Hey there creators,
[Saturday Author Spotlight]
Another week has passed and I am excited that we have another author joining us to tell us a bit about themselves and their writing/ books. PLEASE GIVE A WARM WELCOME to author Cait Marie:
What inspired you to start writing?
I have always loved books and stories but not writing. A few years ago, a book didn’t go the way I wanted it to and I was bored, so I thought, “Why don’t I just write my own book so I can make it exactly what I want.”
When did you decide that you wanted to publish your first story?
I dreamed of publishing the book I started in 2015, but I didn’t truly think it’d ever happen. In 2018, I started writing more seriously and really considered trying to get published eventually. In 2019, I decided to self-publish my first book in 2020.
Describe your writing space.
I use a hospital table, one that’s on wheels and is adjustable, and it’s kind of just sitting in the middle of my living room. I’m in a wheelchair, so accessibility is key. I have an organizer and notebooks surrounding my laptop where I can reach. I’m moving to a bigger room soon, where I’ll be able to have a more legit writing space.
How do you do research for your books?
A lot of Googling is done, but I do more research to help with setting description and inspiration than anything. For that, I use Pinterest and watch shows or movies in similar genres.
What motivates you to keep writing?
I just really love books and storytelling. Writing doesn’t feel like a chore to me (yet), so not a lot of motivation is needed. In fact, I reward myself with writing time to motivate myself to get other stuff done.
Writing can be emotionally draining and sometimes stressful- particularly when stepping into the publishing realm of things. Any tips to share for the aspiring writers out there?
Plan ahead and remember that it’s not a race. Don’t compare how long it takes you to write and publish to others. Do what’s best for you. Planning is your friend. I plan out everything for releases months in advance and create a tentative timeline of when to do things.
Tell me about the books you write. Describe them in as many words as you like. I want some good detail here don’t just list the genre(s).
I write a variety of genres within YA and NA, including fantasy, contemporary romance, dystopian, and science fiction. Strong relationships (friends and family) are always a big part of my books. The females are typically just as into daggers as they are pretty dresses, and that balance is important to me. A lot of my books are either enemies to lovers or childhood best friends to lovers. There is ALWAYS a happily ever after, even if it’s not quite the one readers expected.
How many books have you written so far? Are you in any anthologies? Which book has been your favorite to write? If you have a one that is. 🙂
I have one finished full-length novel (The Lost Legends 3/18/20) and one short story in an anthology (The Lost Warriors 3/10/18). I also have a completed first draft of an unrelated novella, a few other first drafts almost done, and several more started.
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? Why are they your favorite? Are they the main character? Tell us about them.
Phillip from The Lost Legends. He is not the main character. The book is told in dual point of view from a brother and sister (prince and princess), and he is their best friend and a royal guard. He has such a big heart and has so much to deal with in silence, but he slowly learns to let those he’s closest with in. He will do anything for those he loves.
Tell us about your latest writing project
I have multiple going on at any given time. I write in different genres based on mood and motivation, so I flip back and forth quite a bit. Right now, I am primarily working on finishing The Last Summer, a YA contemporary romance coming out in June 2020, and the sequel to The Lost Legends, which I’m aiming to release in September 2020. The Last Summer is a sweet romance that has been fun and emotional to write. I’ve described it as A Walk to Remember-ish but with more ice cream and shenanigans.
Let’s get to know a bit more about you. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I actually don’t write as often as I’d like. I am usually reading, editing, working on website stuff, or doing homework. I just started an MFA program in January. I also love creating pages in my bullet journal, painting, going to concerts, and rewatching favorite movies and shows over and over.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Bibliophile, creative, Disney-fanatic (there’s a hyphen, so it counts haha!)
If it were possible to have your favorite season all year long what season would it be?
Why did you chose that particular season?
I love warm, sunny weather. Because of my physical disability, it’s hard for me to move when cold and even harder to move with layers. Plus, the sun makes me happy.
What songs/ music are on your playlist?
Music is a huge part of my life. I have several playlists for different things. I have different playlists for books, but a lot of the music commonly found across all are: Ruelle, Florence + the Machine, Halsey, The Lumineers, Billie Eilish, The Head and the Heart, Taylor Swift, and scores from movies and shows like Doctor Who, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, and Game of Thrones.
What is your favorite food?
Depends on my mood, but I will never say no to queso.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Cassandra Clare because The Mortal Instruments is what truly made me fall in love with reading. I mean, I’ve always loved it, but the Shadowhunter books just really connected with my soul, and I’ve been obsessed with all the different series for over a decade now.
What are you reading right now?
I read multiple books at once, so I’m just going to go with the Shatter Me series. I am rereading them to prepare for the final book at the end of March.
What is one thing your readers don’t know about you?
I feel like a lot of them don’t know I’m in a wheelchair. I don’t hide it, but I also don’t really talk about it much because it’s just a part of my life, and I don’t post many photos outside of my personal Facebook where you can see my chair because they’re usually only selfies.
Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/caits.inner.circle/
Newsletter Sign-Up: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/v1d5i1
Functionally Fictional: https://functionallyfictional.com/
Thank you for joining me on my blog today. Is there anything else you’d like to say before we head on out? ( closing words)
Thank you for having me!!