Interview with Catherine Carlson

When did you first start writing?
It seems like I've always written, but i probably started writing in maybe fifth grade or before. I started out with animal stories. I've always loved animals and I remember writing stories about dogs at that time. i don't remember how long they were or much about them now, just that those were the stories I wrote at that time. Then when I was in sixth or seventh grade I wrote a really terrible Science Fiction story about Jupiter. Again I don't remember much except that it was very long and I remember reading part of it to my mother, and she wasn't impressed.
After that, when I got older, I tried my hand at poems and wrote those for several years. I loved writing the rhyming kind, and now, I'm back to short stories and an occasional novel draft(Nano). I write in every genre and usually just sit down and write. I never plan anything out. I might have a title or an idea, but I never outline or plan.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Nothing motivated me to become an author. I have always written. It's in my blood and is just something I've always done and always will do. It also entertains and excites me to create new characters, plots and new worlds.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on an anthology of paranormal stories centering around trains and the railroad tracks, plus I have hundreds of unfinished short stories that need work. Sometimes I jump from one thing to another, especially when I get stuck, that's why I have so many stories to finish and not too many finished. I'm always in the process of developing one story or another,
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors vary. Stephen King is number one, Then there's Bentley Little, Heather Graham Lisa Jackson and so many others I can't remember now.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm an animal lover and to be perfectly honest, I would oversleep many days if I didn't have my cats and chickens to care for. My cats are spoiled, especially our oldest, a black cat named Kali. She and I have a very special bond, but I feel close to all our animals. I get up at seven or before and let the chickens out of their cages, feed them and make sure they have food and water periodically throughout the day. We have three golden sex links that are more like my cats, in that they are pets, follow me around and let me pick them up.

Also, i never know what the day will bring as far as my writing goes. Will I finally finish that story that I've been working on forever, and will I start a new one? I never know until the day gets going.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually discover the ebooks I read through my email , bookbub which sends me lists of free and paid ebooks that I can download. I also get them from Amazon sometimes.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to design my own covers. It's fun and I really get a kick out of it. It also spurs my creativity. I usually download some royalty-free pictures from one of my favorite sites then upload them in the cover design or cover creator and pick my own layout and colors.This is one of my favorite things about creating new books.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I usually read paranormal stories or suspense thrillers. What I really like is when I'm surprised and can't guess what's going to happen in a book or how it will end
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My favorite e-reading device is a Kindle. I have three of them, an old Kindle Touch that I got refurbished from amazon, a Kindle Paper white, and A Kindle Fire HDX I like to download the books with pics on this one because the pictures come out colored and on the other Kindles pictures show up in black and white.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is when I finally reach the end and it's finished. I always, scream and do a happy dance when this moment finally comes. The next greatest joy is when it finally gets published. On self-pub sites like Smash words, that joy changes to when people actually pay for my book, read and review it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm usually reading or with my animals. Sometimes I'm thinking about my next story. I also enjoy knitting, latch hooks exercising and coloring.
Describe your desk
My desk isn't much to look at. it's a cheap Wal-mart desk, nothing fancy, just a black top and metal legs. The desk does have two shelves on the right side underneath the top where I keep another laptop, some small paper tablets and on the bottom shelf, the surge protector that my laptop and printer is plugged into.

i have a large cup with a bunch of pens on the right side of my desk and my husband built a wooden shelf just above my desk. It's made with a 2x4, I think and is painted white. I keep my router up there, a snoopy bank and a small holder with back up disks for the computer.
Published 2016-08-16.
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Books by This Author

The FunFair
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,260. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A strange boy carrying an eerie balloon lure the townspeople to a macabre funfair that is filled with horror and changes the lives of everyone who is there.
Reunion
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,260. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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Reunion is a story about a man whose life changes instantly after an automobile accident. He meets a friend who had a very important part of his life. Uplifting and inspirational.
Summer's Song: A Celebration of Life
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 4,510. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Pets
We adopted Summer from the Gulf Coast Humane Society in Corpus Christi. This is the story of her journey from a near feral cat to a lovable house cat that brought joy and happiness to everyone in the family. I invite you to join me in telling Summer's tale in hopes that her story will help not only other animals, but their owners too.
The Fortune Cookie
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,330. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Frank Bowen's last day at work began like all the others until he and his coworkers went to lunch at their favorite Chinese restaurant. Then something went terribly wrong. Everyone got a cookie with their fortune except Frank. He got only a blank strip of paper. Does that mean he has no future? Read and find out what happens.