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Beth CatoBeth Cato<div class="ExternalClassD2015F80133145DA8A7EA31ABA6A7093"><h2><a href="https://phoenix.overdrive.com/phoenix-phoenixpl/content/media/1514343" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">The Clockwork Dagger</span></span> </a><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4">by Beth Cato</span></span> <br></h2><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></p><p><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Beth Cato hails from Hanford, California, but currently writes and bakes cookies in a lair west of Phoenix, Arizona. She shares the household with a hockey-loving husband, a numbers-obsessed son, and three feline overlords. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">She's the author of </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>The Clockwork Dagger </em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">(a 2015 Locus Award finalist for First Novel) and </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>The Clockwork Crown</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> (an RT Reviewers' Choice Finalist) from Harper Voyager. Her novella </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Wings of Sorrow and Bone</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> was a 2016 Nebula nominee. Her alt-history </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Blood of Earth</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> trilogy includes </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Breath of Earth</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>, </em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Call of Fire</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, and </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Roar of Sky</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">. </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span> <br></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What prompted you to write this book?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I wrote the book I always wanted to read but could never find! I've had a thing for magical healers since I was a kid. They often had a role in fantasy novels, but always as a sidekick, never the lead character.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What attracted you to the fantasy genre? </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I want magic to exist. Through my words, I can make it happen. </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span> <br></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Are any of the characters in your book based on real people and if so, who?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">One of the fan-favorite characters in </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>The Clockwork Dagger</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> is Mrs. Stout, who is inspired by both my grandma and the delightful Mrs. Slocombe from the old British comedy </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Are You Being Served</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>? </em></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>What type of research did you do to write your book?</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span><em> </em><br><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Though my books use healing magic, my heroine, Octavia, is also a skilled doctor on her own. I based my setting and technology on the World War I era, so I read several books on frontline medicine during the conflict.  </span> <br></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What book are you currently reading?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I'm reading two books--an advance release copy of </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>The Terroir of Whiskey</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> by Rob Arnold, and a re-read of an old childhood favorite of mine, </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>The Boxcar Children</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> by Gertrude Chandler Warner. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Are you writing anything now? If so, when will it come out?</span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I'm always in the middle of various projects, big and small! I don't have any release dates to mention right now, but I encourage people to follow me on social media and to sign up for my newsletter on my site. That's the best way to keep up with the latest--and get lots of free cookie recipes. (I have a food blog called <em>Bready or Not</em>. I post a new recipe on my site every Wednesday!)</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">If you weren't a writer, what would you do? </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">For me, writing and storytelling are as necessary as breathing.  </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Do you use your local library?  If so, which library is it and what do you do there?</span> <br><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Oh yes, I love my local library! Shout-out to the Coyote branch here in Buckeye. Even though I have a daunting to-read pile at home, I still end up checking out books every few months. I love, love, love the used book sales they hold in March and December, too.</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> ​</span></p></div></div>

 

 

 

 

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