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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Reading in the Sun - Interview with Cat Hogan & Giveaway

About Cat Hogan

Cat Hogan was born into a home of bookworms and within spitting distance of the sea. Her father, Pat, a lightship man, instilled in her a love of the sea and the stars. Her mother, Mag, taught her how to read before she could walk.
Writing, storytelling and a wild imagination is part of her DNA.

The beautiful County Wexford, Ireland is home to Cat, her musician partner Dave, two beautiful sons Joey and Arthur, and her tomcat Jim Hawkins. There they live a life of storytelling, song and adventure. The other love of Cat’s life is food. A self-professed foodie, there is nothing she loves more than feeding a houseful of friends round her kitchen table.

When she is not conjuring up imaginary friends, she can be found supporting local musicians and writers of which there is an abundance in her home town. One of her first endorsements for her novel is also her favourite and comes from fellow Wexfordian of Artemis Fowl fame.

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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi! I’m Cat and I’m an author with Poolbeg Press. I live in beautiful Ireland with two sons Joey (11) and Arthur (3) and my parner Dave- a gifted musician. We live very close to the beach in Wexford. We are all bookworms here in the house- including baby Art. When I’m not reading or writing books, I run a business from home writing content for businesses.

2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?

One of the high lights of holidays for me is hitting the bookshop in departures. I never decide what I’m going to buy before I get there, but I always leave room in my bag for a couple of books, and an extra hour of travel time is allocated for this. The last book I bought in the airport was a non fiction called ‘ The Little Book of Thinking Big’- by Richard Newton. I am a paperback reader but for the sake of convenience and instant gratification, my kindle is always in my handbag.

3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?

My perfect day would be with my family having a picnic on the beach. Because we live so close, we have picknicking on the beach down to a fine art. Beaches also have no WiFi- that’s a blessing. We also know the local hidden spots where the beaches are always deserted. There’s nothing quite like cooking and eating outdoors with the sound of waves for company.

4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

I am a self-professed foodie. I love food and everything about it from growing it to cooking it. I spent many years in the Hospitality industry and a good chunk of that time was spent in kitchens. There’s nothing I love more than cracking open a good bottle of wine and feeding a house full of friends.

5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

For me inspiration comes from many different places. It could be a line in a song, a painting or a news report. Once an idea comes into my head, I spend all my time obsessing over the characters, wondering what they are up to and eaves dropping on their conversations. The story and the lives of my imaginary friends develop from there.

6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?

I think I would have to be the BFG. As a child, I was an avid reader of Roald Dahl books. To this day they still hold their magic for me, in particular the Big Friendly Giant. I have so many childhood memories from reading this book.

7. What's your favorite reading spot?

Without a doubt, my favourite spot to read is at home in bed late at night. No interruptions and so peaceful.

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

I went to Madrid last year for a short holiday to celebrate finishing the first draft of my first novel ( even though I hadn’t actually finished it!!!) We stayed in an apartment we had booked through Air BnB.

I fell in love with the city. Every single thing about it. The food, the art galleries, the markets, the gardens and the people. As a person who grew up within spitting distance of the ocean, I usually need to be near water. Madrid for me is the only exception to that rule.

9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

You need to start writing. Go home tonight and open a notebook, or a document on your computer. Title it ‘Chapter One’. Write a couple of paragraphs and put it aside. Tomorrow morning, you will wake up safe in the knowledge you have started your novel. ‘I want to write’ becomes ‘I am writing.’ That’s a great feeling to have.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

You can expect more dark tales about flawed human nature and perhaps a movie or two!!!


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  1. They All Fall Down sounds like a fantastic read!

  2. Love the cover! The story seems gripping

  3. I've been looking forward to this one :)

  4. Hope to win for my sister to read. Thanks for the opportunity

  5. Looks really great I also enjoy reading in bed when everyone else is sleeping

  6. Looks interesting. I'd love to win this!

  7. I'd love to hear about your AirBnB experience. I've always wanted to try it!

  8. The book sounds interesting!
    Thanks for the great interview :)

  9. I'm in Wexford as well Cat! Might bump into you on the beach someday!

  10. This sounds like a great book. Added to my to-read shelf!

  11. My fave reading spot is also my bed - it doesn't get comfier than that!

  12. Thank you for a print copy; I don't read ebooks so I'm always happy to see a print copy :)

  13. Wow, awesome! I would love to read it!

  14. This one sounds like a bit spooky read. I can't wait to try it. Envy you for living in Ireland and by a beach to boot. Have you found anything unusual on the beach?

  15. It would be terrific to win a Signed Paperback
    of They All Fall Down by Cat Hogan.
    This sounds like a book i would enjoy reading.
    I like the book cover because it seems mysterious.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  16. I'd love to win as this sounds fab, all fall down is one of my most anticipated books. cannot wait to read it