Monday, April 16, 2012

Writing and Motherhood: A Match Made in...well...You know...

Writing and Motherhood: A Match Made in...well...You know...

As a stay-at-home mother of one very precocious toddler, being a writer isn’t always easy. When you have a curious little girl following you around the house, pressing buttons, opening cabinets and drawers, chasing the dog around and trying every door knob in the house, doing much of anything isn’t easy. The laundry piles up, the dishes spill out of the sink and toys cover the floors, lying in wait to stub any unprotected toe available. Finding the time to sit and quietly gather my thoughts enough to put intelligent words on the page is definitely a challenge, but it keeps me sane.

Any parent that stays at home knows how the repetitious chores that must be accomplished can drive even the most grounded person to the edge of sanity. And having a person to converse with who only speaks in “mine” and “no” doesn’t help much either, but writing really does help soothe my frustrations, even when it brings some of its own along. I stay up way too late writing in the few hours I get to myself and the next morning I mainline coffee just to get my butt moving. I do get writer’s guilt when I haven’t put more than a few words down on my current work in progress, but as a mother, taking the time to go to the park with my daughter, or go on an outing as a family is simply more important.

I do think being a mother puts things in perspective and helps me to appreciate my writing for what it is; a creative outlet that keeps me happy and fulfilled. Don’t get me wrong, if I make money or get a movie deal (please give me a movie deal!) I will be overjoyed. But my job is raising my daughter. It’s singing itsy-bitsy spider one million times, changing thousands of dirty diapers and reading the same book over and over. The odds that people will be reading my books twenty years from now aren’t that great. I’ll probably never be famous, or a JK Rowling or Stephen King. But my daughter is my legacy. I will be her mom forever. That is what gets me up in the morning, not writing. And if someday she decides to follow her dreams because her mother followed hers, it’ll make all this insanity worth it.


Hunter Moon

By Cait Lavender

Bawling cattle tore Shelby Flint from her bed. With lawyer fees to pay in her struggle to keep her ranch from the clutches of her greedy cousins, she couldn’t afford the loss of even one calf. When she sees a large wolf circling her cows, she aims and fires. While the wolf escapes, Shelby can’t seem to get away from her troubles when a marijuana grower sets up shop on her land, sabotaging her property and eventually coming after her.

Adding to that, a handsome game warden is poking his nose into her business and working his way underneath her skin. Shelby will have to fight harder than she ever fought before to keep from losing her heart and everything she ever loved.

Shelby Flint is a self-sufficient cowgirl and cattle rancher, but when a wolf goes after her calves, a man is murdered on her land and someone is sabotaging her property she can’t do it by herself any longer. In walks a handsome game warden, poking his nose in her business and working her way under her skin. Shelby will have to fight harder than she ever has before to keep from losing her heart and everything she ever loved.

About the Author:

Cait Lavender is a twenty five year old wife and stay at home mother of one in Central California. Living on a cattle ranch and raising her daughter doesn’t afford her much leisure time, but when she has a spare minute or two she loves riding horses, baking and reading everything she can get her hands on. She grew up loving the written word and creative writing and finally decided to work on her dream of becoming a published author.

She has a short story, Cowboy Moon, and a full-length novel, Hunter Moon, both available on Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She’d love to hear from you on her Facebook author page, @caitlavender on Twitter or on her blog,

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1 comment:

Cait Lavender said...

Thank you for hosting!