Author Interview with Cat Michaels


Hello everyone, welcome back to another author interview. I’d like to introduce you to my guest, fellow author, Cat Michaels. Cat Michaels writes The Sweet T Tales, illustrated chapter books for beginning readers that tell of everyday life with a twist of magic and mystery.  A former special educator, communications manager for a high-tech company in another lifetime, and enthusiastic digital-dabbler, Cat lives with her family and writes in North Carolina.

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I invite you to join our conversation and view some snazzy pictures that Cat would like to share with all of you. After all, pictures can tell a story better than words can.

Cat, if you had to pick, what literary character is most like you?

Belle — I admire a smart, sassy female who’s always on the move, isn’t afraid of a challenge and loves reading and family. 

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What were you like as a child? What did you want to be when you grew up?

The oldest of four siblings, I was all about coloring, music, reading, and playing outside with my friends while providing the occasional sibling babysitting duty. The freedom and independence of the cowgirl life in the Old West called to me.  Funny, because today my idea of roughing it is staying in a hotel without an indoor pool.copy-of-4_catonbike_oldtimey

 

Any author will agree that reading is the best way to write. What do you like to read in your free time?

I read to escape and get my head in other worlds.  Mystery, fantasy, syfy, southern chick lit, and YA are my faves.  Never anything scary or violent.  Audio books are my all-time faves, especially when plugged into earbuds and keeping me company on my walks.

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Now with all of that reading, if you had a superpower, what would it be?

Time travel, please!maxresdefault

What projects are you working on at the present?

The Magical Aquarium, my fantasy for early readers, just launched on the iTunes store. As a huge Apple user, I’m beyond excited to publish my first i-Book there and will add more soon cataquarium to iTunes  I hope you’ll join Sweet T, Fuzzy and me this spring on the Carolina coast in Sweet T and the Turtle Team. During summer vacation with Great-Aunt Mae on Gull Island, T faces challenges in making new friends and saving baby sea turtles. Of course, Fuzzy gets lost AGAIN. Artist Irene A. Jahns also returns to add her watercolors in this third book of our Sweet T Tales Series. Here’s a peek at Irene’s rendering of Aunt Mae’s Gray Cottage. 15354253_1802315026708839_1243397045_o In addition to writing, I’m a strong believer in building community and supporting literacy. I co-admin two Facebook groups for creatives, parents and educators, Kid Lit Parade and KidLit.TV. I also facilitate a mastermind blogging group.

 

 Wow, you are keeping yourself busy. Do you have time to blog?  If so, tell us a little bit about that process.

  • I write weekly posts on one of my two blogs:
  • Author 101 for authors offers tips and insights into marketing, social media, and the writing life.
  • Cat’s Corner for readers features family-focused articles about reading, Kid Lit book reviews, giveaways, and film.

The best part about blogging is collaborating with other bloggers and meeting readers.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve scribbled for as long as I can remember.  My first story, penned in fourth grade, was about two sisters traveling on a wagon train in the Old West.  8-catsfirststories-jpg

Do you have a special time place to write?

Yep.  Please drop by my Creation Station for a virtual visit. I tidied up just for you -:D 

Any advice for aspiring authors you would like to share? 

I think a picture would say it best!

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Anything you’d like to add that I haven’t asked? 

Thanks a ton for inviting me on A Blog for Your Thoughts, Carmela.  Appreciate you and your readers taking the time to get to know me.  I love meeting new people and am grateful for having the fine company like y’all on my writer journey.   Hey, would love to have you join my tribe of readers and be first to know about my writing and special events in my monthly e-newsletter HERE. Happy tales!

If you would like to know more about Cat, you can visit her at the links below. Thank you again so much for stopping by for this week’s latest blog. Hope to see you again next week for a farewell blog to 2016. Toodles!

 

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