Caught: Guest Post and Giveaway

Writer’s Inspiration. . . Draw Upon Your Inner Self

A writer’s inspiration comes from many areas and Deirdre Thurston shares with us her inspiration for Caught and the steps she took to defeat that “Not Good Enough” voice.

Deirdre: Inspiration came from life in general – past and present. Those that inspired me include my son, my husband and my home along with my friends and family. Each morning I sit up in bed, look out my window at the beauty outside. I draw on nature and let myself feel what was happening inside me. Being able to take the time each morning was a gift.

I am proud of myself for writing the book and for who I am. I have had a lot of loss in my life and happiness too. I didn’t give up writing and am so happy I didn’t listen to all the self-talk we all have of ‘not good enough’, who do you think you are’, etc, etc.
Writing taught me to do things for myself and not for the approval of others.

About Caught
A collection of short stories, literary sketches and vignettes each capturing a moment in the life of someone a lot like you. Each story delves into human themes: expectation, desire, hope, loss, fear, joy, peace, suffering, redemption. The narrative is filled with subtle irony, humour and touching observations. The stories highlight our era of increasing social disconnection, in which technology is replacing intimacy and life occurs at a pace that challenges people’s ability to stop, observe and interpret their own existence and its relationship with those around them.
It highlights the everyday moment and provides nourishment for the harried soul. The overriding message in Caught is: that any moment in every life can be viewed as worthy of treasuring. Whether that moment is filled with despair or joy; they provide entertaining relief and nourishing benefits.

I’ve been an observer of people my whole life, always intrigued by the unfolding of everyday events and what those events take on in the eyes and lives of ordinary people.
As well as seeing — and feeling — the angst and the pain, the fragile hopes and dreams, the joys and the frustrations that make up the human condition, I’ve also always been able to see the funny side.
My vantage points have been from the perspective of a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother, an aunt, a friend and a confidante — I’ve looked at life through many lenses, yet always my own observations have been enriched by the points of view of the other players in those unfolding dramas.
And always inside of me, from the time I was five years old, has lurked a writer — framing my observations and cataloguing them. Storing them up until I was ready to capture them on paper.
At 57 I began crafting my lifetime of observations into sketches and vignettes. Two years later I knew it was time to start sharing my stories with the world.

To become eligible to win, all you have to do is ask a question or leave a comment.  One lucky reader who comments with their email address will win a copy of the book, Caught.  
To recap:
·     A winner will be picked on June 20, 2014 and will be notified by email
·     The winner of the contest will be announced on this blog
·     The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only for the physical copy, international for the kindle version

·     You will receive your choice of a physical copy or kindle version of the book Caught. The winner will receive the book within two weeks after the winner is announced


  1. This sounds like fun reading.


  2. Love Deidre's thoughts on inner self and strength!

  3. I love the sound of this book, it is so important to stop and take notice of the small things in life, and this book sounds like it does just that.


  4. I was just discussing how social media affects people's everyday lives.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  5. It definitely sounds like an interesting read, and one I would enjoy. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  6. Hi everyone. I used a random number generator to pick the winner. Congrats, Maureen.


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