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The Challenge: Seven Things You Don't Know About Me as a Writer

by Lin Waterhouse on 03/20/15

My friend KD McCrite has challenged me to come up with seven things you won't know about my writing. Ok, so here goes:

1. I've been writing as long as I can remember. My earliest efforts were writing letters. I loved corresponding via mail with anyone who would write me back. I had numerous penpals, some in this country and many abroad. I also carried on a long-standing correspondence with my Great Uncle Hugh who wrote me largely-illegible letters until the day he died. Just before he passed, he sent me a pen he used over the decades that he worked for the Frisco Railroad. I was just a young teenager when he died. I kept the pen for many years, but I don't know what eventually happened to it. I'm very sad that I lost it. Sorry, Uncle Hugh.

2. In high school, I wrote a silly tale about an old lady who climbed a tree for some forgotten reason and wouldn't come down. My literature teacher read it in class, and I never could figure out why she thought it was worth reading.

3. My freshman year in high school, I wrote a long, humorous narrative entitled "My Life as a Freshman." I know, really original. It actually became quite notorious because I named names and detailed events. The reaction was quite a learning experience for me; although, I still can't keep my mouth shut.

3. I was editor of my high school newspaper, and in college I worked on the college paper. The college paper printed one of my studies from my statistics class--a great honor for me at the time.

4. In my Mommy years, I let my writing go largely dormant. However, I was in much demand to write skits for an annual talent show. My greatest achievement was a short sketch performed to the song "Teddy Bears' Picnic."

5. While working as Community Service Coordinator for Arizona's Yavapai County Adult Probation, I created brochures and booklets detailing the program. I also put out a newsletter outlining the accomplishments and goals of my little department. My boss told me to stop because the written stuff made it "look like I had nothing else to do."

6. After moving to the Missouri Ozarks where my husband grew up, I launched a serious writing career. I wrote my first novel Bred to the Bone: Deadly Secrets at Hunter's Millbut couldn't sell it to a publisher until after my non-fiction book West Plains Dance Hall Explosion was picked up by the History Press. Books about local history have a way of making the authors minor celebrities in their small ponds. I spoke at dozens of local organizations' meetings about the explosion that killed 39 people, and I wrote for regional magazines and the local newspaper focusing on Ozark history and curiosities. What fun those years were! Also, I met some dear friends there, especially KD McCrite.

7. Two years ago, I opened a whole new chapter of my life by moving to northern California to be nearer our children. My husband's diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease had made that move a necessity. Bred to the Bone: Deadly Secrets at Hunter's Mill was rereleased in January by a new publisher, and the second book in that "deadly secrets" series, "Ghost of Timmy Wahl," will come out next year. I also edit the occasional manuscript for paying customers. Life is good!

Comments (2)

1. Tom Worden said on 3/20/15 - 06:29PM
Look forward to reading about Judson and his dog. Premise sounds intriguing due to the child's young life. I hope you are doing well.
2. Tom said on 3/21/15 - 12:42PM
Thanks, Tom. Judson's sad story resonated with me so much that I couldn't wait to write my own story based on his accident. Timmy exists only in my mind but that sweet face smiling at me from that photograph made him easy for me to visualize.


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