Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Cat Adams

Cat Adams Interview

Hello Literal Addicts and Book Monsters! LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews are very pleased to welcome Cat Adams to our sites today.

Cat Adams is the pseudonym for the dynamic duo of CT (Cie) Adams and Cathy Clamp.
They began writing as a team in 1997 and quickly learned that their individual talents in writing created a dynamite combination in historical and paranormal novels. 
Cathy resides in the Texas Hill Country with her husband, dogs, cats and 24 Boer/Spanish cross goats.  Cie is currently relocating to the Denver Metro area with her dog and cats.
They love reading fan mail and anticipate a long and fruitful writing career (which we are VERY happy to hear!). 
Cie and Cathy are the proud creators of the BLOOD SINGER series (as Cat Adams) as well as the THRALL Trilogy and TALE OF THE SAZI series (as CT Adams and Cathy Clamp).

If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading the magical novels of Cat Adams/CT Adams and Cathy Clamp yet, we definitely recommend that you do! 

The BLOOD SINGER series currently has 3 books (“Blood Song”, “Siren Song”, & “Demon Song”) with the 4th book, “The Isis Collar”, due out in March of 2012.    

The THRALL Trilogy is of course 3 books – “Touch of Evil”, “Touch of Madness”, and “Touch of Darkness”, and the TALE OF THE SAZI series currently has  8 installments (“Hunter’s Moon”, “Moon’s Web”, “Captive Moon”, “Howling Moon”, “Moon’s Fury”, “Timeless Moon”, “Cold Moon Rising”, and “Serpent Moon”). 

To catch you up on the series we'll give you a brief synopsis of the first and most recent in each of the series….

"Blood Song" synopsis - 

Bodyguard Celia Graves has definitely accepted her share of weird assignments, both human and supernatural. But her newest job takes the cake. Guarding a Prince from terrorists and religious fundamentalists is hard enough, but it seems like the entire supernatural world is after this guy too. When she is betrayed by those she is employed to help, and everything goes horribly wrong, Celia wakes to find herself transformed.

Neither human nor vampire, Celia has become an Abomination—something that should not exist—and now both human and supernatural alike want her dead. With the help of a few loyal friends—a sexy mage, a powerful werewolf, and a psychic cop—Celia does her best to stay alive. On the run from her enemies, Celia must try to discover who is behind her transformation…before it’s too late.

"Demon Song" synopsis - 

In a world where magic is real and the supernatural is almost normal, bodyguard Celia Graves has survived a vampire attack which made her a half-vampire and awakened her latent Siren abilities. She’s battled a Siren Queen to the death and twice faced down a demon that wants to kill her--slowly. She’s also had her heart broken--twice--by her old flame, magician Bruno DeLuca.

Perhaps the worst thing was the discovery that Celia’s life has been warped by a curse laid on her during childhood--the cause of everything from the death of her little sister to the murder of her best friend the same night that Celia became an Abomination.

An ancient rift between the demonic dimension and our own--sealed during the destruction of Atlantis--begins to open, threatening to loose all the demons of hell on humanity (including the one personally bent on destroying Celia). Celia’s hellish recent experiences have given her the unique combination of abilities needed to close the rift. But to overcome the curse, which nearly guarantees her failure, she’ll need to join forces with people she no longer trusts...and put people she has come to care about directly in harm’s way.

"Hunter’s Moon" synopsis -

Sue Quentin has reached the end of her rope-she's desperate, and there's only one way out. Her plan doesn't include falling for Tony, the mysterious hit man she hires. He listens when she speaks and somehow convinces her that maybe her problems aren't entirely insurmountable. He even thinks her little potbelly is sexy. So he's a werewolf--everyone has flaws!

Sue enjoys being coddled by Tony, and, for his part, Tony likes the way Sue moans when he touches her. She begins to think she and Tony might have a shot at a future together, despite his unorthodox profession . . . and even though she doesn't know his real name.

But when Tony's enemies-not all of whom are fully human-decide Sue makes a perfect target, will Tony risk letting his darker side out during the day to save her?
"Serpent Moon" synopsis -

Eric Thompson’s wolf howl can ruin electronics and send aircraft tumbling from the sky. Considered dangerous even by his fellow Sazi, Eric has become a lone wolf, living in self-imposed isolation. Yet when the very foundations of Sazi life come under attack, Eric knows he must defend his fellow shapeshifters at any cost.

Attacked by a band of vicious Sazi, Holly Sanchez should have died. Instead, she survives, emerging as a powerful Sazi healer. Sent to return Eric to the Sazi world he rejected, Holly finds herself by his side as the lone wolf tracks the monster that is killing the Sazi. Holly soon realizes she must make a choice—between a Sazi life with Eric, and life as a “normal” human being. But first, she must survive long enough to make that choice—and she must save her people, and the world, from evil.

"Touch of Evil" synopsis -

Kate Reilly has a hard time trusting people.

Six years ago, the love of her life turned her over to the vampire parasites who call themselves the Thrall. Katie survives the powerful bite of the master parasite only to discover that the Thrall's venom, coupled with her own natural psychic ability, has transformed her. Now she is next in line to be the Thrall Queen--and each day might be her last as a human.

Tom, a handsome firefighter, arouses all of Katie's dormant senses, but her heart shies away. After Dylan's betrayal, how can she trust any man--even a seemingly perfect and terribly sexy werewolf?

Tom's sincerity--and sex appeal--begins to wear down Katie's defenses. But his increasingly insistent charm hides a potentially deadly secret: his werewolf pack is hiding the one person who can stop the Thrall from completing Katie's transformation into Queen--and they won't give her up.

Touch of Darkness" synopsis -

It’s good advice—and Kate always thought she did. But everything has changed: there’s a new force at the head of the Thrall collective. A force brilliant enough and ruthless enough to hide its sinister plan behind humanitarian work—building and funding halfway houses to ease the victims of drugs and the Thrall back into society.
And then Kate discovers that another part of the plan is rescinding the rules of fair play by which the Thrall have always dealt with humans. Kate is no longer Not Prey. Now she is just like everyone else: Prey.
Uncovering the plot is a start, but stopping it is another thing entirely. Kate must not only call on all of her own resources, but all of those that belong to her werewolf boyfriend Tom. But the Thrall collective has a brand new way of getting to Kate: a very personal series of attacks designed to tear her from Tom. Kate has to decide: save her relationship with Tom, or save the future from the Thrall?

Yes, we know you’re all clamoring to find and get the books, but for now, let's find out more about the dynamic duo behind these incredible series….

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Hello Cie and Cathy!  We’re so happy to have you with us today!

Cie{opening comments}:
It’s a real pleasure being here.  We enjoy having as much contact with readers as we can.  Unfortunately, life doesn’t always cooperate when you’re on deadlines.  But it is a wonderful problem to have, knowing that there are more books in the pipeline.
Cathy{opening comments}: Thrilled to visit you and your readers. We really enjoy chatting with our fans! :D

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  We always like to start out by getting to know our guest authors a little bit better.

Q1):   Can you tell us 3 things about yourselves that we can't find out on the internet, in your bio, etc?

Cie:  I have been struck by lightning, bitten by a black widow spider, and am seriously addicted to Pepsi and chocolate.

Cathy: Gosh, there’s so little about me out there, that should be easy. LOL! Let’s see, I am a paralegal who is a real estate geek, used to be a competition weightlifter and briefly (VERY briefly) held the Colorado state record in the bench press in my weight division (back when I was a lot younger . . . and lighter. Heh.) I do old fashioned embroidery for fun when I have time (not cross-stitch, but the ornate kind with satin stitch and French knots) and I like to do canning of vegetables and jelly.

2)  How long have each of you been writing, and what genre did you start out writing in?

Cie:  I’ve been writing since I learned to read.  It’s what I always “wanted to be when I grew up.”  It is very exciting to actually get to live your dreams.  Mostly as a child I wrote (really, really bad) science fiction and fantasy.  I still love mysteries, fantasy, urban fantasy---I’m just better at it.  LOL.

Cathy: I, on the other hand, didn’t start writing until I met Cie. I was always good at legal writing but had never tried my hand at fiction. Turned out I was good at it. Go figure.

3)  What made you decide to team up?

Cie:  We were working in the same law office and discussed writing, books we were reading, the books I was writing.  It just sort of evolved from there.  At least that’s how I remember it.

Cathy: Pretty much what Cie said. It sort of evolved from me being a sounding board to us being critique partners and then writing partners.

4)  How does the writing process work between the two of you?

Cie:  We discuss the basis of a book ahead of time, character development, world building and plot.  Once we have the basics down, one of us will write the first draft and give it to the other, who will edit the heck out of it and pass it back to the first person, who accepts or rejects the changes.  Then it’s off to the editor.

Cathy: Yep. What she said. :)

5)  Do either of you have any interesting writing quirks, or things that you must have with you to begin the writing process?

Cie:  I am sadly quirkless.  I just put myself in my office, butt in chair.  It is a little tricky keeping the cats from walking on the keyboard, but other than that, BORING.
Cathy: My writing quirk is that I am a serious plotter and a very visual writer. I MUST see a scene from the book in my head like a movie, in order to write it down. All I really do are transcriptions of the video in my mind.
6)  Who are some of your favorite authors and series respectively?

Cie:  I am a seriously avid reader!  I love so many writers in a wide variety of genres.  So, this is far from an exhaustive list – Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Dick Francis, Robert B. Parker, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Peters, Rachel Caine, Jackie Kessler, Melanie Rawn, Mercedes Lackey . . . (I’d better stop now, or we’ll never finish this interview)

Cathy: Also a big Jim Butcher fan, and Rachel Caine, Jackie Kessler and Mercedes Lackey. Add to mine Laurell K. Hamilton, Lori Avocato, Heather Brewer, Kim Harrison, Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum and a host of other thriller authors. Oh, and Rex Stout and Agatha Christie!

7)  What are some of your hobbies, or things that you each enjoy when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?

Cie:  I have a “day job” so spare time is at a premium.  But I love creating things, painting, knitting, sewing, etc.  I love to read.  And I am always puttering around trying my hand at home improvement projects (with mixed success).

Cathy: My day job in law is my first love. I tend to curl up with the latest in land use laws when I find time. Yeah, I know. I’m weird. I also play a lot of board games and video games with my Hubby at home. I have an entire closet in the house devoted to stacks of board games. I have a few really rare ones from the 1800s, which I love to play. Oh, and I read comic books and Anime. I don’t “collect” them or keep them in careful plastic sleeves. I just read them and toss them in the corner.

8)  If you each could spend the day with any one of your characters, who would it be for each of you, and what would you want to do?

Cie:  If it was the day, probably Celia Graves or Kate Reilly.  If it was the night – Raven Ramirez.  LOL.

Cathy: Tony Giodone. He’s really how I imagine myself as male. :)

9)  If you could be a paranormal being, which one would each of you choose and why?

Cie:  Probably a Harry Dresden-style Wizard.  Or a were-cat of some sort.  That way I could still have a somewhat normal life in addition to the paranormal goodies.

Cathy: Witch. Definitely a witch.

10)  What is the best part of writing as a duo?  What are the hardest parts?

Cie:  You can share the workload.  There is an amazing amount of work involved in writing.  It’s not just putting words on paper.  While I love the work, there are only so many hours in a day, and so much energy in a body.  Cathy is an amazing writer and a great person who is willing to work HARD.  I really appreciate it.

As to the hard parts – I have control issues.  So we sometimes have “vigorous discussions” as to which direction we want a series to go in, or how we envision a particular character’s growth.

Cathy: See Cie. LOL!

11)  Do you plan to write any more novels/novellas in the world of the THRALL?

Cie:  We’re always open to the possibility, but there’s limited time.  Still, you never know.  J 

Cathy: I’ve often considered a revisit of the world. There was so much not discussed about the world before Kate became involved with the Thrall. It would be fun.

12)  Can you tell us a little bit about the progression of each of the series that is still ongoing and what we might expect?

Cie:  Spoilers?  You want SPOILERS?  No.  Nope.  Nunh unh.  You’ll have to wait and see.  (INSERT EVIL CACKLE)

Cathy: Well . . . I will say there will be more Sazi books. I’m working on one now in my mind. The visual of the opening is coming together nicely. I will say that the hero is one hand-picked by the readers who took the time to take our online survey. The heroine is someone new to all the books (but she’s the sibling of someone VERY familiar!) [insert second evil cackle...]

13)  Do either of you have a favorite series that you’ve written together?  Why?

Cie:  I love them all, for different reasons.

Cathy: Same for me. Very different realities and I love them all. But Tony has my heart. He’s my fav character.

14)  What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview, but have never been asked?  How would you each answer your respective questions?

Cie:  Hmnnn.  I can’t think of anything. 

Cathy: I’ve actually always wanted to be asked what I see in my head when I’m plotting. The trick is, it’s hard to explain what I see.  My characters have no faces in my mind until I give them one just before I start to type (yeah, I know---all writers out there may now gasp in shock!) That’s mostly because they’re me when I’m inside them. But I can HEAR them talking. The voices in my head are very real and I can tell a lot about their nationality and size by their voice. I hop into each character—sort of like the old TV series “Quantum Leap.” So in my head, I’m them but I can’t see in the mirror. I only step outside of them when I start to type. Hard to explain, I know.

15)  Is there anything specific each of you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today? 

Cie:  I just want to thank you all for being readers---in general, and of course of our books.  I hope you enjoy our books.  We love hearing from fans, and are always looking to expand our audience.  I’ve loved reading since childhood, and my goal is to give others the kind of escapist pleasure that I get with the books I read.

Cathy: Ditto. I LOVE meeting our fans and talking about the books. It’s a real joy to be able to  wonder “what if” when a fan asks a question we hadn’t considered. Lots of fun. :)

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Thank you again ladies for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us.  We would love to have you back again in 2012 when you unleash “The Isis Collar” on the world, what do you say?
Cie:  I’d LOVE to.  It’s been a real pleasure.

Cathy: Please do contact us again. We are really interested to know what people will think of Celia’s latest adventure!

If you would like to find out more about CT Adams and Cathy Clamp, you can visit them at any of the sites below.

CONTEST:  Cie and Cathy are graciously offering  an autographed ARC of The Isis Collar  to a winner from LITERAL ADDICTION and a winner from Book Monster Reviews.  It won’t be printed for a month or so yet, but it will make a terrific holiday present for someone!

To Enter: Make sure you are a member of the Book Monster Blog (by clicking on the “JOIN THIS SITE” button at the top left hand corner of blog page), and then post a comment on the interview and make sure you leave a valid email address. Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing. You must also be a follower of the BMR blog. GOOD LUCK!!!!
Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website (http://www.literaladdiction.com/) and follow the directions and links to enter their contest for an extra chance to win!!!


Scorpio1974 said...

Really good interview! I've been wanting to read several of the books listed in the blog post but haven't had a chance to buy them yet. Wow, looks like the new one is going to be a great book, I would love to have an ARC of it! Awesome giveaway, thanks for the opportunity to enter! Good luck everyone!!! =)

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Jennifer said...

I love the "Blood Singer" novels and I can't wait to get my hands on this new one. Thanks for the giveaway.


CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

Ooooh, I've been meaning to read Blood Song for awhile already!! Great interview, and thanks for the giveaway!


miki said...

Really interesting.

thanks for the giveaway. i would like to be entered if this is an international one

Follower: isabelle frisch ( or perhaps miki i don't know how i appears)


Ron said...

Thanks for the interview!


Victoria said...

Excellent interview. Thank you.

Book Chatter Cath said...

Really great interview, and WOW what a giveaway :)


Barb P said...

Hi Cie and Cathy! I loved the interview. I have read all 3 of the mentioned series and loved them. I really am looking for to reading the new one. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! bpatrick64113@sbcglobsl.net

Liesa Manis said...

Great interview!!
I look forward to reading these books!!


Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed the interview. It's great seeing what Cie and Cathy are up to and all the great books I need to catch up on.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Amy said...

Would love to read a Cat Adams novel! The Tales of the Sazi series has been on my wish list, so I would like to read one of Cat's books to see if I like her style. I love paranormal romance and urban fantasy, so I'm sure I'll enjoy her series.

GFC follower


SdyLion said...

Excellent series and interview. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Chrisbails said...

Great interview. Cat is a new author for me and would love to win and reads this book. Always looking for new reads. This looks like it is going to be great. Fantastic covers.
Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

Trish said...



Cindy Bailey said...

Wow! Awesome interview! I have to say that I just read The Blood Singer Series and now I'm waiting on pins and needles for The Isis Collar to come out! I haven't been this excited about a series since The Downside Ghost Series! (Terrible Fever?!) Thanks for the giveaway!
Cindy Bailey

Jolene and Family said...

Really great interview, I have several of these books on my tbr, looks like I need to bump them up on my reading order. Thanks for the chance to win

GFC follower


Cecilia said...

Never knew there were two genius minds behind "Cat" awesome interview


Amberia said...

These books sound so interesting! Can't wait to read them!


donnas said...

Great interview. I love their books, cant wait for the new one.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Sebrina said...

That's actually really cool that there are 2 brilliant gals behind these books. Love it....

Jewel said...

First thing that caught my attention was that AMAZING cover.

Would really like this. Thanks for the chance.


Pamk said...

great interview and love your sazi books.
scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

A Question Of ITIL said...

Brilliant series!
If you didn't know, Tor currently has e-book sale with Cat Adams Song series going for $2.99!

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