Dexterity: skill in performing tasks
Name: Cat Connor
Creative field: Author
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
My connection: I first e-mailed Cat and co-founder Caro Lankow when I heard they were calling for books to stock their new shop in Upper Hutt, Writers Plot, Readers Read. The shop stocks books by New Zealand authors who are published independently or by small presses. They have been stocking all my novels since they opened. Since then, I’ve connected with Cat on Twitter, seeing her progress as an author of her _byte series. She and I also have mutual author/Twitter friends including ZR Southcombe. Just this week, it was announced that Cat’s new book, Eraserbyte, is entered in the Ngaio Marsh Awards for Best Crime Book. I look forward to meeting Cat in person one day, perhaps at the shop which regularly hosts events featuring authors with books in store.
Inspiration for this writer: In terms of prolificty, I count fifteen books written by Cat since 2009, including seven in her _byte series. In addition, she writes short stories and blogs. In terms of dexterity, like James Russell and Bianca Zander, she has written her books within her parenting lifestyle, working in and around her children’s schedules. Her advice to mums who want to write: “Write. Keep writing. If you really want to write you will find the time. It doesn’t hurt kids to eat spaghetti or have to amuse themselves while you get some writing done. In fact, it’s good for children to see their Mum following her dreams.” (NZ Book Council). Not convinced? Consider how much she’s written as a mother of seven children. Like me, she has written after everyone in her household has gone to bed, working late into the night/morning. Unlike me, she is able to write with noise, listening to Bon Jovi as she composes! If only I could do that while still listening to Springsteen . . .
Why you should check her out and share with others: Cat’s _byte series features her recurring protagonist, SSA Ellie Conway. While I haven’t read from the series yet, I suspect it may appeal to fans of Sue Grafton, Patricia Cornwell and Janet Evanovich. And her series covers are very cool. There is more to come in the series as the eighth book, Psychobyte, is on its way. Cat is also a generous supporter of other writers, having conducted creative writing workshops for several years and founding the Writers Plot, Readers Read shop, an initiative which may well serve as a prototype for similar shops around the country, catering for independent and small press writers, as well as for readers who may not otherwise have knowledge of or access to what’s available. Not that Cat and Caro need the competition – I’m sure they’d prefer you order from them online, as all their books in the shop can be ordered from afar.
Sample of work:
“Yeah, carefully does it,” he replied. “They have the upper hand for now.”
Here’s more about Psychobyte, in Cat’s preliminary trailer for her next volume in the _byte series:
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