Monday, July 16, 2012

Cat Grant ~ I Don't Need Another Series!

Hello, everyone! Thanks for joining me on my Doubtless blog tour. (Didn’t I just do this last month? And the month before, and the month before that…) Leave a comment and you might win one of my backlist books!
I Don’t Need Another Series!
It’s funny, but in my relatively short (four year) publishing career, I’ve already written five different series. I didn’t plan it that way, but when those pesky secondary characters insist on having their own books, what can you do?
Take Steve, my professor hero Connor’s best friend from Priceless. I’d originally conceived him as the catalyst for getting Connor and starry-eyed student/rent boy Wes together, but before I’d even finished writing Priceless, there he was, tapping me on the shoulder.
Readers had a mixed reaction to Steve, which I totally get. He can come off as smarmy and a bit pushy, but underneath his façade of self-confidence lies a minefield of deep-seated insecurities – in short, absolute gold for any writer.
* rubs hands together *
Strangely enough, though, Steve’s story took a turn I hadn’t anticipated, and became more of an unrequited love / self-discovery piece than a romance. It was an interesting (and challenging!) change of pace for me, trying to figure out how to write a non-traditional yet satisfying happy ending.
But never fear – Steve’s love story is coming, along with a Connor / Wes Christmas story.
What was that I said about not needing another series? * face palms *
Loving your best friend is hard . . . especially when he's marrying someone else.
On the surface, Steve Campbell seems to have it all: a beautiful home, a snazzy car, and a dream job as one of the country’s top 3-D optics researchers. But underneath, he’s restless and dissatisfied, tired of empty encounters with leggy lab assistants and endless evenings alone.
A chance meeting with a handsome escort lifts Steve’s spirits and opens his eyes to his long-repressed attraction to men—and his love for his best friend and business partner, Connor Morrison.
Connor might’ve loved Steve like that once, but now it’s too late for their happily ever after; Connor’s about to ask his boyfriend to marry him. Fortunately, it's never too late to learn about yourself, and maybe Steve can find a happy ending on his own. 

EPIC Award–winning author Cat Grant lives by the sea in beautiful Monterey, California, with one persnickety feline and entirely too many books and DVDs. When she's not writing, she sings along (badly!) to whatever's on her iPod shuffle, watches lots of movies, and fantasizes about kinky sex with Michael Fassbender.
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  1. *gasp* There is going to be a sequel to Steve's story?? Woohoo!!!

    1. After I finish writing this Connor/Wes Christmas/wedding story! :-)

    2. Hi Aija. Thanks for crusin' by!

    3. Oh, I can see already the happy grooms under the mistletoe!

      *waves* Hi, Amara! ^^

    4. @ Aija - Takes a while to get to the happy part, but it's worth the wait! ;)

  2. I'm so with you. Whenever I try to write something short and easy and nice (and standalone, godsdamnit), people ask "but wouldn't it be cool if..." and the Muse is galloping off like crazy.

    More hours in the day, please.

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    2. *passes fresh supply of those virgin albino pygmy hippos* Heeeeey Aleks, wouldn't it be cool if...


      ps: I'm nothing if not a smartass. Muahahahaha >;)

    3. LOL! Poor Aleks... writing such damn cool minor (haha) characters! ;D

  3. I'm always curious to know the point when writers know something's going to turn into a series. I guess there are worse problems to have!


    1. Basically, when the secondary characters end up stealing the original story! LOL!

      But yeah, I really can't complain. Series writing has been very good to me. :)

  4. I love when authors write sequels for characters I loved! I'm always sad when I find out an author isn't going to give a beloved character a story all their own. Though, like you said Cat, the characters want what the characters want. I can't wait to read Doubtless and I can't wait to read Steve's love story and C & W's Christmas story!!


    1. Aw, thank you! I hope to be finished with the Christmas story before I head off to Authors After Dark in a couple of weeks. *fingers crossed*

      Hope you enjoy Doubtless. :)

  5. I can see how Steve could be such a great character to expand on. The character that the reader begins to understand and like in the second book.

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    1. There are so many layers to Steve. That's what I love about writing series - getting to delve under the secondary characters' skin and eventually flesh out an entire universe.

      So much fun! :)

  6. So there will be a sequel to Doubtless?

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