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About Me - Author Intro

Let's try this again, witchlings,

I'm coming at you with another late blog, but I did meet all of my September health goals (1 day down, 29 to go haha... help) and edit two chapters of The Forgotten part 3. If you missed my September goals or TBR, check out my last post and head over to my IG.

I have already veered off course from the September TBR list. Honestly, though, that feels pretty on brand for me. I am such a completionist when it comes to series; once I start one, I'll typically binge it straight through, and I almost never quit a series whether I like it or not. Unless it's a hard sci fi of the space / futuristic type, which I have a really hard time getting into. Looking at you, Altered Carbon. But when it comes to setting a TBR and not getting distracted by other shiny, new (mostly old, I'm a used bookstore fiend... or at least I was in the before times) books.

But... getting back on track with this post. I haven't finished my August reviews yet, and I am too excited to start When no one is Watching by Alyssa Cole to work on them tonight. So, I figured I'd tell you a little bit more about the woman behind paranormal creatures and frequent tangents.

  • I am a not-quite-30 year old Scorpio woman. Yes, I am stubborn, passionate, resourceful, and a little bit secretive. And, yes, I do like astrology. We aren't doing Hogwarts houses anymore around here (but I understand that many of us have relationships with Harry Potter that long pre-date knowledge of JKR's problematic content, and I do not begrudge anyone their relationships to the HP world), but if I were a Golden Girl, I am solidly a Dorothy.

  • Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I am already plotting ways to make this quarantine edition spooky season special. Hopefully, I can convince the Smut Coven writing group to go along with my need for socially distanced spooky events.

  • Vampires are my ride or die paranormal. I love witches, I love demons, and I love a brooding fallen angel. But vampires will forever and always be my number 1. This may be because Christoper Pike's The Last Vampire books imprinted on me at an age where I hadn't read other supernaturals yet, but at the end of the day (night) I don't really need a reason to love them like I do.

  • As much as I love both Halloween and candles, I am not really a "fall scent candle" sort of lady. Tobacco Cedar is my everyday candle, and balsam is a distant runner up.

  • I have been reading as long as I can remember, but writing stories of my own is still very new to me. The Chronicles of Narnia is the earliest series that I can remember really sticking with me, and His Dark Materials might be my favorite series from my early childhood. Now that I'm editing, I can definitely see it's influence in my Forgotten series.

  • I am a Colombian-Filipino American who grew up in a small town on the West Coast. There weren't many Filipinos where I grew up, and there were even fewer Colombians. I was lucky to go to a large and fairly diverse college where I interacted with a lot of students from backgrounds I never would have met in my hometown, but I have still always felt distant from the cultures of my parents and grandparents. I've been drawing a lot on the bits and pieces of Colombian culture that we got from my abuelitos growing up, to work through some of the worldbuilding for The Forgotten. I'm not making any promises... but hopefully, I'll be sharing some of the Colombian recipes that are featured in my series as a part of Latinx Heritage Month.

  • I have a 6 year old lab mix that I adopted in 2015, and he is my world. He is the sweetest, goofiest boy. He is my best friend and my sidekick. If I could wake up as a powerful witch on a fantasy quest tomorrow, I couldn't ask for a better familiar.

  • I am not a big movie watcher. I prefer TV because of the longer storytelling format and because of my previously mentioned love of binging series. I am big on comfort rewatches, especially during quarantine, and a few of my go-to series to rewatch are: Grace and Frankie, Schitt's Creek, New Girl, Parks and Rec, Parenthood, Gilmore Girls. I am also finally catching up on the final seasons of How to Get away with Murder, Shameless, Lucifer, and Jane the Virgin.

  • I am a night owl through and through. It's when I feel most in the zone for writing, and putting books down to go to sleep is one of the hardest things to do each night.

That is more than enough about me for one night, and I have been at this longer than I meant to be. It's time for me to go stay up way too late reading When no one is Watching and hope that it isn't too scary.

I hope you're safe and thriving, and I can't wait to talk to you again.

Hasta luego, witchlings,

<3 Cat

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