Beyond Books Exclusive Author Spotlight: Isobelle Cate
Isobelle Cate is a woman who wears different masks. Mother-writer, wife-professional, scholar-novelist. Currently living in Manchester, she has been drawn to the little known, the secret stories, about the people and the nations: the English, the Irish, the Scots, the Welsh, and those who are now part of these nations whatever their origins. Her vision and passion are fuelled by her interest and background in history and paradoxically, shaped by growing up in a clan steeped in lore, loyalty, and legend.
Isobelle is intrigued by forces that simmer beneath the surface of these cultures, the hidden passions, unsaid desires, and yearnings unfulfilled.
Beyond Books: Welcome to Beyond Books Isobelle, thank you so much for joining us. First off tell us a little bit about yourself?
Isobelle Cate: Well…let me see…apart from being a storyteller, I’m a mum to a 17 year old. I love people watching and getting to know people from different cultures. I live in Manchester and I love Café Nero’s Hot Chocolate Milano.
BB: What inspires you?
IC: I am inspired by the books I read. I love paranormal romance and that’s why I decided to write in the genre. I’m also inspired by imagining ‘what if’ scenarios and then I use Manchester and parts of Scotland in the world I build.
BB: What are you working on at the moment and what can you tell us about it?
IC: Oh wow, I’m working on a lot of manuscripts at the moment. I’m normally productive towards the end of the year so here goes:
- Midnight’s Paradox, Book 6 of the Cynn Cruors Bloodline which I hope to be ready by 19th March. This is Blake Strachan’s and Phoebe Ruth’s story.
- Take All of Me, Book 3 of the Second Chances series, which I also hope to be ready by 19th March. This is Oliver Cray’s and Felicity Holbrook’s story.
- Highland Rose, Book 1 of the Lost in Limbo series. This is slated to be out for March. A paranormal and time travel romance.
BB: What genres do you write and are there any genres you would like to write?
IC: I write paranormal and contemporary romance. I also have an historical fiction novel out which I have to take up again soon. I’d like to try my hand on thrillers or suspense.
BB: When did you first realise you wanted to become a writer?
IC: When I was 14. I think that age is pretty magical because that was the time I felt I could do anything. Writing stories included.
BB: What is your favourite book?
IC: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.
BB: What is your favourite movie?
IC: At the moment, Kingsman. I’m only able to watch on cable so my favourite movie isn’t current.
BB: Kingsman is an excellent movie. So what do you do when you’re not writing?
IC: I read. I have a long TBR list which I need to get through. When I can I review other authors’ books, try to squeeze in half an hour to an hour of yoga to destress, and catch up on sleep.
BB: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
IC: Don’t be disheartened. These are tough times for aspiring writers, but it is also the same for established writers. Keep on writing. Learn from other authors, especially those whom you admire. Don’t procrastinate and keep writing. It doesn’t matter if you’ve only written a sentence or 500 words. The point is that you placed pen on paper or fingers on the keyboard and came out with something that will soon become part of your story. Keep writing.
BB: Sound advice. What book are you reading at the moment?
IC: Twitter for Writers. I just finished reading the books of two very good writers, Elaine Barris and Skye Warren. I need to read about how to increase the presence of my books via social networking.
BB: What do you think makes your books stand out from the crowd?
IC: For the paranormal series, I think it’s because I made my alpha characters both vampire and werewolf, knowing that these beings are enemies. For the contemporary romance series, it might be the way the male character gets the girl. I try as much as possible to put my characters through the wringer and see how they can get out of a difficult situation.
And the steamy scenes in all my books. 😉
BB: Well you definitely can’t go wrong with a few steamy scenes! Can you describe your writing style in ten words or less.
IC: Very descriptive showing than telling so the readers feel.
BB: Do you have a favourite character in your books?
IC: It would probably be Eirene Spence from Rapture at Midnight because she’s probably the closest to who I am.
BB: Tea or coffee? And how do you take it?
IC: Coffee, with sugar and Coffeemate
BB: Do you have any pets?
IC: I used to, but not anymore. I had a dachshund named Archie, and a black and white cat, named Kit Cat.
BB: Who or what has made the biggest influence on your life?
IC: Kahlil Gibran. I never tire of reading The Prophet. I learn something new about how to live my life and how to conduct myself with others and the world, every time I dip into his poetry.
BB: If you were invited to the Oscars, who would you take with you?
IC: I’d ask Chris Evans if he could be my date. 😉
BB: Definitely a Chris Evans fan here! If you could be any animal what would it be?
IC: A unicorn.
BB: Which is the best Chris – Pine, Pratt, Evans or Hemsworth?
IC: Evans, hands down!
BB: What are you most looking forward to in 2016?
IC: I look forward to writing more stories and more engagement with my readers. I look forward to finding new sources of inspiration and new places to visit.
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There is an on-going war between two breeds of immortal warriors who carry human, vampire, and werewolf blood, the Cynn Cruor and the Scatha Cruor. The Cynn Cruor wants to live in harmony with the human race. The Scatha Cruor wants to enslave them. Finn Qualtrough, a Cynn Cruor warrior is on a mission to find Dac Valerian, the leader of the Scatha Cruor responsible for the deaths of many, including his parents. When he pursues three Scatha warriors who can lead him to Dac, he happens upon a woman who awakens a desire within Quinn to claim her as his own.
She is the very essence of his immortal life.
Eirene Spence is an insomniac and a computer genius who loves walking in the park at midnight. She stumbles upon the Scatha Cruor and is almost killed until a handsome stranger rescues her. His touch ignites a hunger inside her that only he can satisfy.
He is her soul.
By some twist of fate, one of Eirene’s clients is Dac Valerian. She is able to tell Finn and the rest of the Cynn Cruor where Dac is hiding. Now Dac wants her dead.
Will Finn be able to keep Eirene alive and at the same time fulfill his mission? Will Eirene’s wish to be part of Finn’s life come true knowing that he is destined for someone else?
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