What is your favorite thing about the fantasy/sci-fi genres?
I LOVE making stuff up. LOL. No, really, I like to imagine worlds, future scenarios, and edgy historical fantasy settings. Right now, I’m obsessed with witches and I’m creating a witch series that jumps into different time periods. For instance, Witch of the Cards is set in 1932. This appeals to my enjoyment of historical research, combined with conjuring up fantastical magic.
What is your favorite fantasy/sci-fi based movie?
Bladerunner blew my mind. The art direction was stellar – a creeptastic Los Angeles of the future. South African filmmaker Blomkamp’s recent films District 9 and Elysium were genius too. I love great art direction in sci-fi films because it allows you to feel you’re there.
How many books do you current have in the fantasy/sci-fi genres and which one would you recommend new readers starting with?
For sci-fi I have my Amazon bestselling Fireseed series. They are set on a future earth. Book 1 is called Fireseed One, book 2 is Ruby’s Fire (set 10 years later), and I just completed Blue House Magic, a sequel short story (set a few years after book 2).
In fantasy, I have Dorianna, my twist on Dorian Gray for the Internet age. I also have my newest, Witch of the Cards, which is historical fantasy, set in 1932 on the Jersey shore.
What one thing has changed about you or your writing from when you first started to now?
I am more confident, my plotting and characters are strong, and I know exactly what I like to write now. I like witches, historical fantasy, yet also peeking into an alternate future. And all of my work is tinged with romance. (Oh, and I do like to write romance using my pen name Kitsy Clare. You can see this on my website).
If you could vacation to any spot in the world with anyone where would you go and who would accompany you?
I’ve been to many dream places already – India, China, Russia, Turkey, Greece, Europe… let’s see, I’d like to take a river cruise in eastern Europe, I’d like to see Norway and Finland, and Iceland too. I’d go with the hubby, or a bunch of good friends.
What do you find to be the hardest thing about writing or publishing a book?
I love it all, but writing a great book is very hard work. I am determined to take my readers on a real rollercoaster ride, and that is as hard as carrying a baby for nine months and then… well, you know the drill. LOL.
Do you find that you sell more books during certain months or holidays versus other times?
Gee, I’m still trying to figure this out. I think late fall and winter are good times because you can’t go out and play in the sun as much, so people read a lot. But more than the season, I believe sales have to do with visibility, a gorgeous cover and an exciting story.
If you had one redo in life what would it be and why?
Wow! Not sure. Maybe taking my publishing and author career seriously earlier? I started out as an artist, showing in galleries, which I don’t regret. So, maybe pushing that back by just a few years?
What is your favorite part about being an author?
I LOVE interacting with readers. That’s why I like Facebook events and why I’m going to more and more book conventions. In fact, I’ll be at Penned Con in Saint Louis, Missouri, September 23 & 24. Come see me if you’re near there! In November I’ll be in Atalanta, Georgia at NCTE book con. Visit catherinestine.com for more info on my events page.
Do you have any specific reviews or comments that stand out you have received over time?
Sure! Here are some fave comments paired with the books:
ON WITCH OF THE CARDS:
“Not only was Witch of the Cards magical, it had depth, character development & amazing chemistry! Set in a time when things that are different are frowned upon, the author did a phenomenal job of balancing each aspect of this book. Fiera is by far one of my favorite female leads ever! She killed it on every level.” – Taking it One Book at a Time
“Stine weaves a spell with magic, tarot cards & exquisitely terrifying underwater scenes.”
“History and fantasy collide in a terrific explosion!” – Amazon readers
“Vividly written. The characters stepped out of a creepy version of “Gossip Girl.” “Dorianna is the creepiest thing I’ve read in a long time. I mean that in the best way!” – Amazon reader reactions
ON THE FIRESEED SERIES:
“Romance, betrayal, secrets, great world-building!”-Seeing Night Reviews
“You know when you get a book and it’s much better than you thought it was going to be? Ruby’s Fire was definitely one of those books! I absolutely loved it. What an amazing plot. Also, there’s a fantastic twist I didn’t see coming.” – (Mis) Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year-Old Girl
“Full of creativity, imagination & original concepts” – Fluttereal Flight