This week’s “Ours Goes To Eleven” interview is with British paranormal romance writer, Catherine Green. Thanks for visiting with me, Catherine!
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Author of the Redcliffe Novels, a paranormal romance series set in Cornwall, England, I am currently preparing for publication of a spin-off Victorian vampire novel called The Darkness of Love. You can see details of all my work on my author blog, http://www.catherinegreenauthor.blogspot.com
Aside from writing, I am a married mother of two, and my youngest child is just 3 weeks old! We have an adorable Staffydoodle dog, 2 pet turtles, and we live in Cheshire, UK, in a pretty canal town with lots of beautiful countryside nearby. My hobbies include reading (of course!), ghost hunting, and crafting, particularly cards and bead jewelery.
2. Give us a five word synopsis about your latest work.
Victorian vampires and passionate humans.
3. When you’re finished with a piece, do you find that it tends to differ from your original idea, or does the original idea remain more or less intact?
I usually develop some interesting twists and turns when I edit a piece, but the basic story is generally the same as my original intention.
4. If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters?
Hmm, I haven’t really thought about this one yet. The Darkness of Love is due to be published in September/October, but I have been a little distracted with my family. For the lead character, Marcus Scott, I would cast either James Anderson or Joseph Morgan, and for Lord Gregory Stockton I would like to see Michael Fassbender taking the role. I haven’t yet considered who would be a good candidate for Lady Sarah Stockton or Lady Amelia Richmond.
5. What’s the best thing about being an author? Worst thing?
The best thing is definitely the creative freedom. When your mind is overflowing with adventures, strange characters, and unusual scenarios, you just write them down and see what happens. It is a wonderful adventure, and you don’t even have to leave the house! The worst thing is probably the frustration when you can’t find the time to write due to domestic distractions, and when you have completed a piece but then realize the hard work is only just beginning when you have to self promote and do your best to be seen and heard in the big wide world of book publishing…
6. What writer’s blogs make your Top Three list? Why do they stand out above the other flobbity-jillion out there?
My favorite writer’s blog is by Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, http://wordznerd.wordpress.com/ – she is an author, publisher and professional copy editor, and her blog is a mixture of writing advice, personal experience, and encouraging words for other writers.
Closely following is the blog of the Prince of Horror, Alex Laybourne, http://alexlaybourne.com/ – he is an author, and shares his experiences and advice about writing convincing horror stories, and about the process of publishing and marketing as an Indie author.
My third favorite is Ciaran Dwynvil, http://ciarandwynvil.wordpress.com/ – he is an author of gay erotic paranormal fantasy, and his blog posts are a delight to read. Take a look and you will see what I mean… He shares author spotlights for new books, and regularly runs promotions on his own work in very creative ways. These three blogs stand out for me because their authors clearly take great care in providing good, useful and interesting content, each in their own unique style.
7. What is your writing-time beverage and snack of choice?
Coffee, toast with marmalade, and a big block of milk chocolate!
8. Do you have any useful marketing tips for other authors?
I currently participate in author support groups via Facebook and Twitter. We all share tweets for each other, and it sends out news of our work to a wider network of potential readers. Search on Twitter for #JT4a, #ASMSG and #WLCAuthor for more details. I also recommend joining Triberr, http://triberr.com/ where you can share your blog posts across social media platforms. It is quick and easy to use, and again amplifies the number of people you can reach.
9. What changes do you see taking place in the publishing industry over the next couple of years?
I think we will continue to see a change in the dynamic of the ‘Big 6’ publishers, and the decades of author elitism that have acted as strong gatekeepers for us ‘mere mortals’ struggling to sell our work. More professionally established authors are turning to self publishing because they like the freedom it affords, and subsequently I think people will change their attitudes over time, and be more willing to seek out books by lesser known names.
10. What’s your next project?
My next project will probably be NaNoWriMo 2013. I am currently taking a bit of maternity leave (although I can’t stop working altogether), but I have to prepare The Darkness of Love for publication, and I want to get started on writing book 4 in my Redcliffe novels series.
11. Who would win in a fight—a ninja-pirate robot or a zombie werewolf? Why?
A zombie werewolf. It is smart, agile, and totally focused on eating whatever crosses its path.