Cathy Pegau

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: August 03, 2011

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Rulebreaker | Carina Press | Science Fiction Romance | Release Date: Aug. 8, 2011

Liv Braxton's Felon Rule #1: Don't get emotionally involved.

Smash-and-grab thieving doesn't lend itself to getting chummy with the victims, and Liv hasn't met anyone on the mining colony of Nevarro worth knowing, anyway. So it's easy to follow her Rules.

Until her ex, Tonio, shows up with an invitation to join him on the job of a lifetime.

Until Zia Talbot, the woman she's supposed to deceive, turns Liv's expectations upside down in a way no woman ever has.

Until corporate secrets turn deadly.

But to make things work with Zia, Liv has to do more than break her Rules, and the stakes are higher than just a broken heart.

Please tell us your latest news!

My f/f science fiction romance Rulebreaker is out from Carina Press on Aug. 8!

It's been a whirlwind of excitement since signing on with Carina. Learning editing and promotional ropes have been keeping me busy. I'm happiest when I get back to the actual writing part of being an author. And having a chance to read for pleasure is always welcome!

Please describe your writing environment.

Mostly, I sit at my kitchen table with my laptop and a cup of coffee or tea. When I'm first starting a story I will often use a notebook and pen. Such a Luddite, I know, but the time it takes me to write longhand helps my brain slow down enough to get the bones of a coherent story on the page. Then I can get on the computer and flesh things out.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Like most writers, I've been at this for a long, long time. I remember stories I wrote in elementary, middle and high school. I took a long break from writing during college, but went back to it when my oldest was about 2 years old. A friend had written a romance and I thought it would be a fun idea to try my hand at it again.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Work on the craft. Tell an interesting story. Network, and remember to be respectful and polite on loops, chats, what have you. Find critique partners that will be honest about your writing, but not vicious. Gather advice (on writing, marketing, whatever) from as many sources as you can, then decide what works for *you*.

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing?

My favorite large coffee mug that commemorates the Nome Kennel Club. It holds the perfect amount of coffee or tea that, if sipped in a timely manner, will stay at an acceptable temperature as I get through 5-7 pages of a manuscript.

What main genre do you write in?

Science Fiction / Fantasy

Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?

My family has been my greatest supporters. They have seen me strive to become published for a long, long time. Not once has any of them told me I should reconsider. Not once did my kids complain about having to eat cereal for dinner because mommy was caught up in a scene that HAD to be written. And that was before the offer for Rulebreaker.

Also, my friends and critique partners Sharron and Jody. They have helped me on so many levels to become a better writer.

Do you like to mix genres?

I love to mix genres. SciFi Romance Thriller? Paranormal Historical? Horror Steampunk? Bring it! As long as the aspects blend well.

Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!

The Email came on a particularly difficult day. Without going into too much detail, I was making arrangements to have our beloved golden retriever/rottweiler Holly euthanized due to a debilitating illness. I read the offer letter from Angela James and started laughing and bawling at the same time. (I'm glad she didn't actually call, or I would have fallen apart on the phone.) Holly wagged her tail, telling me it was all going in the right direction, even the steps we had to take to ease her pain. Bittersweet doesn't begin to describe it.

It wasn't until a week or so later that the significance of being a future published author sank in. It's still sinking in.

What inspires your writing?

I have a what and a who.

The "what" is often everyday situations or sometimes shows or headlines that get tweaked. A writer's favorite question is "What if...?" For Rulebreaker, I'd been watching a piece about famous bank robberies. The idea of one of the thieves having to switch gears and become an extortionist popped into my head. Then the complication of said thief falling for her mark. That led to the mark being another woman. Funny how the brain works.

The "who" are my kids. Every time I thought it would be easier to do something else, one of my girls would tell me about a story they were working on, or ask how my book was coming. I didn't want to tell them it was too hard to follow my dreams. They kept me going.

Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?

We have a dog, cat, fish and a hamster. And a bear that wanders through the yard once in a while, but he isn't really "ours". I'm not sure if they influence my writing, but I have learned to write around the need to let critters in or out and feeding schedules.

The dog we lost, Holly, and one of our current cats might find themselves in a future book. Their personalities are too great to ignore.

Signing Off: Cathy Pegau