Interview with Cat Connor

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in various places. I'm not entirely sure the places influenced my writing as much as the people in my life have. In fact, thinking about it (for the first time ever) it's people who have influenced my writing not places. The people I'm close to and have known forever, they have a definite influence on my writing.
When did you first start writing?
Those who have known me from school days would say I've always written. I didn't start writing seriously until I was in my thirties.
What are you working on next?
I've just finished psychobyte - the 8th byte novel. Am currently working on a longish short story from SA Sam Jackson's point of view.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Not a question I understand ... when I'm not writing? Really? That happens? Oh, hang on, I spent a weekend not writing earlier this winter. I went away and had a really great time with friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Either from Action Man (who is constantly discovering new authors) or from Twitter. People talk about books ... I listen. :)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I do. It was fan fiction. I was 13. My best friend and I spent a few years writing a really long fan fiction story about our favorite band. It was so much fun. Not sure what happened to all out notebooks, no doubt they're around somewhere.
What is your writing process?
My process is fairly simple. A question pops into my head, can be anything. The most recent question was, "Where are you?" From that a story grows. When I first hear the question I don't always know who is asking it or who they're asking it of - but as I start to write it all becomes clear. That's the easy answer.
What really happens is ... I hear a question and see a scene unfold. As I write more scenes play out in front of me. I never really know where the story is going or how it will end or even who will still be alive at the end. I scrawl notes in a notebook if I can't get to my laptop, sometimes it's a single word other times it's whole scenes. It's fun.
I teach people to do in depth character maps and plot outlines, at the writing workshop I host every fortnight, but I don't use them. I prefer to just write and see where the story takes me. Sometimes it takes a lot of faith. But it all works out in the end. :)
Describe your desk
I have two desks. The one downstairs is a HUGE corner desk that houses my PC, printer, and has two sets of mobile drawers underneath it. I wrote Exacerbyte, Flashbyte, Soundbyte and Databyte at that desk - in the middle of the living area downstairs. My other desk is upstairs. It's my original desk that my dad bought me. It's about 2 meters long, wooden, with a red Formica top. I love that desk. I wrote killerbyte and terrorbyte at this desk, most of snakebyte and all of eraserbyte. I now work solely at the red desk in my room, using my laptop. On top of my desk is a container of assorted nuts (no peanuts), a container of dried cranberries, lots of pens, several notebooks, a bottle of gold glitter nail polish, paperclips, day planner, phone, glasses, phone charger, stereo remote, lamp. Also my flash drive collection in a box. My top drawer contains candy. Which I don't eat very often, but I like to know it's there in case I feel like Mike and Ike's or a 3 Musketeer bar. :)
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind databyte is a simple one ... not!
My main character, SSA Ellie Conway is on the run from the FBI and Metro PD with an actor in tow. Metro think she killed and dismembered her ex-brother-in-law Eddie Connelly and her boss is looking for away to crucify her. Fun to write (as always). Got to use a lot of my research trip for this one.
Published 2014-11-23.
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