March 6, by thedarkphantom. She's here today to talk about her books, writing, inspiration and the challenges she faces as a writer, among other things. Thanks for this interview, Cate. As a child, you used to explore cemeteries in New Orleans. Surely not the usual pastime for a child!
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March 6, by thedarkphantom. She's here today to talk about her books, writing, inspiration and the challenges she faces as a writer, among other things. Thanks for this interview, Cate.
As a child, you used to explore cemeteries in New Orleans. Surely not the usual pastime for a child! What about cemeteries fascinated you? Oh, is that not normal? I loved looking at the family names and the dates—you could put together a whole story of who married whom, when they had kids, whether catastrophe hit their family.
I wanted to set something in New Orleans, because I love the city and thought the setting would be evocative and mysterious. I was writing the fourth book of Balefire when Katrina hit, and I had to keep writing, describing the city as it would never be again. I sat there and cried—it was hard to finish that book. In general I work from an outline, but the outline is often a bit vague, just reminding me of certain elements I have to put in or develop.
But I try to get the structure in place, so I can be sure to end up where I need to end up. Who is your favorite character in Balefire? I love the twins, of course, and it was their story I wanted to tell. But I developed a real fondness for Richard, even though he was abrasive and emotionally unavailable and calculating. I still love Riche. So I always feel like the books after 4 felt a little patchwork. So for Balefire, I set it all up to go on for 12 or 15 books, gave myself lots of characters and plot material to work with, but then it was decided to end it after four books, and I had to cram a lot into the last book, so it feels kind of clumsy and unfinished.
Still kind of bummed about that, but those are the realities of publishing. I do work just about every day, and I do sit at my desk and try to make my page quota so I can turn in the manuscript on time.
Sometimes I work at night or on the weekends, on vacations, etc. More than a year. Two years? Almost three? Please share with my readers a bit about your road to publication. Was it easy or difficult? And they bought it and I revised it and then they bought my next three books. And from there I just made more connections and got other writing jobs. Getting it done. And I love thinking about the book and doing research—the actual writing, while it can be fun and is usually satisfying, is a bit more of an uphill slog sometimes.
Not always. Writing a book because it feeds your soul is often not enough, actually. Writing is communication: what are you trying to communicate, and why, and to whom? Third tip: everyone needs an editor. No one, no matter how genius of a writer, does not need editing. I do tend to overwrite. New Orleans is also the hometown of author Anne Rice.
Are you her fan and have you ever had the opportunity to meet her? I hear you have a new book coming out this fall, Immortal Beloved. Leave us with a little hook! Love, love these characters and this story.
She can find nothing positive or of worth in her life, including herself. A desperate instinct for survival forces her to try to reclaim her life and her soul, rehabilitating all the beliefs and actions of her past. But is she even worth the effort it will take? I love it. Comments RSS. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
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