Monday, August 20, 2012

Author Interview -- Cate Dean

Morning all, 

    Today I have Cate Dean the author of Rest for the Wicked doing an interview for us.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I have been writing since I can remember, but the fact I write shorter fiction really hampered me when I started shopping my work to agents. When I found out about the self-publishing platforms, the skies opened up and I saw my own future laid out in front of me – with me in control. I am a bit of a control freak, so that really appealed. ;)

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I just released book 2 of The Claire Wiche Chronicles, A Gathering of Angels. I also have a YA fantasy coming out later this month, The Barricade. Future projects include book 3 in the Claire Wiche series in time for Halloween, and a sequel to my first release, When Walls Can Talk, coming out in time for the holidays.

What was your favourite book when you were a child/teen?
A Wrinkle in Time, hands down. Not only did it introduce me to fantasy/sci fi, the characters became friends, ones I still visit. I will always love that book – and I still have my dog eared, well-read original copy.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Carry On Wayward Son is the theme song for this book. I always listen to music when I write, because I cannot write in complete silence. It gives me instant writer’s block.

What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Have someone else read your work – every time. Whether it’s bets readers, an editor, a proofreader, don’t put it out there without taking this step. You are not objective, and you never will be when it comes to your own writing. My betas are a precious commodity, and every one of my books are better for their input.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I am most like Claire, but her best friend, Annie – she says out loud the things I say in my head. Love her!

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world . . . which would it be?
Any of the Amelia Peabody books by Elizabeth Peters. Egypt, archaeology, murder, mystery, intrigue – those books have it all! It would be an absolute ball to live in the world she created.
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Wishing Cate Dean all success
Abhishek Boinapalli


Cate Dean said...

Thanks for having me here today! It was a fun interview.

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