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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

#Interview With Samantha Underwood

Who is Samantha Underwood? Where is she from?  

Good question, I’m have to Samantha Underwood is…. I’m from Flint, Michigan, but I’ve lived so long in Atlanta that I might as well say that I’m from Atlanta. Hell, I even have a southern accent.

2. Why did you want to start a lesbian book series?

Um, odd enough as it sounds when I wrote the first book I had no idea it was going to be a series. Then when I started writing Miami it just took off from there. I wanted to tell my story in a different way. Each book in the love after series represents a period of time from me. Its like a living diary. The other part is that I wanted to give the community something different to read. As a black reader I don’t want to always read material about the struggle or the super typical characters, and I didn’t want to write it either. I wrote my books so that any woman of any race could read it and find that it was a good story.

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

I think that for younger people writing is a thing of the past, but sex sells no matter the generation. Mainly, I think visuals help. This generation loves flash and passion and that fuels a lot of my ideas. The hardest part is keeping the audience’s attention between books. Unlike a tv show, once the book is written the next one may not be for another year or so. So you have to figure out how to keep your artist entertained. Its like when a musician comes out with a Grammy winning album you have to promote it until the fire burns out.

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

I started writing when I was younger. When I was in middle school I wrote a screenplay for an English project. I used to keep a book of poetry with me at all times. I wrote songs to Brian McKnight instrumentals. I played piano and the guitar when I was younger so I often wrote songs, but it was a lot harder to record on a keyboard on cassette tapes. I’m an 80’s baby so having to rewind the cassette tape when you make a mistake could get frustrating. But I kept finding different ways for an outlet. So I wrote and I wrote, and eventually it turned into a book.

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

I think writing is a form of journal, and it definitely takes a lot of creativity to get past the initial idea and actually finish the damn story. Sometimes I may write something from someone else’s perspective and just put the extra emotion in there. I mean we all want to know what someone is thinking, so I just put it into the writing.

6. As far as writing, who are some of your favorite writers/authors?

I like authors like Dan Brown, I’m a fan of Shonda Rhimes.

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

The most memorable moment was when L.A. hit #9 on the erotica list on amazon.

8. How long have you been in the business of writing and doing graphics?

I’ve been doing graphics since 2008. I mean it probably started before then. I used to design profile pics when I first started.

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

You can find my book on amazon.com and search my name under the author. You can also request my book at Barnes and Noble in store. I will be at the Atlanta Black Pride Festival so I’ll be selling paperback copies there as well.

10. How can Unsigned Female Artists help with your book series? 

I think we can help each other. Writers are no different from musicians/female rappers. Our creative process is the same. I think the female rap community doesn’t take the industry into their hands enough. Some of them do and they take off. I think if artists and writers got together and brainstormed or fed off of that creative energy then I think we could bring more positivity to the community. I think it would also make writing look cool again. Rappers are sometimes songwriters, but at the end of the day they are storytellers. Hell, I put music in my writing. I think UFA can help create that forum for writers to be able to vibe with artists and bring us into the new generation.

Follow Samantha Underwood:

Twitter: @loveafterseries @only1scorpio @scorpiosgraphx

IG: @loveafterbookseries @scorpiosgraphx
@only1scorpio_isbk