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

The Byte Series - Volume Three
Series: Boxed Set. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 301,840. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The third 3 books in the Byte Series: Eraserbyte, Psychobyte, Metabyte plus a bonus short story.
Qubyte
Series: The Byte Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,400. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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: $0.99 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.
Psychobyte
Series: The Byte Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,070. Language: American English. Published: March 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Another day, another death, might not be unusual in FBI Agent Ellie Conway’s world but a baffling series of naked, bloodless, blondes in pristine showers makes her wonder if she is dealing with a genuine vampire.
Metabyte
Series: The Byte Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,150. Language: American English. Published: March 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Her niece is abducted and her in-laws disappear. Long-deceased agents turn up in garages across the city - dead again. No wonder SSA Ellie Iverson’s internal alert goes off the scale.
Dead Flowers
Series: In between the bytes. Price: $0.99 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: In between the bytes. Price: $1.99 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.
The Byte Series - Volume Two
Series: Boxed Set. Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 321,950. Language: American English. Published: December 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
The second 3 books in the byte series with introductions by Cat Connor and a bonus short story. Flashbyte, Soundbyte, Databyte.
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.
The Byte Series - Volume One
Series: Boxed Set. Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 321,240. Language: American English. Published: October 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Killerbyte A killer with a penchant for inventive and macabre deaths challenges an FBI Agent with an unusual imagination and sense of humour. Terrorbyte Special Agent Ellie Conway is back: wisecracking and kicking ass. This time to grapple with a murderer with ulterior motives, secreted behind a series of grotesque crimes. Exacerbyte Hawk is hunting again - SSA Ellie Conway is his nemesis.
Eraserbyte
Series: byte, Book 7 in the byte series · The Byte Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,800. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Washington D.C. is burning, blowing up before SSA Ellie Conway’s eyes. More than ever she needs her controversial connections to prevent more terror attacks and horrifying deaths.
Databyte
Series: byte, Book 6 in the byte series · The Byte Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 112,590. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When information becomes misinformation, how much of what you see should you believe? Wanted for a murder she didn’t commit and on the run from the FBI and Metro, Special Agent Ellie Conway has to protect an actor with close ties to Delta A from a serious threat as well as trying to clear her name.
Soundbyte
Series: byte, Book 5 in the byte series · The Byte Series. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until Feb. 19!) Words: 105,270. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
SSA Conway is not having a great day: she is shot when all she wanted was a good cup of coffee.
Exacerbyte
Series: byte, Book 3 in the byte series · The Byte Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 118,710. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Hawk is hunting again. SSA Conway is his nemesis – she wants justice. He has taken too many children, killed too many people.
Terrorbyte
Series: byte, Book 2 in the byte series · The Byte Series. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 91,550. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
What is the connection between a series of murders, bourbon, chlorine, gold ribbon, the Pentagon and the Military, Eastern European terrorists and a book of poetry?
Killerbyte
Series: byte, Book 1 in the byte series · The Byte Series. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 106,780. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A killer with a penchant for inventive and macabre deaths challenges an FBI Agent with an equally unusual imagination and sense of humour.
Flashbyte
Series: byte, Book 4 in the byte series · The Byte Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,780. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
The Fourth Ellie Conway Thriller. As if a terrifying nightmare wasn’t bad enough, being woken from it with the news that she’d been strangled in a parking lot didn’t make for a great start to the day for FBI Agent Ellie Conway.
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.