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Location: New Hampshire
Gender: Female
Member: Eternal Premier Author
Joined: January 2018
I am a native of New Hampshire. My debut novel, in Polyester Pajamas, won the NH Writers' Project 2013/2014 Readers' Choice Award for outstanding work of fiction, and I'm thrilled to now be co-authoring with Bill Bishop.I'm presently co-authoring several novels with him, (aka Commando), an awesome writer on FanStory. Our first co-authored book, Love Long Distance, was published in July 2020.
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Tootie: Greetings, Friends!
Be sure to check out the advertisement on FanStory for our first co-authored book. HURRAH! We "SALUTE" all of you who have encouraged and supported us as we wrote it. Yes, dreams can come true! God Bless You All!
Respectfully with Admiration,
Bill (Commando) and Cathy (Tootie)
August 5, 2020 at 10:49PM
    Lulube: Tootie
    Congratulations on your accomplishment and wishing you much success and royalties. I must confess, that I have not read your story but I'm sure it is a book full of adventure and love. What brought me to you was your ad that comes at the end of a page. It caught my eye. I thought I would ask you what has been on my mind lately, because I just published my first children's book and I would like to know if your ad came with a cost and how long does it run for?
    Again, congrats on your novel author Tootie!!
    August 9, 2020 at 8:07AM
    kiwigirl2821: Congrats !~! I am going right now to buy my copy lol. Best wishes and please tell Bill to get well soon. Keep going ... best of luck. xoxo deborah (Kiwi)
    August 10, 2020 at 12:04AM
    Tootie: Thank you, Jan, for the congratulations, continued support and AWESOME graphic here. You're the BEST! Respectfully with Love and Admiration, Bill & Cathy
    August 15, 2020 at 8:46PM
    Tootie: Thank you, Lulube, for the congratulations. The ad runs for 3 months and it is a paid ad. For details, you should send a message to Tom. Wishing you all the best with your book! Congratulations! Respectfully, Bill & Cathy
    August 15, 2020 at 8:47PM
    Tootie: Hi Deborah! So great to hear from you! Thanks so much for the congratulations and for the well wishes. We're already working away on the the next book. Yay! God Bless. xoxo Bill & Cathy
    August 15, 2020 at 8:50PM
    Bucketlist: Congratulations to both authors
    August 29, 2020 at 6:50AM

Tootie: Thank you to those of you who have read and reviewed our new novel's first chapter. We will respond to your reviews as soon as possible. Sorry for the delay! Currently, we are busy preparing our first co-authored book for publication. It involves lots of work ourselves, as well as working with several others involved in the preparation. It's still on target to be published by the end of this month. Hurrah! For those of you who've been following along with that one, we have finished writing it and will be sharing our last three chapters later this month. We really appreciate all the help and support we've gotten from many of you. Wishing you all the best. God Bless.
Respectfully with Admiration,
Bill & Cathy
(Commando & Tootie)
July 8, 2020 at 7:35PM

Tootie: UPDATE RE: Bill Bishop (aka Commando)
My wonderful, talented co-author, Bill Bishop, hasn't been on FanStory the past two weeks because he needed to replace his computer. While waiting for the new computer, he figured it the opportune time to have some surgery done on his right eye. He is fine, but it will now be a little while longer before he's back. He wants to thank everyone for the recent reviews on his profile page that he hasn't been able to respond to. Since we co-author these chapters, I thank you, also. Your encouragement, help and support are greatly appreciated. We SALUTE You! We are continuing to work together on our books, and I will be posting one of our chapters this weekend. Bill is also unable to access and respond to his PM messages right now. If there is anything you would like to pass on to him, feel free to PM me. God Bless.
Respectfully with Admiration,
Bill & Cathy
(Commando and Tootie)
June 20, 2020 at 12:25PM
    damommy: Give him our best wishes. Thanks for letting us know.
    June 20, 2020 at 9:45PM
    Tootie: I will do that, Yvonne. Thank you!
    June 20, 2020 at 11:13PM
    karenina: My very best to him... Just tell him he is valued and missed here at FS!--Karenina
    June 23, 2020 at 3:47PM
    Tootie: Thank you, Karenina! I have told him, and we'll be back soon. God Bless.
    July 3, 2020 at 9:25PM

Tootie: Bill Bishop (aka Commando) is currently unable to to access FanStory because his computer crashed and is beyond repair. He is awaiting a new computer and will be back soon. A "SALUTE" from both of us to all of you who are following along as we write and post chapters of our co-authored books here. When he returns, he will respond to recent reviews on his Profile Page, and we will also share more of our works. Wishing you all the best. Take care and God Bless.
Respectfully, Cathy
June 8, 2020 at 7:22PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : Thank you, Cathy, for the update. I will be looking forward to more chapters in each of your collaborative novels. Respectfully, Jan
    June 8, 2020 at 8:07PM

FanStory wrote to Tootie: Cat's Meow finished first in the contest "Write A Modern Fable"
May 10, 2020 at 10:10PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : ***CONGRATULATIONS***
    Your first place win is well-deserved, Cathy. Thanks for speaking up for the less brave and/or those who have been bullied. Your topic is so important for ALL. The way you described the issue, using the cat and dog, was perfect. You had my vote from the first read-through.
    Respectfully with Love and Admiration, Jan

    May 10, 2020 at 10:21PM
    Commando: WOW! An "AWESOME" Modern Fable penning, and "PRESTIGIOUS WIN", Co-author. One more 1st place award added to the twenty others dating back to January 24, 2018. A "SALUTE," too you! Respectfully with Admiration and a Florida Cavern Cave full of Love to, you, Bill
    May 11, 2020 at 3:22AM
    Tootie: Thank you, FanStory, and all who voted for my fable. I am HONORED! The entries were all great and I enjoyed reading them. Please, never let anyone take your Meow! :) Best wishes and God Bless.
    May 12, 2020 at 7:19PM
    Tootie: Thank so much, Jan! What an AWESOME GIF! I really appreciate the kind words and support.
    Respectfully with Love and Admiration,
    May 12, 2020 at 7:20PM
    Tootie: WOW! Thank you, Co-author, for the kind words, continuous encouragement, and support. A "SALUTE" back to you, Bill! It is an HONOR to write by your side. You're the BEST! Respectfully with Admiration and Mountains and Mountains FULL of LOVE to YOU! Cathy
    May 12, 2020 at 7:27PM

FanStory wrote to Tootie: Best-Selling Author finished first in the contest "Writing"
May 1, 2020 at 7:10PM
    Commando: "HIP HIP--HURRAH!" A "Double Salute," Co-author. Absolutely the best I have read in the Non-Fiction Essay Category on FanStory. When God sent you down to write at my side I whispered to Him, "Thank You, Lord for the miracle. I promise to always keep her pencils sharp." Are you looking, Cathy? God's waving to you." Best wishes for good health, happiness, and prosperity. Respectfully with Admiration and Tons of Love, Bill.
    May 1, 2020 at 8:08PM
    Tootie: Thank you, Jan, for the congratulations, kind words, and AWESOME GIF! I'm so glad you loved my story. Respectfully with Love and Admiration, Cathy
    May 1, 2020 at 10:18PM
    Tootie: "HIP, HIP--HURRAH! Thank you, Bill, for the congratulations and for following God's wishes to keep my pencil sharp. Now I gotta admit, I break that pencil purposely from time to time to make sure you keep on writing by my side! A "DOUBLE SALUTE" back to you . . . the honor is all mine to be so fortunate! Best wishes and God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration and "Tons & Tons" of Love, Cathy
    May 1, 2020 at 10:30PM
    Tootie: Thank you FanStory and all who voted for me. Such great entries! I am honored. Best wishes and God bless. Respectfully, Cathy
    May 2, 2020 at 2:14AM
    Commando: Shazam! You are an "AWESOME WRITER," Co-author. It's partly because I'm keeping your pencils sharp; yet, the other part is you're creative mind never stops creating. For example: From January 24, 2018 to April 30, 2020, you have earned 20 1st place, 12 2nd place, and 6 3rd place awards out of 38 contest entries. Of course, that is above and beyond co-authoring 6 books. Just yesterday I asked God, "What may I do to help you sleep?" "Skip a night to sharpen her pencils," He replied. Hmm! God works in strange ways at times. A "Salute" too you for choosing me to write at your side. Best wishes and God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration and 16 Tons of Love, Bill.
    May 9, 2020 at 4:41PM
    Tootie: Awww, you made my day, Bill! Yes, God works in strange ways; yet, I'm forever grateful to have met you here, and to write by your side. Of course, you beat me in that first contest we were in together. Why? Because you are an AWESOME writer! Since then, I've learned so much from you! The honor is all mine. Now, don't go tellin' anyone I pay you $1 for every kind word you say about me! Thank you for everything! I hope we write books and books together forever and ever. Best wishes and God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration and 18 Tons of Love, Cathy
    May 9, 2020 at 8:13PM

FanStory wrote to Tootie: Everlasting finished second in the contest "~FREE VERSE~LOVE POEM~ROMANCE~"
April 28, 2020 at 1:10AM
    Commando: WOW! Eleven Star worthy; yet, Six is all that's authorized. Therefore, I'll make up the difference with a "DOUBLE SALUTE," Co-Author! May I say, "This is an AWESOME FREE VERSE LOVE POEM, Cathy. The Artwork by avmurray is BREATHTAKING . . . and the message you send out walks the pathway to my heart." Thanks for sharing this "STUPENDOUS" penning on FanStory. Best wishes and God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration and "TONS of LOVE," Bill.
    April 28, 2020 at 1:58AM
    Tootie: Thank you, FanStory, and all who read and voted for my poem. Also, thank you, Jannypan, for sponsoring this contest. I enjoyed reading all the other entries from very talented writers and am honored to have placed in the competition.
    April 28, 2020 at 8:36PM
    Tootie: Thank you, Co-Author, for all those stars and kind words. HURRAH! I'm so glad you found the poem AWESOME, and the artwork BREATHTAKING. As I've said before, I'm learning to become a better writer because of you. A "DOUBLE SALUTE" back, along with "TONS and TONS of Respect, Admiration and LOVE!" God Bless. You're the BEST! Cathy
    April 28, 2020 at 8:41PM
    Tootie: Beautiful rose, Jan, and such very kind words. Thank you so much! You are such an AWESOME writer, and I am honored that you believe my poem is beautifully written. Thank you also for the continued support and for becoming a true friend. You are wonderful and amazing! God Bless. Respectfully with Love and Admiration, Cathy
    April 28, 2020 at 8:47PM

Tootie: Forgive me again for delay in responding to reviews. I will soon, but have been busy making face masks for people who need them. Hope all are doing well. Thank you for your support. Take care and God bless!
April 7, 2020 at 1:04PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : Hi Cathy,
    Your project of making face masks far outweighs any delays on your part of reviewing on FS. PLEASE don't apologize for doing something from your heart! I am saying "THANK YOU!" on behalf of all who you will graciously donate a mask. Respectfully with Love and Admiration, Jan
    April 7, 2020 at 1:17PM
    Tootie: Thanks so much, Jan. I just want to make sure everyone knows I will respond to reviews as soon as I can, but many need the masks right away. Since I can sew, I'm happy to be able to do my part to help others. Stay well and God bless! Respectfully with Love and Admiration, Cathy
    April 7, 2020 at 2:00PM

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,
    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,
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!
    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,
    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!
    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,
    August 19, 2019 at 9:15AM

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