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I live in sunny southern California as a happily married mom of two college-age sons. In fact, I reign as the only female in a multi-generational house of all men spanning the ages from twenty-three to ninety-three. Even my one-year-old Shetland sheepdog is a male (and probably the cutest one, too).
Readers often ask me how I delve into the male mind to come up with some of my men characters' crazy thoughts. Well, I certainly have a lot of guys to interrogate! My husband is a continual source of information and humor, but I am forever asking my sons what guys think nowadays, as well. I even have my 93-year-old dad living with us. It's fun getting his insight on subjects, let me tell you! After talking to everyone, I then add my own spin, to make it completely my own.
I have always enjoyed the written word, be it in books, plays, or even letters. Contemporary romance, suspense, and historical fiction have always been my favorite reads, and I’ve logged thousands of hours immersed in the worlds of those various genres.
My education, a teaching career (in English, of course), and raising a family took precedence over writing for many years, though scraps of paper scrawled with my fanciful musings could be found tucked throughout my house during those busy days. Diapers and play-dates couldn’t stem the creativity I had lurking in my brain. I’ve always had an overabundance of ideas compared to writing time.
When I just couldn’t hold back the desire any longer, I started writing down one of my many ideas in the form of a story. Eventually I got brave enough to join an online writing site. Reaction to my story and writing style was so favorable that it encouraged me to continue. Now I have six completed books under my belt, nearly 4,000 followers on that site alone, and over two million hits. With readers constantly telling me to get published, I took their advice and sent out one of my stories, Prisoner of Love. It will be published by Entangled Publishing, LLC, in October 2015. Hopefully the rest will soon follow.
I hope my life story encourages some of you to follow your dreams, too. It’s never too late to start that new career, turn that next corner, or realize your secret passions. If you have the craving to produce that next great screenplay, the next Mona Lisa, or the most divine carrot cake ever imagined, go for it. You’ll never be sorry for trying. Only for letting opportunities pass you by.
Cathy A. Skendrovich