Cate, how long have you been writing with the hopes of publication?
CM: Decades, really. I’ve always written for myself, but in my thirties, I began querying both book and magazine pubs.
How did you get started?
CM: One of my crit partners had an acceptance from The Wild Rose Press, and encouraged me to submit there. At that time, online publishers were very new, so I spent some time researching a few. I had such a backlog of stories, I had many acceptances at once. An overwhelming experience with a huge learning curve, and I still think I’m at the bottom of that curve!
What titles do you have published?
Design for Life, Top Ten Finisher in 2011 Preditors & Editors poll
Going With Gravity, a 2011 EPIC finalist
Just the Right Amount of Wrong, interracial erotic romance
Picture This, a 2011 EPIC finalist
Rock Bottom, a rocking romance novel
Tonight You Belong to Me, 1NS short
Wilderness Girl, a 2011 EPIC finalist in erotic romance
Writing Off the Past
A Hard Day’s Knight, 1NS short Arthurian-themed fantasy
Clio’s Choice, midlength dark paranormal
Dancing With the Devil, Book 2 of The Goddess Connection, erotic romance novel
Dead to Rights, dark paranormal
Death Is A Bitch, dark paranormal novella with erotic/romantic and humorous elements
The Duende and The Muse, short fantasy
Ground Rules, Christmas fantasy
The Magic of Lavender, Book 1 of The Goddess Connection, sensual romance novel
Romancing the Hero, short fantasy
Soul for Sale, 2011 EPIC finalist, dark paranormal novella
Surfacing, fantasy novel about a mermaid and a rock singer
A Midwest Summer Night’s Dream – Western historical with Shakespearean twist
Angels, Sinners and Madmen – set in 1850s Key West, Florida and Top Ten Finisher in 2011 Preditors & Editors poll
Cinderella Dreams (Are Tough to Shake) – Vintage 80s freebie short
Follow the Stars Home – 1870s Native American historical about the opening of the Carlisle Industrial Indian School and Top Ten Finisher in 2011 Preditors & Editors poll
San Francisco Dreams – set around the 1906 San Francisco earthquake
Seventh Heaven – 2012 EPIC finalist set in 1960s in my hometown of Lambertville, NJ
Freebies and Indie Shorts
Definitely something for everyone. Do you have any recent or upcoming releases?
CM: It’s been a crazy busy year already! Decadent released two shorts as part of their very cool 1NS series – an Arthurian-themed fantasy, A Hard Day’s Knight, and a contemporary, Tonight You Belong to Me. Dancing With The Devil, a dark paranormal erotic romance, released in March as Book 2 of The Goddess Connection series. Book Strand released a Western historical with a Shakespeare twist, A Midwest Summer Night’s Dream, in April. At this writing, another dark paranormal with humorous and erotic/romantic elements, Death Is A Bitch, is in edits with Decadent. I have two subs I’m waiting to hear about – a literary short story collection and another dark paranormal novella set in nearby Gettysburg.
Yes, you are busy. Are you a plotter or a pantser?
CM: Mostly a pantser, although I occasionally outline ahead. More often, I outline as I go along to keep track of where I’ve been.
Where do your best ideas come from?
CM:I think my lifelong writing pursuits rewired my brain. Everything becomes story fodder, and my mind’s constantly poking at ideas to see whether they’re viable or just bubbles that are too thin and will burst.
Do you belong to a critique group or have critique partners? If so, what have you learned from them? How has it affected your writing?
CM: I’d be lost without my crit partners. They’re detail-oriented, not afraid to tell me what doesn’t work, and the best support system ever.
I feel the same about my CPs. Is there anything else my readers should know about you?
CM: Yes. The rumors aren’t true. I flatly deny them! *tee hee* No, seriously, I spend all my spare time locked in my office writing. I’m extremely boring.
LOL. Where can my readers find you?
CM: In all sorts of strange nooks around the web. Most often, my blog: http://catemasters.blogspot.com, but I also haunt Facebook and Goodreads. I do have a Twitter account, linked to my FB page, but rarely actually tweet. Twitter gives me hives.
Thanks so much for having me at your blog, Jessica! It’s been a real pleasure.
The pleasure is all mine, Cate.
Cate Masters loves stories with a dash of magic, mayhem and romance! Multipublished in contemporary to historical, sweet to erotic, fantasy/dark fantasy to speculative, she sometimes mashes genres. 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.
Cate loves to hear from readers! Friend her on Facebook or Goodreads, or email her at: cate.masters AT gmail.com
Dead to Rights – dark paranormal/urban fantasy
Available from Decadent Publishing
Identity theft sucks. But it’s worse when someone steals your life—body included. All memory of her life before waking up in a mental facility has vanished. Or was erased. Now she has to figure out how to get it all back….
Her only hope of learning the truth lies with one man. Problem is, he’s the leader of a cult. Her only choice is to follow him into his sordid world, where a darker evil lurks.
With a little help from an archangel hellbent on revenge, she may have a chance to learn the truth. But will it force her to make the hardest decision of her life…or death?