About Catherine Stine:
I am a USA Today bestselling author, whose novels span the range from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. My futuristic thriller Fireseed series includes Fireseed One, Ruby’s Fire and the sequel novella Blue House Magic. Dorianna, my twist on the Oscar Wilde classic won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. Other books include Heart in a Box and Witch of the Cards, a supernatural historical thriller set in 1932 on the Jersey shore.
I suspect my love of dark fantasy came from my father reading Edgar Allen Poe to me, and my love of contemporary fiction comes from being a jubilant realist. I love “bad” reality TV, travel to offbeat places and meeting readers.
What inspires you to write?
I love crafting stories about people, settings and times that fascinate me. I like creating strong, quirky heroines, sexy heroes, devious, charismatic villains, and twisting, shocking plots that keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Tell us about your writing process.
These days, I write a two or three page synopsis, which is effectively a capsulized outline. Once I have this, I can get to the writing. Of course, as the novel proceeds, I can tweak characters, actions and dialog to best suit my story and unfolding relationships.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When I'm in the thick of the writing I feel as if I almost inhabit the characters. I dream about them, and ask them questions in my head as I write. But more than anything, I see them as actors and actresses on a stage or film that I watch play out.
What advice would you give other writers?
Take joy in your stories. Write about characters and themes that fascinate and disturb you. Don't rush for the sake of publishing. Revise, revise, revise and get first readers who you trust to edit and give you honest feedback. Good luck!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am a hybrid author, which means that I've been published by big trade publishers (Random House, American Girl), independent houses (Inkspell, Evernight Teen) and I've published novels through my own Konjur Road Press imprint. There are great aspects of each method, and there's no one right way.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There will always be readers and books. Ebooks are certainly popular, yet whenever I attend book conventions, people clamor for paperbacks.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fantasy, YA, futuristic thrillers
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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