My guest today for my Wonderful Women Writer series is my friend Cathy Brockman, a talented erotica/romance writer. Storytime Trysts is Cathy’s brain child, and I think it’s brilliant! Free stories online. Come on, we all like free, right? Plus I have to admit I am a bit partial as she is hosting my story on there. THANK YOU CATHY!
Give it up for my friend Cathy! ( The crowd goes wild!!!!!)
1. Tell me a little about yourself.
I have recently retired to chase rainbows and follow my dreams of writing as well as doing interviews on my blog.
2. What genre do you write?
Wow great question. I write all things romance, whether it be M/M, contemporary, chick lit, a little humorous or just downright nasty (erotic), paranormal and even some suspense and mystery. If there is romance involved I like to read and write it. But mostly paranormal and contemporary.
3. How did you get started?
One night I had a strange man visit me in my dreams. He was hotter than hell and a werewolf. By the time I got to know a little about him I had the ideas and quick outline for a paranormal series. Once I let him in my head, the stories just came flooding in. It’s like a line at the theater on a blockbuster grand opening sometimes with characters trying to get a story!
4. Describe your writing routine.
I wish I had one. I had several but all have failed. The muses won’t visit on schedule. It’s always late at night, like 1-3 am or early am is my best writing time. And I need to turn everything off but me, a candle and some music.
5. How do you manage writing with the rest of your life as wife, mother, grandmother, employee and/or any other hats you wear?
I am a wife, husband is retired also but he is more the spontaneous type when I’m a scheduler so I get my plans interrupted a lot. My kids are both grown, 31 and 26 and live an hour and half away. Same with the three stepdaughters. I have 10 grandkids counting the step ones also, and just got a new one on June 6th. Though the only ones I see are my sons very often. I get my granddaughter when she isn’t at her dads most weekends. She is my mini me. Of course, when the grandkids are around not much writing gets done, though she loves to help me with my children’s books, which I forgot to mention in the writing question.
6. How long did it take you to have your first book published?
Actually not too long. It came as a shocker to me. I had just contracted the paranormal series through a pitch. I wrote a story for a charity project called the Gage Project and my publisher loved it and surprised me with a contract and had it published for ebook sales in a matter of weeks.
The Gage project in paperback: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=the+gage+project
The Gage project in ebook: http://www.amazon.com/The-Gage-Project-ebook/dp/B007W4SV6M/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1339101495&sr=8-2
7. What method did you choose and why?
For Luke’s Dragon, and book one of my paranormal series I am contracted by Saga books http://www.sagabooks.net/, though a couple of friends of mine are helping me edit and format my first Blog short story, ‘Love Bites’. We are self publishing that one. I would like to see which way works best for me and I have two publishers in mind for the other two works in progress. I am hoping to at least get them sent to one of the publishers this year.
8. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Write! No matter what write, friend authors, editors , anyone you can and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
9. Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many. I love Laurel K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, and Patricia Biggs; where a lot of my paranormal inspiration came from. I have recently met and started reading Michelle L Montgomery (self published) and Sara York, Richard Benegas and Ellen C. Maze; all fabulous writers .
You can find Cathy and her work at the following links.
Luke’s Dragon by Cathy Boyd (me): http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=Lukes+dragon
Storytime Trysts for free samples of my work in short story serial form new stories bimonthly; where I also feature 4 other authors plus weekend spotlights: http://storytimetrysts.blogspot.com/
Cathy’s website that features a Thursday interview: http://cathybrockman.com/
Cathy’s children and YA website: http://cathyboyd.com