Tell us a little about yourself!
I have lived in Illinois, Oregon, Nebraska, and Croatia, but for a long time now I've called the boring part of California home. I have a husband, two daughters, a day job as a university professor, and a passion for travel. I write in many genres--contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, historical--but no matter when and where my stories are set, I love complex worlds and complicated characters. I think that often it's a person's flaws that make him stronger and more beautiful.
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In Thirty Things, Nate and Finn check of a list of 30 things to do before Finn turns 30. What would be on your list?
I am a wee bit past 30. My current list involves a lot of travel. I'd love to retire early and write fulltime. I have about a zillion books on my To Write list, and about a zillion places I want to visit or revisit.
Tell us about something you've already checked off your list. Was it everything you thought it would be?
Living abroad. I've had the chance to live in Croatia twice now, and the experiences exceeded my expectations. It's a challenge to live somewhere I don't speak the language, but I met amazing people, saw fascinating things, and learned a ton--including about myself.
While traveling the country, Finn and Nate visit some amazing places. Where have you been that has stuck with you?
A little over a year ago I spent a few days in Bosnia, and it truly resonated with me. It's a beautiful country with a long, fascinating, often tragic history. I met some wonderful people there too. I ended up writing a book set in 15th century Bosnia (The Pillar), and now I hope I can return soon.
If you could only do one of the things on your list, which would it be?
Oh, that's not fair! But I guess travel would be my first priority. I can always continue writing without retiring, I guess.
What items would be on your writing bucket list?
It's long. But currently I have in mind an urban fantasy series based on raven mythology. I've also been dying to write something really noir-ish, as well as a novel set during the Klondike Gold Rush and another set during the California Gold Rush.
Which books are on your TBR Bucket List?
I own hundreds of books I intend to read... someday. I wish someone would invent a way to read and write at the same time. Or clone me. Anyway, my collection and my TBR list change often.
Kim has a new release from Dreamspinner in March, a novella called Grown-Up. And in April, the third Gothika anthology will come out. It's called Claw, it's about werewolves, and the other authors are Jamie Fessenden and Eli Easton. Kim's story, "Transformation," is set in 1880s Oregon.
It’s time for Austin Beier to grow up. His car is falling apart, his roommates are less than ideal, and he’s just been fired for the umpteenth time. His love life hasn’t evolved past bathroom hookups at his favorite clubs. Forced to borrow money from his father yet again, Austin is walloped by an epiphany—he needs someone to mentor him into maturity. And who better to teach him how to be an adult than Ben, his father’s office manager? Cute in a nerdy sort of way and only a few years older than Austin, Ben is a master of organization and responsibility. But as he gets to know Ben better, Austin learns that whether you’re eight or twenty-eight, growing up is never easy.
Anything else you would like to add?
I think the best thing about bucket lists is that they're not static. Mine change all the time. And they're sort of Hydra lists--as soon as I cross off one thing, two more items take its place.
Cate Ashwood's books on Goodreads
Keeping Sweets (Newport Boys, #1)
ratings: 1018 (avg rating 3.75)
Brokenhearted (Hope Cove, #1)
ratings: 764 (avg rating 3.72)
A Forced Silence (Zero Hour, #1)
ratings: 635 (avg rating 3.90)
Married for a Month
ratings: 407 (avg rating 3.80)
Wholehearted (Hope Cove, #2)
ratings: 458 (avg rating 3.51)