Cindy Falteich is an author with five novels, two screenplays and over 120 blog posts to her credit. Not only is the rant her favorite form of communication, it's possibly the least effective one. Currently a Philadelphia studio is converting one of her novels, THE ALIQUOT SUM, to a screenplay for feature film production; and many of her ABabesTake posts have appeared on Philly.com. In her current blog, THE ABNORMAL MOM'S SURVIVAL GUIDE (at RantinBabe.com), she shares humorous and insightful stories about her progression toward that enigma known as middle age. She is a Press Club Of PA board member, and committee member for it's Professional Development Workshops; and she volunteers for GMO Free PA, Open Connections Educational Resource Center, and the Victorious Woman Project Girlfriend Gala. She has been a caregiver for LaMancha Animal Rescue, a frequent guest on "Happy Hour With Annmarie Kelly" at WCHE 1520 AM, and most recently joined the GullCottage new online network of writers. In the past she was a horse trainer, stand up comic and small business owner. She now writes full time in suburban Philadelphia.
“I started writing eight years ago.”
Most importantly, we’re normally not talking about the articles or the writing that occurs because someone records words at a job. We’re talking about the object of that writing being “the book”. In other words, a zillion people create content and make a living at it, but when someone talks about what they want to someday “write,” they’re really talking about “the book”.
Lee Child fits this paradigm. In the second Berkley trade paperback edition of his debut novel, Killing Floor, initially published in 1997, Child added an introduction in which he openly shares his progression into writing, which started on a whim. When pressed for the answer to what he would do once the new position he had acquired in 1988 would inevitably end, he said, “I’m going to write books.” That’s irrespective of the fact that he had already written.
It’s true. He’d previously used his law degree to integrate his interests in the hard-wired subjects of history, politics, economics, etc., and developed an appreciation for the succinct and cautious nature of legal language, claiming it “teaches a person how to write.” Child was also a veteran of the UK’s commercial television industry - as a presentation director, which was full-time immersion in portrayals of the written word.
He claims to have been possibly the last generation to receive a classical English education where reading isn’t optional, nor is the subject matter. And he says his compulsory education included “Latin and Greek and Old English, all the ancient myths and medieval sagas and poems.” Last but not least, he was an insatiable reader, which means basically that studying the means by which words are recorded was not only mandated, it was voluntary. Even still, he was only ever that guy standing at the plate, waiting for the pitch.
But when pushed for an answer to what life would look like after eleven years in television, he spontaneously said he would, in an evolutionary sense, write. Six years later, he was standing on the mound. He was the hurler.
At one point in time, Child had discovered a favorite in author John D. MacDonald and his character, Travis McGee (Darker Than Amber, The Empty Copper Sea), in a series that assisted Child in grasping the structure of story. He not only went back to that moment when he professed he would write a book and attempted to record the thoughts he’d harbored, he went back to when he started reading, identifying what he liked in literary devices and characterizations and what he didn’t.