We’ve had some much needed rain here. The welcome green of the tulip leaves have been growing taller, and soon, very soon, we will begin to see the landscape bloom in colors of reds, yellows, pinks, and purples. Don’t you just love spring?
I’m excited about the two scheduled book launches. One in Utah. One in Arizona. The Utah launch is on April 12th at The King’s English Bookshop from 2 to 4 p.m. (1511 South 15th East Street, Salt Lake City). In Arizona, the date is April 19th at the Changing Hands Bookstore from 11 to 1 p.m. (6428 South McClintock Drive, Tempe). Both of these books make wonderful gifts for Easter and Mother’s Day. I’m giving away free embroidery (ready for framing), a new Mother’s Day booklet, and a tote bag for quantity purchases. I’d love to see you at one of those events.
The sign-up for the free giveaway on Goodreads of I Am Strong! I Am Smart! continues through March 22. Here is the link:
There will also be a sign-up for a free Goodreads giveaway of We Are Strong! Mothers and Daughters Stand Together. It starts at midnight on March 10th.
I have just two more author/specialist interviews with those who contributed to We Are Strong! If you missed the earlier interviews, I’ve listed the links at the end of this post.
Today’s interview is with Cathy Carmode Lim. Cathy is a longtime newspaper writer, editor, and book reviewer. In We Are Strong! she addressed a very touchy subject—body image. I asked Cathy, “At what point in your life did you want to be a writer?”
I think it is the same old story: I always was writing and crafting my own little books with paper and staples when I was young. Then in junior high and high school, I fancied myself a chemist somehow. But I ended up (oddly) having a class slot to fill my senior year of high school, and my mom suggested (strongly, I might add) taking journalism, and then I was hooked. I still went to Brigham Young University as a chemistry major, but I switched to journalism right after I arrived.
What is your writing passion and why?
I would say my passions keep accruing. One most recently has been to raise awareness and change people’s thinking when it comes to body image. It started when I was struck a few years ago by how many plastic surgery billboards were plastered along I-15 on the Wasatch Front [Utah]. The journalist in me got me thinking, and I figured I’d do some research. I ended up publishing three articles on the topic, starting with my conclusion that that year Utah was No. 8 in the country in numbers of plastic surgeons per capita.
Since then, I have worked on writing about this subject consistently in my blog at LifeandLims.com. Another issue I would like to raise awareness about is mental health.
I’d say my other huge passion is books and reading. I run a website of book reviews, http://ratedreads.com/, that give ratings to books according to content (sex, violence, language, etc.). It is really important to me that there are resources available for us as media consumers ourselves and as parents and family members of younger media consumers to be well informed about content and messages in what we read and see and hear. I have written about the topic several times as well for the “Deseret News.” (I do some writing, but primarily edit from home for KSL.com and “Deseret News.”) One is about my opinion on “family friendly” shows (http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705373771/Family-friendly-shows-on-kids-channels-could-do-better-to-model-happy-families.html), which speaks to messages other than just “offensive content.”
Do you have a personal slogan?
To answer that, perhaps I would count what is depicted in my LifeandLims’ header. My oldest daughter, who is so talented with art, drew it for me and I really love it. But hmmm, I don’t know. I guess I do not have an actual personal slogan if I can’t think of it off the top of my head! I do collect quotes and enjoy things that remind me to be faithful and positive while also being perhaps a bit more “realistic” than what might seem a little too “idealistic” or “Pollyanna-ish.”
What is your personal mission statement, and what brought you to believe in that mission?
I have never formulated one. I guess I need to work on that as well. I think, shooting from the hip here, I would say it is this: Speak the truth, say it kindly, make a difference, help others. Always reach a little higher and set new and interesting goals that will stretch myself.
Did the example of your mother contribute to you formulating that mission goal?
My mom made a huge impact on me and so much of what I enjoy and what drives me and gets me excited, passionate. She read to me and encouraged me to write. She reared me to become an independent person, able to be self-reliant, to be strong and sure, even while being aware of others and sensitive to their needs. To just listen. I even wrote (and self-published) my first book with her in mind, connecting how she reared me as a little girl to how I was experiencing rearing my first little girl.
What do you feel is the most important thing your mother taught you?
My mother always believed in me. She cheered me on in all my goals and said she knew I could do them. I have not reached all the goals I have set or dreamed for myself, but I have always tried, and in the trying, I have grown and gotten further than I would have, for sure, if I had not tried.
Being a dedicated mother, what is the one most important value you hope your life’s example will teach your children?
I want my daughters to know to their core they are daughters of God and have a special place in His plan of happiness. God has a plan for us, but He wants us to find our way in it, using the skills and intellect He has given us, along with the tools of prayer and study. I want my daughters to be mothers themselves, to have joy in family life, and to be the absolute best women they can be, using their talents and strengths to make their lives full and happy and to bless the lives of others.
What is the most important value you hope to demonstrate through your writing?
A sense of how precious each of us is. That is what it boils down to. I want to show that we are each capable of being the best versions of ourselves, capable of fulfilling our God-given potentials and thereby finding peace and happiness and sharing it with others. Being our best selves goes hand in hand with helping others to be the same.
http://www.fayklingler.com/archives/1030 Anita Stansfield
http://www.fayklingler.com/archives/1043 Rachel Nunes
http://www.fayklingler.com/archives/1052 Olivia Sserabira
http://www.fayklingler.com/archives/1061 Julie Wright
http://www.fayklingler.com/archives/1109 Carolyn Campbell