Sunday, December 30, 2012

Meet Cait O'Sullivan!

I've invited Cait O'Sullivan to join me today in snowy Ohio to talk about her new release, due out in  just a few days. Doesn't she look like fun? She's a blast to hang out with.

Hello, Cait, and welcome.
 
Hi Becky, thanks so much for having me on your blog today! I hope you’ve had a very happy Christmas and are looking forward to 2013.


Tell us about your upcoming release.
Oooh I’m just so very excited!! In 8 days – yes that’s the 7th January 2013 (I hope that’s 8  days,  maths was never my strong subject) my debut novel, ‘Romancing the Seas’ is available to order. Can I give you a blurb?

Sous-chef Pippa Renshaw thinks a change of scene will mend a bruised heart, so she swaps her job in a prestigious London restaurant to head-chef on a cruise ship sailing around New Zealand. A great plan until she meets her new CEO, the delectable Jonathon Eagleton, and discovers she has to share a suite with him.
Even though sparks fly whenever they are together, Jonathon steadfastly keeps her at arm’s length, which suits Pippa just fine because she’s still getting over the betrayal of the last time she had a relationship with the boss.
The situation is starting to feel like solitary confinement until a thunderstorm traps them in a tramper’s hut while hiking. Suddenly a different kind of storm unleashes inside the hut.
But will they be able to go back to their previous status now the line has been crossed?

What's next for you?

I’m currently writing ‘The Tango Champion’s Secret Love Child’

Ava Whittaker made it solo around the world unscathed. Until her last stop, Argentina and the fulfilment of her final dream, horseback riding through the Andes by day, camping by night. One night of passion with the panther-like Matthias de Romero was her undoing.

Fast-forward two years, she’s safely back in London, their daughter by her side. But Matthias doesn’t know of her existence. Ava had flown back to tell him, only to be stopped in her tracks by the announcement of his engagement.

Now Matthias, the twice tango champion of Argentina, is in London to judge a competition. A competition she just happens to be in…

What do you love most about writing? Least?

I love the feeling when you sit down to write and all of a sudden, the words flow. You know the way – parts of the book are in your head but it’s when you make contact via writing that it all becomes clear.

My least favourite part is when I allow myself to think that the way to get through a problem with my book is to mull it over and wait until I have the answer before writing again. Whereas the reality is the only way for me to get the answer is to sit down and write.


           Who do you credit with influencing you professionally?

The authors I read growing up – Enid Blyton, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Stephen Donaldson and anything I could get my hands on. I used to get up early on summer mornings, go and climb a tree in the garden and sit there and read. Lovely.
 
          Have you ever written a character based on someone you know?

Yes absolutely, there are bits and bobs of everyone in all my characters! I just mix them all up so no-one actually recognizes themselves :).

          
          Where did you grow up and did anything from your childhood influence your decision to become a writer?

I was lucky enough to grow up in Ireland, the land of saints and scholars :). Ireland is a wonderfully creative land, I think it may be something to do with the air that blows in from the Atlantic, keeping everything soft and green, including your imagination :). And I guess this is the answer to the second part of your question – the fact that I am from such a fertile creative land gave me the confidence to write.

Where do you rank in the family hierarchy? First child, only child, baby, somewhere in between?

Youngest! (I don’t think at my age I can say Baby :) )

If you have an entire day to devote to your writing career, how do you divvy it up?

For years (well 3 mebbe) I would only have 2 hour gaps in which to write, when one or other of my daughters attended Nursery. As a result, I can actually only write for 2 hours at a time. It’s mad, I do try to break through but it hasn’t happened yet. As a result, if I have the day to myself to write, I’ll wake up, get a coffee, turn on the laptop and sit in bed writing for 2 hours. Then I’ll get up and go out and have a coffee and write for 2 hours. Then I’ll come home again…I think you get the gist :). Generally after 3 x 2 hours, I’ve had enough. If I’m lucky enough to have the day to myself (happens mebbe 3 times a year) then I’ll fancy having a bit of fun, going out with friends or having some around. Or going out dancing, I love dancing. I’m digressing, aren’t I? It’s the thought of having a day to myself LOL.


           If you could choose two people to have dinner with, from any time period, real or fictional, who would you want at the table?

Definitely Tolkien, although I may be a tad intimidated by his immense knowledge and presence but I would love to peer into the workings of his brain to learn from him.

And the Dalai Lama. I have had the privilege of seeing and hearing him speak and again, I’d love to learn anything from him.

Is this a bit oh I dunno, too goody goody?! Hmm, who else – I know you said 2 but you know. Patrick Swayze, as he was in Dirty Dancing. Put some good music on, get a wiggle on with him– just to ensure all that learning kinda wiggles into place in my brain :).


          How can people get in touch with you?

You can find me at:

Caitosullivan.blogspot.co.uk
Facebook.com/caitosullivanauthor – come along and like me to keep updated on all my news
Twitter.com/romanticait



Thanks! Looking forward to hosting you on my blog.

23 comments:

  1. Great interview ladies! Can I join you for that dinner Cait? I bet it would be a real blast :)

    I'm in the privileged position of already having read Romancing the Seas and I can assure you it's as wonderful as it sounds.

    Looking forward to celebrating the release with you x C x

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    1. COurse you can Christy! What fun we'd have and yes you and me on the 7th woohoo xoxo

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    2. PS -- thanks for the wonderful words re RtS -- you're the tops!

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  2. Dear Cait,
    'Sit down and write.' So true! Lovely post. Wishing you many sales!
    -R.T. Wolfe

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    1. Thanks RT -- you're a honey coming on by!

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  3. Great to learn more about you, Cait, especially as Romancing the Seas is on my TBR list...can't wait!

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  4. Cait- this is the most delightful interview I've read in a long time! You are such a gem! Too bad an ocean (or two?) separates us, because it would be a blast to hang with you! My favorite part of this is how you described Ireland. I had to stop and read it to my daughter, whose dream is to write in Ireland one day. Then the whole wiggling with Patrick Swayze...you're a girl after me own heart, Caity-girl! That ya are! Snapping up that book as soon as it comes out! See, ya got one sale in the bag already! Much success to you!

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    1. Oh MJ you're such a honey -- we can meet in the middle of the ocean?! Something tells me we'd have fierce craic alright -- you should come over with your daughter one of these fine days :)))) Thanks for the well wishes too! Hope you're enjoying the inbetween-space of Christmas and New Year!

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  5. I love the premise of your book, Cait. When I get a minute-- Too many books, not enough time....

    Congrats on your release!

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    1. Thanks D'Ann -- I know how you feel although you are a heck of a lot busier (and more prolific) than I!

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  6. Loved the interview and for some reason, love all things Irish, especially the accent :-). Could you also save me a seat at the table? I'll bring my best manners - unless Patrick Swayze appears - then I won't be responsible for my manners! Your book is going on the TBR list...good luck with the release.

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    1. LOL Joanna, I think you're right, best manners to start with then heck, who knows!

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  7. Fun interview! Just when I think I know you I discover something new! Cognrats on your fabulous debut...Romancing the Seas in a wonderful read :)

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  8. Lovely interview ladies! I didn't know you grew up in Ireland, Cait! Love getting to know more about you. :)

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    1. I shoorly did Calisa, love my home land! Thanks for coming by!

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  9. Hello Cait,
    Sorry I'm late, I feel like the rabbit on Alice and Wonderland, except work kept me at bay. LOL
    I love to dance, too. Romancing the Seas and the Tango Champion both sound like amazing books.
    Looking forward to the read.
    Great Interview, ladies,
    Neecy

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    1. Always lovely to hear from you, sweet Neecy! Thanks for the comments :)

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  10. Love the description of Ireland! You make me want to move there - really! And I applaude your choice of whom to have dinner with. :) Excellent!

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    1. thanks Sherri, wouldn't it be fabulous to have dinner with them, in Ireland :)

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  11. Great interview. Best of luck with your books and have a Happy New Year.

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    1. Thank you Ella, I hope you have a great 2013 too :)

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