Friday, March 4, 2011

Dishing it up with Cat Connor

Welcome to another fabulous Friday! Cat Connor is back and she’s dishing about her latest novel, exacerbyte.

JET: Can you tell us a little about exacerbyte?

Cat: EXACERBYTE is the 3rd _byte book. It starts 17 months after TERRORBYTE, there is a little bit of a revenge element going on, and there’s a rock star. Have to say - creating him was a lot of fun!

Here’s the blurb:

Hawk is hunting again. SSA Conway is his nemesis – she wants justice and is determined he should keep his appointment with the electric chair.

FBI Agent SSA Ellie Conway has decided it is time to step up and stop Hawk, not only to prevent the abduction of vulnerable children, but to avenge the murder of FBI Agent Mac Connelly.

The pursuit takes the Delta A to New Zealand, where Hawk has widened his net and increased his activity.

As the FBI team track him and investigate the disappearance of more children, a far more sinister reality emerges which demands the might of the Military, CIA, NCIS and the Russian FSB.

Exploiting her quirky intuition, together with help from an unlikely source, Ellie realizes she must heed the augury ‘it is all about the music.’

JET: What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of book research? Most interesting fact you uncovered?

Cat: There are so many, crazy and interesting things. (Chances are they’re only interesting to me though.) I did learn a lot about rock stars and life on tour while writing exacerbyte, which was very interesting and fun. And am lucky enough to have a very cool friend who helped me out with that. (This is where y’all run off and buy the album ‘Soul Shifter’ by Lorenza Ponce – don’t question me, just do it!)

JET: Of all the novels and stories you’ve written - which one is your favorite? Why?

Cat: Recently it was terrorbyte but I have to say – exacerbyte is now my favorite. Yeah, there is this rule, the most recent work is always the favorite… but exacerbyte is certainly worthy of favoritism. Let’s hope the others don’t get too jealous!

If we disregard that rule and I can choose any book I’ve written… I’d be tempted to go with my first, which very few people have ever seen and will ever see. It’s sitting on my hard drive waiting patiently for me to make a decision regarding its future. Meanwhile, two of the characters have made it into The _byte series.

As for short stories, a story titled “Into the Daylight.” It’s the newest story on my blog, and I just like it. Can’t tell you why, because the others are good too – but that one just does it for me. (And no it’s nothing to do with the latest work rule!)

JET: What’s on your ‘to read’ list right now?

Cat: Absolutely nothing! How awful is that? Mostly because I’m smack in the middle of writing and don’t need the distraction. At the moment my waking hours are consumed by writing and music, it’s simultaneous arrangement. I do have plans to read a lot while I am away. (Presuming there will be some down time!)

JET: I understand you will be visiting stateside this year. Do you have any book tour plans for your visit?

Cat: My editor is working on that right now! We’ll see. It will be an awesome trip, and there will be filming for upcoming trailers. Everything is all done now – I even have my authorization to travel from Homeland Security. (That wasn’t at all scary…. Does anyone seriously ever answer yes to the espionage and terrorist question? I had to speak to myself severely and remind my mouse hand that it would not funny to check yes!)

Roll on April!

JET: All right – since you’ve been here before, you know what’s coming next. Yes it’s the geeky quick ten of mine. . . starting with: Leather or Lace?

Cat: Both

JET: Angels or Demons?

Cat: Angels

JET: Paper or Digital?

Cat: oh tricky… I’m going with both

JET: Silent Film Classics or Cheesy B Rated Horror?

Cat: cheesy B rated horror

JET: Twilight or True Blood?

Cat: NEITHER – I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

JET: Top 10 best seller or Unknown Back Shelf Find?

Cat: Both. Although I do love the joy of discovering those unknown books.

JET: 2012 Mayan Prophecy Believer or Ain’t Gonna Happen?

Cat: Ain’t gonna happen – and if it does will probably be my birthday 12/12/12 (I kid you not)

JET: Sword wielding ninja or Gun toting momma?

Cat: Not a fan of blades. Going with Gun toting momma.

JET: Chocolate bar or Ice cream cone?

Cat: Chocolate

JET: Classic werewolf or Modern werewolf?

Cat: Classic

JET: Thank you for indulging me. Before we wrap this up, can you tell us what you're working on now? What's next?

Cat: Flashbyte - my publisher is looking forward to it. This is the same woman who told me I out did myself with exacerbyte – no pressure, right? (and a new _byte book has just emerged… it’s got diamonds and thievery.)

JET: Thank you so much for taking the time to chat on my blog.

Cat: Thank you for having me over!

Folks, you can find out more about Cat Connor and her work at the following places:





Thanks for joining us today. Next week I have Thea Atkinson on my blog. Swing by and say hello!

Until then,




Kathryn Magendie said...

JET: Twilight or True Blood?

Cat: NEITHER – I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

*LAUGHING!* Love it!

And I'm a classic Werewolf lover too! :-D

Interesting interview - thank y'all!

JETaylor said...


Thanks for swinging in. I know how Cat feels about vampire shows these days and it always provides for an entertaining answer.