Cate Beauman is ready to share the sixth installment in her bestselling romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County with the world. Her latest book is called “Justice For Abby.” This book centers on fashion designer Abigail Harris. She was rescued from her tragic misfortune, but she is not safe. As she looks to move on past that ordeal she has issues with getting her life back together. Especially when she finds out that people want her dead.
I had the great fortune to chat with Cate again about her book, character development, and much more. The book is available for pre-orders on Amazon now. April 10th is when the book will be released through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes. I do have an eBook copy that I am able to give away too. Follow me on Twitter for your chance to win the eBook version.
Art Eddy: “Justice for Abby” is your latest book. Can you tell me a bit about it?
Cate Beauman: Readers have been requesting Abby’s story for several months, and I’m so excited it’s finally here! Abby Harris made her first appearance in Forever Alexa, book four of the series. Abby’s story picks up six months after her harrowing rescue. She’s no longer a captive of the Mid-Atlantic Sex Ring, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe. The organization wants her dead, and it’s Jerrod Quinn’s job to keep his beautiful new client alive. He won’t have an easy time of it with Abby’s high-profile career and free-spirited personality.
AE: Looking at some background of the book Abby helps uncover a sex ring, which is a very scary subject. How much research did you have to do to be able to incorporate that subject into your book?
CB: Research plays a huge part in every story. It’s impossible to bring characters and their ‘world’ to life if a writer doesn’t know what he/she is talking about. It’s not uncommon to spend weeks gathering information on multiple subjects only to realize that I still need more. Abby’s story is one of fiction, but sex trafficking is a very real crime that happens every day in every country all over the world. It’s horrifying.
I spent more than two months trying to immerse myself in the nightmare millions of young women, men, and children find themselves forced into, and it broke my heart. I’m not sure that I’ve ever cried so much while preparing to tell a story.
AE: Do you have a favorite character from “Justice for Abby?”
CB: I have to admit that as I write my characters they all become my favorite. They become very real in my mind. As a writer, you have to know everything about the people you create-very much the way you would a close friend. I actually feel sad when I say goodbye to one set of characters and move on to another.
AE: How do you feel readers will react to the story and the characters from the book?
CB: As always, I hope my readers will fall in love with the characters I’ve created. Abby’s story is pretty tough. There’s a lot of sadness among the pages as Abby struggles to deal with all that she’s been through, but she’s so strong and fun. She’s determined to overcome, and Jerrod’s just the right man to help her. I think readers may find some of the content disturbing-and they should. Sex trafficking is disgusting.
AE: How do you go about creating interesting characters for each book? Is it tougher than coming up with a plot for a book?
CB: I create my characters with character sketches. I give my heroes and heroines an in-depth history including a birthdate, parents, siblings, so on and so forth. Each character has a complete life that shapes who they turn out to be. This allows me to really get inside their heads and make them come alive. For me, creating characters is much easier than coming up with a solid plotline. Although, I often have a plot in mind then come up with the characters that will best suit each story.
AE: This is your sixth book that you have published. Does one standout as your favorite book?
CB: Again, it’s hard to say I have a favorite. Each novel is dear to me in a different way. I’ve had so much fun writing all of them. Saying I like one more than the other just doesn’t seem right!
AE: You have been very busy writing so I have to ask, will you be taking some time off or do you have another book that you want to start working on?
CB: No rest for the weary! I don’t take a lot of time off. I’m very much a workaholic. My mind is constantly filled with characters and stories that must be told. I’ll be starting my second draft of Saving Sophie, the seventh novel in the series, after another couple weeks of follow up research. I’ve already started tossing around ideas for the eighth novel. My family and I are looking forward to our summer vacation on the beach, kayaking, and bike riding but other than that my world pretty much revolves around my family and my career.
AE: You made a name for yourself in the romantic suspense novels genre. Do you look to write for any other genres in the future?
Definitely not! My favorite author, Nora Roberts, says “Write what you love to read.” I love reading romantic suspense. I imagine someday I might step out of the box and try writing something that is straight romance, but that won’t be anytime soon. I have several stories left to tell in The Bodyguards of L.A. County Series.