Friday, September 7, 2012

Catrina Barton visits Sugar & Spice

My guest today is Catrina Barton.  Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side.

Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing Paranormal Romances.

Judi - Welcome to Sugar & Spice, Catrina. I’m delighted you could drop by.  Since it's barely fall here in Maine, I thought we could sit outside on the deck.  Whatever the time of year, I always enjoy visiting with a fellow author.  Help yourself to your fav cyber beverage and let’s dish.

Judi - If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things would you have with you?

Catrina -  Hunting knife, fishing net, plastic bottle, a good book, sun block.

Judi - What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing?

Catrina -  Either just walking with the family, or listening to music.

Judi - What is the one era you would love to go visit and why?

Catrina -  The Renaissance era. Kool clothes.

Judi - Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one? If not, then which one is closest to your heart?

Catrina -  I only have one published at this time. Dangerous Temptation.

Judi - When you sit down to start a new book do you begin with an outline or synopsis or do you just go with the flow?

Catrina -  Outline.

Judi - How long does it take you to finish a book from start to finish?

Catrina -  Depends on the type/genre, and length of the book.

Judi - What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Catrina -  Pacing.

Judi - Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

Catrina -  Someplace surrounded by nature. I found having nature around me relaxing and peaceful.

Judi - Has a vacation trip ever inspired a book?

I don't really go on vacations, so nope.

Judi - Tell us about your characters in your latest book. Are they inspired by anyone?

Kaitlin's a 17 year-old daddy's girl, who's just lost everything that matters. Her prickly exterior hides a fragile heart that she's afraid will be broken again. Her only peace is when she reads paranormal romances. She's forced to move to Indonesia in order to live with an uncle she knows nothing about. As she looks into her parents' pasts, she's thrust headfirst into a foreign world full of danger, and uncovers some disturbing secrets.
When Cadmon, a Tiger shifter, returns from a five year sabbatical he took, trying to move past his twin sister's murder, he's forced to take over the reigns as leader of his people {The Caspians.} He questions his leadership abilities, because the last time he led, got someone killed. When he discovers Kaitlin on his peoples' lands, it reminds him of the circumstances behind his twin's murder, and brings forth a lot of inner turmoil.

Judi - What do you enjoy most about writing?

Catrina -  The creative flow, and the freedom to create a new world.

Judi - List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.

Catrina -  Katie Salidas, and Christine Feehan.

Judi - Where can we find you on the web (website, Facebook, Twitter, others)?


Judi - Please share your cover and a blurb or short excerpt and a buy-link for your book.

Catrina -  Seventeen year-old Kaitlin Sinclair's world is turned upside down when she moves to Indonesia, and discovers the secrets that threaten the existence of the enchanting Cadmon and his people. She dives into a foreign culture, full of mystique and dangers everywhere she turns, where keeping her heart safe might prove as impossible as staying alive!

Judi - You’re offering a free electronic copy of the preview of your book to a lucky reader. What question would you like them to answer in a comment to be eligible for the draw?

Catrina -  What to you is the most important component of a great book?

 Judi – Great question, Catrina. Even though I’m not eligible for the draw, I still want to answer!  I think the most important component is the black moment.  Everything leads to that and a great story provides a way out that the reader didn't see coming.

Okay readers, now it’s your turn. Please include your email addy, but provide the hacker proof version (ie. – yourname AT gmail DOT com). The winner will be selected at random and announced here on September 10. Good luck!