You’d die for your best friend. But would you kill for her? That’s the question contemporary thriller author Cate Quinn poses in her latest book, Blood Sisters, an outback adventure that turns to nightmare for two American back packers when they are accused of a bizarre murder in Dead Tree Creek.
Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and our guest today on The Joys of Binge Reading is Cate Quinn. Cate is a UK-based bestselling author whose books are published in fifteen countries. She writes contemporary thrillers as Cate Quinn, and historical thrillers as C. S Quinn.
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Links in this Episode:
Blood Sisters: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59490850-blood-sisters
C. S, Quinn Historicals: https://www.amazon.com/C.S.-Quinn/e/B00LNOAK5M
Ruth Ware: https://ruthware.com/
Mark Edwards: https://www.markedwardsauthor.com/
Where to find Cate online:
Food blog: www.thefoodexplorer.co.uk.
What follows is a “near as” transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.
But now, here’s Cate.
Introducing thriller author Cate Quinn
Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Cate, and welcome to the show. It’s great to have you with us.
Cate Quinn: Hi, Jenny. Thanks so much for having me.
Jenny Wheeler: You write contemporary thrillers and historical thrillers. The historicals are under a slightly different name, C S Quinn, and we’ll touch on those towards the end of our show, but today we are focusing on two high concept, domestic thrillers that you’ve recently published – Blood Sisters and Black Widows – both with highly original concepts.
Blood Sisters, which I think is the most recent, is set in an Australian Outback town. Two tourists, two backpackers, turn up in this little town, which is a scratch in the desert, Dead Tree Creek. More or less simultaneous with their arrival somebody is gruesomely murdered and the town turns their suspicion to these two girls and thinks they must be responsible.
The town came through really strongly, and first of all I wondered, have you had personal experience of Outback towns?
Cate Quinn: Yes, I’ve spent a fair bit of time in Australia, and in my youth, backpacking round. That would have been in the 90’s. I’m 40 now, so I would have been in my 20’s. But definitely over my life I’ve had experiences firstly of working in the kind of, I want to say dead end bars that we find in this town, but also in small mining towns and those kind of communities. Just the experience, I suppose, of being that kind of out of towner coming into that community, and what that experience feels like.
A gritty story – reader be warned
Jenny Wheeler: It’s a pretty gritty environment, isn’t it? I’d like to warn some of our listeners because we often handle rather more clean and docile romance stories, but this is a little bit edgy, partly because the girls themselves are a little bit wild, but obviously the nature of a town where there are a whole lot of men and hardly any women. Porn is quite accepted as part of the normal lifestyle, and there are various other things that happen in the book that are a bit eyebrow raising as well. Have you had any comment about that side of things?
Cate Quinn: That’s a really good question. I’m quite a wimp in terms of things being very gritty or hardcore, so what I often do in my books is allude to things, and they can seem worse by omission. They seem scarier and worse than they are, because I don’t go into a lot of detail.
But yes, with this particular book there definitely is a harder edge to it. I’m exploring a little bit the idea of culpability. These girls come into the town, a murder happens, and to a lesser or greater extent one of the girls in particular is in the frame because she’s seen as a bit of a good time girl. She’s seen as the kind of girl who’s maybe asking for it, and it makes her suspicious to the townsfolk as to her motives, because she’s already a questionable kind of character to them.
Are women judged differently from men?
I wanted to ask the question, to what extent was she actually doing anything wrong in her behavior? To what extent are we judging women for their activities and their proclivities, and to what extent are they harming anyone and should be allowed to get on with things?
Jenny Wheeler: Yes, that’s right. There have some high profile cases where this kind of thing has come into the public domain. I’m thinking of a case in New Zealand where a girl had a Tinder date and ended up being murdered. The man claimed that she’d agreed to do S and M sex that had gone rather wrong, but he tried to deny any culpability. He saw it as a consensual act, even though it was right at the edge of what we might be comfortable with. There is definitely stuff like that going on in the real world, isn’t there?
Cate Quinn: Yes, absolutely. I’m sure at one point in the not too distant future it will be changed, but there is currently almost a clause in the law, a sort of rough sex clause, which means that if a man murders a woman and there’s any kind of sex involved, his lawyer will automatically in court break out that clause and say, oh, it was rough sex and it was consensual and therefore it wasn’t murder. It’s a classic tactic.
Jenny Wheeler: In this book, you feel rather sorry for the girls because in some sense they are slight innocents in the sort of environment they land themselves in. They don’t quite understand the whole ramification of how their behavior might be interpreted.
Barmaids put ‘at risk’ by employer?
Cate Quinn: Yes. And they’re younger girls and from my memories of being a younger woman, I’m sure you too, things sort of go over your head a bit. You can be put in situations where you don’t quite realize. In this book these girls are barmaids and they’re asked to wear kind of hot pants shorts and tight fitting t-shirts, and they don’t really question that or wonder why that’s the uniform.
Possibly I’m naive too, but I’ve definitely been in positions like that and maybe had an inkling that I’m being dressed in this way because I’m hired for my youth and gender, but not exactly thought about the message that might be delivering if I’m being put in a service role wearing a particular uniform. So yes, I think they are innocents to that degree, but also they certainly ran.
Jenny Wheeler: It’s interesting because you have a structure where you tell it from one viewpoint and then the other viewpoint and they are each concealing things from one another, so the reader sometimes knows a bit more about what’s happening in the story than the participants in the story, the way it’s written. That’s quite fascinating.
Quite a lot of things they don’t disclose to one another, maybe partly to protect each other. That’s an interesting structure, and you did it also in the other book, Blood Sisters. Is this something that intrigues you – to tell a story that way?
Story telling from multiple perspectives
Cate Quinn: It does. I really enjoy telling stories from different perspectives. I love the fact that in human nature – and I think we all have this with our friendship groups – you might have one friend who different friends speak of in quite different ways.
You have what you feel to be rounded perception of that friend, but one friend is seeing them from one view and one friend is seeing them from another. With both things you build a person, but I find it very interesting how different people can see the same person and the same situation in a completely different way.
Jenny Wheeler: The tagline for Blood Sisters, which hooks you in right from the beginning, is you’d die for your best friend, but would you kill for her? As we mentioned at the beginning, both of these books have got that thing they call a high concept hook, which movie lovers love.
You have got both of these optioned to film. Talk to us a little bit about developing those high concepts. Do you do that specifically to attract the attention of the film companies?
Cate Quinn: I wouldn’t say I do it to attract the attention of the film companies. What I would say is I’ve been writing books a long time, so probably I’ve learned the hard way. You put an awful lot of effort into writing a book and if the concept isn’t big, then you can lose readers.
Going for “big hitting’ books
I think I’ve learned that way, that I’m not going to waste all my time and spend a whole year on a book, unless the concept is really, really big and I’m getting as many people as I possibly can. So there is that slightly cynical thought involved, but also once you hit on what you feel to be a big onset, you also really want to write it, the only downside being that it can sometimes feel quite intimidating.
I remember with Black Widows, the concept is polygamous Mormon marriage. One of the three wives murders the husband, is the concept. I came up with that idea and then was quite challenged as to, can I do this justice? So there is that element to the process, the downside.
Jenny Wheeler: That one was absolutely stunning. This man is murdered and the police are very certain that one of the wives did it because they live in an extremely isolated area and there’s virtually no one else there that could have done it. That’s what they presume. I read somewhere that there was a hint that that might have originally been based on something that happened in real life. Is that true? Can you tell us about it or would it spoil the story?
Cate Quinn: I can certainly tell you what it was based on and I don’t think it would spoil the story. You might have even seen it on the news maybe 10, 15 years ago. There was an enormous community cult. I’m not sure how you would describe it, but a religious community that was very large and was perhaps two or even three generations in, that was raided in America, near Texas.
It was a fundamentalist Mormon community. Child marriage basically was one of the reasons it was raided and broken up. One of the characters in that book, Black Widows, was raised in a community like this one, and she was then kind of liberated if you will and put out into the normal world and expected to cope.
The world of polygamous marriages
I did a lot of research into that particular community and honestly, you couldn’t make it up. It was much stranger and darker than anything I could have ever imagined – the kind of things that go on when you have two or three generations of people believing they’re going to heaven if they have polygamous marriages and follow this particular prophet.
Jenny Wheeler: There was that strange aspect that they actually believed it was somehow giving them entry to heaven.
Cate Quinn: Yes, and that the more children you have, they’re going to come to heaven with you. It’s almost that you’re building your heaven on earth, if you like, organically, and then you would represent that in the afterlife.
Jenny Wheeler: That one was set in Utah.
Cate Quinn: Yes. Classic Mormon territory, just outside Salt Lake City.
Jenny Wheeler: Have you visited Utah, or did you have any closer connection with the Mormon community than just researching them?
Cate Quinn: I did, because I have fundamentalist faith in my family, on my mother’s side. Not that I grew up with that in a close way, but I was certainly aware of that as something that seemed to cause an awful of drama and pain, to be honest, bubbling away on that arm of the family.
A mountain of research went into the book
In terms of visiting, I’ve traveled widely through America, but unfortunately that was during lockdown so I didn’t get to go. My plan was to go stay with some Mormon families in Salt Lake City, but I didn’t get to do that so a lot of my research with that book had to be augmented by phone calls and Zoom chats and that kind of thing.
But actually in some ways I think I ended up doing more because I wasn’t relying on the immediacy of having been there. I was really drilling down, almost like a historian would, the way I would for my historical novels.
Jenny Wheeler: We are moving towards the topic of researching and I understand that you are a researcher par excellence. In the past you’ve won a research scholarship. Tell us a bit about that side of your work and experience and how that all fits together.
Cate Quinn: Sure. In many ways that came about unexpectedly. I did a degree in English and during that degree, I happened to have two very supportive tutors and I ended up doing more historical modules. It wasn’t even a conscious choice. I just picked modules that I thought seemed to appeal to me.
Uni degree fed into Cate’s passion to write
Then during that process I had both my tutors mention they thought I should go for this particular scholarship and I was fortunate enough to do well in that degree. In England you can earn scholarships for not that many things actually, it tends to be more for the Maths and the Sciences. But I applied and was fortunate enough to get to do a historical MA for a year in Writing that was funded. That was a wonderful experience on every level, not least to have funding as a student.
Jenny Wheeler: That was great. Did that feed into your historical thrillers, which you publish under the name of C S Quinn? One series is related to the French Revolution. Tell us about that. Was your MA in any way involved in that time period?
Cate Quinn: Yes, very much so. My MA was 18th century and the first series of books I wrote were 17th century. I think I was being a bit strategic in some ways, thinking to myself what publishing seems like. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always wanted to write books since I can remember but I didn’t have confidence that I would be able to get into this massive scary publishing industry. So I thought, I’ll write something no one else can write, and that might give me an in.
I knew history, or I felt I knew history. Not as much as I thought I did it turned out when I came to do the 17th century. But I enjoyed researching it certainly, and I came up with this idea for a thief-taker in the 17th century, so I went back and researched that period. But actually during my English degree and doing my history research, my period was very much 18th century, so that would have been French Revolution, all that kind of thing, which then informed my second historical series.
Jenny Wheeler: With the French Revolution ones, you’ve got a fantastic heroine called Attica Morgan who breaks all the gender boundaries for that time. Tell us a bit about Attica.
Burning the 18th century boundaries
Cate Quinn: I loved writing Attica. Attica is an escaped slave who has come to England as a child but also has nobility in her family, so it’s a slightly strange setup. She’s like a female Scarlet Pimpernel. She is very active, very physical, and works as a spy for the English. She is slightly based on a real life English spy, or a couple of real life English spies actually, who were female.
I do always find it interesting that when you write historical novels, there’s always somebody in the reviews who knows exactly what it was like in 18th century London or 18th century England. This particular character Attica is bisexual, or she certainly has relationships with women. One of the comments was, that was very modern. I found that funny – as if there weren’t different sexualities in the 18th century. They didn’t exist. They are a 20th century invention.
Jenny Wheeler: I know. It’s funny because quite often you do find that thing, truth is stranger than fiction. People might say, oh, that would never happen, but in fact, it really did.
Cate Quinn: There were certainly lesbian relationships in the 17th and 18th century.
Jenny Wheeler: Moving on a little bit from the books to your wider life, I see that you’ve also got a blog about being a travel writer and eating scary food. We’ll put the links to it in the show notes, but that seemed like a remarkably original thing to do as well. Tell us about that.
Cate Quinn: I was a travel journalist for a long time, and so one of the things I enjoy doing is trying new food. That’s part of my travel experience, so I broadened it to try really scary food that other people might not eat. Dried spiders in Cambodia, snake, that kind of thing.
The ‘scary food’ blog
What makes me laugh now is I’ve got two kids aged eight and six, and they’re the fussiest eaters. And I used to be really, really fussy. I remember I used to eat literally nothing, so the fact that I’m now writing this blog, eating the most bizarre and crazy foods that no one would ever eat, at least gives me hope that my kids might change one day.
Jenny Wheeler: That’s right. Have you found yourself rather more restricted by this last couple of years of pandemic?
Cate Quinn: Sadly so, like all of us. I’m certainly now enjoying being able to travel. It’s like you’ve been asleep for two years and woken up. I’ve just done some great research trips, and my kids are getting old enough that I can take them along.
I was in the Sacré Coeur in Paris, staying with some nuns, and I got to take my daughter with me, which was great fun. She did really well, actually, particularly because, no discredit to the nuns, but the food was perhaps not the best food for an eight year old, and we couldn’t go out after half eight at night, so at one point we were literally locked in with the nuns with no food, and she dealt with it very well.
Jenny Wheeler: You started out in journalism. Tell us a bit about that journalistic experience and how has it fed into your writing?
Black Widows – research informed at every turn
Cate Quinn: I probably didn’t realize quite how much the journalism fed in until recently. I brought the two things together, particularly with Black Widows, because I had been doing historical. I worked as a travel journalist and a lifestyle journalist and a food journalist. I was freelance, so I did some employment as well, and a few other odd topics that people didn’t want to write about so much, I suppose.
I always find people so interesting. I like talking to people and I suppose those odd little jobs that most people would find boring. I don’t know why. I’m probably just a massive nerd, but I could talk to someone about, you know, bottle closures on wine bottles, and as long as they’re passionate about it, I find it really interesting. So that was another aspect of it.
Then with the travel, being able to get in and eat strange food and get out on the edge. That was another aspect I enjoyed. I’m just now starting to bring them together more. Probably starting with Black Widows, getting out there and doing that physical research almost from a journalistic point of view has definitely informed my writing.
The first fiction Cate Quinn wrote
Jenny Wheeler: What was the first fiction you wrote and what drove you to do that very first book?
Cate Quinn: The first fiction I wrote was a book on the Great Fire of London. Hence it was set in 17th century London, because I thought the Great Fire was this amazing story that perhaps hadn’t been told. I probably wrote it much too quickly. I got a big agent to represent it. He went out with it and didn’t sell it to anybody at all.
I thought, what I’ll do is I’ll write the prequel to that book, and then if someone buys the prequel they’ll have to buy the Great Fire one and then all that work won’t be wasted. So then I wrote a book called The Plague Doctor. The name was changed subsequently to The Thief Taker, and that was about the plague in London which coincidentally happened the year before the Great Fire, so you had these two great dramatic events. That book did get bought, luckily, and then the Great Fire one did also come out at a later date.
Jenny Wheeler: You obviously have had a fairly strategic approach right from the beginning.
Cate Quinn: Yes, a little bit. I think it’s probably low confidence. I do think about this now, particularly because I have children. It’s almost like I think, oh well, I can’t be good enough to go in the way a normal person would. I’ll have to sneak around and give myself a bit of an edge. But I suppose it has worked for me to an extent – or very much so I suppose. I have enjoyed all the books I wrote.
Cate writes historical fiction as CS Quinn
Jenny Wheeler: Are you still maintaining the historicals or have you more moved into the contemporary now?
Cate Quinn: I’ve just started writing another historical. This time it’s more of a time slip. It’s based in Blitz London and it will go back to the building of St. Paul’s Cathedral. It’s a woman who is helping out with the St. Paul’s watch to defend St. Paul’s from bombs during the Blitz.
Then there’s a murder in St. Paul’s and she finds herself going back in time, picking up details to help solve the murder in the present, so I guess it’s a bit of both. It’s a bit historical, a bit more present day. That will be under C S Quinn.
Jenny Wheeler: It sounds fabulous as well. Have you come across Julie McElwain, who’s done a series about an FBI agent who gets time warped into 1815 London?
Cate Quinn: It rings a bell. It sounds like I should definitely go and take another look. I’m quite early in my research, so I haven’t been really digging in, but I’ll definitely look that one up. I’m just going to take a note of it.
Another authors into dual timeline books
Jenny Wheeler: Julie McElwain. We interviewed her on the show back in 2018, when she only had about two books. She has just published her fifth one, and I think they have been picked up for TV. But they’re fascinating. It’s a similar, quite big concept of an FBI agent of our contemporary world. Strange circumstances mean that she’s trying to escape from some of her fellow agents. She somehow inadvertently escapes right back into 19th century London and doesn’t quite know how to get back again. It’s interesting.
Cate Quinn: They sound fantastic.
Jenny Wheeler: Also it’s that thing of, she doesn’t want to do anything in 1815 that might influence what happens. She feels as if she has to tiptoe around or else she’s going to make some change which will change the whole course of history.
Cate Quinn: Oh, how interesting. They sound brilliant.
Cate’s big goal – has she achieved it?
Jenny Wheeler: What was your goal when you first started out writing, and have you already reached that goal?
Cate Quinn: I suppose my goal when I first started out was get published so yes, I would like to say I’ve reached that goal. I did have a goal at one point along the line. I wanted to make 1 million people smile. That was broadly my aim.
I don’t know how many books you would have to sell to make that many people smile. You’d be going for a hit rate – one out of two books maybe, or you’d hope that more books than that would have that success rate. I don’t know if I’ve achieved that goal yet. I’d like to think I’m moving in that direction.
Jenny Wheeler: We mentioned before that the two we were talking about at the beginning, Blood Sisters and Black Widows, have both been optioned for movie or TV. Tell us a bit about that. How far down the process are you?
Cate Quinn: Black Widows was optioned by Blumhouse who do The Purge, so they’re more on a horror side of things. But then because of lockdown they were struggling with location, and their option ran out. It’s just been bought again by the people who did Gossip Girl. That contract has literally just landed on my desk, and when I say landed, it’s a 50-page document, so it’s landed with a definite thump. So that is very early in the process.
Blood Sisters ‘on the way’ to possible film
Blood Sisters has been bought by a company in Australia, a large filmmaker, and again we are just at the contract stage because that book has only just come out. So no name signs the project or anything at this stage. I think it’s the way it is with option as a writer. I think you mentally park them as, I hope that might happen one day.
But it is lovely when you get calls. We had a few calls from Blumhouse, talking through the creative things and we had a script written. It’s very exciting to see it.
Jenny Wheeler: Yes, that’s right. I think it’s a very big accomplishment on your part to even get an agent right at the get-go. It’s a pretty big achievement to do that.
Cate Quinn: Oh, thanks. That’s very kind.
Jenny Wheeler: When you get asked by beginner writers for advice, what do you tell them?
Cate Quinn: I’ve got quite a lot of advice, actually. One of the best pieces of advice for me was to read a book called Save the Cat! which I think most writers have read. It’s quite a well-known book. It’s about screenwriting, but in terms of how to structure your book in a way.
What Cate Quinn is reading now
Most writers will have strengths and weaknesses in terms of their innate understanding of story. In my case I’d like to think I’m good at beginnings, but I often raced too fast at the end and I didn’t have a sort of natural pause where everything falls apart. It was very helpful for me to address that problem in my writing.
The other advice is I use a piece of software Scrivener which allows me to chunk files around and put them in folders and see in a very easy map which file is where and move it about.
Jenny Wheeler: Yes, that is a good app to use. We do like to ask you about your reading tastes. Because this is The Joys of Binge Reading, we are catering for people who, if they discover a writer, like the idea of going and reading some of their other work. So, have you ever been a binge reader? Are you a binge reader now, who are you reading and who would you recommend?
Cate Quinn: Absolutely. I’m a binge reader. I have just, quite fittingly for this podcast, binge read No Country for Girls, which you may have come across, by Emma Styles. It is a fantastic book, like a Thelma and Louise set in the Outback. I would definitely recommend you get a hold of it if you haven’t already. I read that in a day and probably would have been shorter had I not had delightful small children around needing my time.
Some suggestions for good crime reads
I’m also reading a book called The It Girl by Ruth Ware. Ruth is an amazing crime writer, so a lot of crime at the moment, because I think the world that I’m in, I’m hanging out with a lot of crime writers, I suppose. I love celebrating their work and seeing what they’re doing, seeing how they’re doing it better than me.
Gytha Lodge as well, I’ve just finished her Little Sister, which is her latest release. Mark Edwards, who is published with Thomas & Mercer, so he is published mainly online. He is like the English Stephen King. His books are incredible, so visceral and page turning and real life, and yet spooky and creepy at the same time.
Jenny Wheeler: So you really are into the crime yourself. That’s something you love.
Cate Quinn: I do. I love all kinds of books, which I appreciate is a little bit of a cop out. I go through different phases, as I’m sure most people do, of reading different genres. I’m also part of a book group, so I get to read the latest literary big hitters as they come out, which is quite a good discipline for me, because I think I might want to read them, but I might not think I had the time to fit them in, whereas a book club means you have to.
Jenny Wheeler: Looking back down the tunnel of time, and we’re talking about your writing career, if there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
What’s next for Cate Quinn writer?
Cate Quinn: That’s a good question. Normally with these things I’m tempted to say that I wouldn’t change anything. It’s part of the journey, isn’t it? What you learn is what you are meant to learn. But maybe that’s a little bit fatalistic.
I think maybe I would have had more confidence and gone for a contemporary thriller from the get-go, but then I enjoyed those historical books so much, so it’s hard to say that as well.
But that probably would be my answer. Maybe I would have had more confidence and tried to shoot for the stars and go for the big contemporary.
Jenny Wheeler: What’s next for Cate as writer? Can you tell us a little bit about what you’ve got on over the next 12 months, without giving anything away?
Cate Quinn: Sure. At the moment I’ve just finished a book that’s a murder in rehab book. I did end up going to rehab for that book, which was a great experience and now I no longer drink alcohol, so that’s been good for me all around.
Then the book I’m writing currently is set in a convent, so I’m going to stay with lots of nuns in lots of different convents. I’ve just been to this convent in Paris with my daughter, and I also stayed in a convent in London and I’ve got a few more on my list, so I’m having a wonderful time exploring that aspect of the world.
Where to find Cate Quinn online
Jenny Wheeler: Is that a historical or a contemporary?
Cate Quinn: This one is contemporary. At the same time I’m writing a historical book set around St. Paul’s Cathedral, so I’m also doing research trips to St. Paul’s Cathedral and hopefully booking into their reading rooms and going to a few scary crypts of churches in London.
Jenny Wheeler: That sounds a great concept as well – the St Paul’s one.
Do you enjoy hearing from your readers and where can they find you online?
Cate Quinn: I think every writer enjoys hearing from their readers, don’t they? I can be found pretty easily. I’m on Twitter and I’m on Instagram, but I’m not so good on Twitter. I don’t get Twitter so well, but I do seem to get Instagram. I don’t know why, I think it’s a bit more like Facebook. I’m definitely readily available on Instagram, and my email is on my website so people can email me.
All the links will be in JOBR show notes
Jenny Wheeler: We’ll put links to all of those in the show notes for this episode. We put out a total transcript. I’m starting to wonder how much use that is, because at least 80% of the people who listen to the show, listen to it on mobile, so it’s not something they’re probably going to be reading. They listen to it. They don’t really read it, but we will still put that on.
Cate Quinn: I guess though, I’ve read podcast transcripts to save time, so I’ve certainly found them useful.
Jenny Wheeler: Yes, if you want to quickly scale through them, it’s a good way. Thanks so much, Kate. That’s wonderful. Thank you for being on the show.
Cate Quinn: Thank you so much for having me, Jenny.
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