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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