Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Author Catherine Black

Okay, so in honor of her big release, we are doing our weekly Author Spotlight early this week. Today is release day for the beautiful and freaking talented Catherine Black! Guys, believe me when I tell you, this woman is freaking crazy talented. I've read almost all of her books and never once have I been disappointed. :) I don't think you will either.....

I'm going to shut up now and let you guys get to know Catherine Black!

I asked Catherine some questions and this is what she had to say!

What is something the creeps you out the most--something that others might find peculiar?
Umm...crickets? I can pick up snakes and snapping turtles and spiders...
but show me a cricket and I’m practically catatonic.

What is your current obsession? Movie...music...food… anything…
Sherlock on Netflix...I don’t know why it has taken me so long to find this.

What is something about you that readers don’t know?
I was so obsessed with the Animorphs series growing up.
Like, it was a straight up obsession.
So much so that my oldest son is named after one of the characters.

If you could become one supernatural creature what would it be? And Why?
Centaur. Because I would be tall and could kick the shit out of people.

What is the number one thing on your bucket list?!
Earn a spot on the NYTimes or USA Today bestseller lists.

You’re from a small town. So, how does living in a small town help/hurt your writing career? How do you overcome it?
Personally, it helps me when it comes to inspiration.
All of my novels are set in small towns much like my own.
For those readers who know me ‘in real life’, they can almost always pinpoint certain
real people in my characters. Or they’ll recognize places or stores or stretches of highway.

When did you first realize you wanted to be an author and create these fantastical worlds?
In college. I had a ton of spectacular English professors who were so passionate about writing.
They would share pieces of their work and I remember sitting there in the front row thinking,
“This. This is what I want to do.”

What is your writing process? How do you prepare...what do you do when you sit down etc…Music...munchies….etc
I’m HORRIBLE about eating while writing.
I almost always have a little snack with me and at least two drinks.
Water on my right, coffee on my left. Ideally, the television is off,
everyone in the house is asleep, and I’m in my comfiest clothes.
I’m a control freak so I never start writing without a detailed outline and pages upon pages of character descriptions.
Once the characters are fully formed in my mind I just...go for it.

What/who (or both)  inspires you?
Other authors inspire me, my husband inspires me, my children, memories, friends, movies,
MUSIC! I can usually find inspiration almost anywhere.

What author(s) in your life has had the most significant impact on you as a woman and as an author?
Definitely Lili Valente. She’s the best. The first time I read her Lonesome Point series,
I was just in awe. I remember sitting back and thinking, “This is the kind of author I want to be.”
She’s just that damn talented.
Also, as a woman, Colleen Hoover’s books have really moved me.
There have been multiple times where I start reading and think,
“Oh my God, I’ve been here. At this exact point in my life. I’ve DONE that!”
And usually, by the end of the book, I’m sobbing into my wine glass.

How do you deal with rejection? What keeps you motivated to keep writing!?

Truthfully? I don’t. Rejection hurts and I don’t deal with it well.
Almost every single day I say to myself, “I quit. What’s the point?”
But I have such an amazing support system and amazing readers and friends
who keep me going. Whenever I have moments like that, they basically bitch-slap
me back on track.

What would you like to say to new authors as they try to break into the industry?!
Write. Never take a break. Keep writing. Keep publishing.
Never slow down; not even on days when you’re feeling discouraged.
Just. Keep. F**king. Going.

Well, there you have it, ladies and gents!!!!! Now here is Catherine's Bio and the link to her new book SAVAGE on sale today!

In 2013, Catherine Black left her managerial position at a large internet company to
pursue her dreams and she hasn’t looked back since. Playing mom, maid, and nurse during the day is wildly fulfilling, but when the lights go out and everyone’s in bed, her imaginary friends to come out to play. Catherine can be found cruising the dirt roads near her home in the Ozarks with her high school sweetheart turned hubby. When she’s not writing, Catherine is breezing through as many romance books as possible, binge watching Marvel movies, cheering on the sidelines of her son’s basketball games, or tending to her backyard chickens.

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One free-spirited tree hugger running from grief.
One technology-addicted IT manager on the road to self-discovery.
6 states. 1200 miles. 1 cramped SUV.
What could possibly go wrong?
I never thought I'd lose the best thing to ever happen to me...and then I did. Without my best friend at my side, the world drains of color and the commune I grew up in no longer feels like home. So I give into the wanderlust plaguing my heart and set out to rid myself of the grief hanging onto my soul like beggar's lice. Then he sits down in front of me in a small roadside diner and everything changes.
Reed is high-strung, materialistic, and shows little to no interest in the world around him, which is the only reason I take him under my wing. I'm bound and determined to teach him how to embrace the hideous beauty that comes with each sunrise, as well as the bliss and heartache that passes with each sunset. But it's hard as hell to learn anything new about life when you're weighed down by a secret, and Reed Stanley's has the power to ruin everything.

I don't stand a chance with a gypsy witch like Skyler Kassamali, but I don't care. Her tattoos and piercings are enough to intimidate me, but there's something else to her—a sharp sadness—that draws me in and refuses to let go. But she's so much more than a shattered heart lost on a grief-fueled adventure and I want to know her best-kept secrets, all while never revealing my own.
But secrets have a way of undoing you, whether you want them to or not, and despite all my shortcomings, Skyler sees something in me and takes a chance. On an adventure that brings us both to our knees, she teaches me the greatest lesson of all: No matter how convincing the smile is, no matter how untarnished the skin seems to be, no matter how we bend and fold to conform—inside, we're all a little savage.


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