Bodyguards of L.A. County Series
by Cate Beauman
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
Eleven Men Sworn To Protect. Eleven Women Who Change Everything.
The Close Protection Agents of Ethan Cooke Security are ready to risk it all for the safety of their clientele. What they don’t know is that they’re about to get more than they bargain for when they report for their latest assignments. Love and danger have a way of bringing people together in this dark, sexy, multi-award winning Romantic suspense series, the Bodyguards of L.A. County.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015, JUSTICE FOR ABBY was selected as the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while SAVING SOPHIE took the Silver Medal. SAVING SOPHIE was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and FALLING FOR SARAH received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Awards.
Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. Currently Cate is working on Deceiving Bella, the eleventh novel in her popular Bodyguards series.
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Cate graciously took time out of her busy schedule to answer some of my questions on her writing routine.
Thanks for being here, Cate!
What do you think is the best way to publish these days?
I’ve only ever published as an Indie Author, and that’s the way I plan to stay. All of the responsibilities fall on my shoulders as an independent author, but there are also endless freedoms. I love that I have complete creative control. I don’t have to worry about query letters and contracts. I love that my word counts are whatever my characters and I decide they should be. I have a wonderful team of independent contractors that I work with to get each novel ready for my readers. I would never want to be in this business any other way.
What are your favorite genres to read? Why?
I love romance and romantic suspense. Nothing else really holds my attention. I didn’t love reading as a child. It was a hobby I picked up as an adult. One of my girlfriends suggested I try a Nora Roberts novel, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
Do your characters talk to you?
Not in the literal sense but by the time I finish writing a novel, my characters are as real to me as any other human being. I know how they would answer a question or what foods they would like. It’s a pretty neat process because my characters start out as an idea in a character sketch and turn into living, breathing people as the storytelling process moves along.
How do you approach starting a new book?
I always have a loose plot idea in mind and start my research from there. As I learn more about the subject matter I’m interested in, I create characters that fit into the roles I need them to play. Once I have a fairly solid knowledge base and a hero/heroine defined, I create outlines to make sure my plot stays tight. Not long after that, I dive into my first draft.
What is your writing process?
I’m a big fan of a three-draft system. My first draft is mostly a skeleton of what the novel should be. The second draft is when the story starts to come alive. This is when I add all of the major physical and emotive details. My third draft is more of a mini first edit before I send the manuscript off to my editor.
What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?
I don’t do a whole lot of how-to reading. I just write. I know that when I got started, I read Writing for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy. I also gave Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell a read as well. One of the best books for the writer’s creative soul is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Otherwise, I believe it was the critique group I worked with during my first two years that taught me the most. Their thoughts and ideas helped me find my writer’s voice and sharpen my skills.
What are your non-writing hobbies, or what do you do to relax?
I love to cook and bake. I’m also a crafter. I like to make jewelry, knit, and create fun little holiday gifts for family, friends, and my sons’ teachers.
What was your best date ever?
Without a doubt my first date with my husband. I don’t think either one of us was looking for anything serious. One night we made impromptu plans to head to the movies. We watched Road Trip, which was the goofiest movie. But it was the endless talking on the drive home that was the best. My hustand and I have been together ever since. We’re going on seventeen years!
Navy SEAL or cowboy?
Navy SEAL. I’m not exactly sure why that’s my choice, but there’s something more attractive to me about a man in uniform.
Chocolate or chips?
Both. Sometimes a girl just has to have chocolate. But then sometimes I love a crunchy, salty treat.
If you could have a superpower what would it be? Why?
The ability to stop time. Let’s face it, there’s just too much to do in a day. If I could freeze time to run a couple loads of laundry and clean the bathrooms before I have to get the kids up for school, that would be amazing!
Fancy restaurant or picnic?
Picnic. I love being outdoors, and I’m a pretty laid-back person.
Beer or wine?
Neither. I don’t drink alcoholic beverages. I’ve never found an alcoholic drink that tastes good to me. All of it burns my tongue and makes me shudder.
Nora Roberts. Ms. Roberts has entertained me for decades. She’s absolutely prolific. I’m in awe of her talents.
Smooth or hairy?
Maybe a little bit of both. I don’t mind a smooth chest, but I think it’s odd when a man doesn’t have leg or arm hair.
Cate Beauman will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour