**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with CATE BEAUMAN
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
Hi, everyone! I’m so excited to be here today. I’m a full-time writer, wife, and mother of two boys and two St. Bernards. My family and I make our home in the beautiful state of North Carolina. Besides being a writing addict, I love spending time with my husband and children, kayaking, baking, and making jewelry.
1. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
I love romantic suspense. I truly can’t imagine writing any other genre. There’s something magical about weaving love and danger together. I honestly don’t know how to write one without the other. Watching characters fall in love is always fun, but adding a perilous situation or two to the mix… Now that’s just plain exciting!
2. Are you a plotter or a pantser (one who writes “by the seat of your pants”)?
For the most part I’m a plotter. I can’t get through a first draft without a solid idea of where the story is going to go. When I dive into the second draft I’m much more relaxed and am willing to follow my characters down the paths they want to take me. I know them better by then, and I have a better idea of what needs to be filled in to make their adventures come alive.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
I love reading through each novel one final time before a book launches. After the months of research, rough drafts, and endless edits, I like to take the time to enjoy the book as a reader. I’m always amazed by the process of telling a story.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
Yikes! I don’t know. I worked in education for twelve years before I quit my day job, but I can’t imagine going back. I truly love telling stories. I’m quite certain I would be lost if I couldn’t write everyday.
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
I love dinner. One of the rules in our house is we all sit down together every evening, catch up after a busy day, and enjoy our evening meal.
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? Why?
I don’t think I can choose. I have so much fun developing the heroes and heroines of each story. I write character sketches for all of my characters before I begin a novel. By the time I sit down to write them, I have a good idea of how their pasts have brought them to the moment when they are introduced to the reader. As the story evolves, I get to know them as I would a good friend. I always feel a little sad when I have to say goodbye to my heroes and heroines and move on to the next novel.
7. If you had a superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it?
This is tricky, but I think I would want to be able to pause time. I could get soooo much accomplished. With all of my free time, I could travel around to different places and stop disasters before they had a chance to happen.
8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
I’m pretty content with my life just the way it is. I love where we live and my kiddos are older, so they go off to school everyday. I have plenty of time to write in a quiet space. But I definitely wouldn’t mind writing with a view of the ocean out my window. There’s something so relaxing about the continuous rush of waves.
9. Do you have any rejection stories to share? Reviews that meant something special to you?
Honestly, I don’t read my reviews. I save that for my publicist. My goal is to tell each story to the best of my ability. That’s where my focus needs to be when I’m sitting in front of my computer. I always hope readers will love the adventures I love to share.
I learned early on in this business that you won’t survive very long without a very thick skin and a big belief in yourself. After I finished my manuscript for Morgan’s Hunter I was ready to submit my work to the editor all of my critiquing partners were using. Everyone said that this was the woman to use. With the blessings of all who had read my story, I sent her a section of my book and eagerly anticipated her reply. Two days later my heart sank when I read her comments. Long story short, she told me I couldn’t write, and I shouldn’t bother giving up my day job. I almost quit right then and there and pretty much did for a good couple of weeks, until my husband reminded me that she was entitled to her opinion, but that didn’t mean she was right. Soon after, I got back to work, found a new editor, and currently have seven best-sellers under my belt. Never ever give up on your dreams or let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
Currently I’m working on Answers For Julie, book nine in the Bodyguards of L.A. County series. Julie Keller and Chase Rider will reconnect after more than a decade apart. A twist of fate will pull them back together when the world Julie knows is shattered forever. I’m hoping to bring you Julie and Chase’s story in the summer of 2015.
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BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Cate and an excerpt from REAGAN’S REDEMPTION on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!