Guest Blog: Cat Grant

As part of the Riptide Publishing Grand Opening blog tour, I’d like to welcome Cat Grant.

Take it away, Cat:

First of all where are you from? – I’m a California girl, born and bred.

What do you like to read? – All kinds of stuff! These days most of my “leisure” reading centers around research material, but I love all kinds of fiction and non-fiction. I’ll read anything, as long as it’s good!

What do you love about being an author? – That I get to tell stories for a living. And work in my pajamas!

Where do you get your inspiration? – Oh, inspiration is everywhere. I can get a half dozen ideas just watching TV.

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination? – I model my characters physically on certain actors, but they have their own unique personalities.

If you could meet a paranormal being or character of your choice with no safeguards, what/who would you choose and why? – Eric Northman from True Blood. He can bite me EVERYWHERE. He’s such a badass, and completely smokin’ hot.

What do you like or dislike about eBook publishing? – I love how all the boundaries are open with ebooks. I can write pretty much anything I want, and there’ll be any number of publishers I can submit it to. Also, I like e-publishing’s speed. I can turn in a manuscript and chances are it’ll be published within a few months, rather than a year or more with traditional NY publishing.

Is there anything else you would like to say to our readers? – Thanks for reading! Hope I continue to entertain you for many years to come.

What do you like most about writing? – I love telling stories. And I REALLY love happy endings.

What genre do you write mostly and what appeals to you most about your genre? – I’m pretty much all contemporaries, all the time. My hat’s off to anyone who writes paranormals or historicals. I love reading ‘em, but I’ve discovered I’m no good at writing them.

Once A MarineTell us about your latest release (s)? I’m currently editing my new m/m contemporary, ONCE A MARINE, for an October 30th release. It’s one of Riptide Publishing’s launch titles, which makes me very proud! It’s about a Marine infantry officer who’s discharged under DADT & his struggles readjusting to civilian life, dealing with PTSD and having his first uncloseted relationship. It was a lot of fun to research and a real challenge to write.

Once a Marine can be pre-ordered at:

What are you working on next? – Rachel Haimowitz (Riptide’s managing editor) and I are currently brainstorming a super-kinky total-power-exchange m/m novel. If the actual writing’s goes as smoothly, it should be an absolute joy to work on.


What are you reading now? – Whatever’s on my iPad! I’ve got at least 100 books on it, at last count!

Who are your favorite authors? – Oh, gosh, there are too many to list!

What would you advise an aspiring author? – Have faith in yourself. Ignore the naysayers. Keep writing. Above all, don’t give up!! It took me until the ripe old age of 48 to get published. If I can do it, so can you!

How can readers connect with you? – Oh, I’m not hard to find! You can catch me on Facebook:



My website:


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– Riptide Publishing’s GRAND PRIZE for their entire launch tour – an iPad! (winner for this will be drawn Jan 5th 2012)
– A Kindle or Nook (winners drawn Jan 5th 2012)
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  1. Sarah S says

    I love Eric from true blood … bit I prefer the Eric in my head from the books than the TV version

    Great post Cat


  2. Tracey D says

    Great interview; I enjoyed reading it.

    Yeah, Eric does rock, doesn’t he?

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  3. Joder says

    I too am addicted to Eric (but then who isn’t really) and love his cocky attitude. I love the sound of OAM and find the storyline to be tense and intriguing with the PTSD issues it deals with. Thanks for the interview!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  4. Mary Preston says

    Ebooks are certainly opening up a world of possibilities for writers & readers. At a speed of knots.


  5. says

    Congrats go to…. Tracey D! You were chosen by my random generator as the winner.

    I’ve forwarded your details onto Riptide, who will be in touch.

    Thanks to everyone who entered!