YA author Cate Tiernan has just kicked off her new series with Immortal Beloved. Now she stops by the RT Daily Blog for a ten question Q&A. And don't miss the author message and excerpt at the end of this post!
RT: What was your favorite book when you were growing up?
Cate Tiernan: I don't know if I had an all-time favorite, but I read voraciously. My mother worked in a bookshop for a while, and I think I read their entire juvenile stock. The one that comes to mind most often is The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was long and not dumbed-down, and very satisfying.
RT: What is your favorite book now?
Again, I don't think I have an all-time favorite. But I have favorite authors, like Barbara Hambly, Jennifer Crusie, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lani Diane Rich, early Linda Howard. And I read a lot of non-fiction.
RT: When you were in school, how would you describe yourself (i.e. jock, mean girl, geek, etc.)?
Shy, artsy, hippie, geek.
RT: Did you date in high school? Any funny stories you want to share?
CT:I didn't date, but I did pretty much always have a boyfriend. I'm a little worried that I can't think of any funny boyfriend-related stories. All of the funny stories I can think of were with my girlfriends. Which I guess says something.
RT: What hobbies did you have when you were a teen? Are you still interested in them?
CT:I did a lot of practical, handy-type things--sewing, cooking, fixing things, using tools. Reading, shopping. Movies. And I still do/like all that. It sounds like I haven't evolved!
RT: In Immortal Beloved, your heroine is immortal. If you had all the time in the world, what would you be interested in doing?
CT:I'm not very good at doing nothing. I would probably set myself a bunch of long, time-consuming tasks, like learn how to draw and paint really well (that would take years and years), or memorize the OED (always increasing), or travel everywhere, learning about everything. And I would read a lot and bake a lot and maybe finally reupholster this chair I have.
RT: If you could have one supernatural power (other than immortality) what would it be?
CT:Gosh. Probably flying. Yes, I think flying. I'm always tempted by invisibility, but really, that would only be to spy on people, and that's not good. I recognize that.
RT: You write stories about very strong young women. What do you consider your greatest strength?
CT:My greatest strength is my . . . strength. I don't give up on myself, and I trust my ability to survive things, handle things. I completely trust and rely on myself--not that I can do absolutely anything, but I can do whatever I need to.
RT: Which of your characters are you most like?
CT:Part of me is in each of my characters, even the evil ones! I can relate to all of them. Possibly Morgan Rowlands [from Sweep] has a voice most closely aligned with my voice. I don't know. There's a lot of Clio Martin [from Balefire] in me, too.
RT: What book are you working on next? Can you tell us about your favorite scene in this book so far?
CT: Right now I'm working on the second book in the Immortal Beloved trilogy. It's pretty dark! Poor Nastasya is in that darkest-right-before-the-dawn stage. I don't think I've written my favorite scene yet, because it will come right at the end---a scene between her and Reyn. There will be yet another shocking revelation, of course.