Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi! My name is Caitlin and I’ve just released my first novel in my three-part series. I live on the East Coast in the US, and love it here! I’m a wife and a mom to two little boys, and I also work in marketing for a software company during the day. Before releasing my novel, I was published in a paranormal anthology. I’m also a moderator for a Facebook writing group where we have about 4.3k members.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my latest book is “Him” the first book in a series titled “The Migrator Series”. This series has been one of those ideas floating around in my head for years and years and years, and I finally sat down and got it all out on paper. I was inspired by an idea that came to me in one of my college writing classes. Finally, about 1.5 years ago I was able to sit down and write down a full plan for a story. It was originally meant to be a single book but slowly morphed into a trilogy.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I wouldn’t say unusual, but I definitely have to be creative with limited time on my hands. I usually write on the couch in the evening, once work is over and the kids are asleep, or early in the morning if I can squeeze it in before the kids wake up.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’ve always loved to read, but I think the biggest influence in my life was the Harry Potter series. The books were so magical to me and showed me what being transported to another world really looked like. I remember waiting on my front steps for the mailman to come deliver Book#5 when it was released. I was so excited!
As I grew a bit older, I found influence in Stephen King and Chuck Palahniuk as well.
What are you working on now?
Now, I’m working on Book 2 in The Migrator Series trilogy! This book will be titled, “Her”.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I find that word-of-mouth has been very good to me. Getting my friends and family excited about my books has been not only fruitful but extremely rewarding! I also find that using social media (organic and paid) can have a real impact on promotion! However, I’m still learning as I go. Some things will work, some things won’t – but I won’t know if I don’t try!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep going. The writing and editing process is hard and brutal and sometimes feels impossible, but you can do it. Getting to the end feels so good.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Make other writing friends. My friends who are also writers are my support network. Yes, my husband is absolutely supportive and wonderful, but nobody gets your problems like another writer!
What are you reading now?
I am finishing up “The Martian” by Andy Weir.
What’s next for you as a writer?
More books! More stories! I would like to finish up The Migrator Series trilogy by the end of this year. I am also looking forward to being part of an anthology with some of my writing friends!
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Stand – Stephen King
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J. K. Rowling
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll