WATCH OUT: Cathy Snoggles Interview
SC:I want to welcome you all to another edition of Watch Out. This week I’m thrilled to bring you another fabulous guest. I had the chance to meet her at the 2010 Everything To Do With Sex Show in Toronto. Author Cathy Snoggles is here.
Welcome Cathy, it is a pleasure to have you here today.
CS:Thank you. Likewise
SC:For those readers who are new to you and your work, please tell them a little about yourself.
CS:I’m outspoken, outgoing, humorous and silly. I love travelling, listening to various types of music, home décor and of course – writing.
SC: What, or who inspired you to write?
CS:A friend asked me to give him idea for a story. He used to post stories on the net. I started giving him a story and he told me to finish it and he posted it on his site. That’s how I started writing. My imagination is what inspires me. Anything and everything has the potential for a great story. I let my imagination and creativity decide where and which direction to take me for a story line.
SC: You have chosen to take the self publishing route, what made you decide to do that? Do you find it easier to self publish?
CS: Anyone who’s written a book and tried to have it published with a publisher has their own fair share of war stories. Mine is no different. Definitely easier because being self published and doing it all on your own means you have full control over everything including cover, price, layout and length of the book. Even with doing all the research into different companies, it’s not easy finding one that has your best interest at heart.
SC: How many books do you currently have published? Can you tell us a little about each?
CS: I have 2 out, “Erotic Tales Sure to Arouse The Senses” and “Tantalizing Cougar Tales.” Both are short story format. The latter is all about older women and younger men and the stories are longer. Erotic Tales contains 27 short stories ranging from 4pgs to over 20pgs. No two stories are the same. I cover older men – younger women; older women – younger men. Couples, threesomes, interracial… everything!
SC: Are there any author’s who have inspired you, or ones you look up to?
CS: I’d have to say Terry McMillan. How Stella Got Her Groove Back is the first book I ever read cover to cover. She writes like she’s having a conversation with you. That held my attention and I’ve noticed my writing style is quite similar. I also love how she can incorporate a whole family into a story and you’re able to keep up with each and every character. (i.e. A Day Late & A Dollar Short)
SC: Where do you see yourself as an author in the next five years?
CS: In the next five years I want to be an accomplished author. By that I mean known not just in Canada and the US, but globally.
SC: Being a published author what is the one big misconception you think that people have about writers/authors?
CS: There is a misconception that writers/authors live the life they write about. For example, there are authors that write vampire stories. Are they real vampires? Not the ones I know. People think because I write erotica, I’m sex crazed. Once again, not true. It simply means we as writers/authors have a creative imagination that let’s us go wherever our thoughts and minds allow.
SC: If you could pick to be a heroine from your books for a day, who would you pick and why?
CS: Wow, that’s kind of a tough question. I can think of 2 right off the bat. The first one would be the married woman whose husband takes her for granted and neglects her. She meets a younger man and remembers the romance and fun she once had with her husband. The second one would be the older woman that goes for what she wants and cares not for what anyone thinks or says. She finds the company of a younger man exhilarating, adventurous and arousing. Hmmm, I seem to be stuck on the older woman younger man scenarios. That’s quite Interesting even to me. *wink*
SC: What are you currently working on now? Anything you can give the readers a sneak peak of?
CS: I’m working on my 3rd erotic book. It is going to be more stories for the masses not just about older women and younger men. I went to Jamaica in October. I had such an amazing time. It was a working/vacation and I came back with several stories. Actually, I came back with enough stories to finish the book.
A sneak peak… I wanted to grab his head and hold it tight against me but reconsidered the idea. Him suffocating and me not reaching climax wouldn’t have been good for either of us. Instead I opened my arms wide and placed my hands flat against the floor. copyright@2010
SC: What was the best advice you ever got as a writer, and who gave it to you?
CS: The best and nicest came from an online friend that had read teasers I used to post on Black Planet. With his permission, I used his words and advice to me on the back of Erotic Tales. “You are a talented writer, run with it as far as you can. Utilize your ability. It is truly a gift. Many people can describe the sun, but there are very few who can make you feel the heat from it.” Sean-Michael T. Crayton
SC: Any writing habits?
CS: Yes, I have to multitask when I write. I listen to music, sometimes slow, sensual tunes, sometimes easy listening or reggae. Whatever music inspires me at the time. I sometimes talk online with friends while I’m writing as well. Sometimes the stories start getting really juicy, and I have to take a break to gather my thoughts before continuing.
SC: Have you ever based a character on yourself?
CS: Snicker… all the time! Ok, well not all the time, but yeah.
SC: What would you like to achieve as an author?
CS: I would like to take my stories and turn them into movies. Yes movies. Sometimes as I’m writing, I can actually visualize different actors I’d like to see playing the character roles. That would be the most amazing thing for me. Not just writing erotica, but dramas, romance and comedies as well.
SC:What are you currently reading?
CS: Interestingly enough, I’m not much of a reader. As I mentioned, I’ve read Terry McMillan. I’ve also read E. Lynn Harris and a few other romance books in the past but being self diagnosed with AADD I’m forever doing several things at once and my attention span these days for reading is minimal.
SC: What message would you like readers to walk away with after reading your books?
CS: They should feel uninhibited and free to trying new experiences. Not to shy away or worry about what others think. I’d like them to walk away feeling adventurous, bold and daring.
SC:Where can readers go to find more info about you and your books?
CS: I have several online accounts where I post teasers of my books and upcoming book, such as Facebook, Myspace, Black Planet, Twitter and YouTube. As well I have a blog, http://cathysnoggles.blogspot.com . They can also email me at email@example.com .