Interview with Marnie Cate

What is your writing process?
My favorite way to write is at my local coffee shop with a delicious cup of coffee and the hustle and bustle of people around me. This gives me so much insight into human nature. Like a fly on the wall, I observe mannerisms and personalities. Sometimes I find that perfect moment that clarifies what I was trying to put into words.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have always been a book reader as far back as I could remember. Sneaking a flashlight and staying up until the late hours reading and rereading books was such an important part of my childhood. This question made me think back and there were so much books that I connected with. So many books are coming to mind for different reasons, but I can't just name one. Don't all books leave a mark on you -- the good and the bad?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have been guilty of falling in love with being read too. There is nothing better than a great book being read by a talented narrator. First choice is an audio book and second would be my iPad or iPhone.
Describe your desk
Coffee shop table with my laptop in front of me and a cup of coffee or on my bed with my laptop on my lap and my kitty snuggled close by.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The best part of writing has been when I am reading back what I wrote and I think, "I wonder how this situation will turn out". It is almost like I am on a journey with my main character.
What are you working on next?
Book 2 of the Protectors of the Elemental Magic series. The Stone and Drygen family will continue their family feud and several new characters will pop in to surprise and I hope delight my readers.
Who are your favorite authors?
Authors that have strong women facing life's drama with power, determination and sometimes love. Melissa Marr, Jennifer Estep, Amanda Hockings, and Gail Carriger are a few of the my favorites. They have each created characters that I would love to be in one way or another.
Published 2015-02-07.
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