Happy Wednesday, Chicklets & Roosters! Today, I’m incredibly excited to be hosting my friend, LaLaLa member, and fellow Berkley author, CATE PRICE. Yesterday, was the release day for her debut Prime Crime mystery GOING THROUGH THE NOTIONS.
After much celebrating yesterday, Cate’s agreed to stop by Chicklets and chat with us a bit.
So let’s get started. 🙂
GFG: What three books influenced you the most in life?
Cate: I’ve been an avid reader since I had the strength to pick up a book, so the ones that spring to mind are books that I read as a child in England. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge. There’s so many more, but we’ll stop there! I mean, I could mention Rudyard Kipling, James Herriot, Enid Blyton, Alan Garner, Roald Dahl and Malcolm Saville, but I’m only allowed to pick three.
GFG: Ooh, Rudyard Kipling…You’ll have to come back just so we can talk about him 🙂 In the meantime, when you’ve had a rough week, what’s your go –to book or movie or activity to relieve stress?
Cate: A long walk with my two dogs, and then any kind of PBS mystery – Inspectors Morse, Lynley or Lewis would fit the bill nicely. Hopefully there would also be some Chardonnay in the fridge.
GFG: I’m a Pinot Grigio girl myself. But I’m with you on the long walks. Now let’s talk jobs. What profession would you like to attempt?
Cate: When I’m eighty, I’m going to start a rock band. I’ve always fancied being a lead singer. I recently watched a documentary called “Young at Heart”, about a chorus of senior citizens in Massachusetts (average age of eighty) who are doing material from The Clash, the Ramones, James Brown, Sonic Youth, etc. It’s absolutely brilliant and very inspirational.
GFG: See…I’m always telling my boys that when I grow up I want to be a rock star. Now, I’ve got proof that it can still happen. No, wait…I don’t want to sing in front of people. How about I just cheer you on?! Which leads me to my next question. What profession would not want to attempt?
Cate: Anything underground or in an enclosed space. I’m claustrophobic.
GFG: I hear that! Now, for the tough question. Chocolate, vegetable, fruit or salty snack?
Cate: Fruit. Chardonnay counts as a fruit, right?
GFG: Hahaha. It does in my world. Okay, what sound or noise do you love?
Cate: Steel drums. They always put me in a good mood.
GFG:Very cool. Now, what sound or noise do you hate?
Cate: The medical helicopter going over my house on its way to the nearby hospital, because it means that someone is in serious trouble.
GFG: Understood. How about something more personal? What’s a fact most people couldn’t guess about you?
Cate: I used to play women’s rugby for a very brief period in college, until I decided that I liked my teeth and wanted to keep them.
GFG: Very cool! My first college had a rugby team. But I never played. They used to sport shirts that read, “Give Blood. Play Rugby.” Sounds like your college team was just as tough.
Let’s slide into the present. What’s your writing schedule like?
Cate: I get up at 5 a.m., make coffee, and write for about two hours before work, and then as much as I can on the weekends. I used to try writing at night when I got home, but I’m better in the mornings. I also took Allison Brennan’s advice and gave up TV. Well, apart from the aforesaid mysteries and American Pickers. Oh, and House Hunters International.
GFG: Yeah, sadly television is a real time suck. Bummer. But on a brighter note, how about telling us where readers can find you in the next six months. Any conferences or book signings coming up?
Cate: I’ll be at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Albany, New York from September 19-22. I’m on a panel on Saturday, 9/21 at 10:20 a.m. called “Money or Love – When your sleuths are not getting paid”.
GFG: Hear that NY Chicklets & Roosters?! She’ll be in Albany at the end of the month. 🙂 Now, for the juicy stuff, what’s your debut novel about?
Cate: GOING THROUGH THE NOTIONS is the first in a cozy mystery series about a retired schoolteacher—and yes, daughter of an F. Scott Fitzgerald fan—Daisy Buchanan has finally found her calling in the quaint village of Millbury, Pennsylvania. While her husband endlessly renovates their old house, Daisy happily presides over Sometimes a Great Notion, a quirky shop that sells sewing bits and bobs, antiques, and jewelry. Daisy has her eye on an antique dollhouse and a classic Singer Featherweight at the local auction—until her friend and mentor, auctioneer Angus Backstead, is led away in handcuffs. It appears he bashed in the head of a drinking buddy who stole a set of fancy fountain pens. Daisy’s sure the sprightly old-timer couldn’t have done it. But if Daisy can’t stitch together the bidder truth—and soon—Angus will be going once, going twice, gone forever.
GFG: That sounds so exciting. I love it. My copy is on my Kindle. Chicklets fans… Do you want an autographed paper back copy for yourself?
Well comment for a chance to WIN! Don’t forget to check back on Friday when we announce the winner!
Author Blurb: Cate Price is a regular sight on the streets of her home town walking her two amazing rescue dogs, and enjoys gardening, antiquing, and cooking with friends. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America. Writing this debut novel proved to be rather an expensive project, because while researching auction houses, she also became addicted to bidding on box lots. GOING THROUGH THE NOTIONS will be published by Berkley Prime Crime on September 3, 2013. A DOLLHOUSE TO DIE FOR is slated for release in the summer of 2014 and Cate is hard at work on the third book in the series.
And one more treat before Cate heads out…This is one of the treats that Daisy has in her store for the customers.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set the flour mixture aside.
- Beat the butter and sugars together for a couple of minutes until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat to incorporate. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating on low speed until all is combined. Stir in the oats and dried cherries.
- Using a small scoop, drop the dough onto prepared baking sheets, leaving 6 inches between cookies. (The cookies will be rather large when baked.)
- Bake until the edges are just turning brown, about 20 minutes
Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, and then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
GFG: Cate, thank you for stopping by. Congratulations on your debut! And readers don’t forget to comment for a chance to win an autographed paper back copy of GOING THROUGH THE NOTIONS!