My love of rhyming began at the tender age of eight, when I won a Poetry Competition at school in 1960. Over the years I dabbled in light hearted rhyming verses on greeting cards etc but never really expanded beyond this. Then in August 2006, my writing began to emerge in a way I never believed possible. Writing a children’s story had never entered my head, until I was asked by a friend’s daughter; a university student studying teaching, to write a children’s story for her to market as an assignment. Consequently, my fascination for pig ornaments, collected over many years, made a pig my obvious character choice for my very first children’s story. With a vague idea of a story plot, I began to type. Some hours later, “Hammie goes to School” was on paper. I have no idea where it came from; once I started, I just couldn’t stop. A whole new world had opened for me, as one by one the stories continued to emerge over the following eight weeks, until I had written ten stories about this adorable little piglet named Hammie. These stories became part of a series titled “The Adventures of Hammie.” In September 2006 I began my quest to find an illustrator and soon came to the realisation that writing is the easy part … but finding an illustrator … that’s a story in itself. “Hammie Goes to School” was my first story, but the second to be published, due to illustration problems. In November 2006 I wrote Twinkle the Christmas Star and Twinkle Meets Santa for my grandchildren, after an endless search of book stores for a Christmas story. I longed for a story that would bring to my grandchildren the same magic and wonder of Christmas I experienced as a child from reading “The Night Before Christmas.” To me, nothing came close to that wonderful story. I guess you could say it was an omen in a way, as it gave me the inspiration I needed to write my own Christmas story. At that stage, I was working with an illustrator for Hammie, but Twinkle never went any further until my chance meeting at the Yamba Library, with Cathy McCulloch, in 2007. Meeting Cathy changed Twinkle’s future forever, as Cathy, a Graphic Designer for many years, shared my passion for children’s books and together we began to bring Twinkle’s story to life with pictures. By Christmas 2008, with Hammie’s illustrations still an unfinished project, (two illustrators later) my husband Phil, sensing my disappointment at still not having a book published, suggested we self publish “Twinkle the Christmas Star,” in time for Christmas 2009. I am so grateful to Cathy McCulloch for her dedication to Twinkle and her gorgeous illustrations, finally making our dream a reality. By this time, three years after writing Hammie, the hand drawn illustrations were still a long way from completion and I had long given up hope of it ever happening, so I offered Hammie to Cathy McCulloch. Cathy took the project to a different level, creating amazing digital illustrations for “Hammie Goes to School,” which we finally published in July 2011, five years after the story was written. In June 2012 my third children’s title, Long Legs Daddy was released, with the incredible illustrations of Sarajane Hinton. My fourth title Pusshycat Tails, also illustrated by Sarajane, is being released in print version just prior to Christmas. As an author, I have enjoyed every minute of my time spent writing and hope one day to publish all of my stories, not only for my eight grandchildren, but for children everywhere to enjoy.
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Piece by Piece
by Cathie Whitmore
Eleanor’s rags to riches story begins the day she meets Robert Harding in April 1948, just before his twenty first Birthday and a month after her nineteenth. Robert’s good looks do play a minor part in Eleanor’s attraction to him, but the silver spoon protruding from his mouth most definitely clinches the deal.
by Cathie Whitmore
The moment Cody Shipley and his mother walk through the Pet Shop door, a scrawny, yet irresistibly charming kitten, peering out between the bars of a cage, sets out to win their affections...and of course a new home.
Nothing ordinary about this cat...a talking kitten with a very big mouth, yet hasn’t uttered a single word to the shopkeeper, until a slip of the cat's tongue changes everything.
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Smashwords book reviews by Cathie Whitmore
- Big Trouble-An Evelyn Lee Emerson Novel
on Jan. 31, 2015
Big Trouble, the story of sisters on a girl's vacation, who soon become women on a mission, reminding me of the incredibly funny First Wives Club. The main character Evelyn, despite being a successful businesswoman and the wife of a judge, leads her sisters on an hilarious adventure of mischief and mayhem. An entertaining read from cover to cover.
- Girl, Conflicted
on Aug. 11, 2015
Reality bit me from the start as the author swept me up and transported me into Emma’s world. A world I identified with immediately in the opening lines.
‘I think tonight might be the night.’ I bounce childishly in my chair, nearly knocking over my skinny cappuccino as I barely contain my excitement.
‘Okay, talk me through it. What exactly did he say?’ My best friend Sophie stares at me, a captive audience, patiently waiting for my response.
Great dialogue and no drawn out descriptive lead in for me to skip through. This story catapulted me straight into Emma’s thoughts and feelings and as a reader, I’m right there with Sophie, dying to know what’s coming next.
There’s something about stories told through the eyes of the characters, that gets me in every time. This one has the feel of a movie as I am immediately drawn to both Emma and Sophie’s real and relatable personalities.
It’s much more than a love story as Emma’s life is far from predictable. An apt title and a very well written enjoyable read I can highly recommend to lovers of women’s fiction. Get your imagination and emotions ready to roll, and throw yourself head on into this one. You won’t be disappointed.
- Girl, Unhinged
on Aug. 24, 2015
Girl, Unhinged, picks up where Girl, Conflicted left off, with Emma and Joe happy and in love. However, as they say, 'true love never runs smooth,' and Emma has her share of ups and downs in this one. Right from the beginning of the first book, I felt as if I knew Emma and her friend, Sophie personally, and that feeling continued throughout the second book.
The author, Sasha Lane has a unique flair for relating to her readers through Emma's first person point of view dialogue, to the point the reader cannot help becoming involved in the character's lives. Emma is a girl who is constantly thinking to herself, whilst at the same time relaying her thoughts to the reader. Her down to earth personality makes for very entertaining reading as she often battles with what she wants to say to people, as opposed to what she should say to them. The outcome is sometimes not quite as she had expected.
I loved Sophie’s character – the loyal friend always there for Emma, and the not to be forgotten gay friend Simon, who touched my heart as Emma’s best friend and protector. By the time I got to the end of the story, I didn't want to say goodbye to the lovable characters, hoping they will come back again and share their lives with us. A well written relaxing read I would highly recommend to lovers of Chick Lit and Women’s Fiction.