Interview with Cat Connor

Published 2018-03-09.
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.
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. :)
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Books by This Author

Vaporbyte
Series: The Byte Series. Pre-release—available September 10, 2020. Price: $5.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A botched kidnapping leads the FBI’s Delta A and SAC Ellie Iverson down a dark path; littered with intrigue; assassinations; mysterious foreigners; and sketchy connections.
Cryptobyte
Series: The Byte Series. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 89,100. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Horror » Crime
SAC Iverson and Delta A follow cryptic strands of information regarding missing families to an astonishing conclusion.
Whispers in the Water
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 24,570. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Life isn't always black and white, sometimes shades of red splash all over it, these are the poems of SSA Ellie Iverson nee Conway. Raw, uncensored, life.
Qubyte
Series: The Byte Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 95,400. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
With the enemy taking out her friends and colleagues, Ellie’s inner circle has never been tighter.
Undivided
Series: In between the bytes. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,640. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Who knew Dungeons and Dragons could be a life ending experience?
If I Were A Carpenter
Series: In between the bytes. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,210. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
This is the first Delta A stories written for fans of the Byte Series. This story is told from the perspective of SSA Kurt Henderson, Ellie's partner in Delta A.
Dead Flowers
Series: In between the bytes. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,790. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A drink with his partner and an old acquaintance in a bar causes more than a few issues for SSA Sam Jackson and Delta A.
Snakebyte
Series: The Byte Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,390. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
SSA Ellie Conway emerges from a tequila-filled haze to rejoin Delta A. Her first job is to investigate a strangling with a disturbing undertone. That leads to circumstances she couldn’t have foreseen and a struggle to keep one of her team alive. A terrifying situation unfolds involving nuclear material in DC, time is ticking and Ellie isn’t sure she can stop the man responsible.
Array 2017
Series: In between the bytes. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 31,330. Language: American English. Published: November 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The life of a Special Agent with a select criminal investigative team is not for the fainthearted. Ellie's life is anything but dull. This selection of short stories was primarily written for fans of the Byte Series but can be enjoyed by anyone.
Torrent
Series: In between the bytes. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,840. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A collection of short _bytes from within the Special Agent Ellie Conway Byte Series.