Ask Cat: Edition 1

As mentioned on my website, Ask Cat is a feature I’ve decided to run where I will answer questions sent to me about my novels, and writing in general. I’ve selected a few I can answer but I hope that this is just the first edition of many. Thank you to everyone that directly sent a question in; I really appreciate your interest and patience!

 

By email, Lana asked: “Do you have a newsletter to sign up for new releases?” 

Answer: Thank you for the email, Lana! Right now I don’t have a newsletter, but I will seriously consider creating one if there is interest in it. Until then, I try to keep everyone updated on my blog which can be followed through WordPress (if you have an account). You can also follow my blog by adding the address to a feed reader, such as Google Reader. I know this isn’t ideal for everyone so I will give more thought to your suggestion. If I implement it I will mention it on my blog and my website.

 

By blog comment, Chrissy B wanted to know: “When will you have the second book out?”

Answer: I gave a reply to Chrissy on my blog comments, but for everyone that doesn’t read the comments but would like to know the answer, I answered that book two is taking longer than I thought to complete so I’m unsure when it will be released. However, I’m hard at work on it (as well as other connected projects), and I can tell you that it will be called “Masquerade (In The Shadows, Book Two)” which might give you a clue as to a theme in it. I will keep adding teasers and give updates on my progress on my blog. I’d also like to thank everyone that asked a similar question to this one, and I am so happy about the enthusiasm shown so far. I hope that those who enjoyed book one will like book two just as much, if not more!

Although these weren’t specifically asked directly, I still think these next few deserve answering.

 

By review, Christina said: “I wonder if the two sisters will ever meet? And what is Marcus all about?”

Answer: I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but I can say that the sisters in Forgotten will meet again… although you’ll all have to wait and see to find out in what circumstances their meeting will be! As for Marcus, things are never quite as clear cut as they seem and all will be revealed about him, and other characters, in the sequel.

 

Also by review, Miranda wondered: “Why would a vampire and a werewolf want to be cheerleaders?”

Answer: In case others wonder why this would be my answer is that, out of the vampire and werewolf, one doesn’t want to be a cheerleader at all and the other is neutral to the idea. They are only going along with it as Marcus, their guardian, wants them to fit in with the other students their age. As alluded to in the novel, they’ve all been in trouble in the past and he would prefer that they don’t draw too much negative attention to themselves so the best thing they can do is be like everyone else. More will be explained about the cheerleaders themselves in a sequel.

I realize this question was asked as though it’s a ludicrous concept for a vampire or a werewolf to be a cheerleader, but my book isn’t the first to have examples of them.

 

Miranda also asked: “How does a werewolf have amnesia?”

Answer: I’d like to apologize if anyone read the review I’ve quoted and were given the wrong idea about my novel, but I have to say that a werewolf does not have amnesia in my novel; although I wouldn’t think there would be anything wrong if one did. In some books, the vampires sparkle, in some books the werewolves turn into wolf-men. As authors we write our own mythology and take bits that we like, while disregarding what doesn’t fit with our ideals. My “monsters”, for example, have not lost all humanity that they are invulnerable and cannot suffer from human ailments (particularly when attacked without being able to defend themselves). If you’d like to take a look at a new series of posts on my mythology that I wrote recently, I explain how my vampires in high stress situations will shut-down and mimic human behavior as a defense mechanism to protect themselves (for example, a human would find a pulse and a heartbeat if they found an unconscious vampire). I will be discussing my other creatures from my series in future posts on my blog for those that are interested.

Other authors and readers are entitled not to agree with what I write, and not everyone will like it either, but I hope that everyone respects my wish to write my own ideas and add to an ever-evolving mythology as others have done before me and many will do after.

 

Thank you for reading the first edition of Ask Cat! It’s been fun answering the questions sent in and I hope to do it again soon!

My kryptonite and an updated Forgotten

I mentioned in a previous post that promotion is my kryptonite (to be specific I know what I have to do, but I don’t feel comfortable doing it). I want to discuss that in a little more detail, and I want to discuss something about my book that relates to it. Maybe what I have to say will help others out there that have a similar problem feel as though they’re not as alone as they might imagine they are.

Having dyslexia taught me to be quiet in case I said or wrote something that made sense to me but didn’t make sense to other people. The fear I had of tripping over my words held me back from publishing my novel because of the worry that it wouldn’t make sense. Reassurances by people that have read it, and having it professionally edited, didn’t make that fear disappear but it did make me determined to push it aside. Now I face the same fear, only its when I’m writing on my blog, or replying to someone on Shelfari (or Facebook, or Twitter). It is easier to not say anything at all, but it makes promoting a book difficult.

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I never thought this day would come

After another break in updating this blog, due to final edits, I am happy to announce that I now officially say I am a published writer. It has been a long road and there as been times where I really wanted to give up but I am glad that I never did.

Writing a book is hard, writing a book when you suffer from dyslexia well that is like climbing a mountain with no shoes on – in other words extremely difficult.

But I have reached the summit, I am exhausted but happy. I will post where you can find my novel in a later blog, I’m still in shock that my novel is for sale. I also want to thank the reader that has already bought my book. 🙂 Thank you so much for doing so!

I will blog again when I can think a little clearer and I will also post the updated release dates for L.J. Smith “Strange Fate” that I recently found out.

Another Update!

I think it is time for an update, which I know I suck at doing, but I have been busy editing and writing so please forgive me for not doing one sooner.

Today, I want to talk about what is and what might have been. When I was younger I wanted to be a showjumper. I adored horses (and I still do) and thought that I could do something I love and be around one of my favourite animals all day long, but events decided that wasn’t the right path that my life would take.

Now, fast forward to the present. I find it fitting that my debut novel will be released this year, the same year that I probably would have qualified for this years Olympics had I been able to pursue my first dream.

I read recently this quote: “Are we programmed to go into a certain job, to make a certain decision at 32 that will lead to something that happens at 35 … is everything pre-programmed for us in life?” and it’s true in my case. Something that happened years before I had even thought of writing a novel changed the course that my life would take and if anyone had said that I would be a writer and be in the position I am in now I would have thought they were crazy and just rolled my eyes. But maybe, just maybe, everything that has happened in my life happened to lead me to this point and it is only now that I can look back and be thankful. Sometimes hindsight is a beautiful thing.

‘Forgotten’ has literally been years in the making and, if you excuse the showjumping term, I only have two fences to go before I clear my round, which in novel terms means I only have a little formatting involving indents to do and another read-through before ‘Forgotten’ finally goes to the ebook formatter.

It is so close now and I cannot wait until everyone else gets to read the novel that has been a part of my life for so long!

Time to get nervous

In my last post, I said that my novel had gone to the editor and that my PA was going a little crazy, well, to update, my book is now with the proofreader and I should have that back before the 5th Feb then it goes to the formatter and then I can get drunk on champagne that is chilling in my fridge.

Also, I have seen my new website which will live within minutes of my book going on sale and it is awesome, I am in awe. I feel so lucky working with these great people who have made all this happen so I would like to give a heartfelt thank you.

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