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- Woohoo! You are a published author. Describe a strong character trait you possess, good or bad, and how it helped you become a published author. I’ve been a go-getter and pretty darn stubborn for most of my life. Possessing a strong stubborn streak has its drawbacks, but I’ve found that a healthy dose of go-getting and persistence are exactly what you have to possess if you want to make it in this business. Writing hundreds of pages all while maintaining a tight plotline aren’t for the faint of heart. Taking the next step and putting your work out there for thousands of people to read certainly isn’t easy either. The industry is constantly changing. Sometimes it’s really hard to keep up (or want to keep up), but when you remember why you do what you do, you find a way. There’s nothing like reading an email from a fan who got lost in the story you told.
2. Sometimes an author begins writing a story before they are aware of its genre. Did you choose your genre, or did it choose you? I would have to say Romantic Suspense chose me. I’ve always loved reading stories in the Romantic Suspense genre. They say you should write what you’re passionate about. There’s nothing quite as thrilling as weaving love and danger together in an amazing story. What’s more fun than that?
3. The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? I’m definitely a plotter. I’m a Type A, which means I have outlines of outlines. I can’t imagine telling a five hundred-page story without my trusty notes, calendars, and character sketches by my side. I have the utmost respect for those amazing storytellers who fly by the seat of their pants. I don’t know how they do it!
4. Fear 101: As writers it is our duty to make our characters face their fears. Have you ever included one of your own fears in a storyline? Not exactly but sometimes my research takes me to very uncomfortable places. I’m a little squeamish (okay, a lot!) so when I have to look at pictures of autopsies or crime scene photos, it’s tough. I ended up watching a documentary on the University of Tennessee’s body farm to help me tell Reed and Bella’s story more accurately. Let’s just say I spent a lot of time breathing into a bag and dropping my head between my legs. It was a pretty intense forty-five minutes, but it was so worth it. I learned so many fascinating things. Deceiving Bella is a better novel for it.
5. Fear 102: Yes, deadlines are terrifying. Have you conquered the juggling act between writing and the rest of your life? What do you do when it feels like the balls are dropping all around you? Ooh, this is a great question. I’ve been telling stories for six years now, and I still feel like I haven’t mastered the balancing act between family life and a demanding career. With each story I tell, I feel like I learn to juggle a little better, but I still have a long way to go. I think I’m becoming a better delegator of things I just can’t get to, but it’s certainly a work in progress. When I feel like I’m dropping the balls, I put my work up for a little while and try to fix what feels out of control. Then I get back to it.
6. Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? I think it depends on where we are in the book. If we’re talking about one of the suspenseful scenes, disaster is probably not far behind. I’d like to think I’m a tough cookie like all of my heroes and heroines, but if there’s blood or weapons involved, it’s more than likely not going to be pretty.
7. Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. I love to write in my living room after the family has left for work and school. I have a plush love seat that welcomes me every day. I snuggle in, put my feet up on the coffee table, and get to it. I can’t imagine writing anywhere else. One of my favorite comfort foods is a homemade granola/yogurt parfait with fruit. I typically eat one every morning for a snack.
8. Writing inspirations? I’m often inspired by the need to finish each story. I get so invested in my characters that I want to bring them through their trials and tribulations to their happily ever afters. Everyone deserves to be happy—even the fictitious people I’ve created in my mind.
9. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? Nora Roberts is my all time favorite author. I’ve always wanted to know how she comes up with storyline after storyline. Ms. Roberts has written well over 200 books. How amazing is that?
10. I’ve gone mad – why don’t you come with me? Some people just don’t understand us writers. Name a quirky, writer-thing you do that friends wish you didn’t. On occasion I break out a piece of paper and pencil in the middle of a conversation if an idea for my story comes to mind. When I’m most relaxed, my imagination totally takes over. I know it’s terribly rude, but if I don’t write it down immediately, I lose my thoughts. Luckily, this doesn’t happen too often, but it certainly happens more than it should.
Bodyguards of L.A. County Series
by Cate Beauman
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Eleven Men Sworn To Protect. Eleven Women Who Change Everything.
The Close Protection Agents of Ethan Cooke Security are ready to risk it all for the safety of their clientele. What they don’t know is that they’re about to get more than they bargain for when they report for their latest assignments. Love and danger have a way of bringing people together in this dark, sexy, multi-award winning Romantic suspense series, the Bodyguards of L.A. County.
Author Bio and Links:
International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015, JUSTICE FOR ABBY was selected as the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while SAVING SOPHIE took the Silver Medal. SAVING SOPHIE was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and FALLING FOR SARAH received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Awards.
Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. Currently Cate is working on Deceiving Bella, the eleventh novel in her popular Bodyguards series.
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