Monday 14 September 2020

Guest Post - Cate Ellink - author and photographer

 By Cassandra Samuels

Please welcome author Cate Ellink also known as author Catherine Evans to the blog this week. 

Cate Ellink writing also as Catherine Evans

Cate Ellink’s first publication was an erotic short story in 2011. Since then she’s published a variety of erotic and erotic romance short stories and novels. Her novel, Team Player, won the ARRA Favourite Erotic Romance in 2017.

In 2020, writing has taken a bit of a backseat. Cate’s been using photography to focus on little things in the world around her, that bring joy in these tumultuous times.

What is one ‘must have’ when you are writing?

Silence. I want to be lost in my story and undisturbed by the world.

What are you reading at the moment?

Women Who Run With The Wolves, by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estés and I’m loving it.

Name one thing you’re scared of.


Like to share something that recently made you happy?

This morning there are 4 newly hatched baby plovers greeting the day. The parents have been nesting on my roof.

Like to share an embarrassing moment?

Oh, gosh, these happen far too often, I’m a bit immune to them now. My nephew has a collection of photographs of me making a goofy face (unknowingly!) – one day he thinks he’ll sell them 😊

Who is your favourite literary crush?

Markus Zusak, Keri Arthur, Alex Miller, Tim Winton, Anna Campbell, and Anne Gracie.

What is the last photo you took with your phone?

The family of plovers in my yard.

If you were the main character in your favourite book, who would you be?

I’ve loved so many books I don’t think I could pick a favourite.

What is the premise of your latest book?

I just did a photo book, which was a new thing for me. The title is Pockets of Joy and the premise is finding joy in the nature around you…even when life’s tough.

Buy this book here:

What unique challenges did the book pose?

Although I’d made holiday photos into books, I’d never done one for ‘publication’ so I had to learn who printed such things, what size pages were available, how much it cost, and what quality the paper and printing was, and how to stick photos into a book that others might find attractive and informative.

What are you working on at the moment?

2020 is a year of change, so I’m working on a few things that aren’t typical Cate or Catherine stories. I’ve got a non-fiction in the works, a children’s book, and an Australian historical reimagining.

What is your writing schedule? Morning, afternoon or night?

I used to be a night owl, but my life’s been flipped and I’m up seeing sunrises, so my writing time has turned to sleeping. Now I’m scribbling when I can.

Buy from here:

Are you a plotter, pantser or somewhere in between?

I think I’m in between but more to the pantsing end. My brain has a rough plot but I never write it out. I write, and as my characters develop, I learn the story with them. And then I go back and make it a story and not a mess (which it often is!).

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you like to see in the cast?

I write Australian stories, so I’d always hope for an Aussie cast.

What do you love to love?

Nature in all its splendour.

What do you love to laugh at?

Life, the universe, kids and animals’ antics. I laugh a fair bit at myself too.

What do you love to learn about?

Everything and anything. I’m an insatiable knowledge-seeker.

Information about the photobook, Pockets of Joy, can be found here:

Please feel free to join the Facebook group, Little Things, and pick up a free e-magazine each month, filled with little bits of joy and happiness.


  1. Thanks for being a guest with us today Cate. I love your pockets of joy FB posts and I thought your Creative Writing Energy book was fascinating. I recommend it to anyone who wants to approach their writing from a different angle or if they are looking for something that will help them write.

    1. Thanks for hosting me, Cass. And thank you for mentioning that you enjoyed Creative Writing Energy. Kim and I enjoyed writing that so much.
      Cath/Cate xo

  2. Hi Cate! Your Pockets of Joy book sounds like something a lot of us could benefit from during this crazy time. Thanks so much for joining us.

    1. Hi Marilyn, I agree that in this crazy time you've got to find joy in happiness in every little thing that you can. It seems to help me remain grounded and somewhat sane :)

      Thank you for having me here.

      Cath/Cate xo

  3. Cate, I'm so thrilled you're here on the blog again, especially after I talked about your rural romance last week! I've been following your brilliant photos on Facebook, it's always a good day when it starts with a photo from you - I just love them. My goodness, so much talent in one person. I can't wait to see what you come up with next. So much creativity.

    1. Hi Miranda,
      Yes, I feel like I've commandeered your blog the last couple of weeks! Thank you for enjoying the Facebook photos. I so enjoy taking them but I used to be a reluctant sharer because I didn't think they were good enough. It's been a both a struggle and a pleasure to put photos up each day and have so many well received. I'm facing that self-critical fear of failure.

      Thank you so much,
      Cath/Cate xox

    2. You can commandeer our blog any time, Cate. We love you! AND your photos! x


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