If we didn’t have Cat Rambo, the writer, what other Cat Rambo might we expect to see?
I’m pretty sure it’d be either Cat Rambo the game designer or Cat Rambo the software developer. I’m a longtime gamer, and my work with Armageddon MUD was actually where I started learning how to program.
Another possibility is Cat Rambo the veterinarian. As a kid, the James Herriot books made a deep impression on me and that’s all I wanted to be for a year or two.
How have the web and other social media impacted upon your own writing career? Tell us a little bit about the class you run concerning maintaining an online presence.
I’ve been very lucky in that many of my publications have been in online magazines, which I think helps build one’s name a bit more, perhaps, than some of the print publications. I fight a constant battle with social media – while it’s useful (and fun!) for building my brand, that’s still time that could be used for writing.
That’s one of the things I emphasize in my Building An Online Presence for Writers class – how to do things efficiently and get the most use out of the time one spends poking around on the web getting distracted by cat pictures.