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Interview with Katharina ‘Cat’ Gerlach

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Cat Gerlach as part of the Magic Appreciation Tour
She is a wonderful Author of Adventure, young adult and epic fantasy novels, amongst other genres.

Harrison: Hello Cat, thank you for taking the time to do this.
Cat: You’re welcome.

Harrison: What inspired you to write your first book?
Cat: My first book? Wow, that’s ages ago. I wrote it during my training as landscape gardener, and added many things I learned at that time. I was y blooming 21, deeply in love (with my now husband) and had no idea what I was doing. But the landscaping I did triggered my childhood dream of writing stories, although I never planned on selling them too.
I still own the book but I guess it will never see the light of day in its current form.



Harrison: Do you have a specific writing style?
Cat: No. I adapt the style to the book. It wouldn’t do to write a historical novel set on a farm in 19th century Germany and make people sound as if they’re sophisticated philosophers with today’s vocabulary.

Harrison: How did you come up with the titles for your books?
Cat: Funny enough, most titles suggest themselves to me. I’ve never had much problem to find the one that seemed right. I always start out by finding 10 titles and maybe 10 more, then I narrow it down. It might sound weird but it’s easier coming up with so many titles because you can run with your ideas without censoring them. There is still plenty of time to find the best title when you’ve got a bunch.


Harrison: What books have most influenced your life most?
Cat: The books of Astrid Lindgren and Diana Wynne Jones. Both showed me that imagination is humanity’s greatest gift, and that girls can be as strong as they like, thank you.

Harrison: What book are you reading now?
Cat: Catspell (Link) by Danyelle Leafty and it’s a fabulous read.

Harrison: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Cat: Holly Lisle. I took several of her courses and they are awesome. Also, we get along quite well personally. If I could choose any writer (even those I only know from books) it’s probably Sol Stein and Michael Ende.


Harrison: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Cat: J.A. Marlow www.amazon.com/J.A.-Marlow/e/B004PW1MTC
Danyelle Leafty www.amazon.com/J.A.-Marlow/e/B004PW1MTC
Will Hahn www.amazon.de/Will-Hahn/e/B0057RBIO8
Emily Casey www.amazon.de/Emily-Casey/e/B006NFBAGE


Harrison: What are your current projects?
Cat: At the moment, I’m translating all my German novels into English and should be finished by the end of the year. The project I’m currently working on is a Non-linear Fairytale Murder Mystery called “Chasing the Grimm Reaper”. It was a lot of fun to write but a nightmare to revise.

Harrison: Do you see writing as a career?
Cat: Most definitely. I plan on replacing my husbands income asap. He has severe back pain and I’d love to make it possible for him to retire early.


Harrison: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Cat: My current WIP is on hold while I translate the backlist of my German novels. But I can give you a snippet from the one I’m currently translating. I think it’s my weakest novel to date (it’s one of the first and the one that got me my German agent), but I still love the story. Of course, I have improved since then, so I’m rewriting as well as translating. A snippet: Although Galaktipol Inspector Vera Staven had only recently arrived on Paralan, she already knew a dozen ways to end one’s own life. Nowhere in the galaxy was the suicide rate as high as in the only human settlement on this world.Like always, she walked through the settlement’s gray Duralastik-corridors a few steps behind her colleague. It was tradition, since PO Albert Hagen had the higher rank. She hated looking at his broad back and thinning, mousy hair curling on his neck. At least, Vera was tall enough to see the narrow sidewalk over her colleague’s head.
“PO Hagen, you there? Brawl in Sector seventeen. Backing requested.” The tinny voice of a faceless officer sounded from PO Hagen’s belt. He clipped the viewer off and spoke into it. “On our way, but it might take a while. We’re currently on 72A.”
“Understood.”
Hagen handed the viewer to Vera and walked faster. She suppressed a grin and fastened the viewer. Vain idiot. As if the standby officer on the other end would mind his wheezing. She set off at a trot to catch up, but at the next crossing, PO Hagen had to stop already. He pointed to a more than two yards high, square built creature coming form a side corridor. The low ceilings forced the creature to stretch the head forward and bow its back.
PO Hagen said, „Look, a snow bear. You hardly get one down here.”

Harrison: Who designed the covers?
Cat: Usually, I do my own covers but I do contact several great artists along the way. For the covers of the Amadi- Trilogy I had an artist draw the characters and a second artist provided the background. I put it all together to get the effect I was looking for.


Harrison: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Cat: Harder than writing is getting people to read the stories. I know (and have been told) that they are not half bad but if no one knows about them, who will read them? That’s why I’m currently training to market and promote my books. Hard for someone who doesn’t like to sing her won praises.

Harrison: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Cat: Success is a mixture of persistence, talent, and luck.

Harrison: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Cat: I love the lot of them, and if you like what you read, please leave a review anywhere (amazon, B&N, Smashwords, Goodreads, LibraryThingy wherever you feel comfortable).


Harrison: Thank you Cat for an insight into your writing career. I sincerely wish you all the best in your endeavours.
Cat: It’s been a pleasure, and thank you.


There you have it folks. If you haven’t yet check out Cat’s work using the links below.


Visit the Author’s Blog


Books:


Urchin King


The Witches of Greenwitch


Amadi, the Phoenix, the Sphinx, and the Djinn

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