Thursday, March 17, 2011

Interview with Cat Grant, and a giveaway too!

As you may or may not have heard, I just recently read, and even reviewed, Entangled Trio by Cat Grant and I just loved it.  If you missed my review, and the juicy little excerpt that goes with it, you can find it here.

Lucky me, the fabulous Cat Grant has come by my Place for a little chat about that jewel, and I’m so vera excited.  Vera vera. 
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Welcome Cat, and thank you for coming to hang out at my place.  I’m so glad you’re here!  Can I get you something to drink?  Coffee, tea… alcohol?

Cat: I prefer green tea these days, thanks. Gotta love those antioxidants!

You got it m’dear.  *serves up a nice hot cuppa* 


So Cat, I just finished you’re new book, Entangled Trio.  I have to say, I LOVED IT!  love Love LOVE!  There are so many questions I want to ask you… I’ll try not to get too carried away…*blushes*… I tend to do that sometimes.

As I was reading, I just loved the opera setting/story line… I’m curious, are you an opera fan?  Is that what inspired this? 

Cat: I’ve been a diehard opera fan for over 20 years. When I started writing erotica a few years ago, I always thought it would be fun to write an opera erotica novel. And it was fun, but I didn’t realize how hard it would be too – no pun intended. Writing about music is difficult, especially when you can’t assume that your audience has heard what you’re trying to describe.

Well, as someone who has zero opera knowledge, I can say you did a fabulous job with that.  What made you choose Carmen for the one in the book?  And have you actually seen that opera?

Cat: Ohhh, yes. I’ve seen Carmen in the theater several times over the years, and I have a couple different performances on DVD. It’s one of my faves. I chose it primarily because it has a very sexy storyline, and because the music is highly accessible. It’s such a famous opera, it’s become part of Western popular culture. I’ve heard the overture and the Toreador Song used in TV commercials. Everyone’s heard the music, even if they don’t realize it.

Really?  Everyone?  Hm… *scribbles in notebook*… I’m going to have to check that out.  I wonder if even I know it.  *smiles real big* heehee, that would be cool! 

Ok, your characters… I LOVED your characters!  Colette, and David…and ohhhhh my… Aleks… He was delicious.  *leans in and whispers*   I think I may have even swooned a bit, but… let’s not tell anybody that. 

*clears throat*  How did you come up with them?

Sonata AppassionataCat: Well, I’ll tell you a secret… except it’s not really that big of a secret if you’ve read my novella Sonata Appassionata. Aleks was a secondary character in that book. I liked him so much, I decided he needed a story of his own. Although I didn’t quite expect that his wife Colette would steal the spotlight!

*gasp*… She did too!  She totally did!  She was sooo great!  I never like the heroine, NEVER!  She was awe-some! …uh… *blushes*… I mean... *clears throat*… fabulous character, fabulous… *scribbles in notebook:  Note to self, freaking out is unprofessional*…  

What kind of research did you do for the book?

Cat: No real research necessary, other than getting the facts straight re: geography in Paris, Buenos Aires and New York. Like I said, I’ve been an opera fan for over 20 years, so I know Carmen cold. But I did have fun rewatching my performances of the opera on DVD!

Sweet. I'm soooo going to have to get a DVD of that.

Now, over in your book group, after I saw your reference to Opera and Kink I have now dubbed this… “opera kink”.  I would not necessarily expect to see together, bravo my dear… I loved that… will you be giving us more opera kink?

Cat:  Depends on whether there’s enough demand for it. So if readers want more, they’ll have to let me know.

*gasps*  Yes please!  Biiiig yes please from this reader. *smiles*

I want more of these characters too, do you see any more stories happening in the future with David, Colette and Aleks?

Cat: I could see another book for these characters – but again, it all depends on whether there’s a demand for it. Which means, if you like it – buy it! J

I think that’s about all I have for this time around.  Thanks for chatting with me.  I do hope you’ll come back again, I still have about 1000 questions on the awesome that is, well, … Cat Grant.

*walks Cat out*

Bye for now!

Oh, I almost forgot!  I want to do a giveaway! 

I enjoyed this book soooo much, I want to give one to someone.  Yes, I know we've already done one, and I don't care, I want to do another.  It's my blog, I can do whatever I want. 


So… leave me a comment for your chance to win either a copy of Entangle Trio, or if you've already read that, and you’d rather, a copy of Sonata Appassionata (sequel to Allegro Vivace), because, well, Aleks was in that one too, and he was swoon worthy.  So... winner's choice. 

And for the fine details…
  • Contest closes 11:30PM PST, March 24th, 2011
  • To enter, just leave a comment on this post.
  • Giveaway is for an ebook copy.
  • Please include a valid email address.
  • Winners will be selected at random.
  • If the chosen winners do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
  • Contest is open to worldwide.  
  • Must be 18 yrs. old or older.

That’s it for me, until tomorrow anyway, when I'll have a special Finely Friday.  I think I'll call it... Entangled Trio, character inspiration... or something like that.


Stay tuned!

Later taters!



15 comments:

  1. Wicked interview! Interesting questions and just the right length for me to read on coffee break. :D That was fun... and means that I will probably end up with BOTH books.. I love getting teased by secondary characters in one book and being able to explore them more in another!

    Thanks for the giveaway - I've tweeted you up too. ;)

    Miranda
    mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

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  2. @Sweet: Thanks! =D I'm so glad you liked it, I'm just all smiles right now. And thanks for the Tweet too! You rock m'dear.

    Hope you have a great day today!

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  3. Opera Idea is different I don't think I've ever read one that even mention one hmm Denise Vega (hutchslady26@aol.com )

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  4. This book sounds great. I haven't read anything involving Opera but this might get me interested in it.

    manning_j2004 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  5. great interview..

    I enjoy all of cat's books...this one is on my list to purchase...

    seachele71@hotmail.com

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  6. Hi Cat and Amara! Cute interview tactics, Amara! Love it! LOL

    Entangled Trio sounds like a fun read with a different setting. Would love to read it and if I don't win, Cat's books are on my TBR list for sure!

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  7. Amara, you crack me up! Thanks for the interview, and for hosting this giveaway! :)

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  8. Loved the interview! I've heard such good and naughty things about this book :-) Would love to win a copy!

    smaccall @ comcast.net

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  9. @Denise: Hiya :) I hadn't read one either, I loved it!

    @June: It got me interested, which I didn't think was possible to tell you the truth. I hope you had a chance to check out the excerpt I posted earlier this week, so vera hawt. :)

    @Chele: This was my first book by Cat, I'm totally impressed. I've got several on the TBR pile now. :))

    @Tonya: Hi! LOL, and thank you, I'm so glad you liked it. =D

    @Cat: heehee, it was fun. Thank YOU for the interview m'dear! We'll totally have to do this again. =D

    @Sarah: Thanks, I'm so glad you liked it! And, oh yeah, good and naughty indeed, so vera yummy.

    Thanks for coming by everyone! Hope you all had a great day! =D

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  10. Hi Amara,

    Great interview, thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

    Comfort

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  11. Hi Amara & Cat, awesome interview! Thanks for the chance to win the book!!
    Carmel
    fauthc@tpg.com.au

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  12. Wonderful interview - it's always great to learn more about an author! Both books look great, but since I already have "Allegro Vivace", I'd love a chance to win the sequel "Sonata Appassionata". Thank you!!!

    Wendy
    paws1@itol.com

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  13. Count me in please. I would love to win "Entangle Trio". Thanks

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  14. Sorry clicked someting wrong me name is LoriO

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  15. @Comfort: Hi! I'm glad you liked the interview, thanks, and you're welcome. :)

    @Carmel: Hi Carmel! You're very welcome. Thanks for coming by, I'm glad you enjoyed the interview :)

    @Wendy: I'm glad you liked the interview. This one was a lot of fun to do. Cat's terrific. :)

    @LoriO: LOL, I'm glad you reposted, I saw the anonymous and had no idea how to enter you in the contest.

    I hope you all are having a good week =)

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