Written Across the Genres Interview With Cathleen Cordova

I am interviewing the authors who contributed stories, novel excerpts, essays or poems to Written Across the Genres. Today’s interview is with Cathleen Cordova who has retired from a career in law enforcement. She has been published in magazines, anthologies, and in Times They Were A-Changing, edited by Kate Farrell, Linda Joy Myers, and Amber Lea Starfire.

In Written Across the Genres, her essay, “Cooking with Mama” is in the section called About Family. Her second essay, “Round Eye in a World of Hurt” is in the Memoir category.

Julaina: What is your favorite genre and who is your favorite author?

Cathleen: I enjoy murder mysteries, biographies, and historical novels by authors such as Philippa Gregory and Dan Brown. Their novels always move me to research the characters and/or the location the stories are set in to learn more about them.

Julaina: Where do you like to write?

Cathleen: Anywhere the mood strikes me as long as it’s quiet and I can have a cup of coffee too.

Julaina:  What are you working on now?

Cathleen:  I’m writing stories about various members of my family for a booklet to give out at our family reunion in September, 2014.

Thanks, Cathleen, I look forward to reading more of your work.

Secrets, Surprises, and Smiles

My anthology has a new name and I’ve changed the focus. The old name was A CLASS OF MUSES. Now it’s SECRETS, SURPRISES, AND SMILES.  I’m calling it a Sampler or a Collection of Genres instead of an anthology.

Progress is slow but with the help of my friend, Linda Todd, it’s coming together. We still have twenty more entries to critique and add to the Done File. The due date to the press is the end of this month if I want the book in hand by February for the S.F. Writers Conference. Not sure if that will happen since we still have so much left to do.

The book is taking most of my blog writing time and my time revising HADA’S FOG. But I know it’s well worth the effort. The submissions have been terrific and quite a variety.

Back to work, more later.

Critique Partners Chat

Tri-Valley Writers Club members, Jordan Bernal, author of THE KEEPERS OF EIRE and Lani Longshore, author of DEATH BY CHENILLE, chat after the April meeting. The critique partners worked with each other’s characters that involved dragons, criminals, and the new genre, Quilting Sci-Fi. Image