Interview With @ckmckoy917 #CateMckoy

1. Who is Cate Mckoy? Where is she from?

I was born and raised in a small upstate town about 60 minutes North of Manhattan.  Hudson Valley, Orange County.  It’s called Newburgh, N.Y.  It has its good and bad points. Growing up I was exposed to them both.

2. Why did you want to start writing books?

I’ve always loved writing since I was little.  But, what really galvanized me was when I read this story in this weekly magazine we got in my school. I was in the fourth grade. And the magazine made a big deal about the author being a fourth grader.  I don’t remember what the story was about, but, I just remember how cool it was that the author was my age.  

3. What are some challenges that you face when writing and trying to get more viewers to read?

Of course being an unknown makes it extremely hard to get noticed.  That is my biggest challenge.  Getting known.  You get caught in that catch-22 with literary agents.  They only want to represent known entities, successful people who are already doing it.  So how do you get known if the agent doesn’t take you? You can’t.  Can’t get known without an agent, can’t get an agent without being known.  I don’t mean like household name type of known.  You could be known in a small circle of fans, known as a winner of a writing contest.  Once you have a “known” quality you can gain traction.

4. When did you realize you had a passion for writing?

When I was little I liked writing.  I started with little poems on occasion cards, bday, mother’s day, graduation, etc. It became my trade mark. I’d make the poem personal and to fit the occasion. Then other times I would read a book and I’d find myself re-writing it in my head. I started doing the same thing with movies.  One of the best examples is the movie from 1979 when a stranger calls. I was 14 when I watched that. After the movie was over, I said “It would have been way better if the entire movie took place in the house for that one night.  In 2006 the remake did just that.”  

5. Would you say writing is more of an escape for you, sense of imagination, visioning other people’s perspectives? Like what makes you a great writer?

It’s not so much an escape, more a release.  I put my experiences and emotions into my writing.  As well as my family’s and friend’s experiences.  It really is true, the old adage: write what you know.

6. Who are some of your favorite writers/authors?

Sandra Brown, Shannon McKenna, Stephen King, John Saul, Tami Hoag, Penny Jordan, Charles Dickens, Dr. Seuss.  And of course Shakespeare. 

7. What would you consider as a memorable moment as to writing? 

In general, The Bible, whether you believe it or not one must admit to it being one of the most fascinating, engrossing, epically written stories ever!  It has it all, love, hate, sex, drugs, war, hoodlums, wise-guys, heroes, villains, murder, mayhem and happy endings too all wrapped in the premise of an all-powerful being! Very memorable.  In my personal life, my horror movie screenplay making it to the final round of judging in the 2014 search for Horror contest and my Criminal Minds episode making the quarter finals in the Stage 32 Tv writing contest.

8. Where can we find your books and get hard copies from?

Because I used to be traditionally published you will be able to find Book 1 many places, and countries  But as of Easter of 2017 I am fully Indie!  I revamped the cover (publisher still owned the rights to their cover) re-priced it (much lower than the publisher’s and online stores that have the publisher’s edition).  You can find all my books on Amazon.com, Create Space and Kindle.  After a promotion in which I am only using Kindle and Amazon, they will be available in other online stores, Barnes and Noble, Nook, iTunes, and Google Play late in the year.

9. How long have you been in the business of writing?

I’ve been writing since I was a little girl.  It’s only been since 2014 where I tried to make it a business.

10. How can Unsigned Female Artists help with your writing/books?

Exposure, garner reviews.  Reviews is the Author’s bread and butter and ego boost and constructive criticism and the not so constructive criticism.

Follow Cate Mckoy:

Twitter:  @ckmckoy917
IG: ckmckoy
Snapchat: cate917

Also Read/Buy Her Books on Amazon

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