I hope you all will give a warm welcome to author Carol Cassada as we chat about writing (of course), pets and of course, her book, Going Home Again. Up for grabs is a digital copy of Going Home Again so be sure to enter!
About the Author:
From a very young age Carol developed a love of reading and by the time she reached high school she decided on a career as a writer.
After graduating from Old Dominion University in 2008, she began her writing career.
Throughout the years she's released 5 books, including the romance/soap opera series Westmore.
Hi Carol, thank you for taking time to chat with me! I hope you'll have fun with the questions I have!
Thanks, it’s a pleasure to be here.
First of all, tell me a little about yourself! Where are you from and how did you get into writing? I'm all ears.
I come from Ringgold, VA; a small town with nothing much to do. I still live there with my mom and pets. I’m the middle child and I have two brothers, so growing up I got picked on a lot and still do to this day. I’ve always loved reading, but it wasn’t until my teen years when I started getting into writing. I took a creative writing class during my sophomore year and I loved writing so much that I decided it was something I wanted to do the rest of my life. I took various writing classes throughout college and I originally was going to pursue a career in journalism, but right before graduation I decided to write novels instead. It was a risky choice, but one I’m happy I made.
What inspired you to write Going Home Again?
The idea just came to me. I wanted to write a story about a woman who has a seemingly perfect life, but everything goes downhill after the death of her mother. She leans on her family for comfort and the tragedy reunites her with her ex-boyfriend. All these events lead her to realize what she’s missing in her life. To me it’s not only a story about romance, but reconnecting with family and finding yourself.
If you only had 30 seconds (the length of an average commercial) to "sell" Going Home Again to readers, what would you say?
Rachel Mitchell had a wonderful life in New York, but her world is shattered following the death of her mother. The tragic event leads Rachel into the arms of her ex-boyfriend Cole Ashton and she begins to question the choices she’s made in her life and if it’s time to make changes.
What do you think are the most important characteristics a female character/heroine should have? How about in a male character/hero?
With all characters, they need to be somebody that the audience can connect with. For heroines, I think they need to have a balance of toughness/sensitivity, which is something I’m sure all women can relate to. As for the males, I’ve always been drawn to heroes who have a bit of mystery to them. This type of hero intrigues readers and makes them want to learn more about him.
When you're writing, what kind of atmosphere do you prefer? Total silence? Certain types of music? Or are you one of those rare, "I thought they were a myth" creatures who can write among total chaos?
The only noise is the music coming from my headphones or speakers. Music helps get me pumped up when I’m writing and I find I can get a lot done when the tunes are on. As for other distractions, it’s hard to get any work done when there’s somebody else around. If they get too noisy, I’ll shut the door to my room so I can write in peace.
What has been the most surprising thing, to you, about writing romance?
I was never a fan of romance novels; I always thought they were mushy and corny. But my opinion of the romance genre changed after I read my first Harlequin book. I fell in love with the genre and decided to try my hand at it, and I was surprised by how quickly I adapted to it.
Is there a genre that you'd like to try writing in the future?
Crime is a genre that I’d like to try writing on down the line.
What do you like to do on your spare time?
Reading is something I enjoy; I have a bookcase and e-reader full of books that are waiting to be read. I also like to play with my dogs and cats; whenever I’m having a bad day they always make me feel better.
What are you currently working on?
Aside from Going Home Again, I have the Westmore series, which is what I call a literary soap opera saga. I’m currently working on volume 5 in the series and I hope to release it early next year. I also have a notebook filled with other book ideas that I’m eventually going to get to.
Favorite tv show and/or movie? Currently, my fav show is Duck Dynasty. I can’t get enough of Si.
Red or white wine? Red
Pizza or burger? I like both, but I’m partial to pizza.
Last time you blushed & why? The last time I blushed is when I guy was flirting with me at the mall. It caught me by surprise because I never have guys hitting on me.
Dogs or cats? I have both, so I can’t choose.
Print or ebook? Both
Biggest writing pet peeve? Slow moving scenes.
I think I've tortured you enough. Thank you Carol for stopping by to chat, is there anything else you'd like people to know?
Thanks for having me and if anybody wants to learn more about my books feel free to check out my site www.carolcassada.blogspot.com
Fashion photographer Rachel Mitchell was living the good life in New York; she had everything she ever wanted.
However, the death of her mother sends Rachel home to Virginia to be with her family. Upset she seeks comfort from her ex-boyfriend Cole Ashton and they start to reconnect.
Their reunion makes Rachel question her life and she’s left with a difficult decision, either stay in New York or start a new life with Cole in Virginia. Which will she choose?
One person will win a digital copy of Going Home Again by Carol Cassada.