Friday, February 19, 2016

Talking Books with Cate Beauman, author of 'Finding Lyla'

International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015, JUSTICE FOR ABBY was selected as the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while SAVING SOPHIE took the Silver Medal. SAVING SOPHIE was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and FALLING FOR SARAH received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards.

Cate makes her home in
North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. Currently Cate is working on Finding Lyla, the tenth novel in her popular bodyguards series.

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Her latest book is the romantic suspense, Finding Lyla.
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Title: Finding Lyla
Author: Cate Beauman
Publisher: Cate Beauman
Pages: 452
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Principal Dancer Lyla Markovik-Avery is always on the go. Grueling practices and endless performances rule her busy days—and things are about to get more hectic. Russia is rolling out the red carpet for their beloved star, despite the string of violent terrorist attacks that have rocked the nation.

Bodyguard Collin Michaels’ life is falling apart. His long-time relationship recently ended. He’s trying to start over, but that’s easier said than done. Luckily, Collin has a new assignment on the horizon: keeping a beautiful ballerina safe for the next three weeks.

Collin finds comfort in Lyla’s easy friendship, but that all changes after a night out on the town. Simple feelings become complicated—something Collin can’t afford, especially when tragedy strikes and Collin realizes Lyla’s caught in the middle of a dangerous plot for revenge.

Collin and Lyla are forced to flee. They need to reach the border before it’s too late, but the odds are stacked against them in a country that wants them dead. With time running out, Collin formulates a risky plan that might be their only chance of making it out alive.

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Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

Thank you for having me! I spend a lot of time sitting in front of my laptop, creating new adventures I hope my readers will love. When I’m not tapping away at the computer keys, I’m raising two kids and two huge St. Bernards. My family and I are big kayakers. We take a paddle any chance we get. I also love to cook and bake, garden, and make jewelry.

When did you start writing?

I began my storytelling journey in October 2010. We moved to a new state where I accepted a new job that I ended up loathing. After promptly resigning, I decided to give writing a try. Luckily, my new hobby turned into a very exciting career.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

When readers started buying my work and actually liking it was a pretty big moment! That’s what all writers dream of, but not all of us achieve it! It still boggles my mind that readers all over the world take the time to read the words I’ve typed on a page!

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

I can honestly say I wouldn’t want to be anywhere but on my writing couch right here in North Carolina. I find that I produce my best work when I’m comfy, cozy, and in my own space. I get too distracted and out of my routine when my family and I travel. I hardly get anything accomplished. When I’m home, I have more success.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

I think I might sit down and savor the fact that I actually have four extra hours. After I got bored with that, I would probably bake something delicious and play a game with my kiddos.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

This one is tricky. The heroes and heroines of the Bodyguards of L.A. County travel a lot (Montana, Washington DC, Maine, Mexico, Maryland, Utah, Russia, and so many other places) so there are several different settings in the ten books currently available. In fact, I’m making it a priority to set book eleven in Los Angeles to give my readers an opportunity to catch up with the other characters in the series they enjoy so much.

Back to your present book, Finding Lyla, how did you publish it?

I’m a self-published author, which I thoroughly enjoy. I love having complete creative control of all aspects of my work! I can’t imagine publishing any other way!

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

Lyla and Collin travel a lot in this adventure. They’re quite the globetrotters, but I had to travel via my laptop to complete my research for this story. It’s hard to go too far with kiddos in school and a full, busy life in your own zip code. I have a great time living vicariously through my characters.

Why was writing Finding Lyla so important to you?

I’m a writing addict. When I finish one story, it’s time to tell the next. When ideas for a novel begin to take shape, I become invested in the characters and plot with the ultimate goal of creating an excellent adventure my readers will love. It’s such an accomplishment to finish a novel you’ve poured your heart into for six months.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

Crime television is one of my best friends! For some reason, the hows and whys of the criminal element are fascinating to me. Villains play a large part in my novels. I love trying to get in their heads and see how they’ll cause obstacles for my heroes and heroines.

Any final words?

Thank you for having me today! It’s so fun to meet new people and share my stories with new readers!

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