Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a public figure with careers spanning four branches of the Arts, including music, movies, art, and literature. In the division of the latter, I compose the written word in poetry, book and film reviews, and nonfiction. Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 1 is my debut effort.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 1. The title of the actual manuscript was inspired by my former online journal of the same name.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Uh-huh. Writing in title case is my hard-to-break matter of course, though I toil, feverishly, not to apply it to my literary works.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Roger Ebert's Four-Star Reviews (2008) is the effort that inspired me to publish my reviews (hundreds in number) in book form through works of nonfiction.
What are you working on now?
Right now, I am putting the finishing touches on Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 2. I'm also wrapping up The Making of Dual Mania: Filmmaking Chicago Style, which I co-authored with Joseph Strickland and B.J. Patterson.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
The Boutique Domain (my award-winning official website that features all creative things Cat Ellington) and The Review Period with Cat Ellington (my newly established blog).
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes. After you have done your work—challenging as it may have been to complete—and released it in the marketplace, be not concerned with sales, reviews, critical acclaim, or anything else of the like. You've already achieved a major accomplishment, what with the completion and publication of the work. And once the composition is released, that achievement can NEVER be taken away from you. In due time, the work, whether fiction or nonfiction, will attract its audience. The right people will find it. So don't stress out about the marketplace. You can't control that. After you've written and published a book, you're now an AUTHOR. And that great honor can NEVER be taken away from you, no matter what. You will always be a published author, even for the rest of your life. So hold firm to your confidence and keep writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
'Cat, make sure that you maintain creative control.'
What are you reading now?
I am currently reading J159 by Renee Logan.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Getting started on the manuscript for Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 3.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Holy Bible. For it is the ultimate container of tremendous wisdom. And I love wisdom. I love absolutely everything about it.