A Missing Muse by Marnie Cate

J.M. Northup and Marnie Cate

When I started my journey as a writer, I was mid 30s, recently divorced, and searching for something more out of the life I had carved for myself.  One day, I had this amazing “vision”.  Hold on. Before you get worried, I always had really intense dreams and even night terrors.  Anyway, back to my vision….

The opening scene of Remember with its destruction felt so strong, and when it led me to a catlike creature in a silver nest, I knew I needed to write a book. Everyone I told about my new mission smiled at the crazy lady and said, “A book. How nice.”  One or two around me encouraged me, and I spent my evening and weekends at a Starbucks in California. When I returned to Arizona, I was almost finished with my book and eager to publish it and share my story with the world.

So, I researched, formatted, and published my first novel – Remember.  A few months later, I realized I had no idea what I was doing, and I signed with a small press. After time, I had several titles published but felt incomplete.  Later, I found out that my original novels really needed work.  I had been naïve and thought that was all done.

Then, I met Julie Northup.  By now, I am a jaded and untrusting soul.  Life had shown me that when you are down, there is always someone there waiting to give you a kick. This is not a poor me message.  This is just to describe the extreme caution I felt when this online persona came charging at me (really the only way to describe Jules).  In one moment, this stranger swept me into her online arms, told me that my books were amazing, and declared we were best friends forever.  Still cautious, I turned over my fourth book, Envy, and found out what my writing career had been missing.

My soundboard, my creative guide, my big word-using friend gave me the confidence to go back to the original books and make them even better. Writing my next series was a new experience, I could talk about my ideas, and the muses’ guidance with someone that understood the voices in my head.

So my advice to anyone that feels they want to write a book — be sure to get yourself a Julie.  They might make you mad and swear at them, but you will be a better author and a better friend if you have one in your life. 

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How I’d describe our meeting.
The part of Jules will be played by Tigger


This is a blog series found on this blog as well as my other blog and on Norns Triad Publications’ blog.

Lois Lowry is an American author born in 1937. She has written over thirty novels that range in genre. She has readers of all ages, though her primary audience is elementary school-aged children to young adults. Lois describes her writing on her website: ” My books have varied in content and style. Yet it seems that all of them deal, essentially, with the same general theme: the importance of human connections.”

Raised in a military family and marrying a career military man, Lois Lowry traveled extensively in her life. An avid reader, she decided she wanted to be a writer as a shy and introvert youth. Her parents were very supportive, buying her a typewriter when she was thirteen. Her first novel, A Summer to Die, was published in 1977.

Lois Lowry received many awards for her work. She won two Newbery Medals – one in 1990 for Number the Stars and one for The Giver in 1994. For her outstanding contributions in children’s literature, she was a 2004 nominee as well as a finalist in 2000 and 2016 for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Among other accolades, Lois Lowry also received Margaret Edwards Award in 2007.

A Broken Girl Collection by Marnie Cate

Meet My Character – Jeremy Whittaker
Meet My Character – Hannah (a.k.a. Hillary)

If you are interested in reading my book reviews for this amazing collection, you can find them here:

My Review of Chasing Caitlyn
My Review of Forgiving Ginger
My Review of Hiding Hannah (coming soon)

Kathleen O’Neal Gear

Kathleen O’Neal Gear is a New York Times Bestseller. She has successfully written in the genres of history, historical fiction, Historical Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, and Women’s Fiction. She has over 60 books published with more than 17 million copies sold. Her work has been translated in at least 29 languages.

I have been honored to know this amazing woman. Kathy has influenced me both as a strong, intelligent woman and as an author. She is humble, kind, and giving.

I invite you to read my interviews with her and her husband, W. Micheal Gear. I know you will love them as much as I do!
My Interview With Kathleen O’Neal Gear
My Interview with W. Michael Gear
My Interview with NYT Bestsellers – The Gears

DID YOU KNOW: Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou 1928–2014 http://mayaangelou.com/

Born Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou, this amazing woman has changed the world and influenced me, personally. Her words have touched my soul for as long as I can recall. Her beautiful spirit lives on, shaping our world even though she has transcended.

Maya Angelou is an empowered American woman. Best known for her writing, she was a poet, essayist, songwriter, playwright, and autobiographer. Her talents didn’t stop there. Maya was the first black female director in Hollywood. in addition to acting, singing, and dancing, she also wrote, produced and directed for film, television, and stage.

Maya was more than just an award-winning artist. This lady worked as an activist along side Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X during the Civil Rights Movement. She served on the presidential committees for Gerald Ford (1975) and Jimmy Carter (1977). In 2000, President Bill Clinton gave her the National Medal of Arts and in 2010 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from  President Barack Obama!

My favorite quotes from Maya Angelou are: