Dropping a line to let you all know what I have been up to. I know that there has been a long silence from me on this blog. I apologize for neglecting you.
After I received feedback from my beta readers on my novel last fall, there was some revision that need to be done. When I sat down to do it I hit a wall. It was discouraging. Following some advice from experienced writers I decided to walk away for a couple months and come back to it fresh. I came back to it and started again. Still, I was struggling with the revision.
After much soul searching and pow wows with my writing group I decided what it needed was a complete rewrite. In the ten years since I started writing the novel I have grown as a writer and my writing has changed. Some of the work in my novel was old and frankly, not good enough. So, I am hard at work at rewriting and making substantial progress. I promise it won’t be another ten years!
I have also developed another site here on WordPress which will be my author website. This site is mainly for the marketing and sale of my work once it is published. You can check it out here.
Another thing I’ve done quite recently is set up a Patreon site. Patreon is a site that allows artists to get paid for what they do through the support of Patrons. In exchange for their support Patrons receive special rewards on a reg basis. If you are interested in being a Patron or are just curious what it’s all about you can access my Patreon site here.
The final thing I am really excited about is a podcast that I am going to be a part of. I can’t say too much right now but we’ve taped 3 episodes already. Be looking for an announcement when the first one is released.
In the meantime, God Bless, Tina
Okay I just couldn’t resist
“In a future where the Law is a dreadful taskmaster, can Grace prevail?
A lifetime labeled a rebel has Angelica dreading the rest of her life as the obedient wife in an arranged marriage. After learning a secret about her fugitive mother, she decides to cross the Alaskan wilderness in search of her. When she witnesses elders dance an ancient story, she begins to question everything she ever believed. Things get really confusing when the man she is pledged to marry shows up and presents her with a third version of the truth.
Which truth will Angelica choose?
Will she choose the law she can never live up to?
Will she choose eternity without God?
Or will she choose grace?
Lost in the Land of the Midnight Sun is the first volume in a Dystopian Christian Fiction Series. It offers adventures in the Alaskan wilderness, incredible spiritual journeys, and unforgettable characters.
This book by Christina Cattane promises to be an experience you won’t soon forget!
I am currently recruiting beta readers for the above novel. A beta reader is somebody who receives a free advance copy of a novel, reads it, and then provides valuable feedback to the author.
If you are interested in being a beta reader for my novel please follow the link below and request to join the group.
For a sneak peak into the area of Alaska where my novel is set, I have 2 different videos for you.
The story will start out in a village in Lake Clark National Park which is in South central Alaska.. If you would like to watch a video of that area here is a one that is approx. 4 minutes long.
Keep in mind that the novel is about a futuristic dystopian society where technology/engines are no longer available, and they are living mostly by the old ways of the Dena’ina Athabascan natives. Also keep an eye on the wild life in this video, some of them will be appearing in the novel.
This next video is of the Lake Iliamna region of Southwestern Alaska. The name is said to come from a Dena’ina Athabascan word nila vena or ‘islands lake’. One legend says that ‘Iliamna’ is the name of a giant fish that lives in the lake and ‘bites hole in the bidarkas (Kayak) of bad natives’. One of the villages in my book is going to be on the shore of this lake, and be called Iliamna.
My Father took this picture in Alaska back in the 60’s. I thought it would make a good writing prompt for some Flash Fiction. Leave your stories in the comments below. 250 words.