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Member Spotlight: Catherine Hiller

author Catherine Hiller and an image of her book Cybill Unbound

Why is writing important to you and why do you think it’s an important medium for the world?

For writers, at least, writing is the best way to convey information, thoughts, emotions, and stories. Writing enables a person to share their mind and values with the world in a way that is both intimate and comfortable.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer’s block?

I counter writer’s block, which I rarely have, by switching to another project. If I’m stuck at some point in a novel, I might write a short essay, perhaps for my Substack, The Pleasure Principle. Soon, I am longing to return to the novel!

What is your favorite time to write? Anytime I’m alone I can write, but strangely enough I seem to be most productive at the end of the day, when I “should” be making dinner. So we usually eat at around 8!

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received and would like to impart to other writers? “If there’s a book you want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” —Toni Morrison

What excites you most about being a writer in today’s age? Although it’s a challenge, it’s also thrilling to interact with readers directly through comments, email, and social media.

Catherine Hiller’s Cybill Unbound is out now with Heliotrope Books LLC.