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10 November 2004 @ 12:33 pm
For goodness sakes!  
My website has been down ALL MORNING, and I can't STAND not posting about this now that I've got permission!

I have sold two books to Harlequin's new action-adventure romance line, Bombshell! The first book will be out in late 2005 and the second in spring 2006. Wow! WOW!

These will be under the pen name Cate Dermody, and the story concept is thus:

Alisha McAleer, CIA agent, writes a private, quasi-legal personal journal of her missions before doing her official CIA report. She takes the journal to a bank in whatever city she's in, opens a safety-deposit box under her current alias, and leaves the manuscript there. The series, called "The Strongbox Chronicles", tells some of Alisha's adventures as she wrote and experienced them; later books will be chronicles left by Alisha's proteges.

I am *really* looking forward to writing these! *bounces*!
Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
Current Music: ha cha cha cha cha cha!
Shoka RedEarsshoka on November 10th, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC)
*Much squeeing on your behalf!* Congrats!
Ellen Millionellenmillion on November 10th, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC)
annathepiper on November 10th, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, congrats, Kit! :D
Evil Headdrivingblind on November 10th, 2004 01:49 pm (UTC)
Is there a story behind the pen name?

And are pen names used because it makes it seem like there are more authors out there than there are or something? :)
annathepiper on November 10th, 2004 01:54 pm (UTC)
There's licensing and name recognition stuff tied up with an author's name--they talked about this at Writer's Weekend, to which the lovely and talented Kit hauled me this past July. :) Different publishing houses'll handle it in different ways, but sometimes different pen names will be how the same author has to write for different publishers.
kit: writingmizkit on November 10th, 2004 02:00 pm (UTC)
*laugh* It was my grandmother's maiden name, and I think it sounds like a great kick-ass woman sort of name (which apparently was very true of my grandmother).

But the reason for it is that as I am a brand-new writer, I take no financial hit for using different names, and I essentially want to establish brand names. If you buy a Cate Dermody book, you'll know you're in for action-adventure/suspense/romance. If you buy a C.E. Murphy book, you'll know you're getting fantasy, probably urban fantasy in the early days and branching out later; if you buy a Catie Murphy book you're buying a young adult book. It's not an attempt to seem like more than one person, but rather to help a reader know what she's in for when she picks up a specific author name. I intend to leave them all transparent--catedermody.com will redirect to cemurphy.net. No way am I keeping up a multitude of websites. :)
annathepiper on November 10th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC)
"Dermody" sounds like a fabulous name to me. :) And I may just have to grit my teeth and actually buy a Harlequin book if you wrote it, babe! ;)
kit: writing2mizkit on November 10th, 2004 02:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, you'll have to. All my books so far are Harlequin books, after all! :)
annathepiper on November 10th, 2004 02:11 pm (UTC)
Indeed! And boy, am I looking forward to having that book and pointing at it and saying proudly, "My friend wrote this!"

*showers confetti and rose petals* YAY KIT! :D
Alix (Tersa): Writingtersa on November 10th, 2004 01:53 pm (UTC)
And I knew you before you were famous! :) Yay, Kit!
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on November 10th, 2004 01:57 pm (UTC)
You sure are cool, Kit. :)
Jannejanne on November 10th, 2004 01:57 pm (UTC)
I've been pounding on your cloaked website all day trying to find out what the chachaing was about, you evil woman! Yay for secret agent books, and I'm looking forward to reading them :)
Ambarambar on November 10th, 2004 01:59 pm (UTC)
How utterly cool! We are looking forward to reading them!
Ysarn Draxysarndrax on November 10th, 2004 02:01 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Not having ever read a romance novel...these will probably be my first...lol. Way to go!
kit: writing2mizkit on November 10th, 2004 02:07 pm (UTC)
Well, the emphasis is on the action-adventure, not the romance, for what it's worth. :) The stories are supposed to be about *her*, rather than about *them*, so romance gets to be secondary, which is right up my alley as a writer. :) I think these are going to be fun. :)
Robert Donoghuerob_donoghue on November 10th, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I actually saw a magazine ad for this line, and it struck me as a neat idea. Now it migrates from merely neat to INCREDIBLE!
silkiemom on November 10th, 2004 02:34 pm (UTC)
Randomnessr_ness on November 10th, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC)
Yay! Congratulations and good luck!
Rosamundrosamund on November 10th, 2004 04:34 pm (UTC)

That's wonderful news.
ever so pluckyaelfsciene on November 10th, 2004 04:58 pm (UTC)
holy shit!
That's about where my brain stopped when I read this. CONGRATULATIONS, that's fantastic!

Jill Mylesirysangel on November 10th, 2004 06:56 pm (UTC)
Yaaay Catie! That is so awesome!! :)

And here I thought it was Angles we'd be hearing about soon. Looks like we can hold out for number three still. :)

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kitmizkit on November 10th, 2004 08:09 pm (UTC)
I donno yet. We'll see! :)
UrsulaVursulav on November 10th, 2004 07:22 pm (UTC)
*cheer* Woo! Go you!
gianettagianetta on November 10th, 2004 07:34 pm (UTC)
wow! congratulations! does that make it FIVE books that you've sold this year??? wow. I know someone famous.
writersweekend on November 11th, 2004 01:01 am (UTC)
This is great news! Congratulations...!

PS I do think it's quite serendipitous that you met the Bombshell launch author and the Luna launch author at the same time and now you are writing for both lines...that magic must be working...!
TuftEarstuftears on November 11th, 2004 06:16 pm (UTC)
Huzzah and congratulations!
Peg Kerrpegkerr on December 20th, 2004 08:37 am (UTC)
That's terrific! Mucho congratulations!
kitmizkit on December 20th, 2004 12:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Of course, now I have to *write* the darned things, and this has not been a good month for writing so far. Ai! I need my own Glare Report! :)