (5 years to be precise) it became my first published novel in Germany (I self published “Ann Angel’s Freedom” in the US for my friends family. It’s a YA historical novel). I even got an agent in Germany but it didn’t work out. We weren’t compatible. A couple of novels later, I found a new agent and this is working so much better.

At the same time, I decided to go Indie and founded the Independent Bookworm (by the way, if you write Fantasy, history or SciFi and want to join, pleas apply). Weird enough, my fellow bookworms have already published more than I did. I definitely need to get the final edit on my novel done. That’s why I’ll stop babbling now and get back to work. If you need to know more about me, my three kids, my husband, dog or house, please leave a comment, and I’ll get to it asap.

30 thoughts on “Yuck, an introduction… (sticky post)”

  1. Rebecca Emin says:

    Sounds like we have a lot in common, I have 3 children as well. It’s a big juggling act isn’t it? So pleased to meet you both here and on Twitter.

    1. Cat says:

      I’m please too. Yes, it’s difficult to get writing done when the kids are home, and the household isn’t half as tidy and clean as that of my mother-in-law. Luckily, I’ve got a very supportive husband. 😉

  2. Liz A. says:

    Yeah, I’ve avoided writing an intro of my own. I should, but I probably won’t.

    I left an award for you on my blog…

    1. Cat says:

      WOW, thanks. I’ll get it asap. BTW, intros aren’t as difficult as you think. And the feedback is surprisingly positive. Try it.

  3. Hi Cat,

    I’m a fellow campaigner in the fantasy group. I love what you’ve done with creating the independent bookworm – it’s a really wonderful idea. You mention that if people are interested in potentially working along with you, they should apply. How does one do that?

    1. Cat says:

      You write me an eMail and tell me the genres and age groups you write for. I’ll ask for a sample, and if it fits in with the rest of the site, I’ll introduce you to the other authors. You’ll then get access to the Independent Bookworm site to create your author page and bookshelf (I can help with that if necessary). You’d be required to write one blogpost in as many weeks as we’ve got authors (currently 1 every 4 weeks). The time between posts might shrink when the number of authors grows, but I promise you won’t have to write too many posts. Cross promo on twitter, FB or wherever else would be great too.

  4. Philinda says:

    Keep on writing and cuhgging away!

    1. Cat says:

      I will. Currently, I’m nearing the end of my non-linear fairy tale murder mystery. Looking forward to revision and to the next NaNo.

    2. Nevea says:

      It’s imperative that more pepole make this exact point.

  5. Faith says:

    Hi Campaigner! I’ll go check out Independent Bookworm.

    I still love playing in the woods and imagining I’m seven years old again… singing with the wood nymphs. Ah, memories.

    Your introduction is lovely! No need to wonder if it’s okay. 🙂

    1. Cat says:

      Thank you. Glad you like it.

  6. Jillybean says:

    Wow, very interesting to hear about your first book, the YA historical – I love how we get inspiration from the weirdest places, don’t you? [g]

    Good luck, fellow campaigner!

    1. Cat says:

      Same to you.

      1. Laticia says:

        That’s a mold-breaker. Great tihkning!

  7. What a great introduction! I love the bit about being Rainbow Girl and helping destroy polluters 😀

    1. Cat says:

      Thank you. I’m still planning to write a novel about her/me one day.

  8. Sarah Ketley says:

    Just stopping by here to say hello… 🙂

    Love the blog header!

    Keep in touch and have a fantastic campaign. Sarah

    1. Cat says:

      Welcome. I love the header too. A friend of a friend did it for me. He’s an awesome artist.

  9. MG Higgins says:

    I love the image of “rainbow girl” fighting evil polluters. Thanks for sharing about yourself.

    1. Cat says:

      I rode my bike to school through a forest where my father was the forester. It was one of my favorite daytime dreams. Maybe I’ll write a story about it some time. It would be quite cool, I think.

  10. Hi, Cat… really enjoyed hearing about you. Especially the part about growing up in the forest. It’s where all children’s authors should spend at least a little time so that they can — as you say — “keep it in my memory where every moment is as vivid and alive as way back when.” Looking forward to reading some of your books!

    1. Cat says:

      Thanks and welcome to my site. For a first try, join my mailing list and check out my freebie. 😉

      1. Brandie says:

        Hey, that post lveaes me feeling foolish. Kudos to you!

        1. Cat says:

          You shouldn’t. I bet you’ve got wonderful memories too.

    2. Loradae says:

      No more s***. All posts of this quaitly from now on

      1. Cat says:

        I’ll try but were the others s***?

  11. Matt Larkin says:

    Some kind of bio does help put things in perspective for your audience. Thanks for the link on Independent Bookworm. Will have to check that out.

    1. Cat says:

      I know, I just hate writing them. It feels like stripping naked in a crowded train. Also, there is a lot of additional information on the rest of the website. I just hope this post is OK for an introduction.

    2. Loran says:

      I’m not easily impressed. . . but that’s irmpessing me! 🙂

      1. Cat says:

        I’m glad you liked it.

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