About the Author:
Cate Dean has been writing since she could hold a pen and put more than two words together on paper. She grew up losing herself in the wilds of fantasy worlds, and has had some of her own adventures while tromping through the UK, and a few other parts of the world. A lover of all things supernatural, she infuses that love into her stories, giving them a unique edge. When she’s not writing, she loves cooking, scaring herself silly in the local cemeteries, and reading pretty much anything she can get her hands on.
1. Tell us a bit about your series, The Claire Wiche Chronicles.
Claire Wiche is a woman with a past, and a secret that will change the lives of everyone she loves when it is revealed. A secret that she thought she put behind her – until it comes roaring into her present. Because she changes so dramatically over the course of the first book, each book in the series will follow her as she discovers, and rediscovers, who she is.
2. Why write about witches? What inspires you to tell their stories?
I have always been drawn to the supernatural. And growing up in Southern California, I have run across my share of witches. I find them fascinating, wildly funny, and incredibly focused people. They are also compassionate, and so in touch with the world around them. I thoroughly enjoy infusing my characters with some of that magic.
3. Tell us a bit about Claire and her past.
I can’t tell much without giving everything away – but her secret is a life changer, not only for her, but for the people she loves.
4. Annie is a strong character. Will the focus shift on her in any of the next books in the series?
Annie was a huge surprise! She just bounced in, and became this fabulous, smart mouthed, lovably abrasive character. I love writing her, and I do have big plans for her in an upcoming book.
5. Can we persuade you to tell us a bit about your other works?
Thank you for asking! I do have two others out: When Walls Can Talk is a YA fantasy novella, and Last Chance Jack is a fantasy short story. Very different from Claire Wiche, but they are characters I fell in love with, and had to put on the page, just to get them out of my head.
6. What brought you to writing? Have you always wished to become an author?
I have been writing for as long as I can remember – everything from poetry to song lyrics. I have always made up stories in my head, and started writing them down years ago. The last few years I got serious about it – and when I found out I could have control of my writing, and my career, by publishing on my own, it was like a Hallelujah Chorus in my head. Months of research and writing later, here I am, putting myself out there as an author. Scary, but exciting at the same time.
7. What inspired this book, or any of your other written works?
Claire was just one of those characters that came out of my “what if” game. The difference is, her story literally popped into my head almost complete. It was like a lightning bolt, and I couldn’t type fast enough. When Walls Can Talk was inspired by a trip to a desolate castle ruin on the North East coast of England. As I wandered around, I thought, “if only these walls could talk . . .” And there it was, like a flower unfolding.
8. Do you feel writing this novel has changed you in any significant way? What new aspect of yourself have you learned about through this experience?
It absolutely changed me. For the first time, I let go of the inner critic and wrote with my heart. Rest For The Wicked is the result – and I am really proud of it. I also learned to trust myself, and my voice. It is exciting, and absolutely terrifying at the same time. I had monster butterflies when I finally pushed the publish button.
9. What about your future writing projects? Give us something to look forward to.
Okay – A Gathering of Angels, book 2 of The Claire Wiche Chronicles, will be coming out in July. I’m working on it right now, and am really pleased so far. I also have the first book of a YA fantasy trilogy coming out in the fall, called TimeLost. And readers have clamored for a sequel to When Walls Can Talk, so that is on the list for the holidays. In between, I will be writing more shorts – I love doing them, and they are a great break from the longer work.
Thank you so much for having me here today!
Livia says: it’s been a pleasure!