WIP Me Inspired
Cate Ellink

Thanks J’aimee for having me again. I was under the spotlight the other day, so I hope you’re not sick of me!

Deep Diving was inspired by a rugby league player. It’s the first time I’ve used a real person as inspiration and I will never do it again! Big lesson learned for me.

Almost every writer seems to be inspired by someone for their stories, you see on Facebook where they’ll post hundreds of photos of their latest hero/heroine, or they tweet about their hero-inspiration, or make Pinterest boards full of them… so I thought I’d try it.

ARGH! Bad move. It’s totally and completely addictive. Not only have I scoured the internet for almost every photo ever taken of this guy, I’ve read his website forwards, backwards and sideways. He doesn’t have social media accounts but his team mates do…and they aren’t my team but I follow them all. Why? I might get a glimpse of him, a tidbit, another photo of his smile, muscles, grimace.

I’m a serious addict!

Social media feeds your addiction and I have a damn addictive personality.

My imaginary hero got so intertwined with the footy player in my brain that I can hardly remember what I imagined and what is real. I watch him play, or get injured, or do a media conference and I search for bits of my Cooper. When I see him do something my Cooper would do, I breathe a sigh of relief that I got him right. But my hero is imaginary. My hero was inspired by him but it’s not him. And that’s so difficult for my brain to remember. I’ve got them all muddled up so much so that I’d die if I ever met him. So never again. The people will all come from my head, none of this real people inspiring me stuff.

Deep Diving is out now. You don’t need to know a thing about sports to read it – they’re on holidays!



About the Author:
Cate Ellink loves scuba diving, snorkelling, photography, holidays on Lord Howe Island, and rugby league. She’s not so fond of running or hiking up hills and knows nothing about fame.

Cate’s an Eels fan (but don’t hold that against her) who spent the 1980s collecting autographs of her favourite players. That’s as close as she came to rugby league stars.

Cate lives near the beach in NSW, Australia, with a long-suffering husband. She has one other book with Escape Publishing, The Virginity Mission, and has published a few short stories.



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Deep Diving
Cate Ellink

From Cate Ellink comes a sun-soaked, sandy, seaside erotic novel about a tropical paradise, two athletes used to getting physical, and a sex-filled, no-strings holiday fling. 

Samantha is celebrating her newly retired status from competitive triathlons with a diving holiday in her favourite place in the world: Australia’s Lord Howe Island. But all divers need a buddy, and Sam can’t dive solo. A chance meeting with rugby league superstar Cooper Sterling in the dive shop seems serendipitous. Sam can’t wait to have a partner who might be able to keep up with her.

It soon becomes evident that Cooper and Sam are compatible both in and out of the water, and things gets seriously sexy. But Sam is disinclined to be another football groupie, and Cooper has been burned before. So the rules are clear: a holiday fling, no strings attached, and they part as friends at the end.

But as the final days of their time together come to a close and a life apart becomes a reality, Sam and Cooper start to question their decision. Is this holiday fling really the finish line or can Sam and Cooper turn their friendly competition into more than sizzling sex?

Escape Publishing



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