Positive Vibrations Roundtable with Sara Troy and her guest Carrie Stuart and Cathie Devitt, aired August 18th-24th
Some people know out of the gate what they want to be in life, my brother new at the age of 6 years old that he wanted to write, but so many of us take a different path only to DISCOVER the author in us later in life.
What does it take to become a writer and how does one start? Join my 2 lovely guests Carrie and Cathie as they share with us the art of becoming an author and what it takes, and how one book naturally led to another.
She has a pencil … and she’s not afraid to use it!
Can a forensic artist reconstruct two centuries of suppressed history . . . before it repeats itself?
In A Cry from the Dust, Carrie Stuart Parks utilizes her own background as a celebrated, FBI-trained forensic artist to blend fact and fiction into a stunning mystery.
Now with her second book her heroin stumbles on a new murder adventure in “The Bones Speak”
A killer with a penchant for torture has taken notice of forensic expert Gwen Marcey . . . and her daughter. When Gwen Marcey’s dog comes home with a human skull and then leads her to a cabin in the woods near her Montana home, she realizes there’s a serial killer in her community. And when she finds a tortured young girl clinging to life on the cabin floor, she knows this killer is a lunatic. Yet what unsettles Gwen most is that the victim looks uncannily like her daughter. The search for the torturer leads back in time to a neo-Nazi bombing in Washington state—a bombing with only one connection to Montana: Gwen. The group has a race-not-grace model of salvation . . . and they’ve marked Gwen as a race traitor. When it becomes clear that the killer has a score to settle, Gwen finds herself in a battle against time. She will have to use all of her forensic skills to find the killer before he can carry out his threat to destroy her—and the only family she has left.
Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning fine artist and internationally known forensic artist. She teaches forensic art courses to law enforcement professionals and is the author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing. Carrie began to write fiction while battling breast cancer and was mentored by New York Times best-selling author Frank Peretti. Now in remission, she continues to encourage other women struggling with cancer.
Now writing is her calling and she brings such murderous adventure in her novels along with some lost history.
Cathie Devitt First joined us in 2014 to share the motivation behind her book “Don’t Drink & Fly!”The first in a trio of novellas about the life of Bernice O’Hanlon a witch from Glasgow: Bernice is a witch with many skeletons in her closet. She has an addictive personality, works as a holistic therapist, and struggles to maintain any intimate relationships. Her spells are not always as accurate as they could be, often the result of her having a few too many goblets of red wine. When mysterious letters start appearing at her door, she begins to think about her childhood and, with the help of her long-suffering friend Maggie, tries to come to terms with her past and the family she left behind. But nothing in Bernice’s life is ever simple…
Part Two is at the final edit although Cathie has not confirmed the title. Something that she has thrown open to our Self Discovery Radio audience. But first, you must read “Don’t Drink and Fly!” available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, Waterstones and all good book retailers, then contact Cathie with Title suggestions for the next book.
Cathie has recently embarked on a Mindfulness course which she says helps her focus and make time for herself.
” If you don’t take care of yourself how can you expect to take care of others?”
Mindfulness means waking up to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present moment. That might be something as simple as the feel of a bannister as we walk upstairs.
Awareness of this kind doesn’t start by trying to change or fix anything. It’s about allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly. When we do that, it can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives.
Born in Glasgow Scotland, Cathie’s mother says that her daughter’s first words were, “But Why?” and her second “But why not?”
Some things never change.
“I wrote and performed in my first play at primary school aged 11 years. Life took over and writing was consigned to work-related bumf the quality of which somehow stopped me from being sacked or evicted.”
“I studied at Glasgow and Strathclyde University whilst working and bringing up my two daughters alone. Oh what fun we had!Tears, tantrums, hormones and hooch. (The girls sometimes kicked off too.) The studies resulted in bits of paper that no-one ever asked to see but somehow greased the rungs of the career ladder high enough to ensure that the three of us never went hungry.
The flame of desire to write has flickered on and off but never been snuffed out. Encouraged by publication in various genres, Cathie Devitt moved on to support others by facilitating creative writing workshops. Cathie has also written and performed drama workshops in a corporate environment to showcase company policies and practices, such as Health and Safety and Equality in the workplace. Add to that writing and performing in Festival Theatre and training as a Laughter Yoga Therapist and you can see why Cathie Devitt is in a class of her own.
Cathie has very little time to dedicate to her own pleasures. Work and family commitments make sure of that. However, to release her D.I.V.A within Cathie has-
- Trained as a laughter yoga leader
- Performed as an actress and stand up comedian
- Zip slid in the forest and tackled rope bridges and swings
- Explored various countries and cultures whenever the opportunity arose
- Loves her daughters two dogs (Lhasa Apsos) Darcy and Sparkle
- Embraced Creative writing
- Fell in love with a poet when she was 50!
Is always keen to try new activities – has enjoyed taster Hatha Yoga, hot stone massage and meditation while listening to Self Discovery Radio shows.
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