August 13, 2013

Blog Tour: A Beautiful Fate (A Beautiful Fate #1) - Author Spotlight: Cat Mann

A Beautiful Fate (A Beautiful Fate #1) by Cat Mann
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date:
Buy Links: June 11, 2013

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Book Description:

Obsessive and driven by nightmares, Ava Baio is uprooted from her Chicago home after the untimely and tragic death of her loving mother. Taken across country by her antagonistic grandmother and placed as a boarding student at a school in Dana Point, California, Ava struggles with isolation and the loss of her mother and her grandfather.

Faced with having left her beloved brownstone behind and attending a new school, surrounded by new faces and unfamiliar scenery, she finds herself sorting through unfamiliar and uncharted feelings with a strange and beautiful boy, Ari – a modern day Adonis. After an unconventional start to their relationship, Ava becomes intensely absorbed by her love for Ari, and with his help and the help of his family, she discovers who she really is – a Fate descended from Atropos. She learns that the Greek mythology she grew up reading is not comprised of myth after all.

Ava faces constant challenges both in her relationship with Ari and with the fact that she is being hunted by six threatening and ruthless men who want nothing more than for her to die so that they can live forever. She has no choice but to stand up for those she has come to love. In doing so, she becomes something she hates, a killer.

A true page-turner, A Beautiful Fate is Part One of The Beautiful Fate Series. The novel is full of suspense, romance and the allure of ancient Greece. Ava and Ari will leave the reader hoping the story will never end.

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know you wanted to be a writer?

I have always enjoyed writing. When I was a kid, I would write a letter to my cousin every day. She never once wrote me back but I didn’t mind I just really liked telling her my stories.

What inspired A Beautiful Fate?

I have always told myself stories in my head for entertainment. I come up with characters while doing mundane chores like waiting in line at the DMV and Ava popped in my head one day and seriously wouldn’t shut up. She started telling me her life’s story until I finally decided to write it down on paper. Once I filled ten notebooks, I moved on to my laptop and now here I am still listening to her while I write book 3.

Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?

Characters come first. I meet the first character and let them show me the plot.

Is there anything you found particularly challenging when you were writing A Beautiful Fate?

Writing is not a challenge to me, what I find difficult is allowing my stories to be read by others. I am incredibly private and my books are essentially my thoughts and feeling on certain subjects. I had a hard time letting go of A Beautiful Fate and sharing it with others. My fans have been so wonderful, kind and supportive that now I really look forward to giving them the next books. I can’t wait to share.

If you could be one of your characters from any of your books, who would you chose? Why?

I would say Ava but the thought of being 17 again is unbearable. So, I would say Aggie. She has an awesome house on the beach, has a great big fun-loving family and a super cute hubby.

When writing A Beautiful Fate, was there anyone or anything specific that inspired the character Ari? How about Ava?

I think that Ari and my husband are one in the same, although, my husband has read the books and he strongly disagrees with me. As for Ava, I get her traits from different people I have met throughout my life. She is really a product of people watching.

In your opinion what three words best describe Ava? Ari?

Ava- strong-willed, compassionate and determined
Ari- Loving, generous and honest.


Coffee or Tea?

Tea, three sugars.

Milk chocolate or Dark?


Favorite novel and why?

The Diary of Anne Frank. Anne Frank was such an incredibly brilliant, beautiful and inspiring young person. The world is lucky to have had her. Her words are so noble and true.

Hard copy books or e-books? Why?

It depends on the author of the book. Novels that I connect with on an emotional level, I have in hardback. I like the feeling of hugging a book to my chest while I cry. I like to keep my YA novels on my e-reader because I like very much to read and re-read these books. I get addicted to the characters and can’t seem to say goodbye sometimes. I like keep them on my e-reader so can I read the stories wherever I go and whenever the mood fancies me.

What kind of weather do you write best in?

Cold. More precisely-- the rainy cold.

Favorite author and why?

It really depends on the genre. I love George Orwell, Wally Lamb, Khaled Hosseini. But then, Amanda Hocking’s such a great creative writer that I cannot get enough of her.

If you could turn one book or series into films, what would you pick and who would you cast as the main characters?

I always end up disappointed in movies that are made from my favorite books. But I do love, love, love zombie movies so any zombie based book will do it for me - add Ryan Guzman for eye candy and were good to go.

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Author Bio:

Cat Mann has lived her entire life in central Illinois, but her interests and passions span the planet. She loves skiing, French music and working with the written language.

A self-proclaimed hermit, she is happiest at home reading, writing and scouring the far corners of the internet for new musical artists — artists she skillfully weaves into her tales of the offspring of ancient Greece. She is happily married to her amazing and awe-inspiring best friend, Derek Mann, and together they have created two beautiful daughters.

A Beautiful Fate is Cat’s first novel in The Beautiful Fate Series. The second installment of The Beautiful Fate Series, A Broken Fate, will be available August 26, 2013.

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