Interview with Catherine LaCroix

What motivated you to become an author?
I've been writing stories since I can remember. They used to publish student written books in my Elementary School Library and it was my goal to have as many stories as I could on that shelf. After that I began to constantly think of new stories and new characters to share. The rest is history.

I believe the only way to truly learn to write, however, is to read. My heart lies in fantasy but I will pick up and read just about anything. Every author has an incredible story to tell in their own unique voice, and there's sure to be at least one thing you can learn from someone you've never read before. Those lessons push me to keep writing.
Who are your favorite authors?
When I write, the people I hope to channel most are Jacquline Carey, Patrick Rothfuss and George R. R. Martin. As a fantasy author, all three of them have inspired me to take massive steps in my ways of writing descriptions, characters, and emotions. I believe in fantasy one of the biggest parts of the entire book is to have elements that feel incredibly real, but they don't truly exist. I also admire Chuck Palahniuk, Stephen King and Laurell K Hamilton for their works and advice.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, actually it was one they published at my Elementary School and I took it home after I graduated. I wrote it in first grade, and it was a story about the life of a flower- very short, and I drew all of the illustrations myself in crayon.

The first fantasy story I attempted was in middle school, and I remember writing well over five thousand words even though the teacher had only asked for a couple of pages. A group of scientists had crash landed from space and had to survive in a forest. I don't remember much beyond that, but that was the first time a teacher told me to keep writing.
What helps get the juices flowing?
Publishing every single week. Knowing I have that deadline forces me to continue to write and publish, regardless of if my muse feels like working that week or not. It's been such a ride and I've grown addicted to my word count and character development.
How do you approach editing?
Editing is of paramount importance to me. I have to try very hard to not nit pick myself to death, and sometimes my friends have to tell me to stop looking at it, and just publish. My SO and roommates have both been a tremendous help in the editing process. They give me fresh looks at what I've written and aren't afraid to point out plot holes and better ways to say things. It's beneficial for me as well to let a story lie for a couple days without looking at it, then come back to it and give it one more look through before publishing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love playing video games- especially RPGs- as well as painting (oils, acrylics, and miniatures), sewing, watching movies, enjoying great wine, and spending as much time as I can with my three bunnies.
How do you overcome writer's block?
Drink wine. It forces a lot of my inhibitions away and I always edit sober. Now that I'm ashamed...
What IS your favorite wine?
Red Zinfandels, good Italian reds and whites, Rhone reds, true Champagne, and Sauternes.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Nook. I still think the feeling of a giant, heavy book in your hands is irreplaceable, but I love reading indies on my Nook.
Describe your desk
A cluster of writing utensils, paper, figures, pictures and my computer buried under there somewhere. My desk has become my laptop in my living room so my bunnies can join me while I write.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. Without lovers of my writing, I would never have readers to share my ideas with. I wouldn't have the feedback I seek, and my stories would never see the light of day. So thank you to each and every one of you, you are my encouragement, motivation and the reason for me to continue publishing.
Published 2016-11-28.
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Books by This Author

Little Secrets (Book 2 of "Little Treasures")
Series: Little Treasures, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,020. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2016 by Boruma Publishing, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » MILF
After two hot and steamy weeks spent in the care of his mysterious new lover Lilith, Tristan wonders about her motives and his future. Being offered every comfort and luxury he could ever imagine in her abode only serves to raise more questions. His curiosity starts innocently enough, but the secrets he uncovers will change their relationship forever.
Little Love (Book 1 of "Little Treasures")
Series: Little Treasures, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,810. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2016 by Boruma Publishing, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » MILF, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
As a young student living on his own, Tristan finds juggling work, school and his personal life difficult to manage. Until he meets Lilith—a sultry, confident bombshell who finds herself immediately taken with him. Lilith is twice his age. Now Tristan must choose whether her affections will be enough to gain his trust, or if he should escape her grasp before his body makes the decision for him.
Pianissimo (Book 2 of "The Silent Note")
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,320. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2016 by Boruma Publishing, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
In the second installment of The Silent Note, Tobias and Ara's love continues to grow through their shared adoration of music and each other. Tobias struggles to create the perfect song for Ara, seeking assistance from those closest to him. An unexpected source leads him in the right direction, and his composition for her transforms into more than just a sweet melody.
Prelude (Book 1 of "The Silent Note")
Series: The Silent Note, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,170. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2016 by Boruma Publishing, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Tobias Vaulten carries the weight of his father's financial empire on his shoulders from birth. His rigorous tutelage seems never-ending and his future looks bleak. That is, until music captivates his heart and soul. One fateful evening, Tobais meets Ara—a silent young woman who expresses herself through her melodies. The decisions they must face together will change their lives.
Requiem (Books 1 - 3 of "Whispers From The Past")
Series: Whispers From The Past, Book 0. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,950. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2016 by Boruma Publishing, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
Before Josselyn Thorn—Cyprus Reyner, Victoria d’Audrieu and Isabelle Rhodes had their own stories to tell. Requiem, the bundle of Whispers From The Past, includes Roar, Remember, React, and—as a special bonus—Raucous. Enjoy these tales as a sequel to The Whispers of Rings and let yourself share in their pain, loss, joy, and determination.
React (Book 3 of "Whispers From The Past")
Series: Whispers From The Past, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,140. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2016 by Boruma Publishing, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
In the third installment of Whispers from the Past, Isabelle Rhodes finds herself constantly at odds with her father, Bailiff Garrett Rhodes. Determined to pave her own destiny, Isabelle abandons her family in her pursuit of knowledge. The trials she faces during her studies, however, will change her life forever.
Remember (Book 2 of "Whispers From The Past")
Series: Whispers From The Past, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,820. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2016 by Boruma Publishing, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
In the second installment of the Whispers from the Past, Victoria Terryn and her husband Jeremi travel to the City of Ends, where one split second decision changes the dynamic of their relationship forever. With the addition of a third person, they must decide for themselves the limits of their affections.
Roar (Book 1 of "Whispers From The Past")
Series: Whispers From The Past, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,460. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2016 by Boruma Publishing, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
In the first installment of Whispers from the Past, Cyprus Reyner befriends Victoria d'Audrieu through a common thirst for knowledge. After years of daily studies, they develop a bond that withstands the test of time. But when Jeremi Terryn visits their home city, Cyprus must make the most important decision of his life: let the woman he loves live her dreams, or beg her to stay by his side.
The Whispers of Rings
Series: The Whispers of Rings, Book 0. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,880. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2016 by Boruma Publishing, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
The murder of Jeremi and Victoria Terryn, a prominent and noble couple, shocks the peaceful city of Anastas. In the midst of it all is Josselyn Thorn; a young woman who devoted her life and loyalty to them both. Josselyn finds herself left to die in the dungeons—until Adrien Markov frees her. Using her newfound independence, she travels to the ends of the Kingdom of Rhoryn, seeking the truth.
Silence (Book 5 of "The Whispers of Rings")
Series: The Whispers of Rings, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,940. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2016 by Boruma Publishing, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
In the finale of ‘The Whispers of Rings,’ Josselyn follows her leads into a conspiracy greater than she ever imagined. She discovers the truth—and finds herself at the mercy of her family's murderer. Vengeance is a dream long-forgotten when Josselyn is forced to fight for her life.
Oath (Book 4 of "The Whispers of Rings")
Series: The Whispers of Rings, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,040. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2016 by Boruma Publishing, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
In Lord Markov's absence, Josselyn leaves the estate behind in desperation of a brighter future. With her new ally beside her and assistance from a familiar face, they begin to unfurl the mystery behind the Terryn family murder. But what Josselyn finds will change everything she knows, and make her question everything she holds dear.
Echo (Book 3 of "The Whispers of Rings")
Series: The Whispers of Rings, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,150. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2016 by Boruma Publishing, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
Realizing Josselyn's only option for survival is escape, she finds confidence in an unlikely companion. While revisiting painful memories, they discover hidden truths about each other that will draw them closer together.
Promise (Book 2 of "The Whispers of Rings")
Series: The Whispers of Rings, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,970. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2016 by Boruma Publishing, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
It's been three months since Josselyn set foot into Lord Markov's estate. She returns to Anastas in her search for answers to her family's murder. Along the way she meets acquaintances, both old and new. Cyprus Reyner, an unexpected lead, shows himself in one of Josselyn's frequented establishments and he may hold the key to what she seeks.
Whisper (Book 1 of "The Whispers of Rings")
Series: The Whispers of Rings, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,300. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2016 by Boruma Publishing, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
Josselyn Thorn, born a fabled Whisper, finds herself accused of murders she did not commit. When Lord Adrien Markov pays to have Josselyn released, he offers every comfort she could ever dream of in exchange for her scintillating talents. While Josselyn may share his bed, her true intentions lie in unearthing the answers behind the deaths of the two people she loved most...