Skip to main content

Interview with Charline Ratcliff

Charline, you lead a very interesting work life. I visited your website and blog and got to know you better. Can you tell our readers a little about yourself? Where can they find more about your services?

Thanks Linda. While I never intended to become a published author, artist, et cetera, I am happy to be doing something I find fulfilling. I guess the old adage rings true: do what you love and it won't seem like work. Of course, due to my unusual childhood I didn't really know what I wanted to be when I grew up. However, I did know I wanted to do something that would make a difference in the world.

Starting in my late twenties, the one constant in my life were some very sporadic, very unusual and extremely lifelike dreams. While I was often advised to write them down, I didn't. Not until I dreamed about Ancient Egypt and Queen Nefertiti. Because of that dream, "The Curse of Nefertiti" came to fruition, and I've been writing (almost non-stop) ever since.

But, I don't just write adult fiction. I also write children's books. I'm a professional book reviewer. I occasionally ghost write stories/articles, and I've also started interviewing for both my website/blog as well as for Tour de Blogg.

With regards to finding out more about my services, (reviews, interviewing, publishing, et cetera), it's probably easiest to email me at: or visit my website:     

2. You're a writer, photographer and publicist. Is there anything I've left out? What do you like doing the most?

*chuckle* In the creative world there isn't a lot that I don't do, but, I have had to pare it down because let's face it – there's only so much time in a day. The main things I can be found working on are: writing projects, photography, working with glass for jewelry/small projects, and soy candle making.

The above four are all my favorites although, working with the sea glass I find, or fusing/slumping plain/colored glass into a beautiful creation is right up at the top.

3. Do you have any new projects you're working on?

I'm wrapping up another historical fiction novel that is set in Pompeii prior to the destruction of the town by Mount Vesuvius. I'm also working on a third storybook in "The Princess, The Toad & The Whale" series.

Non-writing related (sort of) I'm finishing with the setup of my own publishing company.

4. I like what you stand for on the home page of your website. It's a lot like what I feel, too. One of the things we care about together is helping others. What do you do for others? How do you reach out?

Those are "big" questions to answer in a "little" amount of space as there are many ways to help people.
To sum up:

·         I strive to bring entertainment and joy to my readers so that they can enjoy some stress free moments.
·         I hope to help children learn to read, or share bonding experiences with their parents/family through my storybooks.
·         I also provide easy to understand messages in these storybooks. For example, friends come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and, new situations don't have to be scary if you just give them time.
·         I always attempt to help other writers – I am aware of the need out there for reviewers, reasonably priced publishing options, et cetera.
·         When able, I also coach authors who are struggling to finish their writing projects.
·         Lastly, I have my own personal story of overcoming major adversities to share.

5. Thank you for this interview. Any final thoughts for our readers?

Thank you for having me, Linda.

My final comment would be to: Always remember to believe in yourself. With belief, anything and everything, is possible.


Popular posts from this blog

Interview With Author Aline Soules

May 23, 2012

1) Please tell us about you and your book. What is the genre? What's the book about? (If you have any websites or other links, please post them).

My book is a collection of prose poems and flash fiction pieces that both stand alone and work together to create a universal woman. Each piece begins with "A woman" and a verb and continues from there. My goal was to emphasize the complexity of a woman and communicate that to my readers. The pieces express a range of emotions, stretch from the elements of daily life to the fantastical, and connect a woman to the world. I begin with a piece that breaks everything apart, after which, each piece examines one aspect of the prism that I split. One of the best compliments I received about my book was from a male writer, Al Garrotto, who provided a blurb for my book, but later wrote an unsolicited review on his blog. He wrote: "Every man who cares about a woman at any level of relationship will come away enr…

On Writing Chase Scenes

By Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Author of The Frugal Editor, the winning-est in her award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers

This article is excerpted from some editing I did for a writer of experimental fiction when I was on a Greater Los Angeles Writers Society panel writer of any genre can apply these suggestions to the chase, getaway, or high action scene in your script or manuscript before you send it to an agent or publisher or, better still, while you are writing the first draft. 

Sometimes even the most fascinating, interesting and irresistible detail can slow down the forward movement of your story. So as much as writers are told that detail is important, purge as much as you can from your action scenes and put it somewhere else or dribble it into narrative in other places in your manuscript. In the process, ask yourself if your reader really needs to know the color of the protagonist’s eyes. As important as detail is, some is better left to the imagination of the r…

She found the courage

Read more. "The most important investment we can make is in our children; therefore, I'm thrilled my messages are presented to children in The Surprise Circus." –Les Brown, motivational speaker.from the Foreword When the circus doesn't come to her town, six-year-old Aria is disappointed. She calls the ringmaster of the circus and asks him to send the circus, but he doesn't. Instead, the craziest things start to happen!

Every week, the ringmaster sends Aria a package—each containing an amazing circus character. But Aria has to put the circus characters in the backyard because each one does something very silly that upsets her mommy and daddy: the magician hides her baby sister, the strongman lifts all the furniture, and the juggler throws everything, even her baby sister, in the air, and the fire eater burns the curtains.

The circus people ask Aria to become their ringmaster, but she isn't sure she is brave enough to speak in front of lots of people. Aria star…