Taste Us! You’ll Like Us! Meet Cathy Pegau, author of F/F sci-fi


Are you a fan of science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative fiction? You’re in luck! Meet Cathy Pegau, F/F author for Love Spanks 2014

Welcome! Please tell us a little about yourself.

Hi, my name is Cathy Pegau. I live in Alaska with my husband, kids and a house full of pets. I work as substitute teacher/aide as well as subbing for the local delivery service contractor. I’ve been writing forever, it seems, but my first novel RULEBREAKER was published in 2011. I tend to write speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, etc.) but have also delved into “real” world fiction.


How did you come to be part of Love Spanks?

Ana contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in joining the fun. I’m game for most interaction with readers and writers, and even though I don’t write spanking sort of stories, I said, “Sure, why not?” : )


How long have you written F/F, or when did you first consider writing it?

When I was writing my debut science fiction romance novel, RULEBREAKER, I needed a love interest to complicate matters for my female thief protagonist, Liv. A stunning brunette immediately came to mind and Zia was born. I was somewhat surprised at first, but it was such a natural thing in my head and made the story that much more interesting. I went with it and have enjoyed writing lesbian fiction ever since.


What are some F/F titles you have written? If you haven’t published or written F/F yet, what are you planning to write?

RULEBREAKER and another SFR set on the same world, DEEP DECEPTION, are my only current F/F novels out. I also have a historical paranormal in the works that I’m very excited about. And another SFR : )


What are some of your favorite F/F books and authors?

Let’s see….

Nicola Griffith’s Aud Torvingen series and Ammonite

Alyssa Lynn Palmer’s The Artist’s Muse and her Vee & Alex stories

Andi Marquette’s From the Boots Up and Some Kind of River

There are many others, but these ladies are a few of the best I’ve read.

What would you like to say to readers who are trying F/F for the first time?

It’s okay to enjoy a love story between women, even if you don’t identify as lesbian or bi. Really. Most romance readers are looking for the emotional satisfaction. F/F has it, often with twice the impact of other reads : ) As with other couplings, there’s a huge range of sensuality and genres, so something for everyone. Keep an open mind and enjoy!


What is your favorite recipe?

I have a go-to recipe for when DH calls with a last minute guest coming over for dinner. We have access to salmon, so there’s almost always homemade canned smoked salmon on hand. I heat up some olive oil, sauté a few teaspoons of minced garlic, add the salmon and more oil to cover it then toss in some favorite herbs (basil, oregano, whatever) and a dash or two of Tabasco. Once it’s heated through, I toss it with pasta, top it with parmesan, and serve with bread and a salad. I realize not everyone has a cupboard full of smoked salmon, but canned salmon is relatively accessible. Having a can or two in you pantry won’t hurt!


Cathy Pegau’s muse almost always finds some sort of science fiction, fantasy or paranormal bend to the stories it offers. Her debut novel,Rulebreaker, was released in 2011. Caught in Amber in January 2013, and the third installment of her Nevarro books, Deep Deception, came out in May 2013. Deep Deception recently won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Sci Fi/Futuristic.

Cathy enjoys chatting with readers and writers. Drop her a note at cathy@cathypegau.com or stop by Twitter @CathyPegau


10 thoughts on “Taste Us! You’ll Like Us! Meet Cathy Pegau, author of F/F sci-fi

  1. Ami says:

    Hi Cathy – It’s been very interesting reading about you and your work. Smoked salmon over here? Well, I’ve never seen any, but we do have a small local “smokehouse” where they smoke salmon, but it is dreadfully expensive. You are lucky because I suppose your salmon is wild, as opposed to farmed salmon.

    Although I don’t write F/F fiction myself, I love reading Ana’s books. However, it’s the Sci Fi that interests me the most. Do you have any wise words to give an aspiring writer of Sci Fi? (I have one completed novel and the next in the series half written, but I am fully aware I have LOADS AND LOADS of hard work to do to kick it into shape, and I am learning all the time.) Ana is, and has been, encouraging and supportive since we first met, and I am filled with determination but a bit lacking in confidence. Okay, a lot!

    Thank you, Ana, for guesting such an interesting author.

    Cathy, I am looking forward to downloading your books on to my Kindle and to having many hours of pleasurable reading.



    • Cathy Pegau says:

      Hi Ami,

      We are quite lucky to have smoked salmon as part of our regular cupboard. Even if the salmon isn’t smoked, if there is canned salmon of some sort the recipe can be made and quite yummy : )

      Congrats on finishing the book and getting into the next one! I’m not sure if my words are wise, but I can offer a bit of my experience. Reading a wide variety of science fiction helps. There’s so much out there that no matter the “hardness” of your SF world (mine aren’t) it will likely fit. That’s the beauty of the genre : )

      What’s most important in SF/F, I think, is consistency. Changing one of your own “rules” for the convenience of the plot is not playing fair. Readers will want an explanation. They are savvy folks and will call you on it.

      Good luck with your writing!

      Thanks so much, and I hope you enjoy the books : )



  2. minellesbreath says:

    Hi Cathy! I completely agree with your premise that…Most romance readers are looking for the emotional satisfaction. For me the connection is more important than the sex…
    Love the recipe. I have created something similar myself! Yum. I could eat plain canned salmon without anything to dress it up or make it a meal!


    • Cathy Pegau says:

      The sex part is fun, but yeah, give me a good emotional connection to hang it on ; )

      Salmon is a versatile fish, and so full of flavor. Just on a cracker works for me : )

      Thanks for dropping by!


  3. Penelope says:

    Thanks for the interesting interview, Cathy and Ana – I like the sound of Cathy’s muse! And I love how eloquently you state the central truth of the romantic reading experience: it is about emotional connection first and above all else.

    Also, Alaska! 🙂


  4. Roz says:

    Sorry I am a little late to this. Thank you Cathy and Ana. I enjoyed reading your perspective Cathy and love what you said about the romantic satisfaction in a story.



    • Cathy Pegau says:

      Not late at all, Roz 🙂

      I’m a fan of the smexy times, for sure, but yeah, there has to be that emotional connection to give me a fully realized romance. Heck, I could even forego the sex if the couple proves to have that much chemistry. Tho I’d prefer not to 😉

      Thanks for stopping by!


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