Author Cait Marie #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Cait Marie

Hi! I’m Cait Marie, a multi-genre author who also offers a variety of author services. I published my first book, The Lost Legends, in March of 2020. It is the first in a YA/NA fantasy series, whereas my second book, The Last Summer, is an unrelated YA romance. I have a lot of interests and I’m indecisive, so I go back and forth between genres. I’m a freelance editor and graphic designer, I own/manage the book website Functionally Fictional, and volunteer work for YA Books Central.

Basically, I like to stay busy and books rule my life.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No. I actually never wrote outside of school, and I hated academia writing growing up. I started writing out of boredom and the need to “put everything I want into a book” in 2015, but I didn’t truly dream of becoming an author until a couple years later.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I have multiple series happening right now, but for the sake of this, I will talk about The Nihryst series. It is a mashup retelling that includes bits and pieces from Robin Hood, Tangled, and King Arthur. I’ve loved fairy tales and fantasy my entire life, so that love of stories was my biggest inspiration, which is reflected in the story through Adalina’s own fondness for fairy tales. I got the idea from a dream about searching for fae with a group of pirates (I changed the fae to cursed immortals, but most of the original idea is still very much the same in book one), and I believe the dream was inspired by a number of other books involving pirates. That fall, both A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan and These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch were released, and I read them both back to back pretty much. Plus, I’ve always been obsessed with Pirates of the Caribbean, which I watch fairly frequently. I have pretty vivid, random dreams that are influenced by what I read and watch, so this series was a culmination of several things going through my mind subconsciously.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working getting the second Nihryst book, The Lost Prince, ready for its release in November. I am also writing my next contemporary romance, The Final Chance, which releases in January of 2021, and the third Nihryst book I’m aiming to release in March of 2021. But I have several other books started or planned.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t know about quirks, but I HAVE to have music on or something going in the background. If I’m writing, editing, proofreading, etc., it’s music. If I’m working on school stuff, graphics, or website stuff, it can be tv or movies, but usually things I’ve watched a lot before so it doesn’t take too much attention away from the work.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope I can continue publishing books, but I am also working on building up my author services business. Specifically, I want to do more in marketing and graphic design.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Don’t give up and stay organized. Plan ahead, especially if self-publishing. If you want your book to sell, people need to know about it. Do not slack on the marketing. Build up a social media following before your book is out. Get involved in the book community so when it comes time for a release, people know to expect the book and it will be easier to find bloggers to help promote and reviewers to build up hype. You don’t necessarily need to spend a bunch on marketing, not if you’re active and getting the word out well. There are plenty of tools for you to do your own graphics and such.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you for following! I have so many plans and hope you stick around to see them. Authors, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions!

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A Shit Storm by Lisa Gillis – #NewRelease @LiGillis #BaBB

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Title: A Shit Storm

Series: Six Silver Strings E String Set

Author: Lisa Gillis

Editor: Pedantic Punctuator

Page Count: 328 pages

Genre: New Adult – Rock Romance

Published: March 13, 2015

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Synopsis
Tristan Loren is the first to admit he’s lived a privileged life.
However, the top schools, the best games and phones and cars, the finest of whatever his heart desired has come with strangers yelling for his attention and camera flashes in his face.
His classmates have visions of college life in the fall following senior year, while his fantasy is a normal existence. Whatever normalcy is, he’s sure it’s not graduating with honors–and his virginity.
Aside from having a paranoid mom who has made it her mission to see that he’s never alone with a girl, he wants his first time to be with someone who doesn’t know him as Jack Storm-of-the-multi-platinum-Jackal Junior.
Chasing the vision of a woman and a world who doesn’t know of him takes him from the sunshiny suburbs of Dallas to the snowy streets of Detroit.
When he sees Sash in person, the girl he’s texted, phoned, and Skyped for the better part of a year, he’s drawn to her secret smile, and the tattooed half sleeves decorating her arms. Her fiery, fun personality and musical skills make her seem the soul mate he’s been seeking.
But Sash has her own secrets—secrets that make him wish he’d never met her. Falling for Sash and finding his own identity may cost him more than what’s in his wallet.
A Shit Storm can stand alone but for fans of Six Silver Strings Series, this novel includes scenes with characters from G-Strings and D-Strings with several appearances of Jack and Marissa Storm.


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Is it possible to disappear in 2015?

Tristan’s story is one I never intended to write. Yet one day as I sat on the pier, staring into the lake, the novel came to me as clear as if I’d just read it and put away my kindle. Eagerly I began writing that night when my household was sleeping.

Tristan finding his own identity is the main plot of A Shit Storm. He lives in an age where it’s hard to break away from his famous father’s image, because that image is immortalized on the internet through pixels and websites. Frustrated to the extreme with the expectations that come with being the son of a rock star, he takes on a new name and relocates.

Only a chapter in, the challenges of this book smacked me in the face. A world of internet and other technology is the driving force behind the plot—the reason he runs away. Yet this same technology twisted on me and became a hindrance in every chapter.

‘How to make a character realistically disappear for three months’ consumed my thoughts every hour of the day.

In this age, kids of the rich and prominent often wear, or are implanted with, some type of tracker. The tracker chips need a battery replacement every few years, plus their connection to tumors hasn’t been ruled out. Therefore, in A Shit Storm, it was easy enough to opt for Tristan to wear a bracelet that he could easily leave behind when he ran away. First hurdle leaped.

The next 2015 problem to rear its head was the footprints of cell phones and internet activity.

An online relationship plays a big part in this story. Even if Tristan turned his phone off or left it behind, Jack and Marissa—as parents who pay the bill—would certainly have access to cell phone logs of their son. Also, when it comes to online activity, there’s no doubt that someone with the money and connections of this prominent family would be able to obtain internet IP logs from their internet provider. These records could lead them to the very address—exact street and house number—that it was imperative to my story that they not find. This was the trickiest obstacle to sidestep when writing and even editing, but I think with a lot of brainstorming it was pulled off.

Another complication turned out to be not as much techie related as bureaucratic. I’m old enough to remember writing checks daily without ever being asked for my driver’s license, and I remember just a few years later in time having to leave a buggy of groceries and walk out because I didn’t have my license. How quickly things change. These days, an ID is imperative to almost anything we do outside our home . In A Shit Storm, where was Tristan going to sleep on the road? Not in a hotel, which requires ID. As the story goes on, I needed him to fly from Detroit to L.A. But how, without a driver’s license? He needed a job… etc…

Now with the story published, I look back and can say one thing for sure. I wouldn’t want to try to disappear under normal circumstances—much less as the kid of Jackal’s Jack Storm!

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Author-Lisa-Gillis

Lisa Gillis lives in Texas among family and loves it all, from the beaches deserts to the sprawling metropolises. Her loyal, loving musician husband inspires her fictional men, and her beautiful-hearted son brings the light to her world.

Writing is her passion, and she strives to blend the perfect mixture of fantasy and reality into her books. While listening to music, the little voices in her head become the fascinating characters in her novels, and each series, including Silver Strings, is infused with her love of music, bands and concerts.

When she’s not writing or making her own music on her guitar or drums, she’s catering to her spoiled, hyper and lovable chocolate lab, Bailey.

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