CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS with the Naughty Ninjas: Cate Ellink
What is your background with regard to writing?
I wrote as a kid and teenager, compulsively. Poetry, stories, letters, scribbles. Then I went to uni and studied science, and somehow my writing channelled into assignments. I had a science career where I wrote quite a lot but it was dry, factual stuff (papers for journals, newspaper columns, handouts for farmers, research proposals, funding reports, etc). I started writing erotica as an escape, and a friend encouraged me to publish it. It took a long time to work up the courage!
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
In 2005 I got quite ill and had to give up work. The following year, a friend was in a similar situation and she challenged me to write a Mills & Boon (as we mistaken thought they were short and therefore easy). In 2008 I joined RWA and that’s when my view to a career became more real – before that I was blundering in the dark with a dream.
What is your writing routine?
My life and routine do not go together. So I’ve abandoned all hope of routines. I write when I can, and when I can’t, I think about it-plotting, planning, trying out ideas, thinking of solutions to problems, etc.
Favourite snack whilst writing?
A cup of tea.
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
What do you find easiest to write? And, the hardest?
The hardest for me is emotion. I struggle with that all the time. The easiest is probably descriptions of scenery or the environment. I like writing those bits.
Tell us about the first book you wrote
I wrote Ebi, The Wishing Dog when I was a kid of maybe 7. I’d read Enid Blyton’s The Adventures of the Wishing Chair, and my dog’s name was Ebi. My teacher was very encouraging.
One thing you’d like readers to know about the romance genre…
There’s a huge diversity of sub-genres in the romance genre. Something for everyone!
Milk or dark chocolate? Dark
Red, white, bubbly? I can no longer drink alcohol and I’ve missed it for almost 9 years now L I was a red girl.
Salty or sweet? Salty
Beach or mountains? Beach
Give or receive? Give
Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Romance or erotica (for reading and/or writing)? Erotica
Dog or cat? Dog
Summer or winter? Summer
Star-gazing or storm-watching? That’s a tough choice! Can I have watching stars as the storm clouds roll in, dashed with flashes of lightning?
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Thanks for having me today and the Ninjas all week, J’aimee. It’s been fun learning more about each other through your great questions!
Ebi, The Wishing Dog sounds awesome, Cate, I’d read that 😉
Nah. She’d blow the dog up and feed its carcass to the whales.
LOL! Lily, you crack me up.
I’m not sure it was that great, Rhyll. I used to have a copy…no idea if I still do or if I’d let the world see it 🙂
I’m with Rhyll – I would definitely read Ebi the Wishing Dog!
Oh, another vote, Sarah. Maybe I better look for it.
Thanks guys for stopping in.