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Tootie
Location: New Hampshire
Gender: Female
Born: September 6, 1960
Interests: writing, drawing, music, books
Member: Eternal Premier Author
Joined: January 2018
INFORMATION
I'm a fiction author and live in the beautiful Lakes Region area of New Hampshire. Although I've always wanted to be a published author, it took me until after my mother passed away in 2001 to get serious and write that first book. That novel, in Polyester Pajamas, took 7+ years to write and another 1 1/2 years to be published. I was very fortunate to find a publisher and they covered all of the costs to include cover art, typesetting and editing. I learned so much from them and will always be grateful for their belief in me.
My publisher went out of business after my second novel, a sequel to the first, came out. I was already writing a third book in the series at that time and so I decided to take charge and self-publish. I taught myself typesetting, did all my self-promoting, and jobbed out for the editing and cover art. I created my own simple book trailer and website.
My books are listed below. They are all available in ebook, trade paperback and audio formats. I also presently have the honor of co-authoring the following books with Bill Bishop (aka Commando): (1) Love Long Distance, (2) Joined at the Hip, (3) Angel in the Meadow, and (4) My Jigsaw Puzzle, The Missing Piece. He is an awesome writer here on FanStory. He is also an amazing person, and I feel very fortunate to write with him.
Visit http://giveasalute.com to find out more about me and my books.
Blessings to All!
Cathy (Tootie)
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Tootie: Fell a couple weeks ago and bruised my tailbone. It limited me to my time on the computer. Finally, the pain is almost gone. Please forgive me for delays in reviews. I'm back and will get to them as soon as possible (I still have 120 to do!). Thank you all! Best, Cathy
March 4, 2020 at 5:59PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : Cathy,
    You take care of YOU! FS will be here when you feel better. Respectfully with Love and Admiration, Jan
    March 4, 2020 at 9:58PM

FanStory wrote to Tootie: The Memory of You and Me finished first in the contest "February Fun Poem"
February 18, 2020 at 1:10AM
    Commando: WOW . . . a "SALUTE," Co-Author! An "AWESOME" presentation/dedication and "PRESTIGIOUS WIN." In your notes you wrote, "It is dedicated to someone very special to me. That special person shall be identified after the contest ends." Well? A "MAGNIFICENT STORY IN A POEM, Cathy." Best wishes for an awesome week and God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration and Trainloads of Love, Bill
    February 18, 2020 at 6:50AM
    Jannypan (Jan) : CONGRATULATIONS, Cathy, on your AWESOME win. Your presentation was BEAUTIFUL! Respectfully with Love and Admiration, Jan

    February 18, 2020 at 11:09AM
    Tootie: Thank you, FanStory, and all who read and/or voted for this poem. I wrote it for a very special person and AWESOME writer, Bill Bishop (aka Commando). We are currently co-authoring four books together, posting the chapters here, either on his page or mine, as we write them. This poem will become a part of our book, "Love Long Distance" which will be finished and published this year. Wishing you all the best. Keep writing and God Bless. Respectfully, Cathy
    February 18, 2020 at 4:15PM
    Tootie: Thank you, Bill (Commando)! A "SALUTE" to you! As you now know, this poem was written for a very special person, indeed, and that person is YOU! I am honored to have met you here and to be co-authoring four (and, hopefully, more) books with you! As agreed, this poem will become the intro to our novel, "Love Long Distance." Also, as we've agreed, you will write the poem that goes at the end of it. HURRAH! You're the Best! God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration and Mega-Truckloads of Love, Cathy
    February 18, 2020 at 4:25PM
    Tootie: WOW! AWESOME graphic, Jan! Thank you so much for that, and for the congratulations, too. Coming from a very gifted and talented writer, meaning YOU, I am honored! A "SALUTE!" Wishing you all the best. God Bless. Respectfully with Love and Admiration, Cathy
    February 18, 2020 at 4:29PM

FanStory wrote to Tootie: My Top Cat finished first in the contest "5-7-5 cats"
February 8, 2020 at 5:10PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : CONGRATULATIONS, Cathy!
    Please give Top Cat a pat on his head for me.
    Respectfully with Love and Admiration, Jan

    February 8, 2020 at 6:09PM
    Commando: "HURRAH!" Congratulations, Co-Author on a "PRESTIGIOUS WIN." Your presentation was both "ADEPT and EXTREMELY IMPRESSIVE." Cathy. One "SALUTE" for you . . . and Two "SALUTES" for Macho, My Top Cat! It is an honor co-authoring with you--"TOOT, TOOT!" Best wishes and God Bless. Respectfully with Love and Admiration, Bill
    February 8, 2020 at 6:46PM
    Tootie: Thank you, Jan! Such an adorable cat GIF! Macho (Top Cat) enjoyed the pat. :) Best wishes and God Bless. Respectfully with Love and Admiration, Cathy
    February 8, 2020 at 7:33PM
    Tootie: Thank you, Co-Author (Commando)! Both Macho and I appreciate the salutes and we "SALUTE" you, too! Macho is now bragging and strutting all about 'cause he got two salutes and I only got one. Oh well...we know who's 'Top Cat' in this house! Best wishes and God Bless, Respectfully with Admiration and Bunches of Love, Cathy
    February 8, 2020 at 7:38PM
    Tootie: My cat, Macho, and I would like to thank all who read and voted for"My Top Cat." Also, a "SALUTE" to all who entered the contest.
    God Bless,
    Cathy
    February 8, 2020 at 11:52PM

Tootie: "No longer am I observing my life as if it was another's. Instead, finally, I am observing my life as the life I always believed it was destined to be."

As many may know, I am a published author. Since last October, I am also a full-time writer and publisher. (Yes, it is possible to make a living at writing!). However, never getting my college degree, I still have roadblocks, regrets, and so much still to learn. So, at 59, I've decided to go back to college! I have recently been accepted at SNHU (Southern NH University) to obtain my BA in Creative Writing/English. I can take all my courses online, which is great. Always remember, it's never too late to achieve your dreams! Fears and feelings of inferiority have crippled me in the past, but they will cripple me no longer.

"Have faith in your desires, and, 'keep a'walkin' forward."

* A special thank you to Bill Bishop (Commando). I am thrilled to be co-authoring four books with this very talented (histrionic and flamboyant) Tennessee Mountain Man! He is an AWESOME WRITER, and I'm becoming a better writer because of him. We are posting chapters of our books (either his profile page or mine) as we write them. Our first book will be published this year. Thank you, also, to all those reviewing and supporting our works. Due to my busy schedule, it takes a little time to respond to reviews (when they are posted on my profile page), but please know they will be answered. We truly appreciate and admire you all! God Bless!
February 6, 2020 at 2:48PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : I am proud of you, Cathy! It is never too late. Thank you for sharing your dreams. I can hardly wait to have a copy of your co-authored book in its entirety in my hands. I know you will ace your courses at SNHU. You have much to offer the writing world. Respectfully with Love and Admiration, Laura Jan
    February 6, 2020 at 5:24PM
    Commando: WOW! Quite an informative announcement of your accomplishment's, the goal you are seeking, and words of high praise for myself, Cathy. You wrote: "No longer am I observing my life as if it was another's, instead, finally, I am observing my life as the life I always believed it was destined to be." I remember crystal clear, my grandpa telling me: "There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist, or to accept the responsibility for changing them." Lately, I have watched you "STAND UP". . . and march toward your goal--"HURRAH!" Having said that--your kind words and high praise for me--marched the pathway to my heart. A "Histrionic and flamboyant Tennessee Mountain Man!" Best wishes and God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration and a Boxcar full of Love, Bill
    February 7, 2020 at 12:35AM
    Tootie: Thank you, Jan, for your AWESOME congratulations and comments. God Bless. Respectfully with Love and Admiration, Cathy
    February 8, 2020 at 7:22PM
    Tootie: Thank you, Bill, for your AWESOME response. I love what Grandpa said. He is so wise! Again, I will say, "IT IS AN HONOR TO CO-AUTHOR WITH YOU!" Your words walked the pathway to my heart, too. I hope to write the rest of my life with you....and then some! Best wishes and God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration and a Trainload of Love, Cathy
    February 8, 2020 at 7:28PM

Tootie: For those who have reviewed my recent poem, please forgive me for the delay in responding to some of you. Another chapter of co-authored book was in the works and needed to be completed first (just done). I am also very busy with new publishing company. I will continue to respond as soon as possible this week. Thank you for your support and patience. Blessings, Cathy
December 17, 2019 at 1:34AM
    sandramitchell: Life happens Cathy, we all have other commitments. You will have to tell us about your publishing company, it sounds so exciting. :) xx
    December 19, 2019 at 1:08PM
    Tootie: Thank you, Sandra. It is exciting! I can't share too much about here because it would be considered advertising, but I already am working with a few clients and one of the projects is ghostwriting. I never thought I'd do that, but it is a non-fiction book, and I am enjoying it. Feel free to PM me if you want to know more. :)
    December 21, 2019 at 12:03AM

Tootie: Please forgive me for not reviewing enough or posting much on here the past few months. I have recently made the great leap of leaving a day job to open up a publishing business. This includes a business office and all that goes with it (not home-based). Beginning next year, I will also be overseeing a book club for the community I live in. All this is presently requiring a lot of my time. I've considered taking a leave of absence from this site, but the books I'm co-authoring with Bill Bishop (aka Commando) are still top priority. The next chapter of our historic romance novel is in the works and will be posted soon. There are so many talented writers here on FanStory, and I feel so privileged to write with one of them. THANK YOU for all your encouragement, editing advice and support. Also, for your great poems and stories. I will read and review as time permits. Keep writing and believing in your endeavors! I "SALUTE" you all! God Bless.
Respectfully with Admiration,
Cathy
November 13, 2019 at 12:24PM
    Marilyn Lou Berry: Hi, I'm new but want to wish you the best on your new endeavor!
    November 13, 2019 at 11:04PM
    Tootie: Thanks so much, Marilyn. Welcome to FanStory!
    November 14, 2019 at 1:11PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : CONGRATULATIONS, Cathy, with your new business and book club hosting. I know you will excel in both with your determination and business sense! Respectfully with Love, Jan
    November 14, 2019 at 5:36PM
    Klengling: Wonderful for you! Good luck with all of the exciting things you have going on!
    I've not participated on here until today, but I am enjoying reading, reviewing and writing!
    November 14, 2019 at 6:34PM
    mrsmajor: Congratulations, I wish you the very best, may you have a successful business, and enjoy your book club!
    November 15, 2019 at 3:19PM
    Angela Hayes: Well done, wishing you Great Success...i will always lookout for your co-author postings on here! :)
    November 16, 2019 at 12:12AM
    Tootie: Thank you so much Jan, Klengling, mrsmajor and Angela! It's nice to get the well wishes and moral support. I'll keep everyone informed. It's gonna be great!
    Blessings,
    Cathy
    November 16, 2019 at 4:34PM

Tootie: It's been really busy for me lately, with lots of exciting things happening. Today, I was on the Writer's block talking about what it's like to co-author with Bill Bishop (Commando). We both want to thank those who have helped us with reviews and editing along the way. God Bless!

July 23, 2019 at 7:18PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : THANK YOU, CATHY, for sharing this AWESOME interview. I enjoyed seeing and hearing you as you discussed your books and collaboration. This is a PROUD moment for FanStory. Best Wishes for your new publishing company and your co-authored books. Jan
    July 23, 2019 at 8:29PM
    Commando: Greetings, Cathy!
    Your presentation is both "adept and extremely impressive." It is a "prestigious honor" co-authoring with you. A "SALUTE" for having expressed admiration for my writing--right back at ya! Please, keep your quill wet with ink...and your creative juices flowing. This post is a "PLUS" for FanStory! Best wishes and God Bless.
    Respectfully with Admiration,
    Bill
    July 24, 2019 at 7:40PM
    Gloria ....: Enjoyed this very much, Cathy. Well done. :)
    July 26, 2019 at 12:10AM
    Mrs. KT: What fun, Cathy!
    Best Wishes!
    July 26, 2019 at 4:35PM
    robyn corum: Cathy, I enjoyed your interview so much. You handled yourself beautifully - so professionally! And made FanStory sound great - which, of course, it is. *smile* I love the info you revealed about the relationship b/w you and Bill and the work you're doing. It was fascinating. Good luck!
    July 27, 2019 at 11:34AM
    Tootie: Thank you Jan, Bill, Gloria, Diane and Robyn for watching this podcast and for your great comments.Thank you, also, Bill, for giving me the opportunity to co-author with you. I am thrilled!
    Blessings to all!
    Cathy
    July 29, 2019 at 12:14AM
    Diana L Crawford: How awesome!!!! Thank you for sharing this! xoxo
    August 4, 2019 at 9:55PM
    Tootie: Thanks so much for watching it, Diana!
    God Bless,
    Cathy
    August 19, 2019 at 9:15AM

Tootie: It's almost 3 am and after many hours of writing and rewriting a very special birthday poem to an AWESOME writer here on FanStory, although I would like to, I have to wait until later today to respond to some recent reviews. Please forgive me for the delay. I have to get a few hours of sleep first! Thank you for understanding. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!!
Blessings,
Cathy
July 20, 2019 at 2:52AM

Tootie: Thank you to everyone who voted for Chapter 6 of Love Long Distance for Book of the Month. It tied for 2nd place and was competing with some awesome writers. We are honored to be sharing it with all of you as we write it, and we plan to have it completed and published this year.
Wishing you all a wonderful day!
God Bless,
Bill & Cathy (aka Commando & Tootie)
July 7, 2019 at 9:30AM
    Jannypan (Jan) : ~~~C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S~~~
    Bill & Cathy
    Well-Deserved

    July 7, 2019 at 1:04PM
    Tootie: Thank you, Jan, for your congratulations, AWESOME graphic and continued support. It means so much to both of us!
    God Bless,
    Bill & Cathy
    July 7, 2019 at 10:36PM

FanStory wrote to Tootie: Why The Rain? finished second in the contest "Feelings Poetry"
March 30, 2019 at 2:10AM
    Jannypan (Jan) : AWESOME POEM! CONGRATULATIONS, CATHY!
    March 30, 2019 at 2:14AM
    Tootie: Thank you FanStory and all who read and voted for my poem. Also, a big applause to those who entered the contest. Awesome entries! I am HONORED, as well as surprised, to have finished in 2nd place.
    Blessings,
    Cathy
    March 30, 2019 at 1:46PM
    Tootie: Thank you, Jan, for your congratulations, support and for your reminder here that life is too short. We should all live it to the fullest & "dance in the rain!"
    Blessings,
    Cathy
    March 30, 2019 at 1:49PM
    Susanjohn: Congratulations! very well done! :-)
    March 30, 2019 at 3:10PM
    Tootie: Thank you, Susan! Your entry was great. Congratulations!
    March 30, 2019 at 3:52PM
    Commando: YOO HOO! Another "AWESOME WIN FOR YOU", Cathy. Congratulations and God Bless. See you in the meadow, Angel--hurry! Cause I have a red rose for you "Co-Author." Respectfully with Love, Bill.
    March 30, 2019 at 8:47PM
    Tootie: Oh, Bill (Commando), you sure know how to win a woman's heart! Why, that red rose is beautiful and so are you! Thank you so much for the congratulations and support. God Bless You, Too!
    With Admiration & Love,
    Cathy
    March 30, 2019 at 11:12PM

FanStory wrote to Tootie: Who Am I? finished second in the contest "Mirror contest"
March 30, 2019 at 2:10AM
    Tootie: I am HONORED to have been among so many talented writers in this contest. Thank you FanStory and all who read and voted for me. Keep writing and sharing what's in your hearts.
    Blessings,
    Cathy
    March 30, 2019 at 1:51PM
    Commando: WOW! Another "SALUTE", to you, Cathy. Would you "tralalala" on back to the meadow? So, I'll have a chance to win again--Po, Bill! Congratulations and God Bless. Respectfully with Love, Bill.
    March 30, 2019 at 8:57PM
    Tootie: Why, Bill (Commando), you don't have to ask, 'cause you know I'd love to tra-la-la with you anytime!
    Thanks so much for the SALUTE, congratulations & blessings. I'm in the meadow waiting for you! Hurry, hurry! God Bless.
    With Admiration & Love,
    Cathy
    March 30, 2019 at 11:17PM

FanStory wrote to Tootie: Guitar Man finished second in the contest "1-6-1 poetry"
March 26, 2019 at 2:10AM
    Commando: Hurrah...a "SALUTE," Cathy! As soon as Elvis finishes eating supper with Jesus, he's gonna fly down and hug your neck--goody, goody! Awesome presentation, congratulations, and God Bless. Respectfully with Love, Bill
    March 26, 2019 at 8:53AM
    Tootie: Thank you, FanStory, and all who read and voted for my 1-6-1 poem. Fun competition! Blessings, Cathy
    March 26, 2019 at 9:02AM
    Tootie: Awesome picture of Elvis, Jan! It would've gone great with the 1-6-1 poem. Thank you so much!
    Blessings,
    Cathy
    March 26, 2019 at 10:29PM
    Tootie: Hi Bill (Commando)! Thank you so much for the congratulations and the smile. If Elvis comes and hugs my neck, I'll see if he's wearing those blue suede shoes. If so, I'll snatch 'em up so you and I can sell them at auction! Sound like a plan? God Bless You, too!
    Love Ya (You Betcha!),
    Cathy
    March 26, 2019 at 10:34PM
    Commando: Hi, Cathy (Tootie)! YOO HOO! Go ahead and snatch Elvis's blue suede shoes, give 'em to me, so, I'll have a pair to wear when I marry you. Cause I ain't nothing but a poor boy!
    Love Ya too!
    Bill
    March 27, 2019 at 8:19AM

FanStory wrote to Tootie: My Grandpa Eats Jello For Breakfast finished first in the contest "Laughter"
March 25, 2019 at 2:10AM
    Commando: Another "SALUTE," Cathy! YOO HOO, you are still stacking 'em up--"Goody Goody!" Eight prestigious 1st place wins since January 24, 2019. My Congrats.! Best Wishes, and God Bless. Respectfully with Love, Bill
    March 25, 2019 at 3:34AM
    Tootie: Thank you FanStory and all who read and voted for my poem. I really appreciate the support. I'm hoping it made you chuckle and I'm wondering... did it also make you want to have some jello?? :)
    Blessings,
    Cathy
    March 25, 2019 at 2:10PM
    Tootie: Very cute, Jan! Thank you for the support and congratulations. I truly appreciate it!
    Blessings,
    Cathy
    March 25, 2019 at 2:12PM
    Tootie: Thank you so much, Bill (Commando), for the support and congratulations. I am HONORED! Have I told you lately how much you mean to me? Keep on counting. When we get past the fingers, we'll start on the toes, okay? God Bless You, too!
    With Admiration and Love,
    Cathy
    March 25, 2019 at 8:36PM

Tootie: I wanted to respond to all my reviews by now, but I have 127+ reviews still to answer (and more coming in). I will respond, for sure, but it may take a few more days. It's important to me to thank each and every one of you for your awesome comments, suggestions and support of my writings. Currently, I am also spending a lot of hours launching a new subscription box business for readers and writers of all ages. I also have a full-time day job. My time on this site is limited lately, but you'll be hearing from me and I appreciate you all!
Blessings, Cathy
March 23, 2019 at 9:10PM

FanStory wrote to Tootie: Moments finished first in the contest "This Is My Life!"
March 22, 2019 at 2:10AM
    Commando: A "SALUTE," Cathy! YooHoo, you are stacking 'em up--"Goody, Goody!" Seven prestigious 1st place wins since Jan 24, 2019. Congratulations, Best Wishes, and God Bless. Respectfully with Love, Bill.
    March 22, 2019 at 3:04AM
    Tootie: Thank you FanStory and all who read and voted for me. It means so much and I am honored to be here among such awesome writers. Blessings, Cathy
    March 22, 2019 at 9:00AM
    Tootie: Thank you, Jan, for your continued support. Awesome graphic! Blessings, Cathy
    March 22, 2019 at 9:02AM
    Tootie: Bill (Commando),
    Thank you so much for your congratulations and continued support. It is my honor to dedicate this and other poems to you. I want to shout out to the world how much you mean to me! God Bless.
    Respectfully with Love....Always,
    Cathy
    March 22, 2019 at 9:08AM

 
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Novels 14
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Reflections - Chapter 1
What God has put together, let no man put asunder-Matt 19:6

Marry Me! - Chapter 24
Co-Authored with Bill Bishop (aka Commando)

The Shadow of Ol' Glory
Chapter 23 - Co-Authored with Bill Bishop (aka Commando)

A Salute! - Chapter 22
Co-Authored with Bill Bishop (aka Commando)

A Big Kick
Make it possible

The Memory of You and Me
Dedicated to the co-author of Love Long Distance.

My Top Cat
I love him!

The Ol' Stone Well - Chapter 21
Co-Authored with Bill Bishop (aka Commando)

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Marry Me! reached "Recognized" status.
March 26 at 2:08AM
The Shadow of Ol' Glory reached "All Time Best" status.
March 14 at 5:25AM
The Shadow of Ol' Glory reached "Recognized" status.
March 7 at 2:08AM
A Salute! - Chapter 22 reached "Recognized" status.
February 22 at 2:08AM
A Big Kick reached "All Time Best" status.
February 19 at 5:25AM
A Big Kick reached "Recognized" status.
February 19 at 2:08AM
The Memory of You and Me finished first in the contest "February Fun Poem"
February 18 at 1:10AM
The Memory of You and Me reached "All Time Best" status.
February 15 at 5:25AM
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