Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Interview with Cate Beauman, author of 'Finding Lyla'





International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015, JUSTICE FOR ABBY was selected as the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while SAVING SOPHIE took the Silver Medal. SAVING SOPHIE was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and FALLING FOR SARAH received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards.

Cate makes her home in
North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. Currently Cate is working on Finding Lyla, the tenth novel in her popular bodyguards series.

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Her latest book is the romantic suspense, Finding Lyla.
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About the Book:

Title: Finding Lyla
Author: Cate Beauman
Publisher: Cate Beauman
Pages: 452
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Principal Dancer Lyla Markovik-Avery is always on the go. Grueling practices and endless performances rule her busy days—and things are about to get more hectic. Russia is rolling out the red carpet for their beloved star, despite the string of violent terrorist attacks that have rocked the nation.

Bodyguard Collin Michaels’ life is falling apart. His long-time relationship recently ended. He’s trying to start over, but that’s easier said than done. Luckily, Collin has a new assignment on the horizon: keeping a beautiful ballerina safe for the next three weeks.

Collin finds comfort in Lyla’s easy friendship, but that all changes after a night out on the town. Simple feelings become complicated—something Collin can’t afford, especially when tragedy strikes and Collin realizes Lyla’s caught in the middle of a dangerous plot for revenge.

Collin and Lyla are forced to flee. They need to reach the border before it’s too late, but the odds are stacked against them in a country that wants them dead. With time running out, Collin formulates a risky plan that might be their only chance of making it out alive.

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Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life!  Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process.  Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning?  Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?

Typically I get my story ideas from crime documentaries or some sort of crime television program, but I can’t say that is the case for Finding Lyla. When I was coming up with ideas for this novel, I knew I wanted to tell a story about a hero that had struggled through some rough times and a heroine that had some unresolved issues of her own, but was soft, strong, and gentle all at the same time. During the summer months, I started paying close attention to the ongoing Russia/US conflict and Lyla and Collin assured me they wanted their story to revolve around an adventure that combined all of these elements together.

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

Writing any story is full of ups and downs. There are good days and bad days—moments where you’re certain you won’t be able to finish your project. On occasion you find yourself struggling with self-doubt. But somehow you pull it off and realize you’ve created this four hundred page miracle that not only has a cohesive plot but also characters your readers are sad to say goodbye to when they reach the ending. That’s what it’s all about. Making it to the finish line and enjoying the process.

My advice is to write for the love or writing and for no other reason. Write everyday, even when it’s hard, and never give up.

Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?

I’m a self-published author, which I thoroughly enjoy. I love having complete creative control of all aspects of my work! The process is a lot of work, but it’s so worth it. I can’t imagine publishing any other way!

Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

I launched the first three novels in the Bodyguards of L.A. County series at the same time. I was extremely surprised and excited when we realized they made Amazon’s bestseller list the same weekend they went live! Talk about great motivation and validation! 

Q: What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?

I’m currently working on Deceiving Bella, book eleven in the Bodyguards of L.A. County series. I’m still in the early stages of Reed McKinley and Bella Colby’s story, but I hope to have their adventure ready for a summer 2016 release.

Q: What’s your favorite place to hang out online?

I can’t think of any one particular place I have to be. I love to cook and bake so any site that has great new recipes for me to try gets me pretty excited! I’m planning on trying my hand at baked applesauce today, so that should be fun!

Q: What’s your nightly ritual before retiring for the night?

I definitely have a routine I try not to stray from. I’m big on brushing and flossing, so that’s a must before my head hits the pillow. Once I’m snuggled under the covers, I turn on my Pandora relaxation station which plays spa-type music and I play several rounds of Bubble Shooter until my mind is ready to shut down for a few hours and let me catch a few Z’s.

Q: Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?

My main goal when writing a novel is to give my readers a chance to escape from the real world. We all lead busy, hectic lives. Who doesn’t love an opportunity to plunk down in a favorite cozy spot and get lost in a great adventure?   
  
Q: Thank you again for this interview!  Do you have any final words?

Thank you for spending time with me today! It’s always fun to share news of a Bodyguards of L.A. County release and introduce myself to new readers.

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