Interview with Cat Adams (& W*n The Eldritch Conspiracy)

A quick note: Head over to the fabulous Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust blog today, where I’m imagining what kind of personals ads the vampires of Penton might publish–which one would you answer? And–here’s a fun one–Will and Randa (together) are participating in The Mating Game over at Dark Faerie Tales!

Now…I’m excited today to be able to welcome Cathy Clamp, who, along with Cie Adams, forms the best-selling writing duo known as Cat Adams. The Eldritch Conspiracy, the newest novel in their terrific Blood Singer series, came out on January 29. At the end I’ll be giving away a copy of the new book (or the first in the series, if this is a new series for you). Read on….

Celia Graves was once an ordinary human, but those days are long gone. Now she strives to maintain her sanity and her soul while juggling both vampire abilities and the powers of a Siren.
     Not every bride needs a bridesmaid who can double as a bodyguard. But Celia’s cousin Adriana is no ordinary bride: she’s a Siren princess, and she’s marrying the king of a small but politically important European country. She’s getting death threats from fanatics who want to see the whole Siren race wiped out—including Celia herself, who is half Siren.
      Luckily, Celia is on duty when a trip to a bridal salon is interrupted by an assassination attempt, so everyone survives. When Adriana returns to the Siren homeland to try to prevent a coup, Celia is free to hunt for the terrorists and the vile mage who is helping them (while keeping her eyes open for the perfect maid-of-honor dress).
Assuming the bride and groom both live to see their wedding day, this will be one royal wedding no one will ever forget.

Welcome to Preternatura! What drew you to write about sirens?
Actually, the series didn’t start with sirens being involved. Early in the creation process, Celia was just a human/vampire blend. But she loved the ocean. Swimming calmed her, and she always liked to stay near the water. It made sense that there might be a reason for it. Since our reality allowed for multiple mythos, the siren race became part of the world.

Your Blood Singer series has a very rich multiverse, what is your worldbuilding process? 

The best worldbuilding processes open the door wide open to possibilities. The “What if?” question comes into play more in our world than a lot of others. What if every single mythology, from every single culture, were real? Egyptian could co-exist with Norse and Greek could co-exist with Middle Eastern. It makes for a very fun, anything goes, creativity.

Explain what an Abomination is, and how they are treated? 
An Abomination is a person who didn’t complete the transition into a vampire. Vampires, in Celia’s reality, are feral. They lose their personality (and their soul) as part of the transformation process. But Celia’s transformation was interrupted, so she still has her soul, her memories and sense of self. She’s neither fish, nor fowl, but has elements of both. So the humans who fear vampires think she should be staked (including many of the police!) And the vampires consider her weak for having emotions. It sort of sucks to be her.

This is the fifth Blood Singer book. What are the challenges of writing a sustained series? 
Normally in a series, you have a world arc where the hero(ine) is trying to right some wrong or avert some disaster. Once the world is saved, it can become a challenge to find new things to say. But in Celia’s world, with so many different pantheons of gods, goddesses and villains available, that might not be as much of an issue for sustainability. Only time will tell! 

How does your writing process work when writing as a team? Do you brainstorm together? 

We used to meet to talk all the time, during the world building process. But now, we sort of function with one author writing the whole book, and the other author adding bits and pieces after it’s complete. We aren’t related, but we do work in the same office, so it’s pretty easy to ask questions as they come up.

What are your favorite species to write about? I (Cathy) like the vampires. Cie likes exploring various mythological pantheons. Lots of room for both to exist, so it’s all good.

Do you have a favorite book, among those you’ve written? A favorite character?
I think my favorite is Demon Song, and I love to write Rizzoli, Dawna and Creede. Cie liked Blood Song the best and really enjoys Celia, Dottie, and Minnie the Mouser (Dottie’s cat.)

Does Celia have any favorite, um, recipes?
Actually, since she isn’t a full vampire, she can eat some human food (just not solids.) Probably her favorite recipe is for the Sunset Smoothie, which is a Mexican concoction of liquified cheese, tomato sauce, Mexican spices (cumin, cilantro, garlic, onion) and beef broth. Well, okay, it’s part broth and part blood. Celia tries not to think about the blood, but it tastes really good!

Vamps and shifters are kind of bad guys in your series. How did you decide who was good, who was bad?

I don’t know that we decided, per se, but it made sense if a person died during a vampire attack, then that person’s personality wouldn’t exist anymore. The software of humanity, as such, would be overwritten by the predator software. Predators aren’t good and bad precisely, but those who are prey certainly consider the predators evil. Humans aren’t the top of the food chain in Celia’s world.

Team Bruno or Team Creede – who’s winning? 
At the moment, neither one. They’re both having “alpha male” issues that are annoying Celia. But all that could change in the next book. The problem with people is that sometimes they act like jerks. Then they see the error of their ways and apologize. Will it be enough, and soon enough? Hard to say. Stay tuned to find out!

Thanks for letting us drop by. If you want to read more about Celia’s world and the various mythologies, drop by our website, at: to read a sample of any of the books. And please pick up The Eldritch Conspiracy to experience more of Celia’s crazy life!

Thanks for being here! Now, if you’d like to win a copy of The Eldritch Conspiracy, or an earlier book in the series, you know the routine…just leave a comment. Have you read this series, or is it new to you? 
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

27 thoughts on “Interview with Cat Adams (& W*n The Eldritch Conspiracy)

  1. The Blood Singer series is a part of my collection of books. Have read Blood Song, Siren Song and Demon Song. The Isis Collar is on the TBR pile. So The Eldritch Conspiracy would be a great addition. Thanks for the interview with Cathy. Also have the Thrall series and four of the books in Tales of the Sazi series.

  2. This series ( as well as the author^^) is new to me but really tempting after reading this interview… an half siren, half vampire that’s intriguing

    i really like the idea so thank you a lot for this opportunity to win and discover this series

  3. This is a *Terrific* series! I cannot stress my love enough for the awesomeness that is Celia Graves. One of my favorite heroines in UF. Competent, smart, but with enough vulnerability to make her real and likable. 🙂

    Oo.. I love Creede, love him! I don’t want them to fight! But I totally can see how they would.

    Thanks for the interview/giveaway!!

  4. I haven’t read any of the series yet but I love the wide-open mythos-inclusive feel of it. Thanks for the interview, please enter my name to win a copy. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

  5. I have never heard of this series :/ It sounds like a very good one. I forgot to write in your other post but this is the biggest way I learn about new books is from blogs. I have a couple saved as my favorite (yours being #1) 😉 and Dark Faery Tales being #2. That is how I hear about new reads and get reviews…even though I normally don’t go by reviews of others..I just use them to get a feel off what the book is about. I usually like everything…don’t pick things apart. Thanks for this contest and a look at a new series for me. I’d love the first book in it if I win. thank you as always.
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  6. I found out about this author team on Amazon a few months ago and purchased the first 3 books in the Blood Singer series. I have not read them yet but they are nearing the top of my TBR (virtual) pile in my Kindle Fire. I would love to add this new book and be able to have a Celia marathon(I am going to borrow a friends paperback of The Isis Collar when I get to that installment).

  7. Thanks for the lovely interview ladies, I have this series on my wishlist, and look forward to reading about it. I really do love the mix of all kinds of mythology.
    If I win, the first book please.

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