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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|3 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