Happy holidays To All

No, this post isn't about books, but I am telling a story :) Someone recently asked me about my favorite childhood Christmas memory. Though I have lots to choose from, one year does stand out more than the rest (warning - yes, it's heartwarming) My parents used to tell my brother John and me that under no circumstances were we to come downstairs after they put us to bed on Christmas Eve because if Santa saw us, all our presents would turn to coal. At five-years-old, I believed this wholeheartedly. Nonetheless, when I woke up in the middle of the night, I quietly crept down the stairs to the living room. My mom had a hand painted platter that [...]

By | 2017-12-08T17:17:19+00:00 December 8th, 2017|General|0 Comments

Girls Are Mean and Can Be Jerks!

At least, they should be in a romance book, right? Mine are. Sort of. And I like it that way. I can hear you now, demanding, “Cathy, have you lost your mind? That’s not true. Don’t you know the old saying? A romance reader should fall in love with the hero and want to be friends with the heroine. How can she be friends with a sometimes mean and – gasp! − snarky heroine?” I get where you’re coming from. I do. But I’m going to argue with you that a romance book is truly good only when there’s a strong romantic conflict between the hero and heroine, one with big emotion at the core. He abandoned her in [...]

By | 2017-11-11T17:45:37+00:00 November 11th, 2017|General|5 Comments

A Story Is Only As Good As The Telling

How often have we heard people say something along the lines of, a good story is more important than good writing? Many times, right? I was a believer, too, until lately. I can’t explain why but more and more I’m reading books that are riddled with lazy writing to the point where any evidence of interesting story or compelling characters is completely obliterated. I find myself stopping every other page (or pausing every few minutes when I’m listening to an audio book) to groan or cringe. I know what you’re saying, it’s difficult for writers to turn off their internal editor when they’re reading. And you’d be right. I’m constantly thinking of how I could rewrite that line or [...]

By | 2017-09-25T22:47:08+00:00 September 25th, 2017|General|Comments Off on A Story Is Only As Good As The Telling

Tah Dah! Launching “Running Wild With Books”

Welcome! It's been a long time since I've written a regular blog, and I'm excited to be launching "Running Wild With Books". You know, a lot of thought goes into what to name a blog. It did for me, anyway. I admit to being stumped for weeks. Of course, I wanted the name to be catchy in order that people can easily remember it. Also, a reflection of my goal --- or more accurately, what the blog is all about and my purpose for writing it. Lastly, I didn't want the name to be restrictive so that we can cover a wide variety of different topics here. Yes, I sort of, kind of, stole the idea from Running Wild [...]

By | 2017-09-06T19:53:17+00:00 September 1st, 2017|General|19 Comments

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