The Virtual Book Con Author Interview – Cate Dean

cateHere is my author interview with Cate Dean for The Virtual Book Con Event featuring sci-fi and fantasy authors. We will be highlighting her book Rosamond’s Heart which is book one in The Mountain Saga Series so make sure to grab your copy today.

What is your favorite thing about the fantasy/sci-fi genres?
World building! I love creating the world my characters will roam around in, and I especially love the surprises that come my way as I’m writing in that world. So fun.

What is your favorite fantasy/sci-fi based movie?
I can only choose one? Okay – Serenity is one of my all time favorites. Joss Whedon’s world is so incredibly detailed, and yet so easy to fall into. I loved everything about the world of Firefly, especially the characters, and getting to know them.

How many books do you current have in the fantasy/sci-fi genres and which one would you recommend new readers starting with?
I have a couple of stand alone stories, and two fantasy series, Shattered Throne, and The Black Mountain Saga. I love all of them. The series are coming of age, and deal with making choices, and the outcome of those choices. If you love dragons, Black Mountain is the one to start with. If you love adventure, either one works. 🙂 For Shattered Throne, I suggest starting with the prequel, Second Son. It introduces the characters, and has its own adventure.

What one thing has changed about you or your writing from when you first started to now?
The writing itself. I’ve been writing in some form since I was seven, and fantasy has always been my first love. But over the years, I have found my writing voice, explored and loved other genres, and I have fulfilled my dream of becoming a full time author.

If you could vacation to any spot in the world with anyone where would you go and who would accompany you?
I would go to New Zealand – and I am! This coming December, I am crossing off my bucket list trip and spending a month in New Zealand, joining a Lord of the Rings tour, then spending some time on my own. I would accompany myself – I love traveling solo.

What do you find to be the hardest thing about writing or publishing a book?
Waiting for it to go live. 🙂 Seriously, the hardest thing for me is finding the time to write everything I want to write. So many ideas, so little time…

Do you find that you sell more books during certain months or holidays versus other times?
I do well year round. I do really well from November to March.

If you had one redo in life what would it be and why?
I would have finished college. I left halfway through because I started working in my chosen industry (theatre), and never went back.

What is your favorite part about being an author?
Freedom – as a full time author, I love being my own boss, setting my own schedule, and having the ability to travel when I want. I work much harder than I did at my old job, but it’s for me, and I love every minute of it.

Do you have any specific reviews or comments that stand out that you have received over time?
I had one review on a blog, where she called me a true storyteller. That made me cry, in a good way.

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