Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I rotate around the Arts – chiefly in the music industry where I create, professionally, as a heterogeneous songwriter and musical producer. I also call the motion picture industry home as it is the business in which I work as a casting director and film production assistant. In the world of art, I work as an art model, and in literature, I formulate the written word in reviews, poetry, and nonfiction books. Thus far, I have written and published one nonfiction work in the language arts & disciplines titled Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 1.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 1. The effort was inspired by the now extinct Reviews by Cat Ellington weblog.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
By now, it is widely known that I am in the habit of writing in title case; however, I try not to do so in my literary work.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Roger Ebert, Stephen King, Iceberg Slim, Carl Hiaasen, John Grisham, and Jackie Collins.
What are you working on now?
Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 2, and The Making of Dual Mania: Filmmaking Chicago Style – which I’m co-authoring with Joseph Strickland and B.J. Patterson.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My publications have individual pages at both the Boutique Domain (my official website) and The Review Period with Cat Ellington (my newest blog). In addition to these, news of my diverse work, in those respective fields of the Arts, gets published on a variety of platforms and in a variety of databases, including IMDb, Goodreads, BookLikes, LibraryThing, in press kits, etc.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes. After you have done your work—challenging as it may have been to complete—and released it in the marketplace, be not concerned with sales, reviews, critical acclaim, or anything else of the like. You’ve already achieved a major accomplishment, what with the completion and publication of the work. And once the composition is released, that achievement can NEVER be taken away from you. In due time, the work, whether fiction or nonfiction, will attract its audience. The right people will find it. So don’t stress out about the marketplace. You can’t control that. After you’ve written and published a book, you’re now an AUTHOR. And that great honor can NEVER be taken away from you, no matter what. You will always be a published author, even for the rest of your life. So hold firm to your confidence and keep writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
‘Cat, make sure that you maintain creative control.’
What are you reading now?
I’m currently reading J159 by Renee Logan.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Completing the manuscript for Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 3.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Holy Bible.