Sunday, 21 September 2008
This week on Amberkatze's Book Blog my guest is bestselling author Cathy Clamp! With her partner C.T. Adams she has written the Sazi and Thrall series and soon there will be more! Read the interview to find out what is coming soon and read till the end to enter the contest and win a signed book!

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Amber - Cathy! Welcome to Amberkatze's Book Blog! You and your partner C.T. Adams have been entertaining readers for a few years now. How did you two gals get together and start writing books?

Cathy - CIE AND I ACTUALLY MET WORKING IN A LAW FIRM TOGETHER. WE'RE BOTH PARALEGALS AND OFTEN MET FOR LUNCH BECAUSE WE BOTH WALKED FOR EXERCISE ON OUR LUNCH HOUR. TO PASS THE TIME, CIE STARTED TO TELL ME ABOUT THE STORIES SHE WROTE. I'D NEVER CONSIDERED WRITING BEFORE, BUT I ENJOYED EDITING, SO I ASKED IF SHE'D LIKE ME TO LOOK OVER SOMETHING SHE'D WRITTEN. SHE LIKED MY IDEAS A LOT, AND WE DISCOVERED THAT I NATURALLY WROTE VERY SIMILAR TO HER. THE PARTNERSHIP STARTED SHORTLY AFTER! :)

Amber - How do you both manage to share the writing? Does one of you start a chapter and the other writes the next? Or do you sit together and really write together?

Cathy - ACTUALLY, NEITHER ONE. WE DO WHAT QUITE A FEW CO-AUTHORS DO AND HAVE A "PRIMARY" AUTHOR AND A "SECONDARY" AUTHOR ON EACH BOOK. THE PRIMARY AUTHOR WRITES THE ENTIRE BOOK. THEN, THEY PASS IT ALONG TO THE SECONDARY AUTHOR, WHO "RE-WRITES" THE ENTIRE BOOK. THE SECONDARY AUTHOR GETS TO CHANGE PLOT, PACING, CHARACTERIZATION, FLOW---PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING THAT THEY THINK COULD USE BEEFING UP, OR TRIMMING DOWN. IT'S CAUSED MORE THAN A FEW "DISCUSSIONS" BETWEEN US (LOL!) BUT OVERALL IT WORKS REALLY WELL. :)

Amber - I only know from personal experience that working together with someone on any project can cause some differences of opinion. Do you ever disagree? How do you solve any differences?

Cathy - SEE ABOVE. YEAH, WE HAVE DIFFERENCES, BUT WORKED OUT EARLY ON HOW TO SOLVE THEM. WE HAVE AN ACTUAL PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT, DRAWN UP BY BOTH AN ENTERTAINMENT ATTORNEY AND A CPA TO DEAL WITH DIFFERENCES OF CREATIVE OPINION, SPLITTING OF MONEY, PAYING EXPENSES, ETC. IT SAVES A LOT OF GRIEF IN THE LONG RUN. FRIENDSHIPS HAVE DIED OVER LESS THAN WHETHER A CHARACTER LIVES OR DIES IN A BOOK, SO WE DECIDED THAT WE'D AGREE EARLY AND THEN WOULD ABIDE BY IT WHEN THINGS GOT "HEATED."

Amber - Your Tales of the Sazi series is going strong and are very popular. Can you tell my readers a little bit about the series? How many more books are there going to be about the Sazi?

Cathy - NO ENDING IN SIGHT! YAY! WE GET ENOUGH FAN MAIL TO KNOW THAT READERS REALLY LIKE THE STORIES, AND DIFFERENT PEOPLE LIKE TOTALLY DIFFERENT STORY LINES, SO WE TEND TO MIX THINGS UP FROM TIME TO TIME. LIKE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE BOOK I JUST PUT TO BED (SO TO SPEAK) IS THE THIRD OF THE "TONY GIODONE" BOOKS. LOTS OF PEOPLE REALLY LIKE THE TONY AND SUE CHARACTERS (WELL, ACTUALLY, MORE PEOPLE LIKE TONY THAN SUE, BUT THAT'S ABOUT TO CHANGE!! SHE'S GETTING A MAKE-OVER, SO TO SPEAK, THAT READERS ARE BOTH GOING TO FIND BELIEVABLE AND REALLY INTERESTING, BECAUSE IT STARTS A WHOLE NEW CHAPTER IN THEIR LIVES.)

Amber - Touch of Darkness the last in The Thrall Trilogy was released not so long ago and in this series vampires were the main paranormal creature. Was this series always going to be just 3 books long?

Cathy - YEP. ALWAYS PLANNED TO BE A THREE (OR FOUR) BOOK SERIES. MOSTLY, THE LENGTH DEPENDED ON HOW LONG IT TOOK TO GET TO THE PLANNED ENDING. WE WERE ABLE TO WRAP IT UP WELL IN THREE, SO A FOURTH WOULD HAVE FELT "FORCED."

Amber - I know that you have a new book coming out early next year with your partner but the author name will be a combination of both of your names, Cat Adams. What is this new project about and why after all this time the decision to join your names?

Cathy - THE NEW BOOK IS CALLED "MAGIC'S DESIGN" AND IS A STAND-ALONE PARANORMAL ROMANCE. SO, NO SERIES FOR THIS ONE (ALTHOUGH OUR EDITOR KEEPS PUSHING FOR A SEQUEL TO ANSWER THE "BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO...?" QUESTIONS ABOUT SECONDARY CHARACTER PLOT ARCS! LOL!) THE REASON FOR SWITCHING TO ONE NAME IS QUITE SIMPLE---BOOKSTORES WERE GETTING CONFUSED. SHOULD THEY SHELVE THEM UNDER ADAMS OR CLAMP? WHAT IF A NEW EMPLOYEE PUT ALL THE BOOKS FOR THE NEW RELEASE UNDER ONE NAME, BUT THE OTHERS WERE TWO SHELVES UP? AND TOO, WITH TWO NAMES, IT WAS HARD FOR THE PUBLISHER TO GIVE OUR NAMES THE SIZE THEY DESERVED ON THE COVER. IT'S NOT LIKE A HARDBACK WHERE YOU HAVE PLENTY OF SPACE. PAPERBACKS ONLY FIT SO MUCH LETTERING. :)

Amber - What other projects are you both working on? Do you ever write separately?

Cathy - OH, SURE. WE HAVE A LOT OF SEPARATE PROJECT, BUT NONE WITH A PUBLISHER (YET!) NEXT UP ARE TWO URBAN FANTASY SERIES. ONE IS LOOSELY TIED TO THE SAZI WORLD, BUT WON'T FEATURE COUPLE SOLVING PROBLEMS. INSTEAD, THEY'LL BE MORE URBAN FANTASY---DARK AND EDGY WITH A BRAND NEW CHARACTER THAT READERS WILL MEET IN THE AUGUST, 2009 RELEASE (THE TONY BOOK I JUST FINISHED) IT WILL BE CALLED "COLD MOON RISING" AND THE THREE WORDS ON THE COVER WILL SIGNAL THE NEW MOVE TOWARD THE NEW BOOKS. AND CIE'S WORKING ON A BRAND NEW URBAN FANTASY WORLD THAT'S GOING TO BE RELEASED AS A BACK-TO-BACK TRILOGY IN 2010. IT MIGHT BE A SERIES AFTER THAT, DEPENDING ON READER RESPONSE. WE'LL HAVE TO SEE. BUT LOTS OF NEW STUFF COMING UP! :)

Amber- What kind of books do you read when you have the time? Any favourite or must have authors/books?

Cathy - WE BOTH LOOOVE URBAN FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION. FAVORITE READS ARE JIM BUTCHER, LAURELL K. HAMILTON, RACHEL CAINE, P.N. ELROD, SIMON GREEN, ISAAC ASIMOV, ETC. PLUS, I LIKE THRILLERS LIKE CLIVE CUSSLER, JIM PALMER, ROBIN COOK, ETC. I'M ALSO A FAN OF MYSTERIES AND ENJOY LORI AVOCATO, SUE GRAFTON AND TORI CARRINGTON.

Amber - Some writers put together song lists for their books. Are there any songs or particular music that you associate with your books?

Cathy - NOPE. I CAN'T WRITE TO MUSIC. IT HAS TO BE DEAD SILENT (PUN INTENDED) IN MY OFFICE FOR ME TO GET MY HEAD INTO THE BOOK. :)

Amber - Do you have any favourite moments from your time as a writer so far?

Cathy - PROBABLY THE FIRST TIME WE ACTUALLY SAW A READER PICK UP ONE OF OUR BOOKS IN THE BOOKSTORE (WITHOUT US HAWKING IT, THAT IS... LOL!) AND, OUR FIRST APPEARANCE ON A BESTSELLER LIST, AND THE FIRST CONTEST WIN. THOSE ARE ALL REALLY EXCITING "SNOOPY DANCE AROUND THE ROOM" MOMENTS IN AN AUTHOR'S CAREER.

Amber - Did you always want to be a writer? What did you did before you became a writer?

Cathy - I WAS AND AM STILL A PARALEGAL. I HAVEN'T ALWAYS LONGED TO BE A WRITER. I DISCOVERED I WAS GOOD AT IT, AND HAVE LEARNED HOW MUCH FUN IT IS. CIE, ON THE OTHER HAND, HAS ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A WRITER. IT DRIVES HER DAY-TO-DAY LIFE. I'M MORE LOOSE WITH MY WRITING, BUT IT'S STILL A LOT OF FUN.

Amber - If you were stranded on a dessert island what five things would you most like to have with you?

Cathy - HMM... A GOOD KNIFE, A BAR OF MAGNESIUM, A CORELL BOWL, A FIRST-AID KIT AND THE COMPREHENSIVE ANTHOLOGY OF ISAAC ASIMOV STORIES! YEAH, I KNOW---I'M THE BORING, REALISTIC SORT WHO ACTUALLY WANTS TO *SURVIVE* THE ISLAND ADVENTURE. HEH...

Amber - Thank you so much for your time! I hope you will visit Amberkatze's Book Blog again in the future!

Cathy - THANKS FOR HAVING ME! I'LL DROP BY AS OFTEN AS I CAN! CATHY




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Contest Time!!

Cathy has kindly donated an autographed copy of Touch of Darkness as a prize! So I hope you are all interested in the Thrall!

To enter the contest leave a comment in this thread letting me know which new release you are looking forward to! No mention of a book, no entry!

You can also win an extra entry to the contest by posting about this contest somewhere else on the web. Please make sure you post a link to your post so I can confirm your entry.

The contest will be open until Sunday the 28th of September 4pm CET and anyone can enter.

If you enter the contest please make sure to check back and see if you won as the prizes must be claimed within 7 days. I don't always have time to chase the winners ;)

Enter away and have a nice week!

Thanks again to Cathy for the great interview and prize!

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posted by Amber Katze at Sunday, September 21, 2008 |


35 Comments:


At 21 September 2008 at 12:51, Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried

No need to enter me. I'm just dropping in to say you're posted at Win a Book!

(Hi, Cathy!)

 

At 21 September 2008 at 13:17, Blogger Cathy

I've read the first two books in this series, and am looking forward to reading how you wrapped up the storylines. Also a big fan of urban fantasy, so your upcoming titles should make my buy list for sure.

 

At 21 September 2008 at 14:00, Blogger RebekahC

I'd love to enter. I'm really looking forward to reading this. :)

The book I'm most looking forward to right now is Jeri Smith-Ready's next installment in her urban vampire series, Bad to the Bone. This is the sequel to her incredible book, Wicked Game. :)

RebekahC
www.readysetreadreviews.blogspot.com

 

At 21 September 2008 at 14:23, Blogger Ladytink_534

Great questions (and answers)! I think Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have a similar writing technique. For years I shied away from co-authored books but now I've found that they're some of the most well written ones out there!

There's only one author who can break my self-imposed book buying ban and that's Laurell K. Hamilton! Her Swallowing Darkness book is coming out really soon.

 

At 21 September 2008 at 15:12, Blogger Kathy

I am most looking forward to the last installment of "The Wheel of Time". Although Robert Jordan died before he could complete the last book, he left tons of notes and recording of his ideas for the end and his wife hired Brandon Sanderson to complete the series. It is not due out until the Fall of 2009 :( so I have a long wait ahead of me.

I posted the contest on my blog http://kathyschaos.blogspot.com/2008/09/contest-at-amberkatzes-book-blog.html

 

At 21 September 2008 at 15:46, Blogger Liviania

Awesome contest! I've heard of them, so I was glad when Tor gave away a free ebook.

 

At 21 September 2008 at 17:01, Blogger Book Zombie

Great interview! It was very cool to learn how these ladies write their books together. Using a primary and secondary author seems like it would be a great way to build a book.

I would love to be entered in the giveaway - I am looking froward to reading Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland, and LKH's new Merry book too :)

 

At 21 September 2008 at 17:03, Anonymous Pike

Another wonderful interview from a wonderful lady! Aside of getting excited about their books I'm stoked about the newest Wild Card series, the latest book called Busted Flush. I really loved the premise and stories from the original series and look forward to reading more. And I blogged it over at MMD, http://spikeo.bravejournal.com/entry/35545

 

At 21 September 2008 at 17:35, Blogger Deirdre

I'm really looking forward to Mercedes Lackey's new valdemar novel Foundation. There are another few I'm looking forward to but I'm not going to check cause I might be too tempted to splurge.

 

At 21 September 2008 at 18:17, Blogger Susan B.

Hi!


The 5 I want very badly are: 'Mercury's War' by Lora Leigh, 'ABOUT A DRAGON' by (Shelly Laurenston)G.A. Aiken, 'Rough, Raw and Ready' by Lorelei James, 'Be With Me' by Maya Banks, & 'One Silent Night' by Sherrilyn Kenyon

In order of release dates!!!!

Thank you,
Susan B.
sbussey AT windstream.net

 

At 21 September 2008 at 22:54, Blogger Dawn M.

I'm looking forward to Bone Crossed (Patricia Briggs), Bad To The Bone (Jeri Smith-Ready), Pride (Rachel Vincent), Magic Strikes (Ilona Andrews) and Kitty & The Dead Man's Hand (Carrie Vaughn). :0)

 

At 22 September 2008 at 00:26, OpenID morgaine77

I'm terribly behind my reading, so I'm not really up-to-date what's new and what's to come.
However, I do like the graphic novel Buffy-Series and I think it's cool that they would make Season 8 of Buffy into a comic series. So, for me it'll be "Wolves at the Gate (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Volume 3)" I'm looking forward to.
cheers Morgaine77

 

At 22 September 2008 at 06:34, Blogger Shelbycat

I'm most looking forward to the new Neil Gaiman - The Graveyard Book, i'm even counting down to release date!

 

At 22 September 2008 at 07:53, Blogger Hagelrat

I'm waiting impatiently for "Small Favour" by Jim Butcher to come out in paperback. I'm trying not to cave and buy the hardback because all the others i've got are paper. *sigh* I nearly give in every time I go to the bookstore.

 

At 22 September 2008 at 08:19, OpenID cutetanny

I'm really looking forward to reading this- i loved the first two!

I'm also looking forward to Pride, from Rachel Vincent, and Where Demons Dare, from Kim Harrison!

 

At 22 September 2008 at 11:33, Blogger Anita Yancey

I am most looking forward to Magic's Design. Looks really good.
ayancey@dishmail.net

 

At 22 September 2008 at 12:54, Blogger Verses_That_Hurt

im looking forward to the release of Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer. Unfortunately that wont be for a long time b/c someone leaked out an unfinished copt all over the internet. She is so pissed about it.

 

At 22 September 2008 at 14:11, Blogger blueviolet

I'm currently eagerly anticipating the release of 'Sweetheart' by Chelsea Caine.
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

 

At 22 September 2008 at 16:49, Blogger Michelle

Well, there are sooo many but 1 of them is definitely....
"Swallowing Darkness" by Laurell K. Hamilton the next Meredith Gentry book.

 

At 22 September 2008 at 17:38, Blogger macbeaner

Road Trip by Mark Henry. I expect it will be funny and witty :)

 

At 22 September 2008 at 19:48, Anonymous Anonymous

Looking forward to "Magic's Design"

hagathorn@bookcrossing.com

 

At 22 September 2008 at 19:59, Blogger Ruby (Mouth)

Kiss of Fate by Deb Cooke

The Reawakened by Jeri Smith-Ready

angelleslament @ gmail.com

 

At 22 September 2008 at 20:35, Anonymous Anonymous

i really enjoyed the interview, and am glad to find new authors to me, your books sounds very 'my type' lol,m if that makes sense
''im looking foward to your book, i got alot to catch up on with you



the darkwings chorinciles by savannah russe


kerrylyn sparks''' all i want for christmas is a vampire

tashat
gypsywitch36@yahoo.com

 

At 22 September 2008 at 22:43, Blogger DarlingDiva

Hiya,
I am eagerly awaiting to read City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. It is due out next year and I dont think I can wait that long *biting nails*

 

At 23 September 2008 at 10:56, Anonymous Judi

Great Interview Amber & Cathy! :)

There are always so many, Adrian Phoenix's In The Blood, Jennifer Rardin's One More Bite, & Laurell K. Hamilton's Swallowing Darkness are three that come to mind.

 

At 23 September 2008 at 13:10, Blogger Kimberly B.

I am most looking forward to Jeri Smith-Ready's The Reawakened and also the next installment in Ann Aguirre's Jax series. Thanks!

 

At 23 September 2008 at 19:47, Blogger Cherie

I'm very much looking forward to reading Untamed, the 4th House of Night novel by P.C. Cast. (Yes, I know it's been released just recently, but I don't yet have a copy.) :P

I also included a link to your contest from my blog for a 2nd entry: http://books.cheriepie.com/2008/09/contest-touch-of-darkness-by-c-t-adams.html

Thanks for all the great contests Amber! :)

 

At 24 September 2008 at 01:44, Blogger Carolsue

I am looking forward to reading Karen Marie Moning's "Fae Fever".
digicatATsbcglobalDOTnet

 

At 24 September 2008 at 13:22, Blogger Kristine Michelle

I am looking forward to reading the last book in the series of Twilight!
allmycrazycats@aol.com

 

At 24 September 2008 at 14:03, Blogger Jackie Ballway

Can't wait to finish Touch of Darkness! I've been enthralled (haha, horribly pun, I know) by Kate's story since Touch of Evil came out, so I can't wait to see how it all ends.

 

At 24 September 2008 at 18:00, Blogger Carmen R

I am most looking forward to Swallowing Darkness by L K. Hamilton

 

At 26 September 2008 at 06:20, Blogger MEME

I have post on blogspot and I am trying to get it posted on myspace.

The book I am waiting for is One Silent Night by Kenyon

 

At 27 September 2008 at 06:23, Blogger tetewa

I'm always looking forward to new releases by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Christine Feehan. The Dark-Hunter and Dark series are great!

 

At 27 September 2008 at 06:49, Blogger Katie

Thanks for the interview!

I am really looking forward to Jeri Smith-Ready's last Aspect of Crow book, "The Reawakened."

 

At 28 September 2008 at 10:09, Anonymous Anonymous

Thanks for all the comments, guys! You list a lot of books that I already have on my own "To Buy" list. Just wish I had more time to read! LOL! Glad you're enjoying the books and hope you'll like what we have coming up. :)

Cathy

 






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