Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Non-Random Tandem: Cat Grant visits Bitch Factor 10

What a treat we have today! And we do LOVE treats, right? Cat Grant, author of so many tantalizing M/M stories dropped by to discuss our mutual Fassy Fascination, tats and her latest release, Doubtless. Stayed tuned after the Question or Two interview for a blurb from Doubtless and details about Cat's giveaway.

Question or Two with Cat Grant

1)     Cat, I feel I know very little about your personal life- save you being a fellow Cal-Berkeley alum, your love of Michael Fassbender (known to us "droolers" as Fassy), your tatting,  and your "Catting" around (no, not small 'c' catting, but the kind unique to being the lovely Cat Grant) around the picturesque Monterey Bay.  Those four things certainly recommend you to Bitch Factor 10 readers, but what else would you be willing to divulge?

LOL! You’ve certainly been keeping up with my misadventures, Emme. Speaking of tatting, I just got my orchid sleeve finished tonight. Here’s a pic. Pretty damn stunning, huh? 

I suppose the new shiny in my life is my addiction to the MTV drama Teen Wolf. I’ve devoured the first season and a half (aka, all the episodes thus far) in the past week, and now I’m seeking out all available fanfic for my OTP, Scott/Stiles. With Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Leverage, True Blood & all the other shows I watch, I sure as hell don’t need another fandom, but it looks like it’s sunk its claws in me. No pun intended!

2)     The first story I read of yours dealt with members of the military. Are you a military veteran or a military brat? Addicted to SoldierPorn? How did your interest in the issues and  sex lives of the armed forces come about?

I’m not a veteran or a military brat, but my dad served in the Army during WWII (long before my birth, let me add!). I’ve always admired those who chosen to serve and protect, and thought it profoundly unfair that they’ve been forced to serve in silence for so long.

It was actually Rachel Maddow’s series of interviews with members of the military who’d been unfairly discharged under DADT (Don't Ask, Don't Tell) that inspired me to write Once a Marine. There was one discharged Army captain who said he’d kept his personal life on hold for the better part of ten years because it wouldn’t be fair to a potential partner to have to go back in the closet for his sake. When I saw that interview, I knew I had the model for my fictional Marine, Cole Hammond.

3)     After DADT was rescinded, I wondered how that epic event would affect your writing. Will you still write about unrequited active duty love? Will you change those narratives to suit the times? Or, have Rentboys taken up that space in your heart?

There’s always room for military stories – and more rent boy stories. Maybe both in the same book. There’s an idea! LOL!

4)     I couldn't put down the two Power Play novels you've penned with best bud, Rachel Haimowitz- PP: Resistance and PP: Awakening.  Were Fassy and McAvoy, stars of the Xmen: First Class movie, models for Power Play main characters, Bran and Jonathan?  If so, were Fassy and McAvoy just physical stand-ins? Do you think of Fassy (and reading your tweets, I know you  often do!) as a submissive, like Bran, or is that wishful thinking?

Uh, I’m trying to think of an answer that won’t get me sued. LOL! The best thing I can say is that Fass & James both were and weren’t the inspirations for Brandon and Jonathan. Obviously Rachel and I know nothing about the actors’ personal lives (aside from what few hints they’ve revealed in interviews), so we basically just took them as the physical inspirations, then fashioned our characters’ personalities out of whole cloth.

As for Fass as a submissive . . . my personal fantasies involve him standing on the other end of the flogger, but that’s a topic for another day. 

5)     You no doubt caught me off guard in your new Riptide Publishing release, Doubtless-- a follow up to Priceless, one of the selections in RP's Rentboys Collection. The first book dealt with Connor and Wes, but this time around, the story follows the loves of Steve Campbell, Connor's best friend and workmate from Priceless. I admit that I was intrigued by Steve in the first book-- who wouldn't love a best bud who buys us the attentions of a sexy young thing for the night! Was Steve begging to have his own story told after appearing in Priceless?

Yeah, Steve’s one of those characters who keeps tapping you on the shoulder until you write him his own book. And this isn’t even a traditional romance, per se – that’s coming later. I’ve got a very intriguing love story in mind for him.

6)     What's up next? Will there be a Power Play 3 "massive kinkapalooza"? More menage-a- yum, like the Courtland Chronicles series? Another *less book?

Actually, I’m finishing up the first draft of a Connor/Wes Christmas story right now. The working title is “Fearless.”

7)     Thanks so much for visiting BF10, Cat. Any last words?

Thanks for having me, Emme! And thanks for your insightful questions. They’ve been a delight to answer. 


Loving your best friend is hard . . . especially when he's marrying someone else.

On the surface, Steve Campbell seems to have it all: a beautiful home, a snazzy car, and a dream job as one of the country’s top 3-D optics researchers. But underneath, he’s restless and dissatisfied, tired of empty encounters with leggy lab assistants and endless evenings alone.

A chance meeting with a handsome escort lifts Steve’s spirits and opens his eyes to his long-repressed attraction to men—and his love for his best friend and business partner, Connor Morrison.

Connor might’ve loved Steve like that once, but now it’s too late for their happily ever after; Connor’s about to ask his boyfriend to marry him. Fortunately, it's never too late to learn about yourself, and maybe Steve can find a happy ending on his own.

Order Doubtless here:

About Cat:
 EPIC Award–winning author Cat Grant lives by the sea in beautiful Monterey, California, with one persnickety feline and entirely too many books and DVDs. When she's not writing, she sings along (badly!) to whatever's on her iPod shuffle, watches lots of movies, and fantasizes about kinky sex with Michael Fassbender.
Where to find Cat:

Cat's Giveaway:

Prize is one of Cat's backlist books.
-Giveaway is OPEN TO EVERYONE!
-To be entered, MUST leave a comment, ALONG WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDY.
-One commenter will be chosen randomly from all comments made throughout the tour, so the more tour stops you make a comment on, the greater your chances of winning.  A list of all participating blogs can be found here.
-Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST on 7/23.


  1. Nice interview Emme. It was great to get to know Cat and her writing a bit more. (I don't need to be entered in the draw)

    Best wishes with Doubtless Cat. The Priceless/Doubtless books sound good!

  2. Thanks for the compliment, Kyahgirl, and thanks for visiting during Cat's visit. And drop back by after you've read Priceless and Doubtless if you want to talk about the books. My review of Doubtless should be posted sometime this weekend.

  3. Yep, Emme, you're definitely one of my favourite interviewers!
    Great interview, ladies. Thanks! :)

  4. Awesome tattoo!! Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!


  5. Thanks for dropping in Aija and Emily. Good luck in the giveaway drawing!

  6. Good interview. What an impressive tattoo. I wonder how long it took to ink.

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  7. @ Kyahgirl - Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the books.

    @ Aija - *waves* How you doing, hon?

    @ Emily & Jess - Thanks for the compliments on the tat. It was a two-sitting job - the artist did the outline and filled in one of the orchids first, then filled in the rest a couple weeks later. Took about six hours, total.

    I hope to get him to do a dream catcher on my right arm this weekend. :)


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