#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – CJ Baty

C.J. Baty

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

CJ Baty
I’ve been writing for eight years and it was a dream I had as a young person. Unfortunately, I didn’t get started until I was in my 50’s. To date I have 20 published books and stories in several anthologies. I’ve lived in Southwest Ohio for most of my life, but my favorite place is anywhere there is mountains. I enjoy reading, playing games on my Kindle, sitting on my porch during the cooler months and spending time with my adult children. I’m also at the age where I am caring for my aged parents. No grandbabies yet but lots of wonderful fur babies and grand fur babies. Writing brings me a peace that I never knew existed. Sharing stories is one of the best things in life.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

I guess the first book would be the one with the most research and work. There’s a lot of room to watch characters grow and mature when you take them through a series.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

It depends on the series. The Pinkerton Man series allows me to move the characters to new locations and face new foes. The Ghost Train was fresh because each one took place in a new locale. Some series have new main characters in each book and that gets you invested in a new couple.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Gather others around you that you can talk things over with. Hash out a plot with someone. Other authors, your editor, and even readers can spark an idea that you spurs you to keep going.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

I’d like to say I write for six hours every day!!!! But life doesn’t always let that happen. I usually write between two and three hours when I get started and the words are flowing.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

I think that of all my characters Stiles Long from the Pinkerton Man series is my favorite. Over the course of four books (five stories), I’ve watched his character struggle with many things. He’s grown and been able to see that a future with his lover is a possibility. He didn’t believe that two men had a chance for that in the beginning. Unfortunately, the next two books in the series is going to see him really struggle and I’m excited to see how he handles the situations.

What is your definition of success?

I think we tend to base success on how many orange stars we collect, how many books we sell, or how much we made in any given month. I know that we all fall into the trap at times. The most successful I’ve ever felt was when I met a reader who was so excited to meet me, she cried. My words on paper moved someone to that. I’m just a person. But that is success, for someone to enjoy my stories.

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  1. Thank you for sharing my stories today. I’m looking forward to Writers on the River. It has been a privilege to be a part of such an amazing event. The charity we give to does important work in many lives. It’s an honor to be a part of that.

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