Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Interview of Author Cate Masters
Latest Book: Rock Bottom
Buy Link: http://www.lyricalpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3_25&products_id=405
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xm9Wi3kITg
Multipublished, award-winning author Cate Masters loves stories with a dash of magic, mayhem and romance! Reviewers have described her stories as “so compelling, I did not want to put it down,” and “such romantic tales that really touch your soul.”
When not spending time with her family, she can be found in her lair, concocting a magical brew of contemporary, historical, and fantasy/paranormal stories with her cat Chairman Maiow and dog Lily as company. Look for her at http://catemasters.blogspot.com and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web.
Q: Do all your heroes and all heroines look the same in your mind as you “head write”?
A: Not at all! I usually have very specific people in mind while writing, and my stories play like movies in my head so it’s very easy to imagine an actor or actress as the hero and heroine. To show readers who I imagined in the roles, I began a blog series called Casting Call – you can see exactly who I imagined in each part: http://catemasters.blogspot.com/p/blog-series.html
Q: Do you eat comfort food when writing? If so, what food inspires your imagination?
A: My sole necessity is hot black tea – all day long, no matter what season. Yes, I’m a tea addict! There, I admitted it. But I won’t be giving it up any time soon, lol. I need a lot of caffeine to keep up with my muse.
Q: What hobby do you enjoy when not writing?
A: I’ve always loved photography, maybe because photos tell their own story – one that often differs depending on the viewer. I love any type of art that “speaks” to someone. And I love to experiment with framing shots to capture the highest interest, zooming in or out to find the most interesting detail.
Q: What’s your strongest point as a writer?
A: I’ve been told that my dialogue’s realistic and my descriptions often make readers feel as if they’re seeing the scene first hand. But I believe it’s my ability to write from deep POV – to feel what the character feels as I write so hopefully, the reader feels it too.
Q: What genre would you like to try writing in but haven’t yet done so? Why?
A: Steampunk! I think it’s very cool. It excites me because it’s so imaginative. I have a vague idea for a steampunk story but have many WIPs to finish before tackling it. And I also need to first read more steampunk stories to better acquaint myself with the genre.
Q: Facebook, MySpace, Blogs, Chats, or Twitter. Which do you like best and why?
A: I love chatting with people in general, so chats are fun but they’re usually short-lived. Facebook allows conversational threads to carry over as long as needed, which is great. Visiting blogs is always fun too because I get to “meet” new people, which is always interesting. I have to admit to being a total Twitter dweeb – the only time I manage to tweet at all is when I post to my Facebook page, which automatically sends it to Twitter. So while I do follow back, I’m clueless as to responding to people, and anything beyond the most basic tweet makes my head spin. Long ago I made a MySpace page but gave up on it because it gave my computer viruses.
Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!
Thanks! Here are most of them – there are more linked to my blog: I no longer have a web site, but my blog is a happenin’ place!
Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cate-Masters/89969413736?ref=ts
Coffee Time Romance author forum: http://coffeetimeromance.com/board/forumdisplay.php?f=1752">http://coffeetimeromance.com/board (still building this!)
A shoutout to Six Sentence Sunday, which is tons of awesome fun: http://www.sixsunday.com
For rocker Jet Trently, success means playing the same platinum-selling hits over and over. Philly rock journalist Billie Prescott thrives on covering the latest releases. When her editor sends her to Malibu to cover Jet’s reality dating show, Rock Bottom, her blog’s success keeps her trapped there. Her life’s at Rock Bottom too, until she hears Jet’s new songs. They touch her heart as his music did when she was 15. When Jet touches her heart as well, will the reality show ruin the real thing?
With a gasp, she clutched the seat as they roared away. “What do you think you’re doing? Let me out, you asshole.”
He knelt in front of her and slid his hands up her thighs. “You called me ‘baby’.”
She hoped he’d missed that. He definitely seemed too clear-eyed now.
Through clenched teeth, her voice shook. “It’s an expression. I am not one of the Bimbo Brigade.”
Clasping her neck, he drew her close. “Thank God.” His lips brushed hers.
Anger melted into confusion, surged with passion. “Stop,” she whispered.
“I can’t.” He leaned between her legs, gripped her ass and slid her against him. Tender yet fierce, his lips sought hers, his tongue probed.
White static filled her brain. How could he feel so good when he was all wrong?
“No.” She broke away.
He sank onto his feet, the deepest yearning in his eyes. “Billie.” His urgent whisper sounded like a fervent prayer.
His plea awakened something fierce and tender within her. “Dammit.” Her urgent whisper matched his.
His face lit with hope.
“Jet.” An overwhelming urge hijacked her reasoning. She fought to regain it but lost ground.
He drew a ragged breath and touched her cheek.
“Don’t.” She couldn’t finish her thought. Don’t toy with me. Don’t break my heart.
“Shh.” His finger traced her lips. He eased in slowly.
Although she had every opportunity to stop him, instead she clutched his shirt. “You won’t remember this tomorrow, anyway.” She pressed her lips to his, wrapped her legs behind his.
His embrace engulfed her as he pulled her to the floor. “Oh yes, I will.” With soft, purposeful kisses, he kept his eyes open, watching as if to imprint her in his memory.
Yes, he’d remember.
And so would she. Dammit.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Yes – thanks so much for having me on "Romance Books R Us"! It’s been such a pleasure.
Posted by Marianne Stephens at 12:01 AM