Elliot Beck may not have been blessed with mad art skills, a crooner's voice, or a godlike physique, but he makes up for it with an abundance of quick-witted sarcasm, massive insecurities, and a love of bad boys.
After his best friend Trevor finds him naked and tied to his bed—abandoned by his latest troublemaker—Trevor convinces him to take a chance on a nice guy. When he has an awkward encounter in the men's restroom with a fitness instructor named Chase, he never suspects the Adonis might be his perfect bad boy.
And now for the interview!
Hi Cate, thank you for letting me visit your blog.
Tell me a little about yourself and what inspired you to write Meet-cute?
I am a native of the Pacific Northwest, and will probably never leave. I'm kind of a hypochondriac sundae, with claustrophobic sprinkles, and a big cherry of anxiety on top, so I don't travel much. I read to relax my mind, but had never really thought about writing, until about a year ago when I read T.J. Klunes "Tell me it's real". I laughed so hard I had tears running down my face, multiple times. The comedy was woven so well into the love story, that when I got done reading it, I had a life epiphany. I thought to myself 'that's what I want to do, I want to make people laugh like that'. Life is just so heavy sometimes and to be able to give someone a break from that and make them laugh would be truly amazing. So I started writing "Meet-cute".
What was the most challenging thing about writing this story?
I had never really had a problem getting a laugh in a crowd but literacy has always been my personal kryptonite, the rules of grammar slowly steal my life force. Hopefully my marginally, witty story telling, along with a group of amazing editors have created something folks will enjoy. This has all been a learning experience for me.
What have you learned from the whole publishing process?
It takes a long time. Also I have learned that there is a partnership in publishing a book that goes far beyond signing a contract. The team of people that I have worked with at Dreamspinner Press, from the editors, to the cover artist have been unbelievable, partnering with me throughout the whole process.
What’s a typical writing day like for you?
I have a full time career and a full time family, so my “writing days” are more like stolen moments captured on my iPhone.
Are your characters completely fictional or do you base them on people you know?
My characters are fictional, but once I have a solid outline for their personality, then I will usually associate them to someone I know that has similar characteristics. It's easier for me to imagine what that person would say or how they would act in certain situations.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an artist.
What are you most excited about being a writer?
At some point someone is going to pick up a book that I wrote and it is going to make them laugh. For just a little while I will give them an escape from their responsibilities and worries, and that is exciting to me. My humor tends to be a bit uncomfortable and self deprecating, but it is meant to be lighthearted. We all have insecurities, I just tend to laugh at mine instead of hide them.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Put yourself out there... The worse they can say is no. Well okay, that's not the worst thing they can say but you take the feedback that can make you a better writer and you move forward. No one will ever know how amazing you are if you don't give them a chance to see it.
Could you share a snippet of Meet-cute with us?
'Four minutes into jogging, I could feel the sweat running down my face, and I was trying to figure out if there was a way to make asthmatic breathing sexy. I was pretty sure I was about to die, and he was still standing there being all motivational-coach on me. I was partially distracted from jogging by him running his fingers through the top of his hair.
“So, E, uh, I was wondering if I could take you out to dinner tonight?”
That’s the last thing I heard before my toe caught the edge of the treadmill and I felt my body being ejected off the back of the machine like it had decided only pretty people should be allowed to ride it.
“Oh shit, E, are you okay?” I heard Chase say, but it sounded like it was from far away. I’m not sure what hurt worse, my pride or my face from hitting the treadmill on my way down. “Holy shit, I’ve never actually seen that happen in real life,” he said, and I could hear the concern and overwhelming awe in his voice.
“I think I’m done for today,” I said as I tried to get up.'
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on the sequel to “That place across the hall” which was a short story in the “grand adventures anthology” for Eric Arvin and T.J. Klune. It is a continuation of Josh and Brandon's story but they are not the main love interest, another couple will be introduced in this book.
If you want to check out "Meet-cute" or "That place across the hall" I have attached the links below.
Grand adventures anthology: