Blogoversary Day 25: Cate Masters

Jen: Our blogoversary celebration continues with a visit from Cate Masters. Cate, will you please share a short bio with us?

Cate: First, thanks so much for having me at Romancing the Book! Here’s a bio, brief but probably more than you care to know!

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.

Jen: Tell us about Rock Bottom and where it can be purchased.
Cate: Rock Bottom was such a blast to write. It let me combine my love of writing and music in a fun setting: a reality dating show in Malibu.

Lyrical Press released Rock Bottom last month: http://www.lyricalpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3_25&products_id=405

Here’s the blurb:

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?

Read the excerpt and reviews, view the book video and Casting Call (who I envisioned as these characters while I wrote): http://catemasters.blogspot.com/2009/06/rock-bottom-contemporary-romance.html

As an aside, RtB’s review can be found at http://www.romancing-the-book.com/2011/06/review-rock-bottom-by-cate-masters.html 

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Cate: Very young, I think when I first hit double digits. My friends and I wrote poetry and sketched and sang – we were weird little kids! My first short story was published in Phase, a literary magazine that’s now defunct (I’m not to blame! lol) A few years ago, when I learned about epublishing, I submitted a backlog of stories to several publishers at once, and had more than a dozen stories released in two years. Kind of a crazy way to break into it! But it’s been an amazing journey.

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.

Cate: Magical, adventurous, romantic

Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?

Cate: I’ve tried outlining but generally the characters end up hijacking the story anyway. 🙂 They know what they want and will do anything to get it! So I transcribe as fast as I can – stories usually play like movies in my head while I write. Someday I may learn to tame them with a plot, but we’ll see.

Jen: What is your biggest motivation to write?  What keeps you going?
Cate: I have a hyperactive muse. She throws more story ideas at me than I can possibly write, and all the ideas excite me so that I have to find out where they go. So basically I write so my head won’t explode, lol.

Jen: Have you noticed your writer’s voice has changed over the years due to experience? If so, how?

Cate: Yes, definitely. Like an actor, I can almost wear my character’s skin to tell his or her story through their eyes. As with any craft, the more you practice, the better you will be. I never want to be satisfied with my writing level.

Jen: If you could travel back in time for one year, what time and place would you choose? If you could only take 3 things with you, what would they be?

Cate: Oh, great question. I’d love to be Mark Twain’s assistant for a year and travel around the world with him. What an adventure that would be – laughter and excitement and steeped in writing.

Hm, only three things… I guess a cell phone wouldn’t be of use, or a laptop, so I guess I’d have to go with pen and paper. Maybe I’d sneak in my digital camera so I could savor the memories later.

Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?

Cate: Too many to list! My book shelves are literally bursting, and now so is my Kindle. I just started Alice Hoffman’s The Red Garden – she’s in my top five, along with TC Boyle, Michael Chabon, Margaret Atwood and Richard Russo.

Jen: What has been the highlight of your career to this point?

Cate: Getting to know so many talented and wonderful authors. I was pleasantly surprised by how supportive the writers community is. And seeing my stories out there – especially knowing they’ve touched some readers as I hoped they would.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Cate: This is actually another crazy year. I meant to slow down, but I’ve had six releases so far and two more coming up this fall and winter, plus have rereleased seven stories for which the rights reverted to me – which meant revising the stories and creating covers. And about a dozen WIPs are nagging at me to finish.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Cate: I’d love to connect with readers on my sites:
Blog: http://catemasters.blogspot.com
Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cate-Masters/89969413736?ref=ts
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CateMasters
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2944596.Cate_Masters

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Cate: As an author who crosses (and sometimes mashes) genres, I’d love to know how readers feel about that. Does it matter to you?

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