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If you think I might be a good reviewer for your book or a good host for a blog tour, please ASK ME. As a matter of personal policy, I do not respond to cattle calls on social media, even if you’re my BFF. I rarely respond to requests from people with whom I have no association, so if you know me from somewhere (Sisters in Crime, Catholic Writers Guild, etc.), mention that in your request. Personal requests are the best. Please ask. Thank you. Read on for more info about what kinds of books you’ll find reviewed here…
I debated whether or not to put faith or writing first, but if I’m honest (which I work really hard to be), I’ll tell you that I’ve been thinking about stories much longer than I’ve been thinking about God. I’m a BFA in theatre, though, not a real English major. My theatre studies bring a focus on character, conflict and scene to my writing. I’ve written across several genres at this point (science fiction, biblical historical fiction, murder mystery, and hopefully more to come).
I want my niche NOT to be a particular genre. I want my niche to be that corner of your heart where you feel the most human and true.
I’m a contributor to CatholicMom.com , especially on how (and why) to do Meatless Fridays, but I also get to do book clubs with them and other special contributions. I’m active in the Catholic Writers Guild, a frequent presenter at CWG conferences, and chair of the Seal of Approval Committee.
BOOK REVIEW POLICY: If I love it, I review it. If I don’t, I don’t. I only give 4 or 5 star reviews. Here’s why. If you’ve given me a book to review and I haven’t reviewed it, maybe I haven’t gotten to it yet (I’m a busy momma), or maybe I wasn’t the right reader for it. Either way, I hope we can still be kind to each other.
Some favorite authors in no particular order: Neal Stephenson, Tracy Chevalier, William Gibson, Katherine Patterson, Charlotte Bronte, Flannery O’Connor, Jane Austen, Douglas Adams, Laura Ingalls Wilder, John Desjarlais, Dena Hunt, Amy M. Bennett, Leslie Lynch, Amanda Lauer, Ellen Gable, Anthony Barone Kolenc, Charles Dickens, T. S. Eliot.
I aim to write truth. Catholicism is all about the Truth. Thus I can’t take my faith out of my writing any more than you can take pee out of a pool or get something off the internet.
Living with kids (and yourself) with invisible special needs? How about weird dietary nonsense? Infertility? Subfertility? A painful past? A REALLY painful past? Rejection in the writing life? Writers block? Introversion, even?
Yeah. I get it. If you promise to remind me that the struggle is not the end, then I promise to remind you of the same when you need it. I will also try really hard to help you live with integrity but make you laugh along the way.
I’m a homeschooling Catholic mom blogger. Throw a bread roll at the internet and you’ll hit at least five of us.
I hail from the rough edges of Philadelphia but now live out in the country.
My country-raised kids make fun of my accent.
I asked Second Shift of Kid, “If you had to describe Mommy to someone, what would you say?” She said, “I love her!” I can’t think of a better note on which to end.
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild, and she occasionally blogs about year-round meatless Fridays at Mrs. Mackerelsnapper, OP. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Erin’s books are available on Amazon.