Georgia Cates is the author of several YA novels. Her latest, Going Under, is out now, and Georgia stopped by the virtual offices to chat about her new book.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Georgia Cates] I’m the author of Going Under, Blood of Anteros, and Blood Jewel, Books 1 & 2 of The Vampire Agápe Series. I am a wife & mother of 2. I live in rural Mississippi and love it.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Going Under?
[Georgia Cates] Jessie is a tough guy from the wrong side of the tracks. He ends up as the new guy in school and plans on using his talent as a quarterback to earn himself a scholarship and ticket away from his circumstances in his home life. The current QB isn’t looking to give up his spot and constantly takes cheap shots at Jessie. After growing tired of Forbes’ constant attempts to harass and humiliate him, Jessie decides to get even with him using his girlfriend, Claire Deveraux.
Claire is perfection at it’s best. She tries to steer clear of Jessie Boone, but she can’t seem to tear herself away from him no matter how hard she tries. Her secret desire to not be so perfect drives her to get closer and closer with the one thing she shouldn’t-Jessie.
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Georgia Cates] My favorite kind of romance is one that pulls on your heart strings. I can’t help it. I like a wounded man that can show his strength by rising up and becoming more than he ever imagined he could be-all because of the love of a woman. It’s my thing. What can I say?
Who doesn’t secretly want a bad boy? I’m not married to one so I have to pine for a fictitious one. Jessie is who I would want if I could have my dream bad boy. He’s sexy, tough, wounded, yet gentle and romantic when he finds the girl that turns his heart around.
Of course, Jessie couldn’t fall for the skanky slut. He had to fall for Miss Goody Goody. The slut approach wouldn’t have been fun at all.
Payton is my favorite character. She is snarky and her comments crack me up. She’s no dumb blond either. She’s always got the goods on everyone.
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the story?
[Georgia Cates] Because it’s young adult, I expect many teen readers. I always struggle with the amount of sexual heat between my characters. I want to let loose and write about them going crazy on each other, but I can’t because I know there’s a young teen girl somewhere reading what I wrote. I’m 36 and not ready to be called a dirty old lady yet. Maybe next year…
[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Jessie?
[Georgia Cates] Hot
[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Claire would never have in her purse?
[Georgia Cates] Entertainment to keep her occupied because she arrived anywhere early.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Georgia Cates] There is no doubt about that one. Music. Music. Music. I have to have it. It can completely change my mood and the way I feel when I’m writing a certain “scene.” I think of my writing like scenes in a movie and music helps me see it as it happens.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Georgia Cates] Music
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Georgia Cates] The Scarlet Letter. We had a terrible ice storm and I was homebound for almost 2 weeks due to the damage it caused. I read The Scarlet Letter over and over because I didn’t have anything else to do and I think that was when I fell in love with reading.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Georgia Cates] Music is my number one past time, but when I’m not listening to music, I’m catching up with the TV series LOST. I am probably the only person on earth that didn’t watch it when it was on television and now I spend my down time with Jack and Kate.
[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?
[Georgia Cates] I can be found at:
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
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Thanks to Bewitching for arranging this interview!