(Which shall be told in 3rd Person so Cathy C. Hall will not sound too braggy)
Elementary School-age: Cathy makes up very long, very involved stories in the bathtub. (Also, Cathy develops “pruney fingers” syndrome.)
22 years-old: Cathy gets a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and sets out to snag a TV anchor spot. (She ends up in radio, writing copy like the commercial below. )
5 Years Later: Having come a long way, copy-writing wise, Cathy leaves radio to work in a college library. (She reads a lot. A whole lot. But the only book she can recall is the very creepy Bell Witch. That is what she gets for reading in the stacks instead of working.)
Youngish Mother: Cathy pens her first picture books while new baby sleeps. (It is a book about a baby sleeping. The second and third and fourth picture books are about a mommy who has forgotten what it is like to sleep. )
Oldish Mother of Three: Cathy finally remembers that once upon a time, she was a creative writer (above radio copy not withstanding). She sat down at a keyboard and told her stories. (Her humorous essays appeared in regional magazines, ezines and The Atlanta-Journal Constitution. She mostly wrote about her family. She’s pretty sure they have never read these essays. Or possibly anything she has every written.)
A Few Years Later: Cathy joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators because she had written a book that turned out to be for children. (Her children’s stories have been published all over the world. She is a super star in China where Red Squirrel Magazine is distributed. But you will have to take her word for it, unless you read Chinese.)
Present: Cathy’s been so busy, she’s just got ’round to letting you know how hard work pays off! She works for Darakwon Publishing in Korea, where her books help Korean children learn English. (Well, learn regular English. None of my Southern shenanigans.) She’s represented by Karen Grencik at Red Fox Literary who’s working her fingers to the bone, sending out my latest middle grade novel. But Cathy continues to look for the next great idea, often while soaking in a hot bath. So yeah, she still has very pruney fingers.