One of the things we want to do here at Trust & Treachery is give you a chance to get to meet our authors. Over the next few weeks, you will see bios and Q&As for our amazing contributors. Although we continue to run behind in our posting schedule, today is Beth Cato. Stay tuned as additional authors are added every Monday.
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Beth Cato is an active member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. She’s originally from Hanford, California, but now resides in Buckeye, Arizona, with her husband and son. Despite how often her husband’s co-workers beg, she will not quit writing to bake cookies all day long. Information regarding current projects can always be found at http://www.bethcato.com. Sometimes those projects do include cookies.
Do you have any recent events to announce (of publications or anything else exciting)?
I recently became a full member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, which has been a dream of mine since I was about 14. It boggles my mind that I achieved one of my major life goals.
What inspired you to write this story?
“Sanctified Ground” was inspired by media coverage of the World Cup in South Africa back in 2010. I read that shanty towns were displaced to build stadiums and venues, and the people were left totally bereft. That made me think: what would happen if these homeless and forgotten people could fight back?
What books and/or authors have most influenced you?
C. E. Murphy, Mary Doria Russell, and Elizabeth Moon. Moon in particular is an inspiration to me because she wrote prolifically while raising a son with autism, just as I am.
What are you reading now?
I actually just finished up AMONG OTHERS by Jo Walton. Loved it.
What are your current projects?
I’m working on a steampunk novel involving airships, terrorists, and a prim healer caught in a political tug of war.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Always listen to praise and criticism. Sometimes it’s harder to accept the praise.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thanks for reading, and I’d feed you cookies if I could.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
I have many favorite quotes, but my most recent favorite is from the book AMONG OTHERS: “If you love books enough, books will love you back.” It gave me chills when I read it because that’s how I feel about reading and books. It’s an intimate experience.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
I think the greatest trials in my life were when my husband was deployed in the Navy while I was pregnant, and then again when our son was a toddler. It was hard and lonely, but I survived. I’m also very glad my husband is a civilian now so we don’t have to deal with deployments!
What inspires you to write and why?
Inspiration is everywhere. I never know when it will strike. It could be from the news, the way the sun gleams through leaves, or an offhand comment. And I must write, or I get all twitchy and restless and not even my cats want to put up with me.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The toughest criticism? That I’ll burn in hell because I write fantasy. It’s bad enough to be told a story sucks, but something else when my eternal soul is damned. The best compliment is when I get an emotional response from people—that my story made them gasp or cry or they couldn’t stop thinking about it.
Tell us something unusual (or fun) about you.
I love baking. It’s become my wind-down activity away from the computer, and I’ll brainstorm or work out frustration as I knead bread or mix cookies. My husband takes most of my goodies to work, and his co-workers have accused me of attempted murder in the form of obesity and diabetes. I offer a serene smile in reply.