SMP: Tell us all about you! What would you most like your readers to know?
Casey: Can I say this is my least favorite question? A close second is “what inspired you to write your book?” I just can’t take myself that seriously! Casey is my pen name. My writer self. I guess someday I’ll create a backstory for her.
SMP: Are you one of those writers born with a pen in your hand and ideas flitting through your mind, or did your interest develop later?
Casey: I was actually born with a paintbrush and a book in my hand. Right up until college, I thought I was going to be an artist. But then, I convinced myself that I could never make a living being an artist, so I went to college and got degrees in Anthropology and Psychology. I don’t have a job in either of those fields – so much for practical. Writing came later, in my thirties. And I’m a lifelong reader.
SMP: When did you become serious about seeing your name in print and begin writing your first romance novel?
Casey: I clearly remember the moment I got serious – October 2009. I actually started writing in 1996, but then stopped in 2004, convinced I would never be a writer because I could never finish a book. But then, those unfinished stories ate away at me. In 2009, I
finally got my act together and decided to go for it. I completely re-wrote a novel I started in 2002 and finished it. It’s an urban fantasy called Ascension. My first romance – Mystic Ink – was written for NaNo WriMo in 2010. In 2011, I sold it to Soul Mate Publishing.
SMP: How long did it take you to complete your first manuscript? Did it fly from your fingertips, or did the story emerge slowly?
Casey: Once I realized why I couldn’t finish Ascension (I needed to outline the plot first), I completed it in about ten weeks. It really did fly out of my head and onto the page. But don’t think it was good or anything. The story was solid, but back then, I had no clue about head hopping! That issue has since been fixed. Ascension is currently out on submission, so fingers crossed that someone wants to publish it.
SMP: Tell us about your writing process. Soft lights and music? White noise? Child-and-pet confusion? Locked in a room alone? What sets your writing mood and pushes you forward?
Casey: Writing happens anytime I have free moments. I just sit at my dining room table
(which is my office!) and start typing. I’ve worked at home (for my necessary day job) for nineteen years. I’m really good at focusing and getting the work done. I’ve written an entire book with my youngest son playing X-Box live, yelling to his friends, the next room over.
SMP: What shining moment in your journey stands out the most as a real turning point for you as a writer?
Casey: Finishing my first book in 2009. That was the big victory moment for me. Everything since has been icing on the cake.
SMP: Tell us a little about what you’re currently working on.
Casey: Right at this moment, I’m writing Mystic Storm, the next book after Mystic Ink (Zephyr’s story). I have another book coming out, so I’m in the middle of edits. And I’m also finalizing the plot on another new novel.
I’m busy, busy, busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
SMP:Thanks so much for visiting with us today!
The last thing Nix, a Sea Nymph, wants to see behind the dumpster near her tattoo shop is another dead mortal. She also doesn’t want to hear Hades piss and moan about how the souls of the dead aren’t making it to the Underworld. And Nix certainly doesn’t want to be attracted to supernatural police agent, Calder Quinne when he comes to investigate. All Nix really wants is to run her tattoo shop in peace and quiet. Hey, we don’t always get what we want, now do we?
Mystic Ink is available at:
Soul Mate Publishing: http://www.soulmatepublishing.com/mystic-ink/