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Original Essays | April 29, 2013 2 comments
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Cathy VickersDescribe your latest project.
It's sort of my diary, in which I discuss important personal questions like, "Should I stay with Boyfriend #1, or does the fact that he is immortal mean I should stick with someone a little more human?"
It's sort of an evidence locker, with Chinese coins and incriminating pictures and Suspicious Forged Documents I've grabbed while on the run from a bunch of Very Scary People.
It's sort of an address book, because it has the phone numbers of my friends (and a few of my enemies) and you can call them and leave messages and stuff like that.
And it's sort of a sketch book, because I am a compulsive doodler, so all my ramblings end up illustrated, like this:
"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
George Orwell, 1984
What was your favorite story as a child?
Nobody gives you the straight truth about life like Winnie-the-Pooh.
P.S. Oops! Also, add another: Mercer Mayer's One Monster after Another. "Over the sea of Bubbly Goo/ The Letter-Eating Bombanat flew." You can't beat that stuff. And the funniest illustrations ever.
What do you do for relaxation?
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Right now my life is a shambles because I met this girl on a bus who basically stole my phone and my diary and is trying to steal my life. Back when we first met she said a funny/sad thing about that question: "When I grow up, I want to be so famous they write about my divorce in People magazine."
Share an interesting experience you've had with one of your readers.
What's your favorite holiday and why?
Make a question of your own, then answer it.
A: Most books are something you read by yourself. I hope mine are like that, too, but I also want them to be something you can do with your friends. They're made to be shared, and in a perfect world we do them together. That's why there's stuff like A Prestigious Gallery (check out www.CathysKey.com and click on "Gallery"). You can submit your artwork there, as well as see mine and the coolest stuff that gets submitted will actually be published in the next version of the book.
I want this to be our book not just mine.
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My name is Cathy Vickers. Having failed spectacularly at a wide variety of entry-level jobs pet-shop assistant, telephone solicitor, waitress at a fondue restaurant I decided there was only one career path left for me: writer.
[Curtsies, trying to look Distinguished and Authorial and is glad you can't see her hair, because today is not a good Authorial Hair Day.]
I grew up an only child in a quiet suburban neighborhood, from which I learned an important lesson: being lonely sucks.
I love books. Books give you someone to hang out with even when there is nobody else around. But Cathy's Book and Cathy's Key are built on the principle that, as fun as a book can be when you read it by yourself, it's even more fun when you do it with your friends.