Mar 7, 2012

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AAD Author Spotlight: Interview with Cat Johnson plus giveaway

For my tenth Author After Dark Spotlight, I am happy to welcome Cat Johnson!

Questions about AAD:
Have you attended Authors After Dark before or are you an AAD virgin like me? 

I’m the opposite of an AAD virgin—LOL. I’ve been lucky enough to have gone to every one of them, starting with the very first in Suffern, NY, then Secaucus, NJ, then Philly, PA, and now NOLA. We seem to be getting more exotic as far as locales each year. I’m looking forward to Savannah, GA next year!

What are you most looking forward to at AAD2012?

Honestly? Hanging out in author Kris Cook’s room in my PJs after a long eventful day.

Which author(s) attending AAD2012 are you most looking forward to meeting?

I’ve been attending conferences and conventions since 2007, so I know almost all of the authors already. It’s the fans I really look forward to meeting in person, the ones I know by screen name only and talk to every day on FB and Twitter.

Questions about your WRITING and READING HABITS:
What did you do when you found out you were being published for the first time?

My first writing contract was work-for-hire for a Young Adult series and came two weeks after I graduated college many, many years ago. I was excited, but there wasn’t much celebrating. But every contract since then, I tend to keep to the same MO—I don’t tell anyone, not friends, not extended family, until the contract is in my hand. I’m a little superstitious that way.

Of all of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?

I really think it’s A Cowboy for Christmas. I wrote the 52K words in under a month but it came together so well, like pieces of a puzzle. A hot as hell alpha-male trying to balance his cowboy code with his lust for a city girl destined to leave him, a professional urban woman at the top of her field whose life is missing the one thing she finds on a ranch in Colorado—a cowboy to love.

Have you ever written a scene that made you blush?

Oh yeah, but it’s more picturing people reading the scene rather than the scene itself that makes me blush.

Who was your favorite hero or heroine to write?

I loved writing Mustang in the Studs in Spurs series. He’s so simple on the surface, but much deeper and complex than anyone would suspect.

Who is your favorite hero or heroine to read?

Every time I reread the Red, Hot and Blue series I fall in love with the character of Jack all over again. Military man. Cowboy. Strong and wounded. All at the same time.

Have you ever been surprised by a reader’s reaction to a scene that you wrote – either good or bad? 

Writing is so solitary, and authors are inside their own heads so much, that every time I do a live reading to an audience from a scene in my books, I’m always surprised when they laugh at the funny lines. I know there is humour in my writing voice and in my stories but to hear the audience react out loud is still a new experience for me.

Have you always been a reader or are you like me and got turned off by the mind-numbingly boring deep and multi-layered books you had to read in High School only to ‘find’ reading again as an adult?

I think I always loved reading, but yeah, I hear you, some of the stuff we had to read in school was pretty dry. It all depended on the teacher I guess. But while I was assigned boring stuff for class, I’d be pawing through my mother’s spicy John Jakes series at home. And being an English major in college got me totally hooked on Jane Austin. But again, it was my mother loaning me her Carly Philips and Vicki Lewis Thompson books in my adult years that got me hooked on wanting to write romance.

What book do you most remember having read in High School?

I took double English classes in my senior year. I remember reading All the President’s Men in Journalism class. We all fancied ourselves investigative reporters after that and tried to expose the school in some imagined scandal. We’re lucky we didn’t get kicked out. LOL And I also remember reading Beowulf in Honors English. Being forced at 17 years old to read in Old English really sticks with you.

Questions about YOU:
What is your favorite movie?

Hmm, hard to pick just one but I love Moonstruck. I can quote most of it. Princess Bride too. Gotta love that one.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

I’ve loved Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream since first having it as a teen at John’s Drive-In in Montauk, NY. It’s hard to find in the stores but sometimes you can find it.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Morning, totally. It doesn’t happen often, but when I’m really stressed and have too much to do I’ll make coffee at 4am and start working. It’s amazing how much work a person can get done before the world wakes up and starts bothering them.

Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you?

Hmm, well I used to give tours of the Rockefeller Estate in Pocantico Hills, NY so I’ve been trained in things like modern art, ancient Chinese ceramics, Beaux Arts architecture and landscape design. I got to show Martha Stewart the basement kitchen there. How’s that for random? LOL

Question about your UPCOMING RELEASE(S):
This week you celebrated a book birthday!  Red Blooded, which is a compilation of the first three books in your Red, Hot & Blue series, was just released yesterday!  Tell us about this military hero inspired series.

I was reading Alison Kent and Suzanne Brockmann’s military heroes when I decided to write my own. I began to make contacts among actual deployed military for research. Many of the heroes and events in that series are based on real-life heroes—the boots on the ground serving our country.

The sixth book in your Red, Hot & Blue series, Bobby, is coming out on March 20th!   What can you tell us about Bobby and his heroine?

The Red, Hot & Blue series kind of took a left turn at one point. When SpecOps Jack and Jimmy head home to their family horse ranch the readers met their hottie cowboy brother Jared, and the rest of the characters living in Pigeon Hollow. Both readers and I wanted to visit Pigeon Hollow again so I wrote a story for Jared, and also for the town’s brooding but handsome deputy sheriff Bobby, and also a story for Bobby’s sister Lizzie and the love of her life Cole. All three of the stories set in Pigeon Hollow, JARED, COLE and BOBBY have the over-arcing plot of a reality television show crew filming there whether the residents like it or not. Bobby has to deal with both Hollywood producer Christy following him around and butting into his business on camera, and his growing feelings for Christy.

You also write a steamy cowboy series, Studs in Spurs (love the name!).  The fourth book in that series, Hooked, was released in the fall and book five is now in your editor’s hands!  Tell us about this fun series and what’s next for it.

I was working with a guy who was helping me with the rodeo details when I was writing ROUGH STOCK, about saddle bronc riders, but this guy was a bull rider so he told me I needed to write a bull rider book. That book was UNRIDDEN and it became book 1 in what has become a continuing series about the world of bull riding. Unless my readers get tired of hot cowboys, there are so many stories to be told I don’t see the series ending anytime soon. Garret’s story is with the editor now. And there are still plenty of guys left to write about.

Thank you very much Cat for taking the time to answer my questions!

Thank you so much for inviting me! And as a thank you to all the readers who stopped by, I’d like to offer one lucky winner a download of TREY, book 1 in the Red, Hot & Blue series.

Yay!  To win the copy of Trey that Cat is offering, simply leave a comment before Sunday March 11th 2012 11:59pm EST.  Good luck to everyone!

Where to find Cat –

  1. What’s not to like about hot cowboys? Plus, I love cowboy stories because I love the idea of living in those wide open spaces and being outdoors all the time. Thanks for the interview.

  2. Great interview, and I wish you all lots of fun in AAD Nola!

  3. Hi Cat, you know I love your books. I can’t wait for the next one. Thank you!!

  4. Gotta love cowboys. My fav thing about living in Texas LOL. The books sound wonderful and are now in the TBR list!

  5. StacieD says:

    Hello Cat! Congratulations on the release of Red Blooded. I love when several early books are put into a larger collection. It’s a great way to read something that you might have missed when it was first released.

  6. Thanks to everyone for stopping by and leaving comments!

  7. Jen Humphrey says:

    Love them sexy Cowboys!! Keep those books coming – please!!!!!!

  8. Cowboys and military me… Yummy. Thank you for the giveaway and see you in NOLA 🙂

  9. Leslie Stockton says:

    I do not read many interviews. But yours always makes me smile. And your work well…ok I am FAN. lol! 🙂

  10. Working during the day I don’t get a chance do a lot blog contest. So I always miss out on the free stuff >sad< .But I want to just to say Thanks Cat for keeping us all entertained. Keep up the great work.

  11. Stacie Switek says:

    Cat, you got me into the whole cowboy thing (thank you, thank you, thank you!) Jersey girls don’t meet many! 🙂 love the books!!!

  12. I just read Cole last night. I need to pick up the rest of the Red, Hot, and Blue series….just fun to read! smiles…

  13. Hi, Cat

    I just started reading your series Studs in Spurs and I am over the moon in love with them. Keep up the good writing so I can keep my head in the clouds and my thoughts on those wrangler butts;)

  14. Aw thanks, everyone. You’re making me feel so loved!
    And thank you all for stopping by!

  15. Just got to love those cowboys!! The book sounds great! Thanks for the chance.

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