I hate writing About pages. My need for privacy always wars with the knowledge that readers want to know there’s a real person behind the words. So I have to find a balance. That means I won’t tell you my cat’s annoying habits, exactly how old I am, where I live, or how many pizzas I consume in a week when I’m buried up to my elbows in writing and/or editing, and depend on the microwave to save me from starvation.

I will tell you that, as far as writing fiction goes, I’m a late bloomer (a very late bloomer), so if you’re agonizing because you still haven’t written your breakout novel and you’re just about to hit the big three 0, four 0, five 0, or six 0, I don’t want to hear about it. Even though I do understand and sympathize.

I will tell you that I always wanted to be a novelist and until my first NaNoWriMo win, I always thought that I didn’t have what it takes. So if anyone ever tells you that NaNoWriMo isn’t to be taken seriously, tell them to go screw themselves.

I will tell you that I write about power and its abuses. About the struggle for personal freedom, often in the face of overwhelming odds. About the development of relationships between complex people with their own problems, needs, and agendas. I write mostly about males because, even though I’m a female, I’ve never really understood my own gender, and I generally think and write much more like a man than a woman. Most of my stories have some form of slavery as a central theme. And despite slavery and male/male relationships being mainstays of romance and erotica, sex isn’t central in my work, if it’s there at all.

February 2016 update — because life is always changing. No more cat, sorry to say. She died several years back and I no longer have the energy for hauling cat food and litter, and changing a litter box. But I do miss having a purr box.

My writing has turned toward science fiction and away from the fantasy world of hand slaves. Slavery will still appear, in various forms, because it is, like it or not, always an option that will continue to exist in the future. If I have to say what much of my writing will be about (and even one of my older novels, Privileged Lives, was about), it’s near-future science fiction. No aliens, no space ships, no trips to Mars. The possibilities of real life right here on earth as the American Empire collapses and the oceans rise.


If you need to contact me privately, the address is darkboundaries at gmail dot com. If you spam me, I’ll block you from my entire world.

29 thoughts on “About

  1. You may be right. I’ll check out your Goodreads shelves when I have the time. By the way, where did you get that “g” link to your page? All I can find are widgets. I seem to be asking you a lot of questions.:-)

    Subbed to your blog, by the way. Enjoyed what I read, so far.

  2. I don’t know if you intend it this way, but you appear to have no name on your blog. If you are trying to promote yourself, wouldn’t you want us to see your name, even if it was a pen name? The only place I see it initially is on the photos of your book at the bottom left. Even your wordpress and your signature has no name attached.

    • I’ve only recently started using my name online, and that’s because of the books. I’m slowly changing my user name on some sites, but I (illogically) still prefer to keep Catana on my blogs. I’m not very pushy about self-promotion, so I guess I’m still trying to maintain an illusion of privacy by keeping the user name I’ve had for several years. Yeah, I know it doesn’t make sense, but nobody’s sensible all the time.:-)

  3. About your Blog in Digital Journal posted Oct. 14th (“What’s the point of points?”), I had posted a blog on Oct. 1st. on this subject. You may be interested on reading it:
    That blog was read by more than 220 people and received 19 “LIKES” and 14 comments. However, not a single comment or reply from Digital Journal Staff. Perhaps they did not think much of it!

  4. I am also a bit of a late bloomer with writing and have come at it slowly, in fits and starts, although my interest started at a young age. I’ve written 2 1/2 novels, the first being as long as 3 combined. Live and learn. The second is the one I am trying to get published or will self-publish. I’m currently at work on the 3rd. Glad to meet you and will be checking out your work!

    • Welcome to the wonderful world of authorship, kellie. It sounds as if you may have the makings of a series–unless you consider it a part of the learning process to be left behind in a drawer.

      I figure as long as you can still see the screen, it’s never too late to get started.

  5. Sorry if this is kinda late, but I should’ve done this sooner. Thank you so much Catana for following my blog! I truly appreciate it! I will come by and visit you from time to time.:)

    • I don’t consider it spam, at all, and I do appreciate the thought. I’m glad you find my blog inspirational. But I don’t consider them rewards. They’re a way to promote each other, and I’d rather link directly to valuable posts and blogs when I come across them, than take the time to decide which few of the many wonderful blogs I read should be “rewarded.”

    • Thanks for stopping by. I was just kidding about the selling out. It was really more in reference to starting off with 50 Shades of Crap. After all, blogging is nonfiction. And I do plan to write a series of nonfiction books about — guess what? — writing.

    • Hi Dan. Yes, I’m on Writer’s Cafe. More a lurker than a participant, though. Always useful info to be found there. Lots of food fights, too, which are interesting to watch, up to a point.

        • I suppose it isn’t any worse than being a prolific blogger. Just as long as you find time to get the real writing done. Some people have plenty of time on their hands (like me), and you can’t be a novelist 24/7. I have a fairly short attention span and the breaks are actually a necessity. I admit to being a huge time-waster and procrastinator. But my fiction is the center of my life, so it does get most of my attention.

    • I appreciate the thought, Elenia, but as I’ve said before, I don’t participate in these things. If you want to nominate someone else in my place, please do.

        • I always appreciate a mention, so no problem there, if you want to keep it. I just don’t have the time or energy to go hunting for people to recommend, even if I knew that many bloggers. Also, I’m very private, and I avoid giving out personal information. It’s probably just me, but I don’t understand why people want to know personal stuff about people they don’t even know.

          • that’s fine:) I was nominated twice before I decided I should take part, for some of the same reasons. Personally, I felt like I didn’t really deserve the award, and I also wasn’t sure if I could think of 15 bloggers and then I wasn’t sure if I could limit myself to 15. It did take a while. I’m a rubbish reader of anything at all, so I’m very sporadic in my reading/liking/commenting of posts. I just nominated those who I follow whose posts I always enjoy when I get round to reading them. I’m viewing it as a general ‘thank you for your blog’ rather than anything else:)

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