Tell us a bit about yourself
I’ve written creatively since forever, it seems. Poems, short stories, novels, reviews, essays, even the odd letter to the editor. My day job as a technical writer for various levels of government, was the labor I did for a living so that in my free time I could indulge in my labor of love, writing fiction.
How do you find time to write?
I was lucky to be able to retire early, and now that the kids are grown, my very indulgent husband works on his building projects, allowing me many hours at various times throughout the day to work on my writing projects.
I’ve also been known to scribble plot ideas and snippets on napkins and paper placemats in restaurants. :)
What’s your publishing tips?
I’m probably echoing this, but don’t let rejection stop you from writing and continuing to hone your craft. Edit that novel, then re-edit. Find a list of common writing errors and unnecessary words and weed them out, one by one. I managed to reduce the word count of my latest novel from 140,000 words to under 100,000. It was tough--I loved many of those words--
but it is possible.
Any promotional and marketing tips?
One thing I hear over and over is to make connections with others, not just by promoting yourself and your book on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites, but by making your presence known about other interests, travels, family, or pets.
Tell us about your recent book.
Fortune’s Folly is what I call Historical Women’s Fiction, with several spicy love scenes.
Her path was straight and narrow and right. Until disaster struck.
In 1867, Eden Fitzgerald marries, not for love or money, but to persuade her influential in-laws to obtain her father’s release from a contrived prison sentence. Cleverly evading those who believe she, like her father, is a smuggler and Fenian collaborator, Eden does what she can, what she must to achieve her goal. When legal methods are exhausted, she dons a mask, carries a pistol and, using her wiles, wits, even her seductive beauty, robs wealthy citizens to amass enough money to arrange her father’s escape.
Her life grows ever more complicated by the lustful attentions of several men who profess to love her, and the one man she loves but dares not trust. As her crimes worsen, culminating in what may be treason, and her enemies grow more dangerous and determined to apprehend her, she must run for her own freedom.
Jack Carver’s bearded face appeared when he brought the flame to the stub of his cigar. Eden clenched her teeth. Was this her moment of truth? His gaze shifted and he stiffened, tossed the match, stomped it out. “Anyone following you?”
Muffled footfalls now sounded an irregular pace:three steps, pause, three steps, pause. She whispered, “Yes.”
“Meet me tomorrow at this address.” He gave her a scrap of paper. She crumpled it into her reticule, and when she looked up, he was gone.
Moment of truth averted. She released her breath and moved to the right as Flynn had instructed. With skirts bunched over one arm, she advanced until faint lights materialized at the end of the lane. She stepped into a puddle. Hopefully rain.
The footsteps began again, the stealthy gait of a hunter. Had she dodged one bad fate for another? She darted across the lane and flattened herself against the wall of a building, slid along its rough length and edged into a recessed doorway.
A hand covered her mouth, an arm pulled her backward through a door that had opened without sound and closed the same way. A key turned in the lock. Unable to see anything, her heart thundering, she dug her nails into her assailant’s hand and bit at his fingers.
Cat Dubie has traveled the world in books. She has traveled back to the dawn of time and far into the future in books. Her keen interest in history determined the nature of her books, and the first Historical romance novel she read, settled the genre.
After working as a technical writer for various levels of government, she retired and now lives in the beautiful province of British Columbia, where she indulges in her first love and need for creating stories about romance, adventure, passion, mystery, love ...