Wisdom Wednesday: Kathy Cretsinger

I love world building. There’s not a more exciting thing to do than creating a new story idea, characters, and the world that they live in. Right now, I’m working on a story for a writing contest and I’m having a lot of fun talking with my husband and a couple friends about plot ideas and world building. I am also finishing up editing a wonderful new book for MRP, but that will have to wait for just a little bit while we discuss Wisdom Wednesday!

Today I have Kathy Cretsinger, is the owner of Mantle Rock Publishing, (my publisher for The Seer) and writes under the name of Katt Anderson. Welcome, Kathy!

Pen Name: Katt Anderson

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Latest Novel: Smoky Mountain Brides

Writing Tip: 

Have fun with your writing, know the basics of writing. If you’re having fun, you’ll not get bogged down and have writer’s block so much.

UGH. The dreaded writer’s block. It happens to all of us, and I did have a few times where I struggled with this during The Seer. But I think Kathy is on to something here. Remember why you started writing in the first place. What drew you to write this story? If you have fun with it, the pressure seems to leave and guess what? Your creativity is back.

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

Read each agent/publisher’s submission page on their website. Learn the craft.

This is so important. Every agent/publisher has different guidelines for their submission policy. Do your research, and submit it the way they specify, don’t deviate. This will help your manuscript have the best first impression. 


Kyla Porter and Becki Hunley had been friends since childhood. They had gone to church and school together and had graduated from the University of Tennessee. They parted ways when Becki moved to Nashville to enter the country music field while Kyla continued her education in veterinary school and eventually moved to northern Mississippi to practice veterinary medicine.

Scarred by a tragic ending to a relationship, Kyla finds it hard to trust any man, even the handsome teacher she meets at Graceland, who seems too good to be true. Becki finds the perfect man for her, a handsome doctor she meets at church, and both she and Kyla become engaged within a few months of each other. They had always dreamed of being each other’s maid or matron of honor when they married, but their plans are in jeopardy when their wedding dates are in conflict. Will they be able to solve their dilemma, or will their dream die?


Kathy Cretsinger writes under the name of Katt Anderson. She lives in Kentucky with her husband of fifty plus years. They have two grown children, four grandchildren, no cats or dogs, but a few squirrels who live around the walnut trees. When not writing, you’ll find Kathy people watching, reading, enjoying her flower garden, going to activities her grandchildren are involved in, or helping authors with their manuscripts. Kathy also speaks at writer’s conferences. She and her husband, Jerry, are owners of Mantle Rock Publishing LLC. You can visit her at www.mantlerockpublishingllc.com


Thank you for joining us today, Kathy! Please take a moment and check out Kathy’s latest release, Smoky Mountain Brides and her website.  


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Wisdom Wednesday: Susan Page Davis

Sometimes it seems like my “to-do” list is too long for my attention span at that moment. If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you know I love lists. I don’t think I feel like I can get through my tasks if I don’t have a list made.  We travel to Memphis every week, and a lot of things I leave in my suitcase, but I still need that list to feel like I’ve packed everything.

This week, I’m continuing my editing on Carolina Mercy for MRP, working on a new story for a contest, and of course book two in The Kalila Chronicles, but first, let’s get to Wisdom Wednesday.

I’m so excited to have Susan Page Davis share her writing tips today!

Name: Susan Page Davis

Genre: mystery/suspense

Latest NovelBreaking News

Writing Tip: 

Write something every day. It’s easy to get sidetracked with non-writing stuff. Make the effort to set aside some time for only writing. You may have to remove distractions. Lock the door and turn off the phone and email if you have to. I remind myself of this often, because there is so much to the business side of writing. Don’t let promotion, networking, or any of the other “good stuff” replace the best stuff—your uninterrupted writing time!

Did she know I was going to be struggling today? HA! Susan’s so right, you have to set aside time to write, and stick with it, no matter what! Doesn’t it take like twenty one days of doing something every day to make it a habit? 

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

Don’t give up. The business is constantly changing, and it can be a steep learning curve, but hang in there. Remember, writing great stories is the most important thing.


My mother in law wrote in my copy of The Seer at my Launch Part, “Hard work pays off!” and that’s so true. Don’t give up!


A Senator who vanished. . .

An old man with regrets. . .

Editor Kurt Borden’s star reporter is struggling with depression. Long before Kurt bought his lakeside house in Maine, a senator owned the cottage next door. When Mick Tyler shows interest in the story, Kurt sends him out to do a feature on the senator, who disappeared more than 40 years ago. Maybe Mick’s fascination with the tale will lift his depression.

But Mick never comes back.

Kurt’s wife finds an elderly neighbor ill in his home. The old man, Elwood Fairmont, begs Janet to give a cryptic message to his grown children. Elwood’s children gather, but their father’s words mystify them. Was what he told Janet a dying confession?

Kurt assigns bright young reporter Dave Carpenter to write about Mick’s disappearance. When Dave investigates the story his colleague was pursuing, Kurt’s life is threatened. Janet finds a clue that makes them wonder: Are Elwood’s regrets and Mick’s disappearance connected to things that happened decades ago?

To unravel the close-woven mysteries, Kurt and Janet must rely on their faith and use all their wits and diplomatic skills.

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Susan Page Davis is the author of more than 80 published novels in the mystery, romantic suspense, and historical romance genres. She has won the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest. A Maine native, she now lives in western Kentucky with her retired editor husband Jim. They are the parents of six grown children and the grandparents of ten.




Thank you for joining us today, Susan! Breaking News is added to my reading list.  Go check out Susan’s book on Amazon, and connect with her on social media.


You can purchase Breaking News by clicking here.

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