About Cat as an author
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first novel, Breaking the Rules, was inspired by a conversation I had with a male friend about men and women being “just friends.” I wanted to explore what would happen to a lifelong friendship when things suddenly got complicated-and so Roxy and Ollie’s story was born.
What genre do you consider your book(s)?
Chick lit and romantic comedy.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Forever! I’m a slow writer and I have a hectic day job, so it takes me a long time to get through a first draft. But the silver lining is that my first drafts are usually in good shape so the editing process isn’t too long.
What is your favorite scene that you’ve written?
Since my latest release, Messing with Matilda, is fresh on my mind, I have to say it’s the scene where Matilda goes into the dive bar for the first time. I had a lot of fun writing a scene where neat-freak Matilda was completely out of her comfort zone.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for reading my books! I love hearing from you guys and I appreciate every message, tweet, review, and comment you send my way.
How do you beat writer’s block?
When I feel like I’ll never be able to write another word, I step away from my work-in-progress and try to catch up on all the chores I tend to avoid when I’m in the middle of a project.
Are any of your characters based on you?
Some of my characters share my likes and dislikes and I might have given them a few of my quirks, but I’ve never entirely based a character on me.
About Cat’s new release, MESSING WITH MATILDA
What is the book about?
Messing with Matilda is about a woman who is forced to go back to the hometown she happily left behind many years ago. While there, she revisits old friendships and teams up with an unlikely ally to stop her high school nemesis’s wedding.
How did you come up with the title?
When I decided my main character would be a neat-freak professional organizer named Matilda, the rest of the title (Messing with Matilda) came pretty easily. I like having a bit of fun with my titles and I’m a big fan of alliteration-my second novel is called Zoey & the Moment of Zen and my third is Peri in Progress.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think one of the main themes in Messing with Matilda is making peace with your past (even if it involves a mean girl who made your life hell in high school) and moving forward.
About Cat as a reader
The Royal Treatment by Melanie Summers. It’s so much fun!
What books have most influenced your life most?
There are so many, but Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding, and Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella are at the top of the list.
Because Karan is random
Sometimes it feels like if I’m not sleeping or working at my day job, I’m always doing something writing-related. But I also like to read, listen to podcasts, and hang out with my family and my crazy cats.
Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews?
I wouldn’t say I’m sick of answering this particular question, but it’s so hard to choose a favorite book. I have a hard time coming up with a Top 10!