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[SWP: Behind the Book] American Family by Catherine Marshall-Smith

            I didn’t write American Family; it burst from my chest like the alien in the movie by the same name starring Sigourney Weaver. It was also produced by the clash of politics, law and faith that swirled around LGBTQ rights at the beginning of the millennium.            American Family began writing itself years before I even knew I was going to write it. When I try to figure out when my novel began, a series of headlines and snippets of conversations flash…See More
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Catherine Marshall-Smith commented on the blog post 'First Line Catches the Reader'
"Good advice, thanks for posting. It's also important to introduce the conflict as soon as possible. Not just grab the readers' attention but get them to wonder what's gonna happen next and then read on."
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A blog post by Catherine Marshall-Smith was featured

[SWP: Behind the Book] American Family by Catherine Marshall-Smith

            I didn’t write American Family; it burst from my chest like the alien in the movie by the same name starring Sigourney Weaver. It was also produced by the clash of politics, law and faith that swirled around LGBTQ rights at the beginning of the millennium.            American Family began writing itself years before I even knew I was going to write it. When I try to figure out when my novel began, a series of headlines and snippets of conversations flash…See More
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[SWP: Behind the Book] American Family by Catherine Marshall-Smith

            I didn’t write American Family; it burst from my chest like the alien in the movie by the same name starring Sigourney Weaver. It was also produced by the clash of politics, law and faith that swirled around LGBTQ rights at the beginning of the millennium.            American Family began writing itself years before I even knew I was going to write it. When I try to figure out when my novel began, a series of headlines and snippets of conversations flash…See More
Feb 6
Catherine Marshall-Smith liked Dhana Musil's blog post Things I did Right, Things I did Wrong. My memoir process.
Nov 11, 2016
Catherine Marshall-Smith commented on the blog post 'Seven Do’s and Don’ts of Constructive Communication with Your Editor'
"I would add, thank your editor in the acknowledgements. I wrote a good book but my editor made it saleable. I will never forget that."
Sep 5, 2016
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End of Summer; End of Writing?

“Summer, you can feel it dying.” This is the opening sentence to a chapter of Jerry Spinelli’s Space Station Seventh Grade. I use it at the beginning of the school year to show sixth graders I understand they’re losing something: the freedom to play video games all night, sleep all day, wake up in time for dinner when their parents return from work, and start all over again. I also do it for myself. Spinelli goes on to describe summer as having a funnel shape, wide at the beginning and narrow…See More
Sep 5, 2016
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Aug 31, 2016
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"I am trying to post a blog. I tried to cut and paste but there's no paste selection. Do I have to rewrite the blog?"
Aug 28, 2016
Catherine Marshall-Smith commented on the blog post 'What Makes a Good Author Bio?'
"Is there anything one should definitely not do when writing a bio?  Thanks for the post."
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Catherine Marshall-Smith commented on the blog post 'An Author’s Guide to Praise and Endorsement Best Practices'
"My mentor from UCLA said she would promote my book through her social media on her website (she's published several novels )but she couldn't write a blurb just as her agent or editor could not for her. It was a little awkward but I'm…"
Aug 17, 2016
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Catherine Marshall-Smith commented on the blog post 'How to Turn Your ‘Off’ Writing Days Into ‘On’ Days'
"Thanks for this post Brooke. Anne Lamott, who gave us "butt in chair," also said she has a tiny frame on her desk. Her agreement with herself is that she will only write enough to fit in that frame. She hopes that once she gets started,…"
Jul 19, 2016

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Who I am:
I am a woman who writes, teaches, mothers, cares, prays, and thinks. I have a BA in English from UC Berkeley, a teaching credential from Cal State San Jose and a Creative Writing Certificate from UCLA. I was nominated for the James Kirkwood award through the UCLA Writing Program in 2012.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
Does Facebook count? Technology scares me and that's why I'm coming to you.
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
My novel, AMERICAN FAMILY is the story of two gay men trying to get custody of their biological daughter from her fundamentalist Christian maternal grandparents. It is for people who have gay friends (everyone) and faith (a lot of people) and don' want to have to do without either. It is about the importance of family and genuinely operating in the best interests of the child.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
In my dreams or do you mean in reality?
My writing is:
Fiction
Services I offer to other writers:
I have never stopped taking writing courses and have a discerning eye for authentic dialogue and point of view slips. I will critique for same.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Women Fiction Writers, Writer Unboxed, South Bay Writers
My professional associations:
South Bay Writers, California Teachers of English
I found out about She Writes from:
Pitch-O-Rama San Francisco 2014

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[SWP: Behind the Book] American Family by Catherine Marshall-Smith

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 5:11pm 0 Comments

            I didn’t write American Family; it burst from my chest like the alien in the movie by the same name starring Sigourney Weaver. It was also produced by the clash of politics, law and faith that swirled around LGBTQ rights at the beginning of the millennium.

            American Family began writing itself years before I even knew I was going to write it. When I try to figure out when my novel began, a…

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End of Summer; End of Writing?

Posted on September 5, 2016 at 11:00am 0 Comments

“Summer, you can feel it dying.” This is the opening sentence to a chapter of Jerry Spinelli’s Space Station Seventh Grade. I use it at the beginning of the school year to show sixth graders I understand they’re losing something: the freedom to play video games all night, sleep all day, wake up in time for dinner when their parents return from work, and start all over again. I also do it for myself. Spinelli goes on to describe summer as having a funnel shape, wide at the beginning…

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Lessons I Learned While Editing

Posted on June 17, 2015 at 11:24am 8 Comments

Lessons I Learned While Editing

I am editing my first novel for the ninth or tenth time. That is, I am implementing changes my editor has suggested. Finding an editor I was willing to work with was quite a journey and a huge departure from writing in isolation.

 

I had taken lots of writing courses, earned my certificate in creative writing, and read a library of books on writing and my writing improved. But I couldn’t get my book published. I realized that to become a…

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At 4:53pm on June 19, 2015, Ashley Moss said…

Thanks. It is depressing to do such a thing half-heartedly. Yet, I think I'm going to have to start teaching again, until I can get paid for writing. Bills are piling up, and I want to go back to school to get my master's degree soon. I need money to do that. Thanks for the kind words of encouragement though.

At 8:26am on June 19, 2015, Ashley Moss said…

Hi, Catherine. I read about the local starter-up company in a local newspaper that's published weekly about 2 years ago, and decided to give it a try.

At 3:16pm on August 31, 2014, Meghan Ward said…

Catherine,

I have a one-day social media workshop coming up in SF on Oct. 12 at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. I know it's not in the South Bay, but it's closer than Marin, so I wanted to let you know about it. Here's the link:

http://www.sfgrotto.org/classes/current-class-roster/class-social-media-madness-with-meghan-ward-1012

Meghan

At 5:26pm on July 26, 2014, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Catherine, Just waving hello. If you’re looking for places to connect here, we’d love to have you join us in the Novelists (Struggling or Not) group. I hope you’re enjoying exploring SheWrites, and best of luck with your writing.

Warmly,
Meg Waite Clayton
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Wednesday Daughters (“Enchanting.” – People Magazine) and The Wednesday Sisters (a writing group novel)

At 4:41pm on June 23, 2014, Caitlyn Levin said…

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