Sure! I’m Cathy Clamp, one half of the writing team of Cat Adams. Readers might know us from our Tales of the Sazi and Thrall paranormal romance series and our brand new Blood Singer urban fantasy series. We’ve won the RT Reviewers Choice Award for several of our books (and are up for yet another award this year!) along with the Career Achievement Award in paranormal romance.
Can you introduce us to the world that you have created?
The Blood Singer world is a unique spin on urban fantasy in that we’ve constrained the UF elements to abide by our existing reality. We’ve had fun creating a world where paranormal testing is done in grade schools to determine a person’s unique abilities and professional mages are required to assist at crime scenes (similar to our own EMTs who must stop and lend aid at accident scenes to keep their license.) Celia Graves spent her life as a “vanilla human” with no real talents. But when she’s attacked and nearly turned by a master vampire, she becomes an “Abomination”, neither fully human nor fully vampire. Naturally, both groups hate her for what she is . . . and isn’t. The vampire bite also awakens a heritage she didn’t know she had. Her great grandfather was a Pacific siren and she must learn her abilities, as well as her new faults. Readers will LOVE it!
Will this be your first RT or are you a veteran? Any advice for those who are going for the first time?
No, I’m a veteran. I’ve been attending RT since, I think, 2004. Love it! Best con I’ve ever attended, which is why I keep coming back. As for advice, the best I can offer is don’t get overwhelmed! It’s a huge event, with thousands of people and it can feel like you’re a tiny guppy swimming against a stream. But it’s a terrific place to meet people and everybody, from the biggest NYT bestseller, to the most beginning aspiring author, are all just people who love books. We all LOVE to talk to fans and to other writers, so when you’re sitting down at a table where you don’t know a soul, it’s easy to start a conversion with, “So what books do you like?”
Are you speaking on any panels during RT? Are there any you are looking forward to? What panels are you planning on attending?
I am! I’ll be on a vampire panel, called “Vampires: From Bela Legosi to Bella Swan on April 6th at 2:15. Come visit. It’ll be a great panel! As for what panels I’ll attend, that’s a tough thing to say. They all look like so much fun it’ll be hard to choose. I’ll probably do what I always do and wander around until I see a sign for a panel that interests me at that particular moment and walk in the room. Hahaha!
If someone were wanting to meet up with you at RT, who should they look for?
Well, I’d say to look for a heavyset middle-aged woman with brown hair and glasses, but that wouldn’t get someone very far at RT! That’s a pretty large percentage of the attendees. LOL! And that’s one of the things nice about RT. Size, age or ethnicity, we’re all brought together by one thing: books! But really, to find me, just walk around. One way to always spot me is a vivid blue tote from RWAOnline Chapter. I love the totes that RT gives out every year, but I always wind up carrying my chapter bag because it has pockets for just everything.
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