From Jianne, on her website: I apologize for the delay in getting this blog up today. We had severe thunder storms yesterday, and our home network fried. Turns out that having a twenty-four hour Wal-Mart two minutes away isn’t as useful as having a nearby Radio Shack. Go figure.
My guest author this week is a personal favorite, Cassidy Hunter. If none of you have read her work before, I urge you to start with Strange Familiar. OMG, I so love that book. Cassidy has that bent kind of mind I love. Strange Familiar is sizzling and funny – a combination you don’t see often. So let’s get down to it – Cassidy tell the readers a little bit about you.
Cassidy: I live in a little town in Southern Ohio, where I spend as much time as possible writing about other worlds. I love reading paranormal and fantasy, and after taking a couple years to explore contemporary and YA writing, I settled on what I love writing the most: erotic paranormal romance
J: Was writing something you always wanted to do or a career you fell into?
C: Writing is something I’ve always done. That and drawing. I was sighed at by many a teacher for jotting or doodling in class! Being published is a dream I don’t ever take for granted. I know how lucky I am.
J: When did you seriously start to write for publication?
In late 2007. It seems like it’s been forever, and I can’t believe it’s only been four years! But that’s just the way things happened. I discovered electronic publishing, submitted to The Wild Rose Press under the pseudonym Jane E. Jones, got accepted, and I’ve been writing for publication since. (Jane's books are here)
J: How did you feel when you sold that very first book?
C: When that first acceptance email came in, I was afraid to read it. But when I did and saw that a publisher wanted to buy my book…I must have jumped up and down for two straight hours.
J: Do you have any other WIP’s you can share? Any release dates you can tell us about?
C: I do have two upcoming releases: Beyond the Shadows, a post apocalyptic/futuristic erotic romance coming to Loose Id on June 7th, and First Night, an erotic fantasy coming soon to Liquid Silver Books. I don’t have a release date for First Night yet. (First Night is now available.)
J: What inspired you to become a writer?
C: I’ve always been a writer; I just never had the confidence to seek publication until a few years ago. I liked nothing better than writing when I was a little kid--except maybe reading. I read anything and everything I could get my hands on. I read the cereal box at breakfast, I read in class, at dinner, before bedtime. I think the only place I didn’t read was in the car, and only because it made me ill.
J: If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend that they start with and why?
C: It really depends on what kind of story they’re looking for, but I’d have to go with Asylum. It’s my favorite.
J: Do you have any writing quirks?
C: Well, I have to have the title before I start writing; I think that might be a quirk. And I can’t write if my space is messy. I want everything exactly in its place while I’m writing. Sigh.
J: What do you do when not writing your stories?
C: I attend the university that’s only about twenty minutes from where I live. I’m currently enrolled in the Athletic Training program. I read, of course. I got a Kindle recently and love it! I also hike with friends, go out for pizza, and sometimes teach myself something just for the heck of it. A couple of years ago I taught myself to knit, and wasn’t surprised to find it really relaxing. I give everyone washcloths and cozies.
J: What would people be surprised to know about you?
C: Maybe that I grew up in church. My dad is a Pentecostal preacher. There were revivals, casting out of demons, speaking in tongues, handling snakes, strychnine drinking…the whole bit!
J: If Heaven exists, what would you like God to say when you arrive?
C: I’d like him to say, “I’ve been taking care of your little girl. She’s waiting for you.”
J: If you were to write the number one best selling cookbook, what would be the title?
C: A bazillion different ways to make pizza and eat it for every meal and still be skinny.
J: Which do you prefer:
Denim or Leather on a guy? Denim
Chinese or Italian food? Italian
Front seat or Back seat? Back unless I’m driving, then I like doing that from the front seat ;)
Dark eyes or Light eyes on a guy? Dark. Or sometimes light. But I do prefer dark hair on a guy.
Sleeping bag or Bed to have naughty fun? Sleeping bag
Dinner or Movie for first date? Dinner
Coffee or Tea? Coffee, black and hot
Chiseled jaw line or Chiseled abs? Oh my. Yes, please.
Chocolate or Popcorn? Popcorn for movies and chocolate all the other times.
Wine, Beer, or Soda? Diet Coke
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J: I so love the fact that you have to have a title before beginning a story – I do too. Chime in everyone, let’s pepper Cassidy with questions.
Dancing With Johnny (short free read)