Name: Cat Grant
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Hi Cat, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m an award-winning author of 15 m/m and ménage erotic romances. I’m lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful spots on earth – Monterey, California – with my cat, my laptop, my TV and way too many books & DVDs.
Describe your writing style(s) using just one sentence.
Sexy, heart-wrenching, intense.
Complete this sentence: I write erotic romance because I like telling hot stories with happy endings.
You’re here to promote your new novella from Riptide Publishing, Priceless. Tell us a little bit about it. Why are you excited about it, and what makes it a “must read” for us all?
When love’s for sale, who really pays?
Connor Morrison is a 3D optics pioneer, the star of the UC Berkeley physics department, and a socially-inept workaholic. And with his dear friend and business partner, Steve Campbell, handling their investors, he’s content to remain in the shadows. That is, until he meets the gorgeous and starry-eyed physics student Wes Martin.
Wes is brilliant but broke. Ever since his scholarship fell victim to the financial crisis, he's had no choice but to sell his body to stay in school. Already half in love with Connor, Wes initially resists Steve's offer to be Connor's thirty-fifth birthday present. But in the end, Wes is too broke—and too smitten—to say no.
Connor has no idea Steve bought Wes’s attentions, and he quickly falls under the young man’s spell. Yet after one night together, Wes disappears. He can't bear to hook with a man he could so easily grow to love, but he also can’t bear to tell him the truth. Besides, if he sleeps with Connor again, there'd be no way to hide the bruises one of his regular johns loves to inflict. Only one thing to do: let Connor go. Walking away is painful, but not nearly as much as building a relationship on lies.
What motivated you to write this story, and what do you hope readers will take away with us having read it?
My editor/BFF/brain-twin Rachel Haimowitz asked me to write a story for Riptide’s rent boy collection. I was having a hard time coming up with an idea until I stumbled across this New York Times article entitled, "Keeping Up With Being Kept." Then the premise for Priceless reached out and grabbed me by the throat.
I started out thinking this would be my first romantic comedy, but the story took a rather dark turn about halfway through. But that’s how most of my books go – I make plans, then my characters laugh at me and do whatever they want.
Tell me a little about the cover to this work. What does it say to you?
It’s beautiful, & rather melancholy. Perfectly captures Wes’s fragility and loneliness.
This story is part of a series titled the Rentboy Collection. Tell us a little bit about the series and where this story fits in.
It’s Riptide’s first themed collection, and I’m proud to be a part of it. I haven’t had a chance to read the other stories yet, but I’m very excited to see what Anne Brooke, Heidi Belleau, Violetta Vane and Fiona Glass have come up with. They all sound absolutely delicious!
When you were researching and writing this book, did you face any particular challenges? What did you learn that you perhaps didn’t know before?
The only real research I did was that New York Times article, which I read in a state of utter shock. It’s hard to believe things have gotten so bad, college students are forced to prostitute themselves to pay their tuition. That was something I would’ve rather not learned!
Tell us about your upcoming work. What’s next?
Next month comes the second book in my Power Play series (co-written with Rachel Haimowitz), Power Play: Awakening. This summer I plan to start revising my Courtland Chronicles series and do some preliminary research for a story about a gay male opera singer. Haven’t decided if this will be a contemporary or historical. If the latter, it’ll take a LOT more research! LOL!