Empowering The Writer!

Clawing Out Time to Write

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I am one of the most disorganized people in the world.  I get alot done, but often with the smoothness of Taz, the Tasmanian Devil. My largest challenge is guarding my “writing” time.  This isn’t just time I spend in my office, but time I use to put words on paper. Years ago, I started writing from four a.m. until …

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The REAL Cathy Maxwell

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My friend Tim Jungr always introduces the last speaker at WRW’s Writer’s Retreat.  It’s a tradition that has become one of my favorite parts of the conference.  He’s witty and wise, a fabulous writer (three Golden Heart nominations).  This year I was the speaker he introduced and he made me laugh so hard tears came to my eyes.  I asked …

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Twenty Years of Perspective

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Last night as I lay sleeping, I dreamt O, marvelous error- That there was a beehive here inside my heart And the golden bees were making white combs And sweet honey from all my failures Machado de Assis   This past weekend I was at a writers conference. During the question and answer period after my presentation, I was asked …

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Pot Banging and Persistence–the First Sale Story

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I was sitting at my desk on the sales floor when the phone rang.  It was my agent.  She told me I sold my book– BORING.  It’s what happened but what a snooze. The real story, the important one with life lessons and pot banging, is not about the sale, but of an agent calling and offering to rep my …

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A Woman in Bed

For the February 13th issue of my regional paper, the reporter and photo editor suggested highlighting my interview with a portrait “similar to, but not exactly like, a book cover . . . lounging on your bed with your books scattered around you, a rose and some chocolates.” My response was short and to the point, a response I then, …

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Romance Novels by the Numbers

Horse enthusiast and best-selling romance writer Cathy Maxwell dishes about her craft in the company of one of her four-legged friends. Video by Penelope M. Carrington/TImes-Dispatch. She wheeled her car into the steep, narrow driveway, clutched the gearshift and eased it forward into park. She turned off the engine, let out a breath and relaxed for a moment, letting the …

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Holidays and PASSION

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I want to talk to those of you who don’t have anyone to love.  The reasons are many:  you haven’t met “the one” yet, you broke up with someone who could have been “the one,” you divorced “the–used to be–one,” or like myself you’ve lost someone dear to you. Christmas can be a tough time when you are alone.  And …

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Three Things I Know About Love

December 24, 2010 Romance and Christmas, the season of generosity, fit hand-in-hand.  Is there any miracle more empowering than Love?  In discovering not only that you love, but are loved in returned?  And that you will never again be alone? As a romance writer, I don’t just trade on the belief that we all feel love is the purpose to …

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Peru Trip

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I can’t wait to return to Peru, and I shall. The cuisine is one of the best in the world and the people are welcoming, generous and kind. Plus my ties to Peru are growing—my daughter’s now engaged to a Peruvian gent, a true pearl of a man. Sharing with you photos of the Parque del Amor which attracts lovers. …

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My Trip To India

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My daughter spent a semester in the south of India. I met her for a walk about. Together we visited The Gate of India and the palace in New Delhi. Oh, to be a maharajah! No picture can convey the beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. It was surrounded by tourists from all countries, but mostly the Middle …

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