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QUESTION: Hello Ms. Clamp! I've very excited to be able to ask you a question, I'm actually hoping to be able to ask you a few more. I'm a college freshman and I am taking a class where I must interview an expert in the field of paranormal media. (The  class is called Writing for the Workplace, the paranormal media topic was my choice.) You are definitely an expert! I'd love to be able to interview you sometime between March 1st and March 6th, either by phone, Skype, or instant messaging. If you will be available and would like to help me, please let me know!

Thank you so much!
Shanece

ANSWER: Hi, Shanece!

I'd be pleased to help with your class project. Unfortunately, here in the boonies of Texas, I don't have a signal good enough for Skype and the phone service is spotty too. Calls get cut off a lot. But I'd be happy to participate via MSN or Yahoo instant messaging. I have them turned off normally (just because I get so many spam invites) but if you'll let me know a date and time, I'll be happy to be interviewed. I do have a day job, so I can't do the interview during 8-5, M-F, Central time, but other than that, I'm available.

Cathy

PS---send me a private follow up and I'll give you my regular email addy so we can communicate better.

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QUESTION: Hello again!

Thank you for giving me this opportunity! :) Your hours work great for me. I'm excited! I'm sorry for the late reply, your reply to my question was so quick, I'm sorry I couldn't do the same. And I don't see the button to make this follow up question private, or are all follow ups automatically private? (Sorry, I'm a newbie).

Thanks again, I can't wait to talk more!


Shanece

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Shanece,

When you type your question, there's a button below that says, "Check spelling". Right below that is a box that says "Keep this question private". Checkmark that and it'll be a private reply. I just try not to give out my private email on the open web. I'm sure you understand. :)

Cathy

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Cathy Clamp

Expertise

I'm happy to answer questions about any aspect of writing articles, short stories and novels, from the beginning kernel of an idea through completion. I can help with writing a query letter and synopsis to an agent or editor. I can explain publishing terminology and acronyms. I can also assist with questions about verifying the credentials of agents/publishers and how to proceed once you've been accepted for publication. I can teach the rules of formatting a manuscript, creating viable plots, characterization and flow in the following genres: romance, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, suspense, horror, women's fiction, mainstream and mystery. I can also answer questions about writing for major print magazines in the outdoor genre (hunting/fishing/boating/travel.)

Experience

I'm a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance for Tor/Forge Books . Along with a co-author, I've published fifteen mass market novels since 2004, and have contracts for four more books through 2011. I've also published more than two dozen feature articles in leading outdoor magazines.

Organizations
Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Western Outdoor Writers, Horror Writers of America, National Association of Legal Assistants.

Publications
Magazines--Guns & Ammo, Fur-Fish-Game, Rocky Mountain Game & Fish, Deer & Deer Hunting. Many others. Novels/Anthologies--Tor/Forge Books, Western Reflections Publishing, BenBella Books, Running Press, Wild Child Publishing. Many others.

Education/Credentials
Published Author. Published Freelance Writer. Certified Paralegal with specialities in intellectual property (copyright, trademark, patent) and real estate.

Awards and Honors
USA Today bestseller, Waldenbooks Mass Market Paperback Top 20 bestseller, Nielsen BookScan Top 20 bestseller, Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, 2009, Write Touch Readers Award, EVVY Award, The Lories Best Paranormal. Many others.

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