Hello! I am Cathe Swanson, a displaced Minnesota Swede. 35 years ago, I married a military man, and my life changed from “familiar and comfortable” to “unpredictable and nomadic.” In the first 20 years of our marriage, we lived in 22 houses, but as long as our family was together, it was okay. As David said, “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” We always lived in beautiful places.
While I was meeting strange and wonderful people and experiencing life in different parts of America and Europe, I was busy with a growing family and other projects. I homeschooled my sons and saw them safely off to college and/or the military, established in careers and married.
For over 25 years, I’ve been teaching quiltmaking locally and across the United States, meeting new people everywhere I go. I also sell garments and quilts and facilitate bridal quilting bees and ministry events for women. I had planned to develop this business – GloryQuilts – after I retired from homeschooling, but God had a different project for me first. He wanted me to get a real job.
It started simply enough. I picked up a part-time job, working as an in-home caregiver, about 24 hours a week. It was meaningful work, and I was fascinated by the people I cared for. Then I was promoted, and within four years, I was running the daily operations of the business — managing 75 caregivers and 100 elderly and disabled clients. That was a very stressful job, and I was glad when God released me from the responsibility, but those four years affected me profoundly. All of my books feature multi-generational families, including elderly people, and I think this period of my life helps me write better characters.
If I had stayed in my beloved Minnesota, I would not have been given these experiences and ideas. A lifetime of people and experiences are in my head and heart, waiting to be shaped into stories, and this is the time.
A good writer has to be a good reader, and I like to share good books, so you’ll find many book reviews on my blog. I read old and new books, and I re-read my favorites. I prefer Christian mystery/suspense fiction, but I enjoy classic detective stories a la Dorothy L. Sayers, too, as well as “clean” action-adventure tales from Clive Cussler and similar authors.
I enjoy being read to, so you’ll find audiobook reviews on my blog, too. I listen to audiobooks while I sew, garden, clean house, drive, do crafts, work out… (Okay, that’s a lie. I haven’t worked out in ages.) My hands and head are both occupied when I listen stories while I work. Audiobooks are complex because the reader’s interpretation of the story can affect the “flavor” of the book tremendously.
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Do you enjoy a variety of creative activities? Whether you are doing fine oil paintings, photography, making clay pots, cooking, knitting, or gluing seashells to cardboard frames, you are following the example of the greatest Creator of all time. Isn’t that a wonderful idea? He made us in His image, after all, and the Bible starts with a detailed account of His creation. It gave Him a sense of satisfaction – He saw His work, and it was good.
Writing books is an act of creation, too, and my first goal is to glorify God. If I can encourage, entertain or inspire someone else, I am blessed. God’s creation inspires me to write interesting, creative characters in different settings and situations. He made a great big world and all kinds of people!
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