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.
Tell 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: http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/once-marine
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: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cat-Grant/123354784391947
My website: http://www.catgrant.com/
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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)
– Choice of Allegro Vivace, Sonata Appassionata, The First Real Thing (Icon Men #1), Appearing Nightly (Icon Men #2), A Fool for You (Icon Men #3), or Entangled Trio (winner drawn on 10th November)