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Monday, February 29, 2016

Cat Nicolaou

It is my pleasure to welcome my first guest of 2016 ~ Cat Nicolaou

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 

In 2012, but it was more of an accidental decision, I’d say. I honestly woke up one day and said ‘I want to try and write a book’ and I did. I didn’t write stories before that, not even in my native language and suddenly, now I can’t stop.

How long does it take you to write a book? 

It depends on the kind of book I am writing and how hectic my life is at the time. Usually, it is two to three months, but that doesn’t mean the book is published right then. 

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I am a night owl, so my writing session begins long after midnight and goes well into dawn. Then I get a bit of sleep and I begin my day job and when night falls, it’s writing time again.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I always write my stories on paper first and type them on my laptop later, because if I start something directly on the screen, I get blocked.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? 

Anything can give me inspiration. Sometimes it is something a friend says or a picture I see and then an idea for a story starts to form. Recently I had a dream, which I’ve decided to turn into a novella.

What do you like to do when you're not writing? 

I listen to music a lot, I try to read for pleasure and I spend time with family and friends.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

Let’s see. I have three complete books and two in progress right now. However, only two out of the three complete ones have been published so far. The one that has not been published is my favourite. It is the first book I wrote and it is called “Is Love Just By Chance?” I am sure that at some point in the future it will see the light of day. For now, it stays hidden in the shadows.

What do you think makes a good story?

I think what makes a good story is creating characters that sound real. Even if you are writing fantasy and you have little monsters in it, they should feel real to the reader. I mostly write romance so I try to make my characters like the people around me, someone all the readers can relate to, one way or another. I think that dialogue is the most important part for a story to be considered a good one.

I have found when authors write for collections but are not involved in their production they tend not to list them as part of their output, but Cat has a co-authored story in a charity collection published by the Cake & Quill Publishing entitled Hearts and Other Dead Things

Cat's Amazon page                                      Cat's Blog

Here is the link to my reviews of two of Cat's books

Sunday, February 28, 2016

It has been quite a while since I've opened my doors to guests because my personal life has been fraught with medical concerns that have kept me busy for the past year and a half.

I still have my life chock full of time gobblers, but it is time to put some food into the larder of my library that grows daily.

Facebook has become my hub because I can keep in touch with family, friends from here and now, some from my travels, and some peoples of like profession or bent.  

I am a reader first, then an author and finally a friendly promoter.  I have been reading for many eons, reviewing almost  as many  years, but I tend to cluster.That is I usually finish a book while in bed, reach to put on the To be Reviewed pile while reaching for the next book to read.

Reviewing thus is lower than reading.  Reopening and revamping is being done in the hopes I am able to even out the inequity in my piles.

I have been fortunate to land in a colony of Independent, Crossover, and Traditional writers.  The ones you will meet here are ones I either read and sought or ones I was friends with first and then read.

I will intersperse with books by authors I do not know so for them, you'll just find I have eclectic taste.

Today's date is usually the end of this month, February 28, but 2016 is a leap year where we try to put back a day in hopes of keeping our twelve month calendar making sense rather than the thirteen month calendar that was used centuries ago.


Tomorrow, the 29th my first guest will arrive.  She too, first is a reader, but she went into the fray as an organizer and promoter, then dipped her toe in the waters of remembrance bringing out the stories lurking in the shadows of her mind.

Come meet a Greek who lives on an island surrounded with sparkling sun kissed water, who motorbikes to her day job.  A Romance writer?  Yes, but come meet one of my favorite Cats.