Amara: Hi Cat. I’m so glad to have you back to chat, thanks so much for coming. To start with, tell me a little bit about yourself. Who is Cat Grant?
Cat: I’m a 51 year old widow who lives by the sea in Monterey, California with my laptop and my cat. And way too many books & DVDs. Oh, and I love to tell stories. J
Amara: You have a new book, w00t! Um… I mean…*puts on official interviewer face*… tell me a little about your new book.
Cat: ONCE A MARINE was a long time coming. I’d wanted to write a book about DADT for a couple of years, but I had to wait for the policy to be officially repealed before I could see the way to a happy ending.
I did a lot of research for this book – more than any other, in fact. Wish I could’ve interviewed a Marine (active duty or otherwise), but despite putting out feelers on Facebook and Twitter, I didn’t get any volunteers. So I read all of Steven Zeeland’s books, plus Rich Merritt’s Secrets of a Gay Marine Porn Star and Joseph Steffan’s Annapolis memoir, Honor Bound. And I watched Heartbreak Ridge about a dozen times. (Hey, Clint Eastwood was HOT back in the eighties!)
Amara: Ha! Yeah, he was! I’ve always loved Clint Eastwood. I gotta say darlin’, as a Marine’s daughter, from what I know… you nailed it with Cole. Well done. So, the other books of yours I’ve read had a music theme, this one you’ve got an author and a Marine, did something inspire this change?
Cat: I’ve always had this wild romantic fascination with Marines. Living in Monterey, you see a lot of military guys – Ford Ord closed awhile ago, but the Defense Language Institute and Naval Post-Graduate School are still here. But Marines have this mystique about them, which is even more potent for someone whose family has no tradition of military service.
I guess I just find all military men incredibly hot, but Marines are hot to the infinite power. ;)
Amara: *laughs* They are aren’t they?! Mmmmmm, yummy. Marc and Cole are fabulous. Did you base them on anyone in particular?
Cat: Physically, I modeled them, respectively, after Darren Criss (in his pre-Glee days, before they made him shear off his gorgeous mop of dark curls) and Alexander Skarsgard, who actually did play a Marine in Generation Kill. Their personalities are completely fabricated by me, though.
Amara: Oh, fine choices! Now, I’m curious, you did really well with Cole’s PSTD, what kind of research did you do for that?
Cat: All the reading I did touched on PTSD, and I have a little experience with it myself. Suffice it to say, Cole’s freakouts come from a very organic and familiar place.
Amara: If OAM was made into a movie, who would play Marc and Cole?
Cat: I could definitely see Darren Criss and Alexander Skarsgard bringing these roles to life onscreen. I’d even accept Chris Evans as Cole, if Alex isn’t available. ;)
Amara: You have lots of yummy books, different publishers, how’s has it been working with Riptide?
Cat: I LOVE Riptide. Best experience I’ve had with a publisher, bar none. They pay well, their editing is top-notch, and they take care of all the promo for me, which is a HUGE burden off my shoulders. Frees me up to do what I love, and what I do best – WRITE.
Amara: So, I have to say, you were soooo awesome to let me read this one as you were writing it, and I just loved it pre-Riptide. Post-Riptide…double loved. *leans in and whispers* Vera well done. *clears throat* What was the editing process like?
Cat: In a word, BRUTAL. But necessary, and a great learning experience. The version you initially read was basically the bones of the book OAM ended up becoming. I must’ve cut 10,000 words from the draft Riptide accepted, and added another 10,000 words. Then about 3,000 words got cut from the new 10K I wrote during edits. There were developmental edits, line edits, final proofing – the most thorough editing I’ve ever received. But I’m glad it happened. OAM is a much, MUCH better book for it.
Amara: What are you working on now?
Cat: My editor/publisher/BFF Rachel Haimowitz and I just started writing this over-the-top kinky m/m total-power-exchange book. She came out to visit & we sat down and hammered out over 50,000 words in a week. And we’re not even halfway done!
I also just turned in a story for Riptide’s rentboy submissions call. Guess I’ve got a thing for manwhores – I already wrote The First Real Thing for Ellora’s Cave!
Amara: Oooooo, awesome, can’t wait for those! Give me a fun Cat fact. Something off the wall and wacky.
Cat: I went to New York at the beginning of October to stalk my current actor crush, Michael Fassbender, at the New York Film Festival with Rachel and my other BFF, Elizabeth Silver. Nearly had a heart attack when he walked right by us. Then we went in and watched a movie where he walks around completely naked for the first five minutes. Totally worth the six hour plane ride!
Amara: *laughs* Niiiice. I’m jealous. *winks*
Thanks for coming by darlin’. And congrats on a great book!
This week’s giveaway… Choice of Cat Grant’s Allegro Vivace, Sonata Appassionata, The First Real Thing (Icon Men #1), Appearing Nightly (Icon Men #2), A Fool for You (Icon Men #3), or Entangled Trio
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