Today we have a conversation with Georgia Cates, author of Blood of Anteros, book one in a new series. Please give her a warm welcome, and check out her website, by clicking her name, and let me know what else you found interesting on her site.
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Publisher: Georgia Cates; 1 edition (September 21, 2011)
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Who or what inspires your writing?
I write because I’m in love with the stories and characters in my mind and I think others will be also. I searched for several years trying to find a series I could fall in love with, and although I found some good reads, none of them fit what I was looking for. These ideas flow to me so easily, I can’t seem to get them down quickly enough.
When did you know you would be a writer?
There are a lot of people out there that think they will write a book one day, but that day never comes. A lot of authors know they want to be writers from the time they are young children, but that was not the case for me. I always wanted to assist in the delivery of babies and that’s what I have done for the past 13 years as a labor and delivery nurse. It has been a fulfilling career, but I became restless about 2 years ago, as my desire to write grew stronger. I was a reader before I was a writer and I found myself searching for this book that didn’t exist, so I decided to write it. I am an avid lover of paranormal romance, but I don’t want to read about teenagers and their drama, so I wrote an adult vampire romance without the erotica factor. I know there are readers like me out there looking for this book and now it exists.
How long did it take you to write your first novel?
I “toyed” with the idea of writing Blood of Anteros for about 2 years before I finally sat down and became serious about it. It is my first book and I kept thinking, “I’ll do it one day.” It evolved several times during those 2 years before it solidified into what it is today, but it really took about 3 months to write and edit once I actually got started.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Blood of Anteros is written in male, first-person point of view. I chose Curry as the narrator because most romance novels are written in third-person or from the female point of view. Men don’t verbalize their emotions and I wanted my readers to get more than a small glimpse of Curry’s feelings based on the limited words he was willing to say. I want them to feel how deep his emotions and affections are for Chansey, instead of hearing it through what he verbalized. It was challenging to write realistic thoughts and words from a man when I am so feminine in my thoughts and desires, but I am confident I found a middle ground that the reader will find realistic and endearing.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I absolutely have my own ritual. I am a huge music head and there is rarely a time when I don’t listen to music. I have a huge playlist that plays the entire time I write. When I hear an inspiring song, I listen to it over and over as I see the scene of the book playing out in my head, like a movie.
Have you written any thing else?
I have not published any other works because Blood of Anteros is my first novel. I am currently working on Book 2 of The Vampire Agápe Series, which is untitled. I can’t bring myself to choose a title until it is complete because I feel like I would be locked in a story I couldn’t adapt and I don’t want to limit my choices. Of course, Book 2 is a continuation of Curry and Chansey’s agápe love. The obstacles introduced in this story bring about danger and conflict that induce some unthinkable decisions to be made. Hatable and lovable new characters are being introduced, igniting some unwelcome emotions by Curry, Chansey and Solomon.
Any advice to aspiring writers?
Stop thinking about doing it and do it. Don’t waste 2 years like I did. Take a chance. Everyone won’t love what you write, but odds are someone will. If you’re afraid of failure, don’t tell those around you what you’re doing. They’re are plenty of people you don’t know that are willing to read your work and tell you if it’s good or not. If they say it’s no good, try again.
Who are your favorite Authors?
My favorite authors tend to be indie authors, although I do love some discovered ones also. I love underdogs, especially since I am one. Quinn Loftis is one of my new favorites, along with Autumn Dawn and Amanda Hocking.
What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
One particular book is difficult to name as my favorite, but if I named a favorite genre, paranormal romance is my guilty pleasure. I’m an adult and I read for pleasure, not scholar. There, I admit it. With that being said, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne does hold a special place in my heart.
What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading Blood Rites by Quinn Loftis. The tentative date for release is November 30, 2011. Quinn and I became friends by corresponding about our books and now we critique for one another.
How do readers find out more about you?
Firstly, reading my book will tell a reader a lot about me because I write about things I know and experience. I’m a Mississippi girl and most of my book takes place in areas I visit frequently. For those not satisfied with what they find in Blood of Anteros, I may be found at any of the following links:
Georgia Cates Blog
Georgia Cates on Facebook
georgiacates on Twitter
Blood of Anteros on Goodreads
A NOTE FROM GEORGIA:
I thank you for taking the time to find out a little bit about me and the books I write. If you read my book, it is my sincere wish that it brings you the type of entertainment and joy you expect from it. I would love to hear your thoughts, or just a word of encouragement, and would be thrilled if you contacted me through my blog, Facebook, Twitter or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org