Of Cookies and Clockwork

From time to time, I like to feature fellow writers I've met in the awesome online writing community. Today, please welcome author Beth Cato for an insightful interview:

How would you describe your body of work?

Fantasy, science fiction, poetry, and nonfiction--whatever wanders through my (very strange) brain.

What is your writing process like? Are you a pantser/plotter/hybrid?

I'm a plotter, but I'm also very flexible. I like to be surprised by my own stories, and a lot of times those little twists only emerge in the revision process. That spark of life just isn't there in my first (or second or third) drafts.

You're a poet, a short story writer, and a novelist -- not to mention an accomplished baker. How do you make time for your writing?

Writing is my day job along with being a stay-at-home mom. I rejoice in the fact that my son is now in 3rd grade. I drop him off at school and then I crawl into my writer cave. Some days it's still hard to work in my writing time; my husband works long hours, and most of the household duties fall on me. Baking gives me a creative outlet away from the computer -- plus, cookies have a much higher acceptance rating than my stories.

Your first novel, Clockwork Dagger, is due out from HarperCollins Voyager next year. What can you share about this project?

It's still surreal to think this is really happening! Clockwork Dagger is the first in a set of steampunk fantasy novels. It's about espionage, airships, a goody-two-shoes healer, and a world tree that most definitely plays favorites. I'm currently in the thick of revisions, which is exciting and terrifying at this stage. If all goes well, the book will be a real, printed thing next fall!

Looking forward to it, Beth!

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30 comments:

  1. "Cookies have a much higher acceptance rating than my stories" - that's funny!
    Congratulations, Beth.

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  2. My best wishes for you during the grunge labor of editing. Your novel sounds fascinating. And Alex is right: "Cookies have a much higher acceptance rating than my stories" made me smile. :-)

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  3. Congrats on your book with Harper Collins Voyager.

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  4. Congrats on your successes, Beth. Writing is hard work ... not to mention, baking!

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  5. Good Luck with your book, Beth! Baking cookies makes the house smell divine, too.

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  6. Congrats and good luck, Beth. I'm trying out loose outlining on two projects right now. Here's crossing my fingers!

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  7. Nice to meet you Beth.

    Hello Milo :)

    ......dhole

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  8. Great interview and can't go wrong with cookies lol

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  9. I know exactly what Beth means about being a plotter who is very flexible. I have to plot, but I love when my characters surprise me and take the story in a different direction.

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  10. Congratulations on Clockwork Dagger! :)

    I would say my writing process is a kind of hybrid - a little bit of outlining, some jotted notes and character details, and a whole lot of mess.

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  11. Fun interview. I also like baking. Sadly, though, I'm off puds and sweets for a while, so no baking for me.

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  12. Cool interview:) Steampunk is definitely on the rise:)

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  13. Many congrats, Beth, on Clockwork Dagger.

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  14. It's nice to meet Beth! Thanks for the intro, Milo! Wishing her all the best!

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  15. I really like steampunk so I'm looking forward to CLockwork Dagger. And how cool that HarperCollins is publishing it!

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  16. I'm looking forward to the 'Clockwork Dagger', too. Congratulations, Beth. And thank you for giving us an insight into your writing world.

    Also, wouldn't it be cool to have an actual cave to write in. Might be a bit chilly, though.

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  17. Thanks for that - Clockwork Dagger does sound wonderful.

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  18. great meeting beth! her style and book sound wonderful! i feel kinship to writing when i can with family duties, my youngest is in 4th. looking firward to her release! congrats!

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  19. Nice meeting you, Beth! Congratulations on your new book. I love the title!

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  20. Great interview, Milo!
    I like that idea Beth, of being a plotter who's still surprised by the story!

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  21. Great interview. I just love learning about others' writing process. Loved the line about cookies having a higher acceptance rate...I think maybe I need to watch some more cooking shows ;-) I love to cook but lately haven't had the time to really put any thought into it, so we've been eating basic, go to stuff that I can do in my sleep...
    Tina @ Life is Good

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  22. Yay, Beth! I'm insanely jealous of your writing time. Need to figure out how to find me a good chunk of "nothing but writing" time. Love the flexibility on plotting and pansting.

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  23. Congrats, Beth! Clockwork Dagger sounds so cool!

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  24. Congratulations, Beth! It sounds like a great story. I can't wait until my son starts school full-time and I can have the days to write. :)

    Milo, just read your story on Every Day Fiction. Fantastic! I recently had a story accepted by them, but I don't know when it'll be coming out yet.

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  25. Congrats Beth! Sounds like Clockwork Dagger is going to be a great read!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  26. Congratulations Beth! Clockwork Dagger sounds like an awesome story!

    Nas

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  27. Thanks Beth and Milo! Inspiration and cookies too. Yum!

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  28. I've got to try and read a steampunk! Cool interview.

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  29. Gotta love the writer's cave!
    Great interview

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