Thursday, April 17, 2014

Author Thursday: Interview with Cathy Pegau

If you follow me on Twitter you've probably noticed me crazy fangirl stalking author Cathy Pegau, because I adore her sci-fi romance series. I campaigned for her novel Caught in Amber during this year's DABWAHA, and she just barely missed going on to the second round by a handful of votes. (So close!) I'm thrilled to have her as my guest today.

1.What flavor is your writing? (Spicy? Action? Space odyssey? Ninjas? All of the above?)

The books I currently have out are all science fiction romance with a bit of suspense thrown in. Two have lesbian romances at their center and the other is het. I prefer to write speculative fiction, or at least tend to lean in that direction, but not always.

2. Where do you get your story ideas? Sub-question: Do moose really wander through your backyard in Alaska?

Ideas come from all over. Conversations with my family or Twitter friends, off-shoots of other stories, life in general. I had one story idea come from a commercial with a bride tossing her veil over her shoulder while driving a convertible down a highway.

In the last town we lived in, we did, indeed, have moose roaming through the yard. There was even a pair of calves born in our neighbor’s yard. Where we are now, however, we’re more likely to have a bear wander through. They’ve been known to rifle through the freezer and snack on frozen fish and bread.

3. I love the world-building in Rulebreaker, Deep Deception, and Caught in Amber! Was Nevarro inspired by a real-world location?

Nevarro is cold. I live in Alaska. ‘Nuff said ; ) Living here really has inspired setting. Nevarro, like Alaska, is a resource-rich location and the people are apt to do things their way. Keeping the balance between harvesting those resources and allowing the people to live decent lives is a challenge in most places.

4. What are you reading now, or what books do you have in your TBR pile?

LOTS in my TBR pile. Mostly science fiction and fantasy, a bit of steampunk, some historicals. Currently, I’m reading “Eighty Days” about the 1889 race around the world between journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland.

5. What are you working on now?

I just turned in a manuscript to my agent, something very different from my usual writings. It’s a historical cozy mystery set in my town in 1919. The MC is a journalist who comes to visit her brother and try to shake off her past dismal year. Within the first day or so of her arrival, a woman is killed essentially right outside her window. No speculative or paranormal bits in this one, but it’s been great fun.

You can find out more about Cathy at these links:
CAUGHT IN AMBER, available at Carina Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other fine ebook retailers!

Recently out of rehab, Sasha James is determined to keep her head down, complete her parole and never touch amber again. The chip in her neck controls her cravings for the highly addictive drug, but also tracks her every move. Not that she goes anywhere other than work and the halfway house she calls home—a far cry from her luxurious former life as lover of the mining colony's top drug dealer, Guy Christiansen.

Agent Nathan Sterling has no desire to see Sasha fall back into amber, but his sister has become Guy's latest conquest and the unexpectedly attractive Sasha is the key to getting her back. So in exchange for an introduction, he offers Sasha the one thing she can't refuse—her freedom. From the chip, her parole and even the planet if she wants. Though he would be sorry to see her go… Torn between her growing attraction to Nathan, fear of Guy and the allure of amber, Sasha accepts. But who will save her if Guy refuses to let her go a second time?

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