Cathy Cash Spellman

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Cathy Cash Spellman is a best-selling author of multiple books that have been on The New York Times Bestseller List and International Bestseller lists, in both hardcover and paperback. Bless the Child became a Paramount movie starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits, and has developed a cult following since it's Paramount release in 2000. Cathy's books have been sold in 22 countries.

Cathy was born to two parents who loved to read and filled their home with books and poetry. The small town in which she grew up had a library that was a small castle, brought over stone by stone from Europe, and gifted to the town by a benefactor, replete with suits of armor, stained glass windows and a round tower that held the classics. It was to this fairytale
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Cathy Cash Spellman Dear Beverly...I'm so happy to know which of my books is your favorite!
I think the research really began in my Irish childhood, when the songs and…more
Dear Beverly...I'm so happy to know which of my books is your favorite!
I think the research really began in my Irish childhood, when the songs and heroic stories filled my romantic heart with the ideas of Irish freedom. I researched seriously for nearly three years, here and in Ireland, and continued the research as I wrote.
One of the most gratifying highpoints for this tale came after it was done. I received a letter from an Irishman, then in his eighties or nineties, telling me he had been at the barricades with Mick Collins on Easter Sunday 1916 and had known the man well. He said the word-portrait I'd painted of Collins in my story was the closest of any he'd ever read to the truth of the man!
Thank you for your beautiful words of encouragement...knowing readers care deeply about my characters and stories is what keeps me writing! (less)
Cathy Cash Spellman That's quite a tricky proposition, K.T. I've used many strategies over the years, but here are a few that work well for me.
I keep a detailed…more
That's quite a tricky proposition, K.T. I've used many strategies over the years, but here are a few that work well for me.
I keep a detailed looseleaf notebook of timelines and other relevant data (jargon, interplay of characters' stories)... looseleaf makes it easy for me to shift gears or change strategies if I need to. Depending on the story (or the point in the story) I sometimes do a day by day or hour by hour timeline for individual characters' whereabouts at any given moment. I once hung a clothesline-like string across my office filled with clothespins so I could move different colored papers (each color representing a character) around as I needed to!

With a book that covers 2,000 years of adventures, as in Lark's Labyrinths, I run separate timelines for different eras ( ie Crucifixion time, Constantine/St. Helena time, contemporary storyline, etc)

The worst thing that can happen is that something interrupts the mental flow when I'm on a roll ... if I have to drop all the threads I'm weaviing together, to put my head into something else entirely it's not easy to pick up all the threads again and regain the momentum.

I feel I have to live the story in my characters' skin so it's a big responsibility, weird as that sounds! I have to laugh with them, cry with them, be frightened with them, for it to seem authentic to my readers.

People think writing is a sedentary, quiet enterprise but it's really a wild ride!(less)
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Bless the Child

3.83 avg rating — 551 ratings — published 1993 — 15 editions
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Paint The Wind

4.29 avg rating — 559 ratings — published 1989 — 15 editions
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So Many Partings

4.24 avg rating — 171 ratings — published 1983 — 21 editions
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The Playground of the Gods

3.44 avg rating — 138 ratings — published 1986 — 16 editions
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An Excess of Love

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Lark's Labyrinth

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Notes to my Daughters

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A Murder on Jane Street

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The Message

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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More books by Cathy Cash Spellman…

How and Why of Bless the Child

Bless the Child

Researching BLESS THE CHILD was a wild ride – it entailed far more than I’d bargained for.


I’d like to tell you about it!


How Bless the Child Got Written


Who knows where stories come from? Bits and pieces of information lodge in a writer’s brain and sometimes they coalesce into a story that hooks you into writing it.

 

Bless the Child had two such irresistible hooks for me... Read more of this blog post »
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“We the unwilling, led by the unqualified, will perform the unbelievable for the ungrateful”
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“Some say they get lost in books, but I find myself, again and again, in the pages of a good book. Humanly speaking, there is no greater teacher, no greater therapist, no greater healer of the soul, than a well-stocked library.”
L.R.Knost

“Books on the bookshelves
And stacked on the floor
Books kept in baskets
And propped by the door
Books in neat piles
And in disarray
Books tucked in closets
And books on display
Books filling crannies
And books packed in nooks
Books massed in windows
And mounded in crooks
Libraries beckon
And bookstores invite
But book-filled rooms welcome
Us back home at night!”
L.R. Knost




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