Interview with Kat Cazanav

What do you read for pleasure?
I read a variety of genres but I tend to read paranormal the most. The question 'what if' is always more interesting when the boundaries of reality are taken away.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a nook but also a Kindle. My husband has a Samsung Galaxy. My children have kindle, nook and iPad. Since we all love to read, it's not so much the device as the book we are reading that's most important to us.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media is growing at such a fast pace it's hard to keep up with all the outlets however, the more sites you use the more exposure you get. I'd have to say Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Smashwords and Wattpad have all been highly helpful but the list goes on and on. You could spend your entire day in social media and never write a word in your book.
Describe your desk
Messy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
As a child I lived in a small desert town with my parents who were fresh off the boat, French and Russian. We were fish out of water, odd folks who found company with other ex pats from foreign places. This was probably the breeding ground of my imagination. Small towns seem to bubble with strange characters. The switch to a large city when I turned 15 left me wondering if I'd ever fit in. This fueled my leaning toward fantasy genres. What better place to escape than into the world of a terrific book.
When did you first start writing?
I always loved writing. I started writing books in my early twenties but gave it up when putting a roof over my head became most important. As my children grew older and more independent I went back to it and now write full time, which means when I'm not writing I'm thinking of what to write.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Virgin Detective is about a young girl with an ability who struggles to be normal but can't quite get it right. When she takes a job at her father's P.I, firm in Seattle, her ability turns her world upside down. She finds love, madness and murder. Her willful determination to prove her innocence snowballs into a surprising love story with the one guy she wants to forget.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The freedom to do it my way.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a revolving door of books and authors. Connecting with others is instrumental in an authors success. Smashwords is an incredible tool for this purpose. It also takes significant worry out of the business end.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I'm finally satisfied enough not to rewrite something for the up-teenth time, that is the greatest feeling of all.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Fans invest themselves in the characters of a story so when someone writes to tell me what they think of my book, I listen. Their opinions will be integral to the success of my next story.
What are you working on next?
It is a paranormal new adult novel. New Adult is the term for young adult but not so young. 16+
Who are your favorite authors?
Most recently, Alma Katsu, Diana Gabaldon, Nicole Simone, James Kunstler,, J.R. Ward, Taylor Stevens, Stephen King
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Another idea for my book.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like going to old junk stores and finding relics. I found an old manual egg beater from the 1950's and now I use it to attract my son's dog from the back yard. The metal blades make a clanking sound that the dog goes wild over. Go figure!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through book sites like Goodread and Smashwords. Also, my kindle and nook.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep. It was about a lonely lizard who becomes friends with a snake. Fantasy desert theme.
Published 2014-02-23.
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Books by This Author

Dead N' Fit
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,230. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Private Investigator, Poppy Rae Mamadou, has a problem. She's smelling roses again. And where there's roses there's murder. When Poppy Rae's workout at Cave Play Gym uncovers the grisly remains of health guru David Arc, she decides exercise is highly overrated. So is sniffing for a bloody stiff. With a killer nipping at her heels, the murder turns personal and it's do or die for Poppy Rae.
Where Dead Bodies Lie (The Body Dowser Series, #1)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,450. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
For as long as I can remember, I have been told to follow three important rules; Always guard my ability Never share my secret And pretend to be normal. However, those three little rules don’t make my life easier. I still find dead people and deal with strange visions. Not to mention, an attraction to a boy who doesn’t exist.
Gown Girl
Series: Lost in Lace. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,900. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
When Maddy Gill loses everything in a fire, her life is turned upside down. As she tries to regain her life, she encounters a million dollar wedding gown, a zipper that just won't budge and brooding young artist, Atticus Wolfe. This recipe for disaster spirals into a night to remember forcing Maddy and Atticus to fear the desire they can't control will destroy the only love they've ever known.
Dead N' Hot - The Virgin Detective - book 1
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,660. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Poppy Rae Mamadou has no choice but to take a job at her family's P.I. firm in Seattle. But when her stiff sniffing ability leads her to a kinky homicide, her life turns upside down. The police label her a suspect, a killer wants her dead and the hot young detective is falling for her. If only she wasn't such a virgin.