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Catharine Bramkamp is a successful writing coach and author. She has published over 300 newspaper and magazine articles in publications like Modern Maturity (AARP), SF Chronicle and Santa Rosa Magazine. She was a contributor to two Chicken Soup Books and has published anthologies of her work, non-fiction works and novels. Her work has also appeared in a number of poetry and fiction anthologies. She has experimented with the self-publishing world since 2001. She has published and self-published seven books through companies like Author House, author assist companies like 3L Publishing and through traditional publishers like Write Life. Her poetry collection, Ammonia Sunrise, will be released in August 2011 by Finishing Line Press and her mystery novel, In Good Faith will be released by Write Life in 2011.
Catharine holds a BA in English from UCSB and a MA in English from Sonoma State University. She is a 25 year member of California Writer’s Club. She is an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix. She works with authors of both fiction and non-fiction to make their dream of producing a book come true. For more information on that, visit her at www.YourBookStartsHere.com

Catharine has lived in Sonoma County for 25 years and considers wine a food group. She is married to an adorable and very patient man who complains he’s never featured in any of her books. Her grown children who are featured in a few of her books have fled the county.

The Journey IS the Story

I wrote this break down of how to find the real story of our novels in Writers Fun Zone. Check it out! New Class! How telling your Story Today can Change your Tomorrow. Sign up for the 8 class teachable course now. Contact me to participate in the 8 week interactive class via email starting…

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To Baby or Not to Baby

At a recent workshop, I was asked about humor, how to be funny. I regaled the group with stories about American female humorists with the caveat that I had not written the book on humorists. Then realized, hey, I but DID write my Master’s Thesis on them. Why not share a bit about the history…

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Miss Behaved Holidays

For two years Miss Behaved appeared in a local paper – I know, a real paper.  Now I want to periodically share some of her here in my blog. Spoiler Alert:  You will learn nothing. Dear Miss Behaved, In November I find myself uncomfortably straddling the holidays.  One foot in a tray of back –to-…

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Telling Your Story

After Tidying  Everything Up Write Everything Down You cleaned and purged. Every item in your house now brings unimaginable joy. What about everything in your life?  Today you have the opportunity to create the next big improvement in your life –  your story. Are you telling the right story? When you tidy up  – did you notice that each…

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How to Build A Fantasy World

How do you build a whole world? Lord of the Rings, Disc World, Game of Thrones, Handmaid’s Tale — These fantasy series are as much about their world as they are about the characters and story. Done right, the world itself becomes reason enough to read the book. That is why world building is important and daunting. Readers love…

Pilgrimage sign

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The Subversion of Napping

For two years Miss Behaved appeared in a local paper – I know, a real paper.  Now I want to periodically share some of her here in my blog. Spoiler Alert:  You will learn nothing. It doesn’t take many kitchen conversations to realize that there is something afoot. Miss Behaved people are pleased to note…

Napping puppy

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The Quick, Very Fast Food Movement

My new sister-in-law has a collection of beautiful handmade cookbooks.  They are arranged in chronological order based on the day and hour when the recipe first appeared on the table.  Each recipe is carefully copied out in calligraphy and illustrated with a photo of the family enjoying their new taste sensation.   During the holidays, she…

Paris Lunch

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