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Cathy Lamb

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About this author

Cathy Lamb was born in Newport Beach, California. As a child, she mastered the art of skateboarding, catching butterflies in bottles, and riding her bike with no hands. When she was 10, her parents moved her, two sisters, a brother, and two poorly behaved dogs to Oregon before she could fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a surfer bum.

She then embarked on her notable academic career where she earned good grades now and then, spent a great deal of time daydreaming, ran wild with a number of friends, and landed on the newspaper staff in high school. When she saw her byline above an article about people making out in the hallways of the high school, she knew she had found her true calling.

After two years of partying at the University of Or
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Where did I get the ideas for my most recent book, What I Remember Most, out in September 2014...

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Where did I get the ideas for my most recent book, What I Remember Most, out in September 2014...

Grenadine Scotch Wild is my main character's name. As soon as I had her name, I felt like I was on a roll, writing wise. Why that name? Whose idea was that? Who likes Scotch?

Grenadine is a collage artist and painter. I decided to make her an artist because I have always wanted to be an artist but have zero talent.

Grenadine is also on the run. Her husband was an "investor" who lost his clients' money. She was implicated in his schemes, though she had only been married to the jerk for a year and was completely innocent.

I was interested in what it would feel like to have your whole world collapse, to be arrested and jailed for a weekend, to lose your home and have your bank accounts locked up.

Where would you go? How would you survive? How do you start over? How do you avoid jail for a crime you didn't commit?

And, I was interested in Grenadine's back story. When she was six, her parents disappeared on a foggy, scary night in the woods. She was put in foster care and never knew what happened to them.

Though the story is written first person, through Grenadine's eyes, I tell her back story through children services reports, police reports, a court transcript, police reports and letters. I was interested in writing through a different structure.

Hope you like it!



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When I have an idea for something that needs to be in my book, a character, situation, dialogue, etc, I immediately write it down, or I insert…more
Lindsey,
When I have an idea for something that needs to be in my book, a character, situation, dialogue, etc, I immediately write it down, or I insert it into the top of my manuscript. So, as you can imagine, I have about a page and a half, single space, of ideas, thoughts, characters, problems, that I have to address when I write the book.

All of those things are deleted as I work through, or add, or delete them, in my manuscript. Think of it as a Manuscript To Do List. Things that must be completed in the manuscript and written down before ya lose them!

Take a breath, write what's in your head, slow down a bit, it'll still be there. And keep writing...the best ideas for your story won't leave, they'll stick, as they become part of your storyline, part of the characters' lives and trajectories.(less)
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In a few decades, my sister and I will probably be just like these two.


Tulips, chocolate, books and more books, cackling and laughing together under a table.


And what’s in that coffee they’re drinking? A bit of kahlua?





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“But grief is a walk alone. Others can be there, and listen. But you will walk alone down your own path, at your own pace, with your sheared-off pain, your raw wounds, you denial, anger, and bitter loss. You'll come to your own peace, hopefully, but it will be on your own, in your own time.”
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“Grab the love. Hold on tight. Treasure it. Put that love you have for your husband first, arrange everything else around it, and all else will work out. Love must be cradled and nurtured and enjoyed and danced with. Never, ever, forget the love. It's why we want to live.
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