About Catharine LJ Parks:
Catharine Leona Joy Minter Parks was born in Chatham Ontario to a Canadian mother and an American father. Her early childhood was spent in the church growing up under a strict upbringing but at an early age started to desire more.
With an adventuresome spirit she would join her brother in escaping the house after bedtime and going downtown with him to dances, plays and the movies, to enjoy all the things that her religious parents denied her.
Catharine’s love of words started in early childhood when she would make up fictitious words and songs. She has been a songwriter since being gifted in 1983, and has recorded several songs of her own as well as the song, Proud to be Canadian in 1991.
Ms. Parks writes from life and true experiences, usually with a supernatural twist. On January 25, 2007, she published her first devotional, A Glimpse of the Cross, on the Mustard Seed Ministries Site; it is based on a vision. Cliffhanger was published in November 2007 in Fate Magazine, a short story come true forewarned by a dream. Ms. Parks writes based on dreams that come true, or real life experiences. Ms. Parks live in Niagara Falls, Ontario and about 10 minutes away from the falls.
What inspires you to write?
Having supernatural experiences all my life I like to share with my readers and allow them to share theirs with me. We are all supernatural beings living an earthly experience. We all like to know that we are not the only ones in the Universe who experience different realms.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am an outliner. I like to know somewhat where I am going with each chapter. Once I start writing I often incorporate other things I had not planned in the outline. Write it first, then if it doesn’t fit take it out. But once the writing begins and the creative juices start flowing you soon find out that what you have put in your chapter outline can easily accommodate an extra creative line.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I see them in my mind’s eye, what they look like, their facial expressions, what their speech patterns are and how I can incorporate it into my story. Use or discard, but once it is down on paper helps me see it all clearly.
What advice would you give other writers?
The simple things in life are free – such as hearing a unique sentence that can be used in your writing. Anything unusual that you can use in your writing that you have seen, or felt is fair game for writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wanted to self- publish my book, and thank the Lord I was able to follow instruction, although it took me longer than I thought it would. For new authors find a good self-publishing tutorial that you can follow and go for it. Self publishing means more royalties for you vs traditional publishing. Whether you go with self-publishing or a traditional publisher you still have to market your own book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
E-book publishing is on the rise and I like that, since I self-published my e-books it means total control of how my book is handled.
What genres do you write?: humor,supernatural thriller,religion,spirituality, entertainment,body mind spirit
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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