Whispers From An Author’s Life

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Earlier this week I gave a presentation to the Women’s League at our parish.  Since November their representative has been trying to coordinate one of their meeting times with my schedule.  Last week worked. 

However, I really didn’t have a direction from them as to what topics they might be interested in, and I knew the group would be diverse. 

I’ve stewed about what to do and how to present whatever I chose. Then I added the talk to my ever-expanding list of items to worry about.  Don’t get me wrong.  I have a great deal of experience in public speaking and dealing with different types of groups.  But this group was different.  I’d see these women regularly when we came together to worship each week.  

What might really interest them?  Especially as I was sure I wasn’t dealing with a group of writers.  I would bet my first royalty check they would be friendly, but interested if I chose the wrong topic or developed it in too much detail?  And how much was too much? 

Only the day would tell. 

Their representative had mentioned the group wanted to meet a “real live author.”  I took my cue from that, and as I looked around the room, I saw many familiar faces.  So I started out with the idea that authors are like everyone they knew already who have talents.  It’s just our talents lie with creating stories, finding the perfect words to describe a situation or setting, developing characters that live on after the book is finished.  I added a bit about my writing process and the hours I spend writing.  And lots more.  I have to say the hours I mentioned produced a gasp from them. 

I could tell from their body language they were interested in what I was saying.  They asked great questions.  Those questions provided more topics for me to touch upon. In all, the 40 minutes was a highlight I’ll not forget.  Another new experience on this road I’m traveling as a published author. 

Yesterday as I entered our church several people came up to me and spoke about my little talk.  While they hadn’t been there, they heard about it from friends.  They were interested and asked questions.  They told me they had bought Black Ribbon Affair or were reading it from the library. They were excited for me.  But imagine how excited I am and their words. 🙂 

These are the memories that I must bring to mind when a scene gets tough or the words aren’t flowing as I want on any given day. 

Happy Valentine's Day


What about you?  On a day things aren’t going well, whether you’re writing or living life, what helps you get through?  Any special memories of moments past?

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4 Comments on “Whispers From An Author’s Life”

  1. Nancy Kaye Says:

    Good Blog. How do I get through when things are tough? I call my friends. The other thing I do is keep busy. It takes my mind off problems. I read, write, talk, journal or as today ride down by the lake. Ed and I took the long way home from the hospital and enjoyed the lake view. You are lucky that you can just look out the window. Today was inspiring! It was a little foggy toward Racine, but still beautiful.

  2. caseyclifford Says:

    Yes, the lake really was awesome today. I’ve been mesmerized by watching how the ice changes sometimes hour by hour.

    Glad you had a few moment to enjoy the day after the hospital jaunt.

  3. Elle J Rossi Says:

    Hi Casey,

    That’s a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing. There are days that I really struggle while writing. I sometimes wonder why I even try. Usually, I’ll grab a book and start reading and let that particular author inspire me. A good story is why I do this. I want to tell my story.

  4. caseyclifford Says:


    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    I know what you mean about letting certain authors inspire us. I often use that technique. Since I know you work, I’m doubly impressed that you still carve out time to write those words that keep speaking to you. 🙂

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