Nice to meet you!
My name's Cate, and I'm a writer, Barnes & Noble bookseller and barista, and self-employed editor living in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia.
Ever since I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in third grade, my heart has been set on finding the magic in life. In my eyes, there's nothing like the subtle, portable magic of a well-told story. I've been writing ever since I could hold a pencil, and I'm currently working on the first draft of my dieselpunk fantasy novel, Redwood, the first book in a planned trilogy.
My preferred method of procrastination and/or entertainment is visiting every Goodwill within a hundred mile radius and scouring their book section (this is how I own 300+ books, by the way). In my free time you can probably find me hanging out with my partner-in-crime, Robbie, and our two adopted children: Smokey the dog and Rosie the cat.
To follow or befriend me elsewhere, check out my accounts on Instagram (I have a bookstagram account and a personal account),
Goodreads, Pinterest, and NaNoWriMo. If I've edited for you before, I'd love to be Facebook friends as well. One can never have too many writing buddies!
"All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know."
- Ernest Hemingway
Writing, for me, is necessary to happiness. It quiets my mind and takes me to a world that's entirely my own, to mold and bend whichever way I can imagine, to create characters with lives that are as real to me as my own. My theory on writing is this: the simpler, the better. Ernest Hemingway is perhaps my biggest inspiration when it comes to the art of writing. Your words should be concise, straightforward, and as true as you know how to make them. Embellishments will only end up taking away from your idea, and forcing the reader to limit his or her imagination.
"It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read."
- Lemony Snicket
My best novels, to me, are those that stay with me for days and weeks after I finish them; the stories that leave my mouth hanging open and my heart throbbing painfully. They're the stories that remind us what it means to be human, and what it means to be alive.
My favorites include A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, J.K. Rowling's enchanting Harry Potter series, A Series of Unfortunate Events by the enigmatic Lemony Snicket, Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Markus Zusak's The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger, and Cormac McCarthy's darkly poetic The Road.