Cat’s first novel, Breaking the Rules, is one of the best books I’ve read this year so if you haven’t read that yet, you’re missing out! Her second novel, Zoey & the Moment of Zen was released just this week, and I can’t wait to start reading it. Welcome to my blog, Cat!
Firstly (I always ask this!) how long have you been writing fiction and what first inspired you?
Thank you so much for having me, Sarah Louise!
It feels like I’ve been writing fiction forever—either writing stories when I was a child or trying to write a novel when I was in my teens. I’ve always loved books and hoped one day I’d get to see my name on one. Thankfully, my first attempt at novel writing never saw the light of day. (It was awful.) I was in my twenties when I started working on (what would eventually become) Breaking the Rules.
As the world now knows, I loved Breaking the Rules – what made you decide to set it in New York? Is it a place you are particularly fond of?
When I started writing Breaking the Rules, I hadn’t visited New York City yet but I was fascinated by the bright lights and the energy. After visiting for a few days, I fell in love with the city and knew it was the perfect setting for Roxy’s story.
Tell us something about your new novel, Zoey and the Moment of Zen:
Zoey & the Moment of Zen is the story of a woman who is sent to a tropical resort by her friends and family to get over an ex-boyfriend. She meets—and has a whirlwind relationship with—a man who looks exactly like her ex and she must convince everyone that she has finally moved on. It won’t be easy, especially since she’s not the only one who has trouble letting go of the past.
Who do you think you prefer, personally, Zoey or Roxy?
Such a tough question! I love them both but, if they were real people, I think I’d get along with Zoey a bit better just because we have a similar sense of humour. Also, Zoey owns a coffee shop so I’d probably get to enjoy a few cinnamon lattes on the house. (And maybe a muffin or two!)
Did you find it easier or harder to write a second novel than the first?
I found my second novel easier to write because I was a bit more confident and I also knew which mistakes I didn’t want to repeat. But, while I was writing, I was also nervous about how it would be received and if those who enjoyed my debut would also like this one. (I’m a worrier—I don’t think I’ll ever be able to write a novel without being afraid of everyone hating it!)
And what about your next book, what can we expect?
I’m still in the outlining stage but I’m very excited about this new project. It’s the story of a woman going through a sort of quarter-life crisis and—when she starts making changes in her life—it only makes things worse. There’s an evil co-worker and a hot chef so I’m having a lot of fun with it!
Who’s your favourite author and why?
It’s so hard to pick just one because I have so many favourites! Sophie Kinsella is pretty high up on the list. Confessions of a Shopaholic was my introduction to chick lit and, after reading it, I knew chick lit was the genre I was meant to write.
When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?
If I’m not reading, writing or doing anything book-related, I’m probably watching TV or shopping online. Or I’m on Pinterest. Or Facebook. Or Buzzfeed. I need to get out of the house more!
Abbie! She’s an awesome cat. (I’m sure everyone says that about their pet, right?) I adopted her from a shelter over ten years ago and, at first, she was really mean and used to bite and scratch. But, over the years, she’s become one of the most affectionate cats I’ve ever encountered. She’s friendly with everyone and loves being cuddled. Writing with her around can be a bit of a challenge since she likes to sit on my keyboard or my notes but, more often than not, she sleeps next to me and purrs softly while I write. Until she’s hungry and then I have to drop everything. A (mostly perfect) writer’s cat!
Thanks so much for joining me, Cat 🙂
Cat Lavoie lives in Montreal, Canada with her tempestuous cat, Abbie. Her debut novel, Breaking the Rules, was published in August 2012 by Marching Ink. If Cat isn’t reading or writing, she’s most likely watching too much TV or daydreaming about her next trip to London. Her second novel, Zoey & the Moment of Zen, will be released in October 2013.
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ZOEY & THE MOMENT OF ZEN
When coffee shop owner Zoey Everwood takes her obsession with ex-boyfriend Braden too far, everyone—except Zoey—is convinced a bit of fun in the sun at the Moment of Zen Wellness Resort will help her get over him once and for all.
But Zoey’s relaxing vacation turns out to be anything but peaceful when she meets Shane Lawson, a resort guest who bears a striking resemblance to Braden. And things get even more complicated when the resort’s owner starts spilling secrets about Zoey’s aunt Nessa, the woman who raised her. Add a snarky Wellness Coordinator and Nate Holmes—Shane’s grumpy friend—to the mix, and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect tropical storm.
When Zoey comes back home with a new husband instead of tacky souvenirs, she must convince everyone she hasn’t completely lost her mind. As Zoey and Shane struggle to keep the magic alive outside the resort, Zoey discovers that she isn’t the only one having trouble letting go of the past. And when Nate drops a bombshell that changes everything, Zoey must decide if the old saying is true—what happens at the Moment of Zen stays at the Moment of Zen.