Getting Rough with Cat Johnson

I’ve been following today’s guest blogger, Cat Johnson, on Twitter for a while now. She’s got the most gorgeous hat on in her avatar.  I stole the one on the left from her blog profile, but you can also see it on her website’s header. (Did you know I love hats? I don’t look great in them, but I buy ‘em anyway!) From that beautiful hat, and a look at the books she writes involving cowboys, I figured she was a native Texan. Uh uh. I was wrong. Cat lives on an 18th century farm in Hudson Valley, New York. She plays the harp professionally (I’ve been told it’s one of the most difficult instruments to play), but according to her website:

on any given day she is equally as likely to be in formal eveningwear as in mucking clothes covered in manure. Most often she is in pajamas on her laptop.

Ah, a woman after my own … pajamas! So today I introduce to you Renaissance woman, Cat Johnson …

Hello all.

When Leah asked me to guest blog I of course did my research and read the past month’s worth of blog spots to see what she was looking for. How funny is it that the topic that tickled my fancy most, and gave me inspiration, was her post about research (See Leah’s September 3rd post).

Like Leah I have often wondered about what the government would think if they monitored my internet usage because I have some interesting and probably incriminating web browsing and conversations happening myself. In fact, the active duty soldier who helps me with the details for my military romances recently asked me to send my emails regarding IEDs and OPFOR training to his Yahoo account rather than his army.mil email address.  Apparently they monitor military accounts for terrorist-related key words and the scene I’d emailed for him to check for accuracy was just packed full of them.

That is just the tip of the iceberg. Let me see if I can relate some snippets to give the readers an insight of what life is really like for an erotic romance writer.

RE: Bodily Functions
I would love to have a video of my face when the soldier (in his mud hut at an FOB in Afghanistan on IM) told me the latrine procedures. I won’t get into details in case any of you are eating, but what he told me absolutely boggles the mind. In fact, I wrote our conversation nearly word for word into a scene in my military romance novel A Prince Among Men.

RE: Sex
When erotic authors get together, both in person and online, we will end up talking about sex. What people have to understand is we’re not really talking about sex; we’re talking about our writing. Bouncing ideas off each other really helps, as does comparing books we’ve written and read, issues we’ve had in our books and how we solved them. However those walking by usually get quite an earful and I’ve had some work-related conversations with other authors and my editors on IM about sex that would probably make even a politician’s head spin.

RE: Embarrassing Questions
Researching my rodeo cowboy threesome, Rough Stock, also spurred some pretty funny conversations on IM with the 22 year-old bull rider who agreed to help me with the details. The most amusing were probably my asking if he rode while wearing a protective ‘cup’ and questioning the post-ride effects of adrenaline on a cowboy’s sex-drive. To his credit, he didn’t blink an eye and answered all my questions. (After a year of working together on three different cowboy ménages and a couple of short stories, he’s used to expecting the unexpected from me now.)  Below is the blurb for Rough Stock so you can see the results of our efforts.

So anyway, if I ever get investigated for inappropriate Internet use because of my research on old Russian automatic weapons or how much money a person can earn filming a porno, I expect you all to back me up. It’s all in the name of romance, I swear!

Thanks for having me.
Cat Johnson

Rough Stock
Cat Johnson

The heart wants what it wants…

Bronc riders Mason and Clay have shared both good times and bad as best friends, but they never expected to share their boss’s daughter, April. Can two friends love one woman, body and soul, without it destroying them?

The heart wants what it wants. For April that means not choosing between the two cowboys she loves, no matter how wrong it may seem inviting them both into her bed.
Life sends the three lovers in opposite directions, but a devastating injury brings them all together again. Their relationship now is no less bittersweet—or complicated—than before. Once severed, old ties leave scars that are tough to heal…

This book has been previously published and has been revised and expanded from its original release.

Warning: When you choose a man who thinks 8 seconds is a long time, perhaps you need two of them. In other words: Watch out, this book contains hot ménage sex with two cowboys and the woman they love.

Thanks, Cat. Boy Howdy, I want to listen in on some of those conversations with that active duty soldier who gives you tips on the guy’s POV. What a resource! (My nephew’s preparing to head over to Afghanistan with his outfit soon, but asking him the questions I want to ask? That would just be TOO strange, LOL) Now I have to go look for Cat’s A Prince Among Men. (Did anyone else’s imagination flash onto Prince Harry with his unit when they saw that title?)

In honor of the re-release of Rough Stock, I’m offering a copy to one lucky commenter. (Winner to be announced next Tuesday, September 29th)

23 thoughts on “Getting Rough with Cat Johnson

  1. Hi :)
    Thank you for the great interview Cat & Leah.
    Thanks for sharing Cat.
    I love learning about the author whose writing I admire.
    All the best,
    twitter: @RKCharron
    xoxo

  2. Great posts Ladies! It's very interesting to learn about your process of research and all the 'inconveniences' it has caused you :)

  3. LOL cowboys + menage= a great read for me. I am so glad the government doesn't monitor your internet usage because we need you to keep writing your books :) I also thought the conversation with the cowboy was humorous.

    I wonder what other conversations have made their way into your books….hmmmm.

  4. I always wondered if authors shared some ideas! I think that it is great that you all do and help each other out in your process! This has been the summer of cowboy reading for me.

    I had never really read anything prior to a few months ago…and I am hooked. Love, love, love those cowboys!!!

  5. Hey all! First of all, thank you to Leah for hosting me.

    I recognize a few Twitter peeps here. Thanks for stopping by.

    To answer Booklover's ponderings, yes, there are a LOT of actual conversations with my consultants/muses that make it into my books. Believe me! Sometimes I even change the names to protect the guilty. LOL!

    And Leah, OMG are you reading my mind, woman? I wrote A Prince Among Men immediately after the story broke about Prince Harry being secretly deployed in Afghanistan. I was looking for a story to follow up Model Soldier (about my soldier's experiences there) and the question of what would happen if he was in that unit with Prince Harry begged to be answered. THAT is the plot of A Prince Among Men.

    See all the secrets I spill with a little prompting? hehehe. I'll check back later.

    Cat

  6. Hey Cat. Do you know how many people stop me to want to know why I have "cattitude" and what it means?? I love that bumper. Causes a stir just like Stella's does. Anyway I think I cant wait to see what new things you have in store. 'Rough Stock' sounds like a great read.
    Big hugs,
    Lisa Philpot

  7. Hey Lisa! LOL. I have both my "Cattitude" and Stella's "I do it Demonstyle" bumper stickers on my SUV too. They do get interesting reactions.

  8. How great that you have a vast pool of people you can get info from. And I'm especially impressed by your bull rider informant–but then when am I not impressed by a cowboy?

  9. Wow! That sure sounds like it's right up my alley. … I did date a bullrider, but just one at a time. LOL.

    It's on my list and I'll be watching for the release date!

  10. Aww, man, Cat, spill more details!

    I definitely want to hang with you and Leah one day. I think we'd have fun.

    Leah, go on and enter me for this one (I really shouldn't, but… can't resist). I've got it up at Win a Book for you, too.

  11. Cat, I would love to be a bug on the wall listening in on those conversations.

    I already got and read the first version of Rough Stock. It was FANSTASTIC!!! I hope you have many more stories like this coming our way.

    Sandie

  12. Cat, I forgot to ask you to not enter me for the contest since I have both versions of Rough Stock.

    Sandie * wondering where my head is today *

  13. You know….someone should poll authors and put together a book about bizarre/funny/etc questions authors ask in the name of research. That could be awesome!
    LOVE Rough Stock by the way! Did much get changed when it got reissued?

  14. Hey, Sue – Rough Stock is already available, it was released about ten days ago. Just follow the link to My Bookstore and More.

    Natasha – LOL about the book idea.

  15. Cat, your research sounds fascinating. I'm with Leah in wanting to hear some of those conversations you had with the soldier. I bet you have a lot of fun doing your research. Rough Stock sounds great!

    Natasha A, that sounds like it would be a GREAT book! I'm sure it would cause a lot of laughter.

  16. Cat! Your warning has me rolling! Love it! I am taking my twins to a rodeo this weekend (my first) and know I will be thinking about you the whole time. I love hands on research and asking those questions everyone wonders but is afraid to ask. (cowboy cup)

  17. To answer Natasha's questions, I added a 3,000 word epilogue to Rough Stock for the rerelease which contains one sex scene and a definite HEA for those readers who were wondering what happened after the story ends.

    And nope, Susan, no more secrets! You'll just have to wonder what is real and what I made up! LOL.

    And Sue L., I think I'm a little jealous. I wanna date a bull rider too! Though I bet you'd spend a considerable amount of time sitting around hospital and doctor's waiting rooms.

  18. Cat…. loved the blog… I know some of the stuff I look up could be cause for concern some nites…. just from curiousity….. LOL BTW…. I love Rough Stock…. it was a wonderful book and I can't wait for the sequel…. hopefully soon…. thanks Shell

  19. Thanks for the blog Cat & Leah. Great information. Where/how do you find people that will IM with you as a consultant?
    Love the warning…
    [cowboy cup..too funny Inez]cup would have to be made of titanium, or they would need brass balls. I've wondered how they keep from ending up in the hospital after every ride.
    Thanks for sharing, and offering the book. Sounds too good.
    ioki_jo at hotmail dot com

  20. Hi iokijo,

    As far as getting people to help me…

    For the soldiers, I sent donations to their units and included a business card. When they responded with a thank you email and the expected comments on my card/website (IE, "so I see you write some kind of romance books") I responded asking if they'd like to answer some questions. Now we are really good friends. For the cowboy, I did a search on MySpace, he came up, I messaged him and amazingly, he messaged me back. Some of the PBR guys on Twitter will respond to direct messages with questions from me too.

  21. I always wondered what kind of research would spark the internet police… Rough Stock sounds great.

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