Hello Cate Ellink and welcome to Author’s Limelight! What’s new?
Thanks, Sarah, for hosting my visit today. It’s lovely to be here. My ebook, The Virginity Mission, was released in June.
What was the first story you ever wrote?
Ebi The Wishing Dog, was the first story I ever wrote. I was six or seven and it was in homage to Enid Blyton and my dog, Ebi, who I adored.
Of all the individuals you have created, do you have a particular favourite? What appeals to you the most about this character?
I don’t have a favourite. That would be like picking a favourite book or child. Each character has a tiny part of me in them, along with lots of other traits. Each person comes to me and tells me their story, in whispers and part scenes, usually in the dead of night. I love them for being part of my life while I tell their story. I could never choose a favourite.
Has being published changed you at all? If so, how?
I don’t know that I’m the best person to answer this question! I think being published has made me more driven. I’ve never wanted just one book published, I’ve always wanted the multi-book career. So I see each milestone (like being published) as another signpost along a really long, but enjoyable, journey. Plus, prior to being published I said I’d never read reviews – and I have.
What would we find on your bookshelf / e-reader?
Lots and lots of books! My husband thinks I have too many books on the bookshelves. We often discuss this issue. E-Readers have been a godsend because he has no idea how many are on there!
I read fiction and non-fiction. Many of my non-fiction books I’ve carted around with me for over twenty years and they aren’t ever being left behind. Some fiction falls into this category too. Books have always been my best friends! I am non-discriminatory about what I read. If it’s words on a page I’ll give it a shot.
What’s the most unappealing thing you’ve ever eaten?
Mannish water in Jamaica. It’s a soup made out of all the left over bits of the goat after they’ve butchered it and taken away all the useable bits. It was thick with floaties, smelled like many-days-old road kill, and brought me undone. Until then, the Jamaicans thought I was an invincible Aussie (because we can drink their beer and Americans struggle with the strength, and we understand cricket!).
Oh Cate! You are a trooper! I struggle with a Bratwurst sausage, but Mannish water?
If you could be any of the following characters for one day, who would you be and why? How would you re-write the ending?
a) Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind.
b) Thelma or Louise from Thelma and Louise.
c) Princess Leia from Starwars.
d) Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffanys.
Gosh, this is a difficult question, Sarah, such a range of choice.
Princess Leia for a day. I’d like to live in space, have wild adventures and meet Hans Solo and Luke Skywalker. I’m not sure I like the bunches-above-the-ears look, so I’d rewrite that…plus I’d go with Hans Solo, Luke would never have been a choice!
Of all the books in history, which do you wish you wrote and why?
Wow, these tricky questions keep on coming! Philosophy in the Bedroom (La Philosophie dans le boudoir) by the Marquis deSade. This book, for me, was my awakening to the power of erotic writing and the power of sex as an instrument for personal growth. It’s also a book with many underlying themes, and one no one can decide on its meaning. I’d like to be that clever and have people discussing my work centuries later.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
Purely for my own pleasure, I’d like to be Aquaman so I could live underwater. I love scuba diving and to be able to do it without all the gear would be the best fun. I’d feel a little guilty that I didn’t choose a superpower for the good of mankind…but maybe Aquaman could be useful and fun!
That’s perfectly alright. The superpower is just for you!
If you could go back in time, where would you go and when? What is one thing you would want to take with you?
I know this is dull, but I’d go back to 2008 and take my ebook with me. I’d go back to prove to myself that I can get a book published. I’d tell myself to enjoy the journey and not fret so much, especially those days when I was really down.
Can you tell us about your works in progress?
I have 3 erotic stories at various stages. I like to get ideas down when they come and then rework/edit for the next century (or so it seems!).
The story furthest along is set on Lord Howe Island with a footy player hero and a triathlete heroine. It’s a fun story full of scuba diving, snorkelling, running, competition and sex.
Finally, can you give us a sneaky excerpt from the as-yet-nameless Lord Howe Island story, please?
My wolf whistle cuts through the morning stillness, loud, shrill and penetrating. The stranger doesn’t turn. His stride shortens for one step but that’s the only indication he’s heard me. A smile sneaks across my mouth, twisting as I try to stop it blooming into a full laugh. I’ve got no class.
I’m perving. Hidden behind sunglasses, squinting in the sunshine, I’m availing myself of the unexpected addition to the already stunning view. I usually go for long, lean athletes. This guy is more squat or stocky but he’s definitely an athlete. Muscles upon muscles, layered and sculptured to perfection. His gait is long and easy. He’s a little shorter than me and built, as my pop would have said, like a brick outhouse. A very attractive one if the rear is anything to go by. He has huge calves, thick flexing thighs, and tight butt cheeks rounding out his shorts decadently. I wonder how my hand would go curving around those gluteus maximuses or is it maximi in pairs? Butt cheeks will do. I’d need both hands for sure. They twitch, palms sweating, fingers wriggling, eager to close in on their target.
He’s alone and heading toward the dive shack, like me. I hope he’s solo. I wouldn’t mind him for a dive buddy. I’d have some delicious moments of viewing pleasure.
Wow! I like the sound of this book, Cate!
Thanks for having me to visit, Sarah. I hope Hindsight does well for you.
Thanks Cate. Same to you and Virginity Mission.