Eating Authors: Cate Gardner

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Cate Gardner

Welcome to another Monday here at Eating Authors. August 2012 is turning out to be a very busy month. I’ve just returned from a brief appearance at a media convention and the launch of a new anthology, next week I’m traveling to help ease an old friend into the start of the second half of his personal century, and soon after I’ll be heading to Chicago for the KLI’s 19th annual conference, followed immediately by the 70th World Science Fiction Convention. None of which really concerns you, you’re here for this week’s author and to learn about her most memorable meal.

And so, let me present Cate Gardner, a British horror and fantasy author whose writing has been described as otherworldly. I’ve never met Cate, and so in preparing to write these introductory remarks I read through some of the many interviews she’s had. If I learned anything it was that she likes to play with her interviewers, giving entertaining answers that have just enough truth in them to be believable but then again, maybe not. Which, when you think about it, may be the best thing to say about a writer anywhere. You can judge for yourself by reading her stories in the collection Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits, or her novellas Barbed Wire Hearts and Theatre of Curious Acts.

LMS: Welcome, Cate. This may be your shortest interview yet, a mere one question. What’s the best meal you remember?

CG: To my shame, I can’t recall a best meal. I’ve thought and thought and thought some more about it but nothing comes to mind. In truth, discounting fast food restaurants, I’ve only been to a restaurant once. It was my 21st birthday, it was a Chinese restaurant and there were prawn crackers involved, but mostly I was drunk because it was my 21st.

Theatre of Curious Acts
Barbed Wire Hearts
Strange Men in Pinstriped Suits

Thanks, Cate. Before you leave I need to tell you that you have earwormed me. I’ve had the phrase “there were prawn crackers involved” in my head for days and it won’t go away. Perhaps confessing that here will exorcise it from me. Or perhaps it will simply move into the heads of readers of this blog. Ooops.

Next Monday: Another author and another meal!

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