HOW I CAME TO WRITE
I've wanted to be a writer as long as I can remember. In fact, here's a little vignette: When I was in highschool, I answered one of those ads in the back of magazines for THE FAMOUS WRITER'S SCHOOL (you know those ads that say DRAW ME? Those are for the Art School, for the Writer's School you had to write something like how to fry eggs). Anyway, I had illusions of being the next J.K. Rowling, but when the salesman came to the door (yes, they did door solicitation) and was politely invited in to go over my test scores, I could see the hairs bristling on my parent's necks. While I was told I had "potential", (which excited me to no end) my parents had other ideas. The salesman was promptly shown the door.
Several years later, I attended Community College and the draw of Creative Writing beckoned to me. Again, I received good grades, nice comments. Only a one semester class, I wondered where to go from there. Life always pops in surprises when you least expect and once again writing was put on the back burner. Like a dead body that won't stay at the bottom of the lake, in a few years, the writing bug rose again and I took another class. That provided me with my first professional success. A magazine article. I went on to have a couple other articles published before another hiatus.
When we moved to Iowa I was solely in charge of running a small motel. Often, I was too busy to write, yet at other times, I had time on my hands. I enrolled in a correspondence course through the famous University of Iowa. Now, we're cookin'! This was much more pro than anything I'd encountered in Community College. I loved the assignments and challenges they brought. But, once again, we were headed for a move.
Wyoming was everything I wanted it to be (well, almost). After becoming acquainted with the territory, I began writing poems and making notes for Wyoming Dreamer. That was over ten years ago. So, you can see writing has been an on/off love affair. But like Hemingway, I was too close to my material to be objective. It took another move to Arkansas to get me disciplined to finish the book.
I wrote my second book Marry Me Under the Mistletoe in 2011 and just finished my third Vestal Virgins. UPDATE: This has been retitled Within These Walls.
Meanwhile, I am wife, mother, reader, cook, and chief bottle washer. When not consumed with household projects, I've got nine cats and two big dogs to love and care for. I love animals and am an animal rights advocate.
You can contact me at http://www.cjclarkwrites.com or [email protected], or [email protected]. I'm also on www.Twitter.com/cjclarkwrites and Facebook.
i love animals--I have nine cats and a Siberian Husky and a German Shepard mix, but I just love pgymy goats! Aren't these little ones cute?
Likes: Cats-Big as Tigers, Mountain Lions, etc. to stray housecats, Dogs--especially Huskies, Samoyeds, Malamutes, Jindos, Akitas
Indian Tacos, Pow-wows, Traveling, Mountains, Seashores, Nature.
Music-Southern Gospel , Native American and New Age.
Favorite Foods: Reuben Sandwiches, , Salmon Patties, Carrot Cake, Tossed Salad,
Favorite Sport: Rodeo
Favorite Season(s): Autumn and Winter
Favorite Book(s): Currently anything by Nicholas Sparks.
Children of the Earth Remember by Schim Schimmel. Why? Beautiful artwork with a fantastic environmental message.
Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody. Why? A truly courageous woman flees the dictates and confines of the Islamic way of life. This is a story every woman should read, especially in these times when Islam and Sharia law are subtlely being pushed upon us.
Dislike: Summer, Crowds, Pushy People, People who can't say thank You, Oysters, People who can't remove their hat or place their hand over their heart during the National Anthem, Insects, Snakes, Talking on the Phone.
Favorite Color(s): Fuschia, Teal, Turquoise
Favorite Places: Great Lakes, South Dakota, Estes Park, CO
Favorite Actress: ?
Favorite Movie(s): The Notebook, Safe Haven, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Hope Springs, Dances With Wolves, Gone with the Wind, Grumpy Old Men, The Horse Whisperer, Thunderheart.