Guest Author & A Giveaway: Cathy Pegau

Hello my lovely little friends! (Big friends?) As you see, we have Cathy Pegau visiting with us today! (ETA and we also see that I’ve had problems with the “publish” button so let’s all pretend it’s Tuesday, shall we? So bonus – Tuesday, but also the weekend! Whoo!) Geez o Pete. It’s May already. *faints* As usual, our author of the month elected for an interview. Wonder why. 😉

1. How many times do you hit snooze in the morning? Or are you happy to roll right out of bed? Or are you someone who doesn’t even need an alarm clock?
I smack the snooze at least once, usually twice. Happy to roll out of bed??? Who does that???? (No offense to the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed out there.)

2. Would you rather win the largest SuperMegaZillions lottery in history or be #1 on the NYT Best Seller list for 25 weeks?
Can I elect to share the millions and be #1 on the NYT list for 12 ½ weeks? No? OK, I would go for the Best Seller list. Money is great, and I do think about it more than maybe I should, but as an author I sort of need to know people like my stories. Don’t tell my husband I opted out of the millions. He wants a new boat ; P

3. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever done for research? what’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned while doing research? In general, or for this book?
I love research. Most of mine is done online, so not terribly interesting as far as gathering goes, but I learn some cool things. I did a lot of research on mining techniques for Deep Deception. Who knew mining was so vast and varied? Well, other than miners, I mean.

I’ve been doing some historical research at our local library and museum here for a current WIP. That’s been loads of fun. Crazy stuff happened in this town back in the day. And I’m hoping to go up in a small plane this summer to check out a site that’s the setting for another story.

4. What are your five most prized possessions?
I wear a silver pendant of a tree with four small stones, the birthstones for my kids, my husband and myself. I never take it off except to clean it. Another is my wedding ring. The last three, in no particular order, are my coffee maker, my laptop, and my Subaru.

5. Tell us two truths and a lie – the catch is you have to tell us the lie in the comments.
I have eaten walrus liver, stuffed moose heart, and whale blubber.

I have a tattoo on my shoulder blade: a heart with my kids’ birthdays.

I got lost on my first day of a biology job while wearing a compass around my neck and spent the night on a mountain.

6. What is the super power you would most like to have? And least like to have?
I love to be able to control time. Stopping it when I’m on deadline or have too many things to do at once, or fast-forwarding to the good parts. Would make mornings easier on me too : )

I’d least like to have X-ray vision. Unless you’re paranoid or searching for someone, it’s not a great power. And what if you can’t turn it off? I don’t need to see through people’s clothes or bodies!

7. What is your secret plan for world domination?
If I told you, it wouldn’t be much of a secret. On the other hand, if no one knows I’m trying, how will they ever learn to bow down to me? Mostly it relies upon my training cats to obey my every command, releasing them into the world and having them adopted. They will, in turn, train their “owners” to do as I bid. Fool proof.

8. What’s the most embarrassing thing to ever happen to you at school? How about at a conference?
I think I’m managed to block out most of the stupid things I’ve done. The closest I’ve come is chatting up a big-time agent at a conference without having a bloody clue who she was until later. Maybe that was a good thing? I don’t think I said anything too stupid, but you never know : P

9. Can you name at least four US Supreme Court Justices without looking?
Sotomayor, Ginsburg, Kagan, Roberts,Thomas, Scalia, Alito. I cheated a little and looked up spelling of names, but these are the ones I know off the top of my head.

10. Which would you most like to go to? Ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, China, Mesopotamia, Africa, or South America? Why?
Ancient Greece. Lots going on there that I would have loved to see being developed. Exciting times.

11. If you had to live in a constant climate of 15° F weather, or 105°F weather? Why?
Oh, give me 15°F over 105°F any day! I’m a cool weather girl. Anything over 75 and I melt. Also, it gives me a good reason to retain my internal layers ; )

12. Do you eat marshmallows straight out of the bag, hold them at the edge of the fire till they’re lightly golden brown, or torch ‘em till they’re black and crackly on the outside?
Lightly golden brown. “Raw” marshmallows are too cloying. Burnt sugar is too bitter, and super-heated marshmallow that sticks to everything like napalm? No thanks!

My May release from Carina Press, Deep Deception, drops on the 27th, but you can win an early copy here or one of my earlier releases, Rulebreaker or Caught in Amber. Your choice! Check them out at my website.

Here’s the blurb for Deep Deception to whet your appetite ; )

Colonial Mining Authority agent Natalia Hallowell doesn’t always play by the rules, but she wouldn’t compromise a case either. Put on administrative leave under a cloud of accusation, with no support from her boss, Natalia seeks a little anonymous companionship at her favorite bar. But she’s surprised when the woman who catches her fancy starts buying her drinks.

Desperate, Genevieve “Gennie” Caine has no choice but to seduce, drug and tie Natalia to the bed to get her attention. With the Reyes Corporation after something she has, Gennie needs Natalia to open an investigation and distract them long enough for her to get off Nevarro.

Natalia doesn’t trust Gennie—despite the growing attraction between them—but the corporation’s suspiciously high profits and abnormal business dealings convince her that they must be hiding something. She has no idea just how deep the deceptions run…

So what questions do you have for Cathy? Come on – top the crazy that I asked! And you know, finding out more about her will only help you in the monthly May contest. 🙂

9 thoughts on “Guest Author & A Giveaway: Cathy Pegau

  1. Cathy Pegau

    Hi Sandra!

    Wow, good question! I’ve really had to think this one through.

    I’ve been doing a lot of research for my WIP that’s set here in Alaska in 1919. Lots happening as far as the women’s voting rights, the start of Prohibition, the Jazz Age was on its way. It would be great fun to go back and see the real thing. Buuuuuut……

    As someone who writes SF and futuristic, the chance to see where we’re possibly going is terribly intriguing. Hmmmm…….

    I think I’d go into the future, hoping we haven’t messed things up too much, and perhaps bring back some ideas of how to avoid certain paths we’re on.

  2. Mary

    I’m guessing the lie is…. Getting lost on the mountain on your first day of work! Mostly because I’m hoping you can answer my question of what whale blubber tastes like. 🙂

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  4. Cathy Pegau

    So here’s the truth…..
    I have eaten walrus liver, moose heart and whale blubber. Hey, I live in Alaska 😉 By far, the moose heart was the most delish. I’ll send a recipe to anyone who wants it.

    I did indeed get lost in the woods pretty much on the first day of a field job. Took the wrong ravine on the way back to the truck. Chilly April night in the Oregon mountains. Helicopter rescue the next morning. Which was WAY cool, but I don’t recommend getting lost as a way to ride in a helicopter ;P

    Leaving…..the lie is about the tattoo. As much as I would dig having some ink, I scar at the drop of a hat and would be sad if a sentimental notion or lovely artwork was ruined by that.

    Thanks for playing 😉


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