And here is an interview with Nakhlasmoke, AKA Cat. I picked her because, er she wanted to lol, and because when it comes to the writing process we're twins. I'm the evil one natch.

( And I completely pilfered the questions from Heron hehe)

Tell us a bit about yourself. What would you like us to know about you?

Erk. I'm mostly harmless.

What are you doing now?

Writing, mostly. And hopefully doing a bit more pro belly dancing in the upcoming year. A man's gotta eat.

What is your favourite food?

Vegetarian pizza with extra pineapples and chilli.

What is your favourite colour?


What is your favourite sound?

The Muslim call to prayer at dawn

Who is your favourite person?

My Slave and my kids (yeah, I'm cheating)

What is your favourite place?

Cape Town

What is your favourite memory?

OMG I have a shocking memory. next.

What is your favourite article of clothing?

My sparkly MC Hammer Harem Pants of Doom, but I don't get to wear those in normal public situations, alas

What is your favourite word?

Skerry. Or fuck. I use one of these more often than the other.

What is your favourite writers' quote and why?

Everything Can Be Fixed In Revisions - sometimes it's the only thing that keeps me at it when I'm in the writing doldrums.

What is your most favourite quality about yourself?

The ability to empathise with people I disagree with.

What is the least favourite quality about yourself?

I lose my temper fast, and with violent results

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?

The Atlantic ocean, so I can stand on the edge of the world and let cold water swirl about my ankles as I sink into the sand.

What inspires you to write and why?

Ha. Other writers' words. Good writing makes me happy to be alive.

What is your favourite book and why?

Tender is the Night- Fitzgerald. It's the combo of characters and language. I love that book like whoah

What is your favourite genre and why?

Fantasy, although I'll pretty much devour anything. I just love the fantastical and strange

List your three favourite authors (any genre) and why?

Margaret Atwood - she's the Tori Amos of lit. Or something.

Jasper Fforde - because he does metafiction so fantastically

Ballard - because Crash basically changed my life. Between that and Diana Wynne Jones's Dogsbody, I knew I wanted to write.

What do you think makes a writer successful?

Talent, work ethic, an ego that can be deflated or inflated as the occasion demands.

What is it that makes you successful as a writer?

Uh....I learn more with each book I write.

What are your goals as a writer?

To write something worth reading. To have those books stay in print. To win a Hugo (snerk)

What is the best tip you can give to fellow writers?

Your first book is shite. Probably. Throw it away and start a new one. Oh, and I'm also often wrong so don't listen to me.

What do you hope to provide your readers with through your writing?

A new world to immerse themselves in and characters they fall in love with.

List your three favourite online writer-resource sites and why (include URLS).

well...uh AW. Do you really need the URL?

If you have published a book/story, tell us about your publishing success (title, publishing date and company, where it is available to purchase).

Oh wait, I do have a published short out there. It's this Reflection Of Me, in Jabberwocky 3, and since it's the teaser for the antho, you can read it online free of charge. Wheee!

How long did it take you to write your book(s)?

I can write a book in three months. it's the rewriting and revising that takes forever.

What would you do differently if you could repeat the same publishing experience?

Be more proactive with promotion.

What have you learned about the publishing world?


This is your chance to 'Talk Back' to your readers. What would you like to say to them?

Hi mom!! *waves*

What's the one thing that you want them to know about your writing?

Sorry, mom, I doubt I'll be giving up genre for "real" writing anytime soon, but thanks for asking.